Friday, January 13, 2012

Primate of Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church Writes to Catholicose of the East

January 13, 2012 News

13/1/2012 Primate of Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Mor Severious Moses has send an official letter to Catholicose of the East Baselious Paulose II, Primate of the Indian Orthodox Church. The official letter contains the decision of to place two bishops in Kerala under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Indian Orthodox Church. Click here to […]

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Metropolitan Volodymyr celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Protection Convent of Kyiv

January 13, 2012 News

Ukrainian Church On December 8, the Sunday after the Nativity and the feast of the Holy Virgin, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Volodymyr celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the cathedral church of the Holy Protection Convent of Kyiv. Concelebrating to His Beatitude was Archbishop Alexander of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy and Vyshneve and clergymen of […]

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OHR reacts to patriarch’s statement

January 13, 2012 News

12/1/2012 The OHR has reacted to Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej’s statement that the RS is “the youngest Serbian state”. The OHR pointed out that Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Constitution left no room for any kind of the entity’s sovereignty and that “the entity’s jurisdiction was not an indication of any sort of statehood”. “The entities were […]

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SPC head organizes reception at Patriarchy

January 13, 2012 News

TANJUG 12/1/2012 BELGRADE — Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej on Wednesday organized the Christmas reception at the Patriarchy building in Belgrade. The reception was attended by Deputy PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić, who told reporters after the event that he did not speak to the patriarch today, and was “just one of the guests”. […]

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Orthodox nun talks about prayer

January 13, 2012 News

12/1/2012 Mother Gabriella, abbess of Dormition of the Mother of God Orthodox Monastery in Rives Junction, will speak Sunday, Jan. 15, at Sacred Heart Banquet Conference Center in Livonia. Her talk, “Weaving Prayer into the Fabric of Daily Life,” will start at 1 p.m. at the center, located at 29125 West Six Mile, east of […]

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Coptic official warns Islamists of oppressing citizens

January 13, 2012 News

Al-Masry Al-Youm 12/01/2012 A Coptic official on Thursday warned the Islamists of oppressing the people should they come to power. “Muslims and Christians suffer from the behavior of some extremists from both sides,” Deputy Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Abu Hatab said during a seminar organized by the Evangelical Communion in Alexandria to discuss religious […]

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Egyptian churches embrace Al-Azhar basic freedoms document

January 13, 2012 Featured News

Al-Masry Al-Youm Staff 12/01/2012 Egypt’s three major churches and the Maspero Youth Union have come out in support of Al-Azhar’s proposed basic freedoms document, which lays out a basic framework for respecting freedom of belief and expression in Egypt. The Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches all support the document, and the Maspero Youth Union said […]

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Orthodox Patriarchate shows solidarity with expelled Jerusalem Deputy

January 13, 2012 News

12/1/2012 On Wednesday, Islamist deputies in Ramallah met with the Archbishop of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Atallah Hanna, within the framework of an extensive solidarity campaign for the Jerusalemite Deputy, Ahmed Atwan, who was expelled by the Israelis to Ramallah. The Deputies welcomed Archbishop Hanna extoling the Islamic-Christian affiliation of the Palestinian people and […]

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Russian Church declines to comment on Constantinople statement on abbot’s arrest

January 13, 2012 News

Moscow, January 12, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church has declined to comment on a statement from the Patriarchate of Constantinople on Tuesday on the recent arrest in Greece of Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery in Greece’s Mt. Athos monastic community, over real estate deals. “I assume that [the statement] speaks for itself. […]

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Inside Ethiopia’s Wonder Churches

January 13, 2012 Featured News

Paul Juma 12/1/2012 Deep in the rugged mountains of Ethiopia, a small village carries enormous historical and religious significance — and wonder. Lalibela village, 700 km north of Addis Ababa, has 11 mystical churches that bear the soul of Ethiopia’s religious heritage. On January 7, thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Church pilgrims made a journey whose […]

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Belarus’ top Orthodox Christian cleric urges Greek authorities to release monastery abbot

January 13, 2012 News

12/1/2012 Patriarchal Exarch Filaret, head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belarus, has appealed to the Greek authorities to release the abbot of the prestigious Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos. Abbot Ephraim, 56, who is accused of arranging land swaps between Vatopedi and the state which are thought to have cost the Greek government millions […]

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Greek church protests pre-trial detention of Abbot Efraim

January 13, 2012 News

ATHENS,(RIA Novosti) 12/1/2012 The autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece has called for the release of Abbot Efraim, the head of the Vatopedi Monastery in Mount Athos, who is currently under arrest on real estate fraud charges, the church’s Holy Synod said on Thursday. “Our church respects rulings by justice and would not like to interfere […]

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Church school is set to open

January 13, 2012 News

By Sophie Barnes 12/1/2012 Website of the School PLANS for a Greek Orthodox Free School are getting off the ground – and the first intake of students is set to walk through the doors in September 2013. Support for the school has come from respected sources including the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop […]

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Russian Church is positive about “Orthodox” parties, but won’t bless them

January 13, 2012 News

Moscow, January 12, Interfax – Head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin urges to think over whether it is possible to set up an “Orthodox” political party in Russia. “The Church is positive about the prospect of setting up Christian or Orthodox parties or in-party groups, but it won’t […]

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Will Christmas and New Year coincide?

January 13, 2012 Featured News
Andrey Kurayev. Photo: RIA Novosti

Milena Faustova Moscow Times 12/1/2012 Archdeacon Andrey Kurayev of the Russian Orthodox Church suggests celebrating Christmas and the New Year on one day, the 1st of January. The superposing of the dates and celebrations would be the answer to many questions asked by Christians belonging to different churches and would mark the beginning of both […]

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