Eastern Orthodox Church
The Church of Greece said Wednesday it supported Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios' right to grant independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018.
The Holy Synod, which met on Tuesday and Wednesday, said it also recognized Vartholomaios' "privilege" to "further address the issue of recognition."
Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) on Thursday presented fresh Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep with a Patriarchal Cross, the highest decoration of the Romanian Patriarchate, at a ceremony hosted by the Patriarch's residence. "To many of today's young people, Simona is a symbol of diligence, perseverance and hope.
The new archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, who will be enthroned on Saturday, is seen addressing members of the Greek Orthodox Church and diaspora in New York on Friday. The archbishop declared that his top priority will be the swift completion of restoration works on the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
The bishop reacted after the government of Montenegro said it wanted to pass a law that will declare all ancient property belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church built before 1918 as the state property, without offering any valid reason for this in the public interest, or eminent domain (defence, energy, infrastructure) or any compensation.
The Romanian Orthodox Church said on Wednesday that the play, called 'I am Too. So What?', which has been staged during Pride Week in the Transylvanian city of Cluj, should be banned.
The church said in a statement that a law from 2006 that "forbids any form" of "religious defamation" or "public offence towards religious symbols".
Both Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Teoctist used to be champions of the Christian faith and felt in their activity the help of Jesus Christ, on Friday said Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, at his meeting with Pope Francis.