2010 Patriarchal Encyclical for the Nativity of Christ

Prot. No. 1338 BARTHOLOMEW By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy from the Savior Christ Born in Bethlehem Beloved brother concelebrants and blessed children in the Lord, Within the somber atmosphere that recently prevails throughout the world with the diverse affliction of the financial, social, moral ...

AJC Welcomes Greek Orthodox Letter on Relations with Jews

December 28, 2010 -- New York -- AJC welcomed a letter from the Greek Orthodox Church leadership reaffirming the “longstanding dialogue” and “close cooperation” between the church and the Jewish community. The letter to Rabbi David Rosen, AJC International Director of Interreligious Affairs, came in response to AJC’s condemnation of a high-level priest, Metropolitan Seraphim of ...

Mikheil Saakashvili and Illia the Second Opened Opera and Music Hall in Kutaisi

30/12/2010 Catholicos patriarch of Georgia Illia the Second and President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili opened an opera and music hall in Kutaisi. 4,800,000 GEL was spent on the rehabilitation of the Kutaisi opera and the music hall. The first event was held in music hall yesterday. Musical compositions for Catholicos patriarch, his holiness and beatitude, the chief ...

Church-backed company mulls lawsuit after beer used in Porn Movie

29/12/2010 Agence France-Presse NICOSIA — A church-backed beverage company from Cyprus is contemplating legal action after one of its beer products appeared in an American pornography film. Company executives of KEO beer were stunned on Tuesday to learn that their popular beverage was featured in the film. The Orthodox Church of Cyprus owns 20% of the company that ...

Saakashvili on Patriarch’s Role in Keeping ‘Georgian Identity’.

30/12/2010 Georgia maintained its very strong identity Georgian President Saakashvili praised the Georgian Orthodox Church and its head, Patriarch Ilia II, for, as he put it, playing an important role in keeping "Georgian identity." "Let's recall 1977, when 33 years ago [on December 25] his holiness [Patriarch Ilia II] became the leader of our Church. It was the ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Rises against Ancient Greek God Statue

29/12/2010 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has reacted strongly against the intention of authorities of the town of Sozopol to erect a statue of Ancient Greek god Apollo. The municipality of Sozopol has decided to re-build a 13-meter statue of Apollo that existed in ancient times at the entrance of the port of Sozopol. The Sliven Bishopric, however, which ...

Christians Outraged That Apple Yanked App From Store Read more: Christians Outraged That Apple Yanked App From Store

29/12/2010 Several Christian leaders are angry that Apple Inc. yanked an iPhone/iPad software application containing the text of the Manhattan Declaration, a 4,700-word document that includes basic Christian teachings and Bible verses on marriage, life, and religious liberty, Baptist Press reports. Apple’s rejection signals a growing societal intolerance of orthodox Christianity that “reflects hostility toward Christian ...

Ethiopian Christians seek pardon for former Communist Officials

30/12/2010 The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, joined by Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim leaders, is requesting a pardon for dozens of officials of the Communist regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam (1974-91). Imprisoned for nearly two decades, the officials were sentenced to death in 2007 for crimes against humanity. The Communist regime persecuted Christians, nationalizing Church land ...

Coptic prayer service held at St. Vartan Cathedral

27/12/2010 New York - In light of a recent spate of violence and persecution against Christians in Egypt, members of the Coptic Orthodox Church of America gathered at New York's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral for a special prayer service on December 14. Some 1,000 people took part in the service, which was organized by Coptic Orthodox Bishops ...

Patriarch: Important to begin talks between Churches

26/12/2010 NIŠ -- It would be good to launch talks between churches in 2013, Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej stated on Saturday. “It is good for church representatives to gather and launch a humane and friendly dialogue, while other issues between churches can be left for a later time,” Irinej said during signing of a contract ...

Bulgaria Slow to Hand Over Renegade Serbian Priest to Macedonia

28/12/2010 Authorities in Macedonia have been requesting the extradition of orthodox priest Jovan Branisovski, who was arrested in Bulgaria mid-November based on an international police order. According to Macedonian papers Vecer and Nova Makedonija, although the insistence on the Macedonian side has been firm, up to now Bulgarian authorities have not confirmed whether they intend to deliver ...

Greek Church to Sue Port Authority Over Land for Rebuilding

By Matt Dunning 28/12/2010 Greek Church to Sue Port Authority Over Funding and Land for Rebuilding Leaders of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once seated at the foot of the World Trade Center and destroyed on Sept. 11, are hoping the threat of a lawsuit will force the Port Authority to honor a deal it struck ...

Bulgarian Iron Church Celebrates Patron Day

27/12/2010 The Bulgarian "St. Stephen" church in Istanbul is celebrating Monday the day of its patron. The Church was inaugurated in 1898 by Exarch Joseph and marks the beginning of the Bulgarian exarchate. It is also the main worship place of Bulgarian Christian Orthodox in Turkey. The Vratsa metropolitan Kalinik, bishop Naum, Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Holy ...

Secretary of the Diocese of Bila Tserkva consecrated as Bishop of Rokytne

Ukrainian Orthodox Church On December 25, commemoration of St Spyridon of Tremithous, His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Refectory Church of the Kyiv Caves Monastery, in concelebration of Metropolitan Bessarion of Ovruch and Korosten, Archbishop Metrophanews of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav, Archbishop Augustine of Lviv and Halych, Archbishop Anthony of ...

Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met with chairman of the Muslim Spiritual Directorate of Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox Church 29/12/2010 At his residence at the Holy Dormition Kyiv Lavra of Caves His Beatitude Metropolitan Voloydmyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine received the Mufti of Ukraine sheik Akhmed Tamin. Taking part in the meeting was rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary Archbishop Anthony of Boryspil, deputy chairman of the Department for External ...

Hindus and Jews seek Romanian Church Patriarch’s help to end Roma Apartheid

28/12/2010 Nevada (US), Dec 28 (ANI): Hindus and Jews have urged Patriarch of majority Romanian Orthodox Church, its Holy Synod, and National Church Assembly to help improve the plight of Roma (Gypsy), who face apartheid conditions in Romania and Europe. Well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed; and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and ...

2011 – Homage year of the Holy Baptism and of the Holy Wedding in the Romanian Patriarchate

The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: Following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved in the working session of 6 July 2010 that the year 2011 be declared Homage Year of the Holy Baptism and of the Holy Wedding in the Romanian Patriarchate. In 2011, ...

Ethronement ceremony of newly-elected Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren in Prizren

27/12/2010 Serbian Church Today the newly-elected Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren was formally enthroned. The Divine Liturgy was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch the newly-reconstructed St George's Cathedral church with the concelebration of 14 bishops of the SOC and more that 70 priests from many dioceses. Many Bishops of the SOC and other local Churches sent ...

A TEAM OF PRIESTS VISIT THE ARMENIAN INMATES AT THE PRISON IN BEIRUT

12/28/2010 A Team of Priests visited the Armenian inmates on Tuesday 28 October at the main prison at the outskirts of Beirut. After holding a prayer service and collective confession, the inmates received the Holy Eucharist. At the end of the service, the clergy received private confessions, and discussed listened to the problems and concerns ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I VISITS THE AZOUNIEH HOSPITAL IN CHOUF

12/27/2010 As part of his pre-Christmas and New Year pastoral visits to the residents of all social and charitable institutions sponsored by the Catholicosate of Cilicia, His Holiness Aram I went to Chouf to visit the sick and the elderly at the Azounieh Hospital/Elderly Home on Monday 27 December 2010. The hospital is the only institution ...