Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Egyptian Christians Seek Refuge In U.S. After Oppression Grows

February 22, 2012 Featured News
Maged Daniel (right) fled Egypt with his wife and two children in October 2011, after oppression of Coptic Christians increased with the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak. (Credit: CBS)

22/2/2012 CHICAGO (CBS) – The fall of dictator Hosni Mubarak meant freedom for many Egyptians, but not for the nation’s Christian minority. It’s estimated more than 100,000 Christians fled the increased oppression in Egypt after Mubarak was ousted. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley talked with newly-arrived Egyptian Christians who are now making Chicago their home. Maged […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Lebanese Lenten traditions look to the veg basket

February 22, 2012 News

By Olivia Alabaster The Daily Star 22/2/2012 BEIRUT: For 40 days, Christians around the world commemorate the period ahead of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, and while various churches celebrate Lent in different ways, prayer and fasting are common themes. In Lebanon, followers of the Maronite and Orthodox churches, in line with Eastern […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Lagos governor urges closer religion-state links

February 22, 2012 Featured News
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) being decorated with the Lion of Alexandria Medal by the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope Theodore ll (left) during his courtesy visit to the Governor at the State House, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, February 20, 2012.

22/2/2012 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday advocated the deepening of relationship between governments and religious bodies as means to provide solution to the numerous challenges facing humanity. Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos House Ikeja while playing host to the Patriarch and Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Iran: Christian Arrests Indicate Renewed Crackdown is Underway

February 22, 2012 News

Aidan Clay, ASSIST News Service 22/2/2012 IRAN (ANS) — In Iran’s 1979 revolution, many Iranians believed that an Islamic-based government would offer the reforms and freedoms they had long sought under the Shah. Thirty-three years later, however, Iranians have grown disillusioned as their government has plunged them into economic stagnation and has isolated them from […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Catholicos familiarizes UK ambassadors with Armenian Church activities

February 22, 2012 News

21/2/2012 YEREVAN. – The Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, received, at the Holy See of Saint Etchmiadzin, Jonathan James Aves and Catherine Jane Leach, the United Kingdom’s newly appointed ambassadors to Armenia. The Catholicos expressed confidence that the close ties between the British Embassy and the Holy See, which were established during the tenure […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Religious leaders appeal for Khojaly recognition

February 22, 2012 Featured News

22/2/2012 The heads of four religious denominations in Azerbaijan have issued an appeal to parliaments and heads of state to recognize the Khojaly massacre as genocide. The 20th anniversary of the massacre falls on Sunday 26 February. During the night of 25-26 February 1992, 613 Azerbaijani civilians were killed in an attack by Armenian forces, […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Writing on the wall: Israel and its Christians

February 22, 2012 Featured News

By DAVID ROSENBERG / THE MEDIA LINE/ 02/21/2012 Jerusalem church points to negative attitudes among many Jews. A day after it was discovered on the exterior walls of a Jerusalem Baptist church this week, graffiti declaring “Death to Christianity” had been cleaned up and a host of officials from the Israeli government had visited with […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Meeting of Religious Leaders at the Phanar

February 22, 2012 News

21/2/2012 On Saturday, February 18, 2012, a meeting of religious leaders and representatives of the various Christian Communities in Turkey was chaired by His All-Holiness at the Phanar. Among those in attendance were Metropolitan Geron Constantine of Nicaea, the representative of the Armenian Community in Istanbul, Archbishop Aram Ateshian, as well as the Patriarchal Vicar […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Ecumenical Patriarch makes history in Turkish Parliament

February 22, 2012 Featured News
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, (L) spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Communion arrive to speak to the members of a parliamentary subcommittee seeking an all party consensus for a new constitution in Ankara, on February 20, 2012.

22/2/2012 Göksel Bozkurtgöksel.bozkurt@hurriyet.com.tr ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Syriac Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation head Kuryakos Ergün speak at Turkish Parliament, demanding equal treatment and rights for Turkey’s non-muslim communities. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew made a landmark presentation at Parliament’s constitution-making commission yesterday, demanding equal treatment for non-Muslim minorities, including an […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Turkey reaches out to its minorities in another step for writing new constitution

February 22, 2012 Featured News
Orthodox worshippers, seen here at a mass at St George Cathedral in Istanbul, do not want to be 'second-class citizens', says their leader. MURAD SEZER / REUTERS

22/2/2012 ISTANBUL // Leaders of Turkey’s small Christian community have hailed as historic a meeting with Turkish lawmakers to discuss the country’s new constitution, but the visit also highlighted the challenge of securing rights of minorities in this mostly Muslim nation. “A new Turkey is being born,” said Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Historic monastery in Cyprus near collapse

February 22, 2012 Featured News

22/2/2012 A historic monastery where an apostle of Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles is close to caving in and needs immediate repairs, the leader of Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church said Monday. Archbishop Chrysostomos II urged Greek Cypriot pilgrims not to travel to the Apostolos Andreas — or Saint Andrew — monastery in […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Missionary metropolitan Mor Theethoos Paulose consectrated

February 22, 2012 Featured News

Syrian Orthodox Church In Brazil and Latin America 21/2/2012 MA`ARAAT SAYYIDNAYA, DAMASCUS: Rabban Very Rev. Rabban Paul Toza Consecrated as Mor Theethoos Paulose for the Syriac Orthodox Church Missionary in Brazil by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church today (19 February […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Awards in the Chapel of the Patriarchal Residence

February 22, 2012 News

21/2/2012 Romanian Church On 21 February 2012, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, awarded religious ranks to several priests in “Saint Great Martyr George” chapel of the Patriarchal Residence, as confirmation of their pastoral-missionary activity unfolded within the framework of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Thus, His Beatitude awarded the rank of iconomos […]

0 comments Read the full article →

New Decisions of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church

February 22, 2012 Featured News

21/2/2012 The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate, informs us: On 16 and 17 February 2012, the working session of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church was held in the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Residence, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel. 1. The Holy Synod appreciated the results of the […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Sava Tekelija – A great Serbian benefactor

February 22, 2012 News

20/2/2012 At the Gallery of the National Museum in Vranje from February 12 until 22, 2012 within the celebration of the Statehood Day of Serbia an exhibition ” Sava Tekelija – A great Serbian benefactor” isbeing held. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia the exhibition was opened by Professor Dr Zarko […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Russian Orthodox Church denies pratriarch’s involvement in business projects

February 22, 2012 News

21/2/2012 MOSCOW – The Russian Orthodox Church has flatly denied the media publications stating that Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill traded in tobacco and oil in the 1990s and made billons on it. The synodal information department said in a release issued on Monday that such publications “are false and deliberately defame the […]

0 comments Read the full article →