Security Chief Meets Patriarch John X over kidnapped bishops

15/10/13 BEIRUT: Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim  met Saturday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi  and discussed the ongoing efforts  to secure the release of two Syrian bishops. Ibrahim, the head of General  Security, returned Friday from Turkey  where he followed up on the negotiation  process concerning the release of the bishops as well as a group ...

Syrian Christians, in fear of Jihadists, begin to take up arms with Assad

15/10/13 As the Syrian civil war drags on, the rebels no longer simply want to topple a tyrannical regime. Now they want to replace the government with an Islamic-centered state, with Christians now joining President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Members of the religiously neutral Free Syrian Army, which started waging the conflict two years ago, are being supplemented ...

Patriarch John X Calls for All-embracing Cabinet, Urges Responsibility in Case of Kidnapped Bishops

Naharnet Newsdesk - 15/10/13 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi stressed on Tuesday the importance of forming an all-embracing government to avoid a constitutional vacuum and consolidate civil peace. During a synod held in Balamand, he called for consolidating Lebanon and distancing it from the crises in the region. Yazigi said an all-embracing cabinet should be formed to confront dangers, avoid ...

Will Bishops Be Included in Deal

Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor  Lebanon Pulse - 15/10/13 A Lebanese minister confirmed to Al-Monitor that he has completely freed up his schedule for  the next few days, and will keep his mobile phone at his side until the end of  the Eid al-Adha holiday, which lasts from Oct. 15-17. He said he is waiting for  a call from ...

Arrests for church theft

Cyprus- 15/10/13 POLICE have arrested a married couple in connection with the theft of mainly silver church items. Paphos CID believe they have found stolen items that link the Syrian man and Polish woman, both 37, to eight churches in the Paphos district, as well as to a church in Kilani in Limassol. Paphoc CID head Nicos Tsappis ...

Many of 250 Drowned Migrants Were African Christians Fleeing Persecution

Kate Tracy - 15/10/13 Of the more than 250 African migrants who drowned less than one mile from European soil last week, many were Christians fleeing religious persecution. So reports World Watch Monitor (WWM) on the Lampedusa shipwreck that has shocked Europe into another round of discussion over its refugee policy. The ship left Libya carrying an estimated ...

Armenian church in Turkish province turned into cattle shed

15/10/13 PanARMENIAN.Net -  A historic Armenian ch urch in the village of Germuş, south-eastern Turkey's Şanlıurfa Province was turned into a cattle shed, hyetert.com said. The church was reconstructed by Armenians 10 years ago, however, 3 years ago, instead of becoming a tourist destination, the church was turned into a cattle shed, according to urfadabugun.com. A 3-language sign installed ...

Turkey must return the Armenian Churches to their rightful owners, Catholicos Aram I says

15/10/13 In his opening remarks to the 3rd Convention of the European Armenians, His Holiness Aram I urged Turkey to “return the Armenian churches to their legitimate owners, the Armenian people”. Speaking about the Armenian people’s struggle for justice, he said that “Numerous studies, publications, lectures, seminars and conferences, substantiated by historical evidences and eye witness accounts, ...

Archbishop Condemns Slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians, Calls for Christian Leaders to Unite

15/10/13 Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Antoine Shedrawi, the Metropolitan of Mexico and Central America, condemned the daily killing and harassment of Christians during a visit this week to the Maronite patriarch of Lebanon, Mar Bechara el-Rahi. Christians of the Middle East are "indigenous people," said the archbishop, adding that they would defend their land until the "last drop of ...

Serbs should unite and vote in Kosovo elections – Patriarch Irinej

14/10/13 PEC – The Patriarchate of Pec marked its day – the Protection of the Theotokos with a holy liturgy served by Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej along with Bishop Teodosije of Raska and Prizren. Patriarch Irinej said that the Patriarchate of Pec means a lot to Serbian people as it is a spiritual center, historic ...

“We have never had any division between Christians and Muslims”

Vestnik Kavkaza - 14/10/13 "This is a bloody mayhem supported by the sinister Pentagon’s scenario of military pressure, violence and air strikes that will undoubtedly provoke many casualties and paralyze Syria", the deputy chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) Elena Agapova emotionally began her story about the humanitarian situation in Syria. According to her, "the ...

Attack on Jerusalem graves unnerves Christians

The Associated Press - 14/10/13 Christian leaders in Israel are up in arms over what they say is a string of relentless attacks on church properties and religious sites _ most recently the desecration of a historic Protestant cemetery where vandals toppled stone crosses from graves and bludgeoned them to pieces. The attack in the Protestant Cemetery ...

Patronal Feast day of St Sergius celebratio​n in Shenzhen house church

The Chinese Orthodox Church - 14/10/13 On October 7-8 in the house church in the name of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh celebrations were held in his honor. The Shenzhen church is consecrated in his memory. During the feast day, congregations of Orthodox churches in Hong Kong and Guangzhou,  came to share the joy of the ...

Prayer for the Victims Cyclone Phailin

Rev Fr Alexander Kurien - 14/10/13 Lord, our Creator, please be the strength and refuge for your children affected by Cyclone Phailin. Please rescue your suffering children and send immediate assistance to them. Lord, our loving Father, bless the impacted by this storm and surround them with Your love, protection, and angels. Give them hope, comfort, ...