IS THE MACEDONIAN SCHISM HEALED? by Andreja Bogdanovski

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Archbishop Stefan (Veljanovski) of Ohrid and Macedonia
Church of St. Clement of Ohrid. Cathedral (Sobor) of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. Skopje, North Macedonia.

This weekend in Sremski Karlovci, the Serbian Orthodox Church will be celebrating 100 years since the re-establishment of the Serbian Patriarchate. The 1920s were instrumental in the shaping and forming of what we today refer as the Serbian Orthodox Church. After the formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, the Ecumenical Patriarch issued a tomos of autocephaly in 1922, confirming the unification of the various ecclesiastical units in this part of the Balkans under one Serbian Church.

Many things have changed since 1922, but the tomos issued a century ago is still in force. This provides the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) with ecclesiastical jurisdiction rights that span seven independent states. The Ecumenical Patriarchate’s (EP) decision of May 9, 2022, which restores the ecclesiastical canonicity of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbisphric (MOC-OA), directly affects the future of the SOC’s right to claim jurisdiction over North Macedonia. Read More


PASCHAL ENCYCLICAL TO ALL ORTHODOX HIERARCHS OF THE WORLD

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To All Patriarchs, Metropolitans, Archbishops, and Bishops of the Orthodox Church

Our Masters, Archpastors, and Shepherds in Christ

As Bright Week draws to a close, I greet each and every one of you with the joyous proclamation of the triumphant resurrection of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ from the dead:

Christ is risen! Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Хрїстосъ воскресе! Христос воскрес! Hristos a înviat!

!المسيح قام ქრისტე აღსდგა!

May your hearts be filled with the Uncreated Light shining forth from the grave, for Christ is risen, and death has lost its sting! Christ is risen, and Hell is no more victorious! Christ is risen, and Hell is overthrown! Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave! For Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen. Read More


ACTIVIST PRIESTS: VOICES FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE AND RUSSIA by Nicholas Sooy

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Archpriest George Kovalenko
Ukrainian peace activist and hero

One morning a few weeks ago, I was awoken at 4:00 a.m. with an urgent message from a priest in Russia: their anti-war activities had put them on the radar of “Center E,” a secret police inside Russia which investigates religious extremism and terrorism. Arrest and imprisonment was a real possibility, a frightening prospect given the many accusations of torture inside Russia’s prisons.

This priest is a friend of mine, and a good man who wished harm on no one. However, in Russia it is illegal to oppose the war, with fines of up to $45,000 and prison sentences of up to fifteen years. Russia had outlawed the seventh beatitude, which blessed the peacemakers. Read More


OCA SYNOD TO ANNOUNCE BLANKET EXCOMMUNICATION OF TRANSGENDER ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS (While Remaining in Communion with Genocidal Patriarch)

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A senior priest of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) informs Orthodoxy in Dialogue that the Holy Synod is preparing to release a document which states, in part:

We believe the human being is created as a psychosomatic unity. The body therefore is not a mere accessory to the soul, but definitive of the person together with the soul. We consequently reject utterly its mutilation in the service of a perceived mismatch of gender; neither, sadly, can we in conscience admit to the holy Chalice any who, unrepentant, are or have been engaged this process. Read More