There are several churches including the ones in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia, and Macedonia that celebrate Orthodox
Christmas on Jan.
The decline of Orthodox
Christians in Egypt promoted the patriarchate to extend its mission to sub-Saharan Africa.
This month, however, the Macedonian Church sent an official request to Bulgaria's 1,100-year-old Orthodox
Church asking it to become its symbolic "mother" church.
The Holy Synod of BOC decided to form a commission for negotiations with MOC and the other Orthodox
Churches to be made up of Metropolitan Kipriyan of Stara Zagora as president and Metropolitan Gavril of Lovech, Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv, Metropolitan Anthony of Western and Central Europe, Metropolitan Joan of Varna and Veliki Preslav, Metropolitan Serafim of Nevrokop, Metropolitan Naum of Ruse and Metropolitan Grigory of Vratsa as members of the commission.
Thus, 60 years prior to the Second Vatican Council and 46 years before the creation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Ecumenical Patriarch Joachim III called all the other Orthodox
autocephalous churches to discuss in a svnodical way, "by common agreement," the question of the relations of the Orthodox
Church with other Christian churches, as well as other questions pertaining to inter-Orthodox
relations such as the question of the calendar and various questions of disciplinary order.
He provides a comprehensive portrait of the development of Modern Orthodox
Judaism in this country and offers insightful and succinct introductions and analyses that frame the documents and illuminate the understanding of the reader throughout his work.
Two days before the pope arrived, Ilia issued a statement saying Orthodox
could not attend Catholic Masses because of doctrinal differences dating back to the 1054 schism that divided Christianity into eastern and western branches.
In this way the remainder of the Christian world comes to know more precisely the authenticity of the Orthodox
Tradition, the value of patristic teaching and the liturgical life and faith of the Orthodox
Herbel's study of a number of American converts to the Orthodox
faith is a timely contribution to this ongoing conversation about the emergence and the specific characteristics of a typically "American" Orthodox
The Catholic and Orthodox
churches split in 1054 over differences on the primacy of the papacy and there was a time when patriarchs had to kiss popes' feet.
Churches are united in communion with each other, and with the other Eastern Orthodox
Perspectives on Mission represents the latest piece of this ongoing reflection and development.