Saturday, February 08, 2014
Orthodox Church Canonizes First Saints in More Than 50 Years
Some exciting news from His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians: The Orthodox Church has recognized its first new saints in more than 50 years - Hieromonks Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis and Meletios of Ypseni (Rhodes).
We tend to think of saints as people who lived thousands of years ago.
Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis lived from 1906 to 1991. Meletios of Ypseni was born at the end of the 18th Century.
They are the first saints to be canonized by the Orthodox Church since St. Nektarios of Aegina in 1961.
You can read more about the new saints in the latest edition of the Orthodox Observer.
Announcement by the Holy and Sacred Synod