Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Israel openes the traditional baptism site of Jesus for daily Visits

July 13, 2011 Featured News

13/7/2011 Israel opened the traditional baptism site of Jesus to daily visits Tuesday, a move that required the cooperation of Israel’s military and the removal of nearby mines in the West Bank along the border with Jordan. The location, where many believe John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River, is […]

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Should Women be Allowed on Holy Mount Athos?

July 13, 2011 Featured News
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Sasa Milosevic 7/12/11 Tradition holds Mount Athos, a spiritual oasis on the Grecian peninsula of Halkidiki, was a gift of God to the Virgin Mary. Her picture is present throughout the Holy Mount, but she is the only woman the 1,700 Athonian monks living in 20 monasteries will see on the land. For more than […]

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Bulgaria’s Government steps up funding for Church Buildings

July 13, 2011 News

13/7/2011 Construction projects at sites on the “religion tourism” route and in communities that have no houses of worship is to be stepped up, to a total of 224 000 leva, Bulgaria’s Cabinet decided on July 13 2011. The funds will cover completion of four churches and repairs to four others. The Cabinet said that […]

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Civil Unions by Another Name: An Eastern Orthodox Defense of Gay Marriage

July 13, 2011 News

David J. Dunn, PhD 7/13/11 New York’s recent legalization of gay marriage is being hailed by many as a watershed moment in the history of the fight for equal rights for same sex couples. Whatever the long-term consequences of this decision may be, chances are, in the near term, it will be met with increased […]

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Egyptian Muslim Ring Uses Sexual Coercion to Convert Christian Girls: Report

July 13, 2011 Featured News
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By Mary Abdelmassih 7-13-2011 AINA (AINA) — The number of Christian girls abducted and coerced into converting to Islam since the Egyptian “January 25 Revolution” has skyrocketed, according to Father Filopateer Gamil of St. Mary’s Church in Giza. “More than two to three girls disappear everyday in Giza alone,” he said. “The cases that are […]

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Atallah Hanna calls for release of Sheikh Raed

July 13, 2011 News

11/7/2011 The Archbishop of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hana, has expressed his sympathy and solidarity with Sheikh Raed Salah who is currently being detained in Britain. In a recent press statement, the archbishop said that, “the action taken against Sheikh Salah is unjust and we completely and totally denounce and reject […]

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IRSS survey: Mugur Isarescu and Patriarch Daniel top Romanians’ trust

July 13, 2011 News

13-07-2011 Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mugur Isarescu is the politician trusted by most Romanian people, according to a survey conducted by the Romanian Institute of Social Studies (IRSS) and sent to Agerpres on Tuesday. According to the survey, Mugur Isarescu enjoys the trust of 41 percent of Romanian people, followed by Patriarch […]

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Head of Caucasus Muslims confirms receiving invitation to visit Armenia

July 13, 2011 News

13/7/2011 BAKU. – Head of Caucasus Muslims Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade confirmed receiving of invitation from Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II to visit Yerevan. The decision on participation has not been made so far, 1news.az reports. However, Pashazade will voice his position after the meeting with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. As Armenian […]

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Xploring Hungary: Orthodox Museum In Miskolc

July 13, 2011 Featured News

13.07.2011 “This exhibition introduces the visitor to the history and cultural heritage of the Eastern Orthodox church with the help of goldsmith works, textiles, icons and documents. Rebuilt in 1805, the former school erected by the trading association in the grounds of the Miskolc Orthodox church has been home to the museum since 1988. The […]

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Why the Red Square St. Basil’s Cathedral Google Doodle Was Offensive: Column

July 13, 2011 Featured News

By Bob Faridova 13/7/2011 Google devoted a Google Doodle to the 450th anniversary of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. A beautiful Doodle to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Church. Swell. The Moscow Cathedral Mosque — a place of worship for many Russian Muslims of Tatar origin– was built in 1904. This year, that mosque is […]

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Georgian Church calls for calm despite irritation at ‘hasty’ Law

July 13, 2011 News

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze 13/7/2011 The Holy Synod’s decision regarding giving legal status to other faiths in the country, as well as some other Church matters, was announced late on July 11. A written statement by the Holy Synod reiterated the Patriarchate’s dissatisfaction that the legislative amendment was passed hastily without proper consultations with the Georgian […]

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The changing face of the Church

July 13, 2011 News

13/7/2011 Andhra Pradesh, India It’s a well-documented fact that people adopt aspects of other cultures around them. The churches in Andhra Pradesh are following this custom and Indianising some of practices. At St Andrew’s Orthodox Church, West Marredpally, a Dwaja Stambam has been erected. A common phenomenon in temples, and seen in the Kerala churches, […]

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