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Tensions Tighten Between Greek Orthodox Patriarch, Turkish

The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, in an interview with the U.S.-based program '60 Minutes' that was aired last week, complained of the poor treatment by Turkish authorities of Christians continues. The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said in an interview on a American ...

Bethlehem mayor supports decision to boycott Patriarch

31/12/09 Ramallah - Ma'an - Bethlehem Governor Abdel Fattah Hamayel called the Arab Orthodox insitttions decision to boycott Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III's reception to Bethlehem for Christmas "unfortunate," and cautioned the church to be aware of the politics around the disposal of their lands. A group of 13 community and religious leaders form the Bethlehem area ...

Bethlehem Christians boycott Greek Patriarch over Land Sales

31/12/09 Bethlehem – Ma’an – Thirteen Greek Orthodox Christian leaders met in Bethlehem Wednesday and voted unanimously to boycott the reception of the denomination’s Patriarch Theophilos III for the 6 January Christmas celebrations. Officials and scouts affiliated with the groups under the 13 and those they represent will not receive the Patriarch at the Mar Elias Monastery ...

Greek Orthodox Services to Bless the Atlantic Ocean

NORTH WILDWOOD - Father Steven J. Vlahos, pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood has announced that the sacred observances commemorating and celebrating the Epiphany/Theophany, the major feast day that recalls the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by John the Baptist will be observed at sacred worship services ...

“Smiles for the New Year and Christmas” Program

29/12/09 Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin On the occasion of the New Year and the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Jesus Christ, the Christian Education Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is implementing the "Smiles for the New Year and Christmas" program in the eight state-owned orphanages throughout Armenia.  The program is taking place with ...

Two churches bombed at Christmastime

29/12/09 Iraq (MNN) ― Two days before Christmas, two churches were bombed in Mosul, Iraq, on December 23, Voice of the Martyrs reports. At 11:00 a.m., a bomb was detonated near the Syrian Orthodox church of St. Thomas. On the same day, a bomb exploded in a cart of vegetables near the Chaldean church of St. ...

Russian Orthodox Church representative arrives in Georgia

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.29 / Trend News, N.Kirtskhalia / Archimandrite Roman has arrived in Georgia. His visit was arranged by the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod. The Georgian Patriarchate said Archimandrite is visiting Georgia with the permission of Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II. According to the patriarchate, Georgia residents requested that a Russian-speaking parishioner be sent from the ...

Schedule of the travels of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God in the Eastern American Diocese

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia A Message from the Diocesan Secretary on the Parish Visitation Tour of the Kursk Root Icon Dear in the Lord honorable fathers, brothers, and sisters, With the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, the guide and protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk Root Icon of ...

Christmas Celebrations (25th December- Snaps)

Daily Life Snaps Bulgarian Patriarch Maksim, foreground center, leads a Christmas mass at a the Golden domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. Bulgaria's Orthodox Church turned to the reformed Julian calendar in 1968, and since then, Bulgaria has celebrated Christmas on Dec. 25 in line with most of the ...

Virgin Mary sighting a glimpse of hope for Egypt Christians

24/12/09 CAIRO (AFP) - Every night in the run-up to Christmas thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been gathering in a Cairo suburb eager for a glimpse of a vision that has given hope to their marginalised community.It is three hours past midnight in Al-Warrak, a poor working class neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, and a ...

Metropolitan Jonah presides at Nativity services at Washington’s St. Nicholas Cathedral

Orthodox Church in America 12/28/09 WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] -- Despite less than favorable weather and driving conditions, hundreds of faithful attended services marking the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ as Saint Nicholas Cathedral here December 24-25, 2009. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, presided at the Vigil and Divine Liturgy and greeted the clergy and faithful on the ...

St. Tikhon’s Seminary opens search for Dean

12/25/09 SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA/STOTS] -- The Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary here announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, effective June 1, 2010. Applications and nominations for the position are now being accepted. Saint Tikhon's Seminary is an institution of professional Orthodox Christian theological education affiliated with the Orthodox Church in ...

Nationalized property given back to Church

28/12/09 BELGRADE -- The Belgrade municipality of Palilula has returned office space located in downtown Belgrade to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). The property was nationalized after World War II. The office space is located in Kralja Aleksandara Blvd. and has 1,180 square meters of available space, which Jat Airways, Lasta and Simpo companies are currently using. According ...

USA urged to assist Patriarchate

27/12/09 The Greek Orthodox Church’s senior cleric in the USA has sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, as well as other high-ranking Washington officials, in a bid to draw attention to the treatment of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios by Turkey. Archbishop of America Demetrios wrote just before Christmas Day to US President Obama, Vice President Joe ...

Patriarch Celebrates Enthronement

The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, Ilia II, celebrated the 31st anniversary of his enthronement on December 25. According to the Georgian Patriarchate Ilia II conducted a celebratory service in Sameba Cathedral on Thursday, after which he received congratulations from a number of international guests. Among those attending was Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who said that the ...

Forty-day memorial service for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of Blessed Repose

Serbian Orthodox Church In a presence of several thousand faithful, today on December 24, 2009 at the St. Sava memorial cathedral on Vrachar the Divine liturgy for the dead was served and forty-day commemoration for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the littoral, locum tenens of the throne of ...

His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr Celebrated Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service at St. Volodymyr’s Hill

On Saturday, December 26, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in concelebration of the hierarchs of the UOC and the clergymen of the Diocese of Kyiv conducted the thanksgiving prayer service. By tradition he celebrates this divine office at the end of every year. Praying together with the clergymen were Prime-Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, ...