Funeral service for Bishop Hrizostom of Zica of blessed repose

Serbian Orthodox Church - 20/12/12 At the funeral service also Their Graces Bishops celebrated: Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Justin of Timok, PAhomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadia, Ignjatije of Branicevo, Fotije of Dalmatia, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Maxim of Western ...

The Nativity of Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the Mysterious Work of the Most Holy Trinity

On 23 December 2012, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, delivered a sermon in the chapel of Saint Gregory the Enlightener of the Patriarchal Residence in which he explained the significance of the evangelical parable of the Sunday before the Nativity of the Lord of Saint Evangelist Matthew 1:1-24, referring to the ...

The Patriarch of Romania Awarded the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle Protector of Romania to the President of the National Authority for Administration and Regulations in Communications (ANCOM in Romanian)

On 20 December 2012, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, awarded the order of Saint Andrew the Apostle Protector of Romania to Mr. Catalin Marinescu, President of the National Authority for Administration and Regulations in Communications, in Europa Christiana hall of the Patriarchate Palace, in the presence of the members of the Church National Council. On ...

Remembrance of the Heroes of December 1989 at the Patriarchal Cathedral

These days the priests and deacons celebrate remembrance services at the cemeteries, monuments and road side shrines from all over the country dedicated to the heroes of December 1989 who sacrificed their lives for the freedom, faith and dignity of the Romanian people. On 22 December 2012, the heroes of December 1989 were remembered at the ...

Blessing For Those In Distress

27/12/12 - Romanian Orthodox Church On the Eve of Christmas, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, visited the old people living at the Centre of palliative care of “Saint Necatrie” of the Archdiocese of Bucharest.     Adriana Caruntu, director of the Centre of palliative care of “Saint Nectarie” provided more information for Trinitas TV: “The visit ...

Global religions: Where is the Christian map moving?

Wayne Baker Community Contributor - 26/12/12 Editor's note: This post is part of a series by Dr. Baker on Our Values about core American values. This week Dr. Baker is discussing global religions. Christmas is the holiday most celebrated by Christians around the world. For most Americans, Christmas now is behind us—but millions of adherents, especially Orthodox ...

Archbishop Chrysostomos calls for Cyprus solution

FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE - 26/12/12 In his Christmas message, read in all churches , Archnishop Chrysostomos notes that the strength of the message of the lord born into humanity rises above all the problems that Greek Cypriots face today, with occupation being the foremost. The head of the Cyprus Church says that efforts to reunify Cyprus must not ...

Why some “Turks” are less equal

26/12/12 -BURAK BEKDİL Back in 2009, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I quietly complained that “we are being crucified daily.” The government’s response was a quick, not-so-veiled threat, issuing a statement that said, “[We] hope that was a slip of the tongue.” Never mind the threatening wording of the response. Luckily the patriarch ...

Christians celebrate Christmas in Iran

26/12/12 Christmas Holidays, here again. Many Christians in Iran are out scrambling to buy last minute presents.  There are about 150,000 Christians in Iran, most of them Armenians, who celebrate Christmas in churches and at homes with family and friends. Christmas is the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday celebrated ...

Anniversary of reconsecration of St. Cross Church celebrated in Javakhk

2 5/12/12 YEREVAN, DECEMBER 25, ARMENPRESS. Devine liturgy has been celebrated in St. Cross Church in Javakhk on December 23, which was dedicated to the restoration and reconsecration of the church. Reconsecration of St. Cross Church was held one year ago. The Diocese of Georgia of the Armenian Apostolic Church informed "Armenpress" about this. Fr. Hokob Sahakyan served ...

Georgia to celebrate 35th anniversary of enthronement of Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II

Trend, N. Kirtskhalia- 25/12/12 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is celebrating the day of his enthronement today. As the Patriarchate of Georgia told Trend, in this regard Patriarch will hold a festive liturgy in Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, where he was elected to the Patriarchate of Georgia 35 years ago. Crowd is expected to arrive in the church. Catholicos-Patriarch of ...

Protesting Students Appeal to Patriarch Kirill

26/12/2012 Students and faculty of the Russian State University of Trade  and Economics who last week vowed an indefinite strike over  the Education and Science Ministry's decision to reorganize  the university have appealed to Patriarch Kirill to intervene  in the matter, news reports said Wednesday morning. In an open letter posted  on the school's website, members of ...

Christians in Iraq celebrate Christmas in Kurdistan

Hermione Gee  - 26/12/12 Iraq’s Kurdistan Region is home to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. In the last decade it has also welcomed Christians from the rest of Iraq who were persecuted for their religious beliefs. Christmas in Kurdistan takes on a special meaning for Christians knowing that not all their fellow citizens are ...

‘Delhi protest reminds us of Jesus’s uncompromising fights’ Metropolitan Mor Coorilose Geevarghese

26/12/12- Syrian Orthodox Church in India ‘Delhi protest reminds us of Jesus’s uncompromising fights’ Even As Civil Strife And Economic Inequities Divide The World, Christmas Is An Occasion For Togetherness: Metropolitan Mor Coorilose Geevarghese. KOCHI: Christmas, basically, is a commemoration of the violation of human rights. When he was born, Jesus Christ was denied the right to ...

Russian Orthodox Church to be built in Strasbourg

26/12/12 The Russian Orthodox Church has obtained permission for the construction of a church in Strasbourg. On Monday, Strasbourg Mayor Rolland Ries handed the necessary papers to Moscow Patriarchate representatives. The City Hall of Strasbourg approved the church’s design, created by St. Petersburg architect Yuri Kirs and blessed by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. The church ...

Syrian Christians ‘pray for peace’

25/12/12 AFP - In the heart of Damascus, more than 1,000 people attended Christmas mass on Monday, praying for peace to return to Syria, after almost two years of bloodshed. "I pray that peace and safety returns to the hearts of all Syrians," said Heba Shawi, 24, a Catholic attending mass at Notre Dame church in the ...

Egypt’s New Constitution Gives Coptic Christians a Bleak and Unstable Future

24/12/12 Egyptians have approved a controversial new constitution. According to reports, Egyptians have endorsed the new charter in the two-stage referendum; the approved charter gives Islamists the mandate to decide the future of Egypt which has a considerable Christian population and other minorities. The new constitution drafted by a predominant Islamist group, which excluded the aspirations of ...

Two Sudan Coptic priests arrested after ‘baptism’

By AFP Khartoum-23/12/12 Two priests from the Coptic Orthodox Church in Sudan have been arrested after the religious conversion of a Muslim in the Islamist-run state, church sources said. “I understand there was someone from the Arab origin that accepted Christ and was baptized by them,” leading to their arrest within the past few days, one religious ...

Syrian Christians fear bleak future after Assad

BARBARA SURK, Associated Press - 24/12/12 BEIRUT  (AP) — With Christmas just days away, 40-year-old Mira begged her parents to  flee their hometown of Aleppo, which has become a major battleground in Syria's  civil war. Her  parents refused to join her in Lebanon, but they are taking one simple  precaution inside their besieged city. For the first ...