Egyptian Muslims, Christians clash over prophet cartoon

A soldier stands guard near the Saint Mary church which was set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians on Saturday in the heavily populated area of Imbaba in Cairo earlier this year. Image by: ASMAA WAGUIH / REUTERS

31/12/2011 Sectarian clashes broke out in the southern Egyptian province of Assiut after a Christian student posted a drawing of the Muslim prophet on the Internet, officials said on Saturday. The clashes, which spread to three villages, saw several Christian homes burned and left five police officers injured, a security official told AFP. On Thursday, dozens of Muslims ...

HIS BEATITUDE ADDRESS TO THE PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL & MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT

29/12/2011 Jerusalem Patriarchate Mr. President, Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, Your Eminences, Dear Reverend Fathers, Distinguished Guests, ”For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, ‘Peace be within you”. ( Ps. 121:8) We greet you, Your Excellency, and all gathered here, in this festive season. Our purpose is to celebrate the heavenly gift of peace that ...

Churches in Israel struggling to keep up with mass influx of foreign workers

By Julia Niemann 30/12/2011 While the number of Christians with roots in Israel is on the decline, temporary residents are flocking to local services in record numbers. Shifting demographics are changing the landscape of Israel's Christian communities as an influx of migrant workers poses a new set of demands for local churches. While the number of Christians with roots ...

Egypt’s military: On alert for New Year’s attack on Christians

31/12/2011 Update at 6:25 p.m. ET: Facebook has apparently taken down the account of at least one group threatening a New Year's attack on Egyptian Christians. An Arab-language Facebook page (not linked to in the story but monitored by msnbc.com reporters) no longer loads. Original post: The Egyptian military said Friday that it was increasing security at ...

A traditional thanksgiving prayer service was celebrated on St Volodymyr’s Hill, near the monument to the holy prince Volodymyr

On December 23 at St Volodymyr's Hill, near the Monument to the Holy Prince Volodymyr the thanksgiving prayer service was celebrated. This service is traditionally performed at the end of each year. With the blessing of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, headed by its oldest permanent member of ...

Metropolitan Volodymyr temporarily discharged from hospital – TV

31/12/2011 Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Volodymyr (Sabodan) has been temporarily discharged from hospital. "Metropolitan Volodymyr has been discharged from hospital, however it is temporary. Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took part in the liturgy in Pokrovsky convent in Kyiv. At the moment, Metropolitan Volodymyr feels ...

Hungary Approves Restrictive Church Law Amid Evangelical Protests

Legislation adopted in parliament raises dark clouds over Hungary's democratic future, critics say.

31/12/2011 BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of protesting pastors and other evangelical Christians failed Friday, December 30, to prevent the adoption of the European Union's most restrictive church law, limiting the number of faith groups recognized, and supported, by the state. Under the 'Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and ...

Metropolitan Jonah to speak at annual DC March for Life January 23

WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] 29/12/2011 Orthodox Christians everywhere — especially those within driving distance of the US capital — are encouraged to bear witness to their faith at the annual March for Life Monday, January 23, 2012. As in years past, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, will speak at the pre-March program and offer prayers for the victims of abortion ...

IOCC recruiting volunteers for 2012 Orthodox Action Teams

BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] 30/12/2011 Since the devastating hurricanes in 2005, International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] has provided over 600 volunteers and thousands of man hours to help surviving families along the Gulf Coast rebuild their lives by constructing new homes or doing critical renovations to existing ones. Working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, IOCC expanded ...

Dean of St. Vladimir’s Assists in Rebuilding Kosovo and Metochia

30/12/2011 Dean of St. Vladimir's Academy, New York, Archpriest John Behr, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, a non-profit organization committed to rebuilding church and social life in Kosovo. The relief fund sponsors myriad humanitarian projects, including the one hundred fifty-three Serbian Orthodox churches and ...

Academician Milorad Ekmecic and architect Mirko Kovacevic awarded with the order of St. Sava

29/12/2011 Serbian Church Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch awareded academician Milorad Ekmecic and architect Mirko Kovacevic. The celebration was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops - Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija, as well as Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of ...

Bishop Vasilije serves commemoration to victims of the Doboj camp

28/12/2011 Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik served on December 27, 2011 in the churchu of Sts. Apostles Peter and Paul in Doboj which is at the same time the memorial church to the victims of the Doboj concentration camp, the commemoration to the suffered Serbian martyrs in the notorious Doboj camp. On this day in 1915 the ...

Help to Children’s home of St. Sava in Africa

28/12/2011 Serbian Church According to many years' tradition that each great holiday representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church community of St. Sava from Johannesburg visit orphanage of St. Sava in Atridgeville, which is led by an Orthodox priest Frumentije. All what is collected in a few monts at the church in Johannesburg, is sent to the children ...

Ordination of Deacons in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

26/12/2011 Armenian Church On December 26, the Feast day of St. Stephen the Proto-Deacon and First Martyr of the Church was commemorated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. According to established tradition, an ordination of deacons was offered in the Mother Cathedral. With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and ...

2012 – Homage Year Of The Extreme Unction And Looking After The Sick In The Romanian Patriarchate

29/12/2011 The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: Following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel taken during the working session of 17 February 2011, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved to declare the year 2012 as Homage Year of the Extreme Unction and looking after the sick in the Romanian ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel addressed a message of condolences to the Prime Minister of Romania

29/12/2011 The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: As a result of the passing away of Mr. Ioan Boc, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel addressed the following message of condolences to Mr. Prime Minister Emil Boc and to the mourning family: To Family of Mr. Emil Boc Prime Minister of the Romanian Government, Dear Mr. Prime Minister, ...

Fr. A. Torik’s book “Votserkovleniye: On becoming one with the Church” is published in Chinese

English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas 29/12/2011 The Chinese Orthodox Church The Orthodox Brotherhood of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong has translated and published in the Chinese-language book by Archpriest A. Torik "On becoming one with the Church". Today it is one of the few books available to the Chinese reader who needs assistance ...

Dozens of Copts protest Pope’s Christmas Eve invitation to Salafis

30/12/2011 Dozens of Coptic youth staged a protest inside Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Friday against Pope Shenouda's invitation to Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood to attend the Christmas Eve Mass on 7 January, Al-Ahram state-run newspaper said on its website Friday. Pope Shenouda sent invitations for all political factions to attend the Christmas Eve Mass ...

Religious Leader: West Seeking to Hit Damascus through Foreign Opposition

28/12/2011 TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Syrian religious figure said western countries are using foreign-based opposition groups to hit the Syrian nation and government as a main part of the Resistance front in the region. Speaking to FNA, Head of the Syrian Orthodox Court Nazar Mobadi divided the Syrian oppositions into two groups, oppositions at home and oppositions ...

Istanbul Armenian Church Seeks Return of Tuzla Orphanage

30/12/2011 According to a news report in today’s Hurriyet, Pastor Krikor Ağabaloğlu of the Gedikpaşa Armenian Protestant Church has filed a formal application with Turkey’s Foundations General Directorate for the return of an Armenian orphanage in Istanbul’s Tuzla district that had been expropriated in the wake of Turkey’s 1980 military coup. Murdered journalist and human rights activist ...