Tag: church
Macedonia 09.08.21 | 21:19

Fire destroys “St. Atanasij Mihail” church in Nov Istevnik village

The flames of the major fire the broke out near the village of Nov Istevnik engulfed Sunday the “St. Atanasij Mihail” church in this village. The construction of the church began in 1919, and it was completed in 1931. Built of natural materials, it was an easy prey for the fiery flames that...

Macedonia 03.03.21 | 11:13

New Serbian Patriarch says he “will not show more or less understanding” than his predecessors in the dispute with Macedonia

Newly appointed Serbian Patriarch Porfirij said that he will work to resolve the dispute with the Macedonian Orthodox Church, but only in line with the clerical rules. The Serbian church does not recognize the independence of the Macedonian church and has blocked its full recognition by other eastern...

Macedonia 28.02.21 | 21:50

The church wants the census postponed, states its objection to the law on family violence and the planned education reforms

In a statement, the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) proposed a number of initiatives and protested to recent developments. The church calls on the Parliament to stop the planned April census, citing the threat of the coronavirus. The statement notes that a number of European countries postponed their...

Balkans 18.02.21 | 17:25

Serbian church appoints Porfirij as its new Patriarch

The Serbian Orthodox Church appointed bishop Porfirij as its new Patriarch. His appointment comes after Patriarch Irinej died of the coronavirus, likely contracted while he attended the funeral of bishop Amfilohij. Serbian media are reporting that the new Patriarch, who used to lead the bishopric of...

Macedonia 03.10.20 | 09:10

The Ecumenical Patriarchate wants to resolve the issue with the MOC, but under what name?

The Ecumenical Patriarchate does not give up on resolving the church issue in Macedonia and does not intend to leave the process of resolving it, writes the Greek “Ethnikos Kirikas”. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, despite all the pressures and threats from the Russian Church and its supporters...

Macedonia 22.09.20 | 09:31

Serbia denounces Pendarovski for his letter to Patriarch Bartholomew

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic denounced the attempt by Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski to urge a recognition of the Macedonian Orthodox Church from the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. Pendarovski wrote a letter to Bartholomew in which, while not mentioning the name of his...

Macedonia 03.06.20 | 11:42

Macedonian church urges the faithful to avoid crowds over the coming holiday

With the coming of Pentecost on Saturday, when Christian faithful visit the graves of their relatives, the Macedonian Orthodox Church urged the public to avoid mass gatherings and to wear protective masks and gloves. We recommend that only those who are nearest kin visit the graves and that protective...

Balkans 27.12.19 | 10:58

Tensions in Montengro as Parliament adopts law that could lead to seizure of property of the Serbian church

Incidents occurred in the Parliament of Montenegro yesterday, when a law that could lead to the seizure of churches owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church was adopted. The opposition pro-Serbian Democratic Front protested before the vote, and a large security detail was sent in to remove them from the...

Macedonia 28.09.19 | 13:22

Secretary Pompeo will visit Ohrid during his trip to Macedonia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the Holy Mary Perybleptos church in Ohrid during his visit to Macedonia next week. Pompeo will attend an event in the Vatican before coming to the Balkans to visit Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece. It’s expected that his talks in Macedonia and Greece...

Macedonia 09.07.19 | 14:41

Zaev says his offer to bribe Patriarch Bartholomew with 100.000 EUR was taken out of context

In one of the most scandalous elements of his prank call with Russian comedians, Zoran Zaev accepts the offer from the fake “Petro Porosenko” to give a bribe of 100.000 EUR to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Zaev was pranked by Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus, who got him on the line...

Macedonia 07.02.19 | 13:12

Religious leaders welcome NATO accession, while US ally of Zaev’s expects recognition for the Macedonian Orthodox Church

Representatives of the main religious organizations in Macedonia congratulated Zoran Zaev on the signing of the NATO accession protocol. The Macedonian Orthodox Church and the Islamic Community of Macedonia were among the organizations who Zaev said congratulated him on the move during their meeting...

World 04.02.19 | 09:44

Ally of President Poroshenko declared head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Epiphanius I was enthroned in Kyiv Sunday as head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, two months after its declaration of independence was recognized by Istanbul-based Patriarch Batholomew I. The inauguration, broadcast on Ukrainian television, was described by President Petro Poroshenko,...

World 28.12.18 | 15:06

5 monks assaulted at Vienna church

Five monks were assaulted at a Vienna church on Thursday by two people, at least one of whom apparently demanded money and valuables, police said. Police said the assault happened at about 1:30 p.m. at a complex in the city’s Floridsdorf district. No church service was underway when the assailants...

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