Putin named Times’ International Person of the Year

RTV - December 2013 One of Britain’s most influential newspapers has named Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘Man of the Year.’ The Times awarded the title because Putin "succeeded in one of his most enduring ambitions: to bring Moscow back to the international high table." According to the newspaper, it was the Syrian insurgency that “propelled the president ...

Nativity and New Year Greetings from Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society

December 2013- January 2014 OCP News Service – Global Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters Warm greetings from OCP Society. Christ is Born, Adorn Him!!! We take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed nativity season and a peaceful New Year. May God shower abundance of grace upon you and your loved ones. May this New Year bring unending ...

The 15th Annual Orthodox Youth Festival of Tirana, Albania

December 2013 On December 26, 2013, the 15th annual festival of the Albanian Orthodox Youth "Sons of Light", under the care of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios, was held in the amphitheater of the new "Resurrection of Christ" Cathedral in Tirana. Many different Orthodox youth groups participated in this festival, such as from: Tirana (the Choir and the ...

THE FEAST OF ST SPYRIDON AT THE PATRIARCHATE

December 2013 On Wednesday the 12th/25th of December 2013, the feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker, Bishop of Trimythous, was celebrated by the Patriarchate in the Monastery which bears his name and lies on the inside of the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem, near the Gate of Damascus. His Eminence Dorotheos, Archbishop of Avila, led ...

RECENT DECISIONS OF THE HOLY AND SACRED SYNOD

December 2013 Jerusalem Patriarchate The Holy and Sacred Synod, having recently convened under the presidency of His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, discussed a number of significant issues of the Patriarchate, whereupon it has decided: Firstly, to promote Timotheos, Metropolitan of Bostroi, from his position as head of the reformation of the Exarchy of the ...

UNKNOWN PERPETRATORS TRESSPASS ON CHAPEL AND ROOT OUT SAPLINGS AT SCHOOL OF SION

December 2013 The Patriarchate of Jerusalem strongly denounces and categorically condemns the trespassing on the fenced Chapel of the Pentecost and the rooting out of saplings planted around the chapel, committed on Sunday the 9th/22nd of December 2013 by unknown fanatical religious elements, inhabiting the area of the Tomb of David. The chapel of the Pentecost ...

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLIEST BEATITUDE, THEOPHILOS III, PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, CHRISTMAS 2013

December 2013 Behold the Virgin, begetting God in flesh, in the city of Bethlehem, inside the Cavern, the entire universe has been enriched, rejoice and dance, associate with servants - for the Lord has come near everyone. (Matins Oikos 20, December) The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Orthodox Church of Christ, across the world, celebrates today a miraculous and sublime event which transcends ...

Pontifical Message of Blessings to the Syrian-Armenians for the Feasts of New Year and Christmas

December 2013 On the occasion of the feasts of New Year and Christmas, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, expressed His congratulations and best wishes, extending His Pontifical message of blessings to the Spiritual Leaders of the Armenian community in Syria, the spiritual and secular servants, civic authorities, administrative staff and ...

Ordination of Deacons at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan

  December 2014 On December 24, on the Feast day of St. Stephen the Proto-Deacon and First Martyr of the Church, with blessings from His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, 40 seminarians were ordained to the Diaconate at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan, during the celebration of Divine Liturgy. During ...

Helping Armenian Families In Syria Must Be Our Priority, says His Holiness Aram I

December 2013 Thursday, 19 December 2013. Mr. Serop Ohanian, the director of the Howard Karagueuzian Foundation for the Middle East, met with His Holiness Aram I. The director briefed the Catholicos on the foundation’s humanitarian work with 1350 Armenian families from Syria who are currently registered at their Centre in Beirut. His Holiness Aram I thanked Mr. ...

Nativity and New Year’s Message – The Eternal Language of Love and Kindness

30/12/13 Nativity and New Year's Message from Rev Fr Alexander Kurien  A great Spiritual Guru and  well wisher of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society.  Behold, a child is born wrapped in swaddling clothes and lay in a manger. His name is Jesus. Love your enemies, he said. Judge not that you be not judged. Give away everything you ...

Feast of the Nativity of the Lord at the Romanian Patriarchate

December 2013 Every year, on 25 December, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of the Lord. On the day of this glorious feast the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Patriarchal Cathedral by His Beatitude Daniel, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudgea, Locum Tenens of the Throne of Caesarea of Cappadocchia and Patriarch of ...

Greek Church Goes Digital

Nikoleta Kalmouki - December 2013 One would say that the Greek Orthodox Church is rather conservative and doesn’t keep pace with technology, but it appears that things are starting to change. The  Archdiocese of Athens, trying to reduce bureaucracy, has created a communication network. The Greek Orthodox Church is entering the digital age by enabling the request of various church documents, like ...

Bone relic in Goa church might be from Georgian Queen: DNA study

The Hindu - December 2013 The first ancient DNA study in South Asia has revealed that a 400-year-old bone relic kept in St. Augustinian Church in Goa is likely to be a remnant of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (eastern Europe), who was born in a royal family in 1565 in the medieval period. A team of investigators ...

Church image on festive toilet rolls has Russian Orthodox fuming

Helen Womack -Moscow 29/12/13 Russian Orthodox believers are up in arms because a company producing toilet paper has brought out a festive batch of rolls embossed with the image of an onion-domed church. The offending loo rolls were found in a shop in the town of Fryazino near Moscow, according to the Echo of Moscow radio station. The shop ...

Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society Activity Report – 2013

28/12/13 Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society Activity Report 2013 "Seeking United Orthodox Christian Witness"   Dear Beloved Faithful, Readers, Well-wishers and Supporters OCP family is happy to present our activity report for the year 2013. 1. OCP General Body & Executive Council The third General Body held in 2013 unanimously elected the existing members to the office of the Executive Council for ...

St. Tikhon`s Orthodox University to Cooperate with St. Vladimir`s Seminary to create Institute of Sacred Arts

28/12/13 The management of St. Tikhon`s Orthodox University (PSTGU) and St. Vladimir`s Seminary of New York, USA met on October 12, 2013, in the Hall of the Academic Council of PSTGU. The University was represented by the Rector Archpriest Vladimir Vorobev, Vice President of Academic Affairs Minister Gennady Egorov, Vice-Rector for International Affairs Archpriest Georgij Orekhanov, ...

A persecuted people face life in exile

Matteo Fagotto The Australian - 28/12/13 "THEY held me captive for five days, without food nor water, constantly beating me. One day I heard them coming down the basement where I was held. "Suddenly, I felt a cold blade under my neck and someone told me, 'If you become a Muslim, we will not kill you.' " Sitting on ...

Holy Synod of Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa

December 2013 The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria convened today, 23rd November presided over by His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II in the Conference Hall of the Holy Synod. Before the Session, a Divine Liturgy was conducted in the Patriarchal Chapel of Ss Theodoroi. The deliberations were opened by His Beatitude, who greeted all ...

Why does the period of fast coincide with the period of New Year?

28/12/13 According to the Armenian Apostolic Church, the week preceding the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ - December 30-January 5 - is fasting period and people eat food of exceptionally vegetable origin. According to the old Armenian Calendar, the New Year was celebrated on August 11, which didn’t coincide with ...

Ringing the bells in Bethlehem, to keep those old Christmas traditions alive

Khadir Jaraiseh, 22, pulls the ropes of four bells in a short tower of the Church of the Nativity, for prayer services of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bethlehem, December 22, 2013.Photo by AP

The Associated Press - December 2013 The old Christmas traditions in the Church of the Nativity are waning, but some Christian Palestinians still strain to keep them. A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition — ringing the bells of Bethlehem. Twice a week, Khadir Jaraiseh climbs to the roof of the Church ...