Monday, March 19, 2012

New Papal Tomb at St.Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Monastery(Video)

March 19, 2012 Featured News
St.Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Monastery-Wadi El Natrun

19/3/2012 New Papal Tomb at St.Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Monastery-Wadi Al Natroun – Egypt, where Pope Shenouda will be laid to rest on Tuesday, 20th of March2012. Source:

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Charismatic Pope Shenouda ushered Coptic Church into wider world

March 19, 2012 Featured News
Egyptian Christians gather to mourn the death of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, outside the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo March 18, 2012.

By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent 19/3/2012 On becoming the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church in November 1971, Pope Shenouda III showed interest in promoting Orthodox Christianity far beyond Egypt. On becoming the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church in November 1971, Pope Shenouda III showed interest in promoting Orthodox Christianity far beyond Egypt. He built churches […]

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Eighth anniversary of anti-Serb violence in Kosovo

March 19, 2012 Featured News
Metropolitan Hilarion of Russia at the remains of a destroyed Serbian Church in Kosovo

B92, BETA, TANJUG 19/3/2012 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA — Today marks the eighth anniversary of anti-Serb violence in Kosovo when 19 people were killed and 34 Serbian Orthodox churches were destroyed. More than 5,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians were expelled from their homes in the violence that broke out on March 17, 2004. 11 Albanians and eight […]

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SYRIA OPPOSITION TARGETS CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Christians Expelled from Homs by “Opposition” Al Qaeda Gunmen

March 19, 2012 Featured News

Global Research 19/3/2012 Al-Haqiqa (translated fromm Arabic) Armed men from the Faruq Brigade have succeeded in expelling most of the Christians of Homs and have seized their homes by force. Al-Haqiqa has learned from church sources in Homs that the city has been emptied of almost 90% of its Christians. It is expected that a […]

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Bulgarian Archaeologists Claim Oldest Monastery in Europe

March 19, 2012 Featured News
The ancient shrine at the St. Athanasius monastery in Bulgaria's Stara Zagora region. Photo by BGNES

19/3/2012 Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest Christian monastery in Europea near the village of Zlatna Livada in southern Bulgaria. According to latest archaeological research, the St. Athanasius monastery, still functioning near the village, has been founded in 344 by St. Athanasius himself, reports the BGNES agency. Until now, the Candida […]

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Fire at New Valamo Monastery

March 19, 2012 News
Image: Yle / Heikki Haapalainen

19/3/2012 A fire has broken out in the main building of the orthodox New Valamo Monastery at Heinävesi in eastern Finland. Fire fighters have ruled out arson. A monastery official says no one has been hurt in the blaze and no valuable items have been destroyed. Fire fighters said the fire started in the loft, […]

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Overcrowding at Coptic pope’s viewing leads to 3 deaths, dozens of injuries

March 19, 2012 News
A woman faints as crowds converge on Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district, March 18, 2012

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN 19/3/2012 Cairo (CNN) — Overcrowding inside a cathedral where Coptic Christians had gathered to pay last respects to their pope caused a stampede that left three people dead and more than 50 injured, a health official said. Coptic Pope Shenouda III, who led the Coptic community for more than […]

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Maronite patriarch’s interview on Syria stirs new criticism

March 19, 2012 News

The Daily Star 10/3/2012 BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s recent remarks on the ongoing developments in Syria and the challenges facing Christians in the region is drawing another round of criticism from March 14 figures. In an interview with Reuters earlier in the week, Rai said he fears that the so-called Arab Spring could turn […]

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Martyrs of Terrorist Blasts Escorted to Final Resting Place

March 19, 2012 Featured News

19/3/2012 DAMASCUS, (SANA) – In a solemn official and popular procession, the martyrs of the two terrorist blasts which occurred in Damascus on Saturday were escorted from al-Othman Mosque to their final resting place, while the music of “the Martyr” and the “Farewell” was playing. After performing prayers, the martyrs, who were wrapped in the […]

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Bombings kill 30 in Syria as Christian districts targeted

March 19, 2012 Featured News
One of the buildings damaged by the explosion (Photo distributed by SANA)

MICHAEL JANSEN 19/3/2012 A CAR bomber yesterday targeted a security headquarters in a Christian district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing three and wounding 30. The explosion, the second in the city since unrest began, occurred at a time when the area is usually thronged with people on the first working day of […]

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Crackdown in Iran Hits Official Churches

March 19, 2012 News

18/3/2012 Authorities target Isfahan’s Anglicans, as well as ‘underground’ Christians In a rare crackdown on a concentrated area, Iranian authorities have arrested Christians living in the country’s third largest city in what is seen as a tactic to discourage Muslims and converts to Christianity from attending official churches. Since last month officials have arrested about […]

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One more Armenian church will be restored at Western Armenian territory

March 19, 2012 News

19/3/2012 Yesterday Turkish minister of culture and tourism presented money to start restoration of the Malatian Tashkhoran and Vank village churches. Armenian Church in Malatia is in the same community where Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink was born. The church is 250 years old. According to Marmara magazine the program of restoration is confirmed and the […]

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New study reveals “five facts about the Orthodox Church in the US”

March 19, 2012 News

NEW YORK, NY [OCA/ACOB] 17/3/2012 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America Research Coordinator Alexei Krindatch has released a new 40-page report titled “Five Interesting Facts About Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the United States.” The interesting report includes sections that survey Orthodox Church Membership in America, Orthodox Church Geography […]

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Roman Catholic, Orthodox leaders reach accord on reconciliation between Poland and Russia

March 19, 2012 News

16/3/2012 Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian have reached agreement on a joint statement calling for reconciliation between the people of Russia and Poland: a historic agreement on an issue that has caused enormous friction between the two countries and the two churches. The joint statement, which is the product of two […]

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The Pueblo Chieftain Life Local lifestyle Icons are much more than art in Orthodoxy

March 19, 2012 News

By BARNABAS POWELL 17/3/2012 One of the first things people notice when visiting an Orthodox church is that nearly every inch of the walls and ceiling are adorned with images of Christ, his mother and the saints. These pictures are called icons (Greek for “images”), and they tend to provoke a strong reaction, positive or […]

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The Oldest Church in the City of Beirut

March 19, 2012 News

18/3/2012 The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George holds a special place in the hearts of many Lebanese because of its unique location overlooking Parliament Square right in the heart of Beirut’s city center. The Cathedral of Saint George is the Mother Cathedral of Beirut’s Greek Orthodox community. It’s the “Thronos”, the throne of the […]

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Russian Orthodox Church does not have property in Bulgaria: hieromonk

March 19, 2012 News

17/3/2012 Sofia. The Russian Orthodox Church does not have property in Bulgaria, hieromonk Zotik Gaevski, a secretary for the Russian Patriarch in Bulgaria, said in an interview with FOCUS News Agency, commenting on recent media reports in Bulgaria that the Russian church wanted to be independent on the Bulgarian territory. Hieromonk Zotik Gaevski vehemently refuted […]

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Relics of saint to be installed in Ahmedabad church

March 19, 2012 Featured News
St.Gregorious of India - The Canonized Indian Saint

19/3/2012 Indian Orthodox Church The mortal remains of Saint Gregorios, the first native saint of India, will be installed at St. Gregorios Chapel in Ognaj in Ahmedabad by HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Archbishop of Mumbai diocese of the MalankaraOrthodox Syrian Church, on Sunday. The programme will begin with a vehicle rally from St Mary’s Orthodox […]

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How Pope Shenouda kept country calm

March 19, 2012 Featured News

By Francis Matthew, Editor at Large 19/3/2012 Dubai: At midnight on Christmas Eve in 1985, the atmosphere in St Marks Cathedral in central Cairo was electric. The huge concrete cathedral housed a vast congregation of over 6,000 Copts who were desperate to see their leader, Pope Shenouda III who had been released from more than […]

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Coptic community mourns the passing of charismatic leader

March 19, 2012 News
Members of the Egyption Christian community meet Father Issac Anba Bishoy for condolences at St Antony Cathedral For Coptic Orthodox in Abu Dhabi.

19/3/2012 By Nathalie Farah, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Members of the Coptic Christian community in the capital have experienced a myriad of emotions since the official news of their patriarch’s death Saturday night. Having led his faithful community for more than 40 years, Pope Shenouda passed away at the age of 88 after battling liver […]

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Elections for Pope Shenouda’s successor may be postponed: Sources

March 19, 2012 News
Bishop Bishoy

19/3/2012 Dina Ezzat Sources close to decision making circles in the Coptic Church say there is no rush to elect a new patriarch following the death of Pope Shenouda III, and that electing a president for Egypt should probably come first. Church sources said today that some religious leaders have expressed the preference to delay […]

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