Cyprus:The Repatriation of Byzantine Icons Stolen after Turkish Invasion

Sotiria Nikolouli - 11/10/13 The Turkish invasion in Cyprus happened in 1974 and at some point, six Byzantine icons were stolen. After about 40 years, the repatriation of the stolen items finally takes place. There are elements which demonstrate that these six images had been part of the spoils of a Turkish antiquity collector Aintin Ntikmen, ...

A Joint Conference is Held by Clergymen of the Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Church Abroad

On October 1-3, 2013, St Panteleimon Parish Center in Koln, Germany, hosted the fourth joint pastoral conference of the Diocese of Berlin of the Russian Orthodox Church and the German Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The meeting was headed by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, His Eminence Archbishop Feofan ...

‘They aren’t real Muslims’: Radical mercenaries kidnap, kill both Syria Christians and Muslims

Syrian Orthodox Christians light candles before a mass marking the Palm Sunday in the Syrian capital in Damascus (AFP Photo / Louai Beshara)

11/10/13 Nadezhda Kevorkova is a war correspondent who has covered the events of the Arab Spring, military and religious conflicts around the world, and the anti-globalization movement. Christians of the East view the war in Syria neither as civil nor as sectarian, Orthodox Bishop Elias Kfoury told RT. He also spoke of those who unleashed a conflict ...

Egypt fails to stop revenge attacks on Copts

11/10/13 CAIRO - Egyptian security forces failed to stop revenge attacks against Coptic Christians after a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The London-based rights group said attacks targeted Christian churches, schools and charity buildings after the August 14 dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi camps ...

International Symposium on “Church- State Relations, Imperatives and Challenges” to be held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

11/10/13 On October 18 and 19, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, an international symposium on "Church-State Relations, the Essentials and Challenges" will be convened in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The conference has been organized by the Inter-Church Relations Department of the Mother See. Presenting their ...

Bishop Shahé Panossian has been elected Primate of Lebanon

Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon On Monday 7 October 2013, the Diocesan Council of Lebanon met at St. Nishan Church in Beirut to elect a new Primate from a short list of three names. The Council elected Bishop Shahé Panossian who had the highest number of votes. The Bishop, who joined the brotherhood in 1971, was ...

Russian Church hopes Syrian Christian clerics abducted in April are alive

Moscow, October 10, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate hopes that the abductors of two Syrian Christian leaders in Aleppo will somehow air their demands and begin negotiations on the clerics' release. "We have no information on the location of the abducted hierarchs and the conditions in which they are being held. We only have the hope ...

Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society sends humanitarian aid to Damascus damaged by militants

Moscow, October 11, Interfax - The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IPPO) has sent humanitarian aid to Damascus, part of which is meant for the fourth century St. Thekla Convent in the Syrian town of Maaloula. "A total of 24 boxes with IPPO humanitarian aid will be delivered to the St. Thekla Convent," the Imperial Orthodox ...