I’m Still Not Going Back to the Roman Catholic Church

Rod Dreher  @roddreher - 30/9/13 "Pope Francis only confirms my decision to leave. " "In Orthodoxy, which radically resists the moralistic therapeutic deism that  characterizes so much American Christianity, I found a soul-healing balance" Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/09/29/im-still-not-going-back-to-the-catholic-church/#ixzz2gL9wsxT9 It’s not hard to understand why people are so excited about Pope Francis.  Since his sensational interview last week, many have said that ...

Ethiopia Celebrates Meskel, A Christian Holiday All Its Own, With Yellow Flowers And Blazing Bonfires

Orthodox Christian Ethiopians gather at Estifanos Church in Addis Ababa to mark the religious holiday Meskel on Sept. 27, 2013.  IBTimes/Jacey Fortin

      Jacey Fortin-27/9/13 A massive bonfire blazed in the central square of Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, on Thursday night. But by Friday morning, the mess had been swept away, leaving nothing but a giant spot of soot on the asphalt. Thousands of people had flocked to the arena, called Meskel Square, to watch the ceremonial lighting of ...

Muslims Expel 6 Christian Brothers From Village in Egypt

30/9/13 (AINA) -- Violence against Egyptian Christians erupted yesterday in the village of Zakaria, located in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya. Zakaria has a population of 4000, split evenly between Christians and Muslims. The violence began after a Muslim family accused Kirollos Sabet, 22, of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman, also 22. According ...

The Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch speaks out against Violence in Syria

29/9/13 Youhanna X Yazigi says Christians, Muslim united against violence The pain and suffering of Christians in Syria was at the heart of a meeting that Pope Francis had on Friday with Patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi, head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East. On Sunday the Patriarch will attend Mass in St ...

US threatened by Russia’s Christianity

September 2013 If you ever wonder why the weasel west media always calls Putin a dictator or demonizes him, just look at what has been happening recently. By watching the US news last week one would think all of America has turned gay with the Supreme Court ruling on married same-sex couples.  The New York Times ...

A Global Slaughter of Christians, but America’s Churches Stay Silent

Kirsten Powers - 28/9/13 Christians are being singled out and massacred from Pakistan to Syria to the Nairobi shopping mall. Kirsten Powers on the deafening silence from U.S. pews and pulpits. Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this ...

Do not forget Syria’s Christians, priest urges Westerners

Damascus, Syria, Sep 27, 2013 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war. “I appeal to our fellow Christians in Europe and the U.S. not ...

Polish MPs highlight plight of Syrian Christians

28/9/13 Members of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Polish Parliament have unanimously approved a draft resolution expressing solidarity with the Christian communities in Syria and Egypt. In the document, MPs call on the government and Polish diplomatic services to lobby at the forum of the European Union and elsewhere for the defence of Christians. Deputy foreign minister ...

International Conference ‘Monasteries and Monasticism: Traditions and Modernity’

28/9/13 On 23 September 2013, the International Conference ‘Monasteries and Monasticism: Traditions and Modernity’ opened at the Moscow Theological Academy. Taking part in the forum, organized by the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism, are archpastors, abbots and abbesses, monastics and theologians from Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Poland and Serbia. Among the members of the conference presidium are ...

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch John X of Antioch

28/9/13 September 27, 2013. (Romereports.com) It was a historic meeting between Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, and Patriarch John X, the leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East. -“I hope that you feel at home.”  -“Thank you very much.”  The two leaders exchanged pleasantries before ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives representatives of Abkhazian clergy

28/9/13 On 25 September 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received the Orthodox clergymen from Abkhazia at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery. The meeting took place at the instance of the representatives of the Abkhazian clergy. Taking part in the meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill were Rev. Vissarion Aplia, Hieromonk ...

Syrian Jihadist Rebels Murder Assyrian Man for Being Christian

28/9/13 Al-Thawrah, Syria (AINA) -- A 26 year-old Assyrian man, Ninar Odisho, was murdered on Saturday, September 21, in the afternoon in the city of Al-Thawra (al-Tabqah), where he had gone to safeguard his family's house and property. Mr. Odisho was with two Muslim friends when they were approached by Jihadist rebels, who questioned the three ...

Up on the holy mountains

THE SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY - Piers Akerman  - 28/9/13 SOFT rain drifted across the small town of Karyes and mist hung over the slopes of Mount Athos as our small band of pilgrims unfolded from the cramped confines of a battered taxi on Holy Ghost Street. It was mid-morning and the small shops selling icons and the ...

The Demons of Moldova

Casey Michel - 28/9/13 REZINA, Moldova—Northern Moldova is one of the poorest regions in the poorest country in Europe. Two decades after the hardly-remembered War of Transdnistria, the battered region stands on little more than dust and remittances. What it does have—in ample quantity—is religion. As in other former Soviet republics, spirituality has filled the material void, and ...

THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THEOTOKOS IN JERUSALEM

September - 2013 Celebrated on Saturday the 8th/21st of September 2013, was the feast of the Nativity of Theotokos, fruit of the womb of the formerly barren St Anne, through her connection to St Joachim, and vessel for the incarnation by the Holy Spirit of God’s one and only Son and Logos, Our Lord Jesus Christ, ...

LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A CHURCH IN BIRZEIT

On the evening of Sunday the 9th/22nd of September 2013, the foundation-stone was set of a church of the Greek Orthodox (Rum Orthodox) Community of the Patriarchate in the town of Birzeit, near Ramallah. Birzeit is one of the most significant towns of the Palestinian Autonomy, which also hosts a University. In this town, the Patriarchate has ...

FINNISH REPRESENTATIVE TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY VISITS PATRIARCHATE

On Wednesday the 12th/25th of September 2013, the representative of Finland to the Palestinian Authority, Dr Martin Irulu, visited His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, upon assuming office. In the context of this visit, His Beatitude talked to the diplomatic representative of Finland about the work of the Patriarchate, the first Church of ...

Jubilee of the Edict of Milan celebrated in Sremska Mitrovica

Serbian Orthodox Church - 28/9/13 Sremska Mitrovica: acquiring rights of the free practice of religion In the ancient city of Sirmium, today’s Sremska Mitrovica, 17 centuries since acquiring rights of free practice of religion was commemorated.  His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, along with Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa and Lukijan of Osek-Polje, celebrated ...

Close of the Bishops Synod of the Armenian Apostolic Church

28/9/13 From September 24 through 27, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, presided over the opening of the Bishop’s Synod of the Armenian Church. Present at the meeting were 62 Archbishops and ...

A Taoist and Student of Medicine is Baptized Orthodox

  27/9/13 In the Church of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Odigitria of Gonia in Kisamos Kolimvari, His Eminence our Metropolitan Mr. Amphilochios officiated the Baptism of a student with a scholarship of the 5th year of medicine, Tsai Chen Wei, a Taoist, originating from Taiwan. The name given to the newly-baptized is Luke after St. Luke, ...

In Egypt, Coptic Christians Become Target for Attack in Times of National Stress

27/9/13 Coptic Christians have been a part of the social fabric of Egypt for centuries, but in recent history they have also become a target for assault and discrimination. In the days since the ouster of former President Morsi, Coptic churches have been attacked in some of Egypt's most fiercely Islamist areas. Margaret Warner reports. JUDY WOODRUFF: ...