On 25 December 2018, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East celebrated the Christmas Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Antioch in Damascus.
Hieromonk Stephan (Igumnov), DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), was on a visit to India from December 16 to 20, 2018, to study the resumption of cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church…
After the Lesser Blessing of the church of All Saints, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in it for the first time. The liturgical singing was performed by the parish choir conducted by Ms. Anastasia Ivanova.
St. Nicholas Island (Turkish name:Gemiler Adasi), located off the coast near the city of Fethiye, is home to the remains of four Christian churches built in the 4th-7th cc. along with some forty Christian buildings.
Petitions for the unity of the Orthodox Church and protection of the Church from divisions and schisms were offered up at the Litany of Fervent Supplication.
On 19 December 2018, Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Nicholas church in Demre, Turkey. Praying at service were a group of pilgrims from the Pskov and St. Petersburg metropolias, staff members of Russian Consulate General in Antalia, and many Russian compatriots living in Turkey.
The Legal Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church issued a statement concerning the adoption of the bill No. 5309, emphasising that it “violates the right to the freedom of religion and discriminates on religious grounds millions of faithful citizens of Ukraine who belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well…
On 20 December 2018, the Centre for Monitoring the Rights and Freedom of Orthodox Christians in Europe (CRFO) supported by the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Strasbourg published its annual report for 2017.
On December 21, 2018, the annual Moscow Diocesan Assembly began its work under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.