Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

World Watch Monitor - 4/10/13 The Turkish government's long-awaited "democratisation package" of reform laws announced this week has met with considerable disappointment among Turkey's minority religious communities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Monday a broad array of reform laws, drafted by his ruling Justice and Development Party for parliamentary debate and approval. Although public focus remained ...

Nis: Program of the celebration from 1-7 October 2013

Serbian Orthodox Church The Edict of Milan Celebrations - 10/4/13 Program of the celebration from 1-7 September 2013 in Nis 1 October 2013 - 19:00 hours: Opening of the exhibition "jewelry of the Hilandar monastery" at the hall of the Saint Sava House, Cathedral church in Nis. 3 October 2013 - 17:00 hours: Welcoming the miraculous icon of the Mother ...

Third-party assisted reproduction is adultery, says Church

4/10/13 THE CHURCH of Cyprus considers the use of eggs and sperm from third parties in assisted reproduction as adultery, MPs heard yesterday. Paphos Metropolitan Georgios said the Church rejected the notion of using surrogate mothers because they could bond emotionally with the baby and refuse to hand them over to the real parents. The Church also rejected ...

Ukrainian churches support European integration of Ukraine

4/10/13 Heads and representatives of ten Ukrainian churches have supported the European integration of Ukraine and urged Russia to respect this choice, according to the text of statement of the Ukrainian churches and religious organizations regarding the debate about the European values in Ukraine. Ukraine has strong links to Europe as its spiritual, cultural, educational and legal ...

Holy Synod meets for regular session under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

On 2 October 2013, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met for a regular session at the Synodal Hall of the official Patriarchal and Synodal residence in the St Daniel Monastery, Moscow. The permanent members of the Holy Synod are Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga; ...

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Coptic Bishop Serapion of Los Angeles

On 30 September 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with a hierarch of the Coptic Church, Bishop Serapion of Los Angeles. They were joined in the meeting by archpriest Dimitry Sizonenko, DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations, and Ms Margarita Nelyubova, a DECR staff member. While talking ...

Patriarch Kirill will travel to Serbia and Montenegro

Moscow, October 4, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is expected to visit the Serbian Orthodox Church from October 4 to October 7 to attend celebrations marking the 1,700th anniversary of the signing of the Edict of Milan by Roman Emperor St. Constantine, who recognized the legitimacy of the Christian faith and ...