This Week in Orthodoxy

This Week in Orthodoxy


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines the week of Friday, September 9, 2016:
* His Eminence Archbishop Alypy of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia Retires

* John X Patriarch of Antioch meets with President of Cyprus

*Ecumenical Patriarch’s historical visit to Croatia

Archbishop Alypy Retires

First Up, His Eminence, Archbishop Alypy, 89 officially retired from the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on July 1, 2016. Archbishop Alypy was Born Nicolai, in 1926 in a USSR Province. In 1941, at the age of 15, after the Nazi’s invaded his village, he became the victim of a Nazi practice that would take young men to work as forced laborers in Germany.

While at the German labor camp, Nicolai met Fr. Kyprian, expressed a desire to join the brotherhood and by 1945, had escaped the labor camp to begin his monastic journey that would eventually lead him to the United States.

On August 30th, a special celebration was held at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL. The liturgical celebration was headed by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion followed by a festive meal in Honor of Archbishop Alypy for his many years of service as a ruling bishop, his academic accomplishments as a professor of Church Slavonic during his years as a Hieromonk at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, and his many achievements as an iconographer.

John X Patriarch of Antioch meets with President of Cyprus

And next up, His Beatitude John X, the Patriarch of Antioch and the Entire East met with the president of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiaziz at the presidential palace in Nicosia. Also in attendance were His Beatitude Chrysostom II of Cyprus, and His Eminence Chrystophorus of Carpacia.

The topics of discussion included the general situation in the region and that of the Christians in the Middle East with crises, calamities, and specifically the Syrian crisis which is blowing off all the components of society.

His Beatitude emphasized the importance of finding a horizon of a peaceful political solution for the crisis and the deep historic relationships between the two states of Cyprus and Syria.

He further stressed the importance of the relationships with the people of Cyprus, and the unity of the island and the importance of co-existence among all religions in the east, and the refusal of terror and extremism. He hinted to the necessity of serious attempts to lift economic unjust blockade off Syria, with other economic sanctions that are fighting the Syrians in their food, life, and survival. His Beatitude emphasized settlement in Lebanon and the constitutional vacancy in the presidential position and also brought attention back to the two kidnapped bishops of Aleppo John Ibrahim & Paul Yazigi, now missing for four years amidst international unjustified silence.

Ecumenical Patriarch’s historical visit to Croatia

And lastly, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is set to visit Zagreb, the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia on September 9th where he is to open the Scientific Conference entitled, “New Martyrs: Polyperspective II”. Participating in the Symposium are the most eminent experts on issues dealing with the suffering of people in the 20th century. The conference will be chaired by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia.

Hosting the event represents a great joy for Orthodox Serbs as they welcome Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the first time in their history.

Along with conference participants, The Patriarch will visit the death camp site of Jasenovac and attend Vesper services in the church of Saint Prophet Elijah.

The following day, Saturday September 10th, on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the suffering of the Holy martyrs of Jasenovac, Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will officiate at the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, at the church of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and later on travel to Pakrac, residence city of the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Slavonia where Patriarch Bartholomew will bless the newly renovated Bishop’s Palace.

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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.