Syria: Christians erect statue of Jesus Christ as symbol of hope and peace

17/10/13 Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace. Moscow Theological Academy, which was the curator of the project, reported today that this monument should become a symbol of hope of all ...

Divine diplomacy: build Russian church, let temple stay

CHARU SUDAN KASTURI - 17/10/13 Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s StMatthew 22:21 New Delhi, Oct. 16: The paths are about to cross on the table of high diplomacy. Places of worship have crept into the agenda of summit talks between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister ...

Middle Eastern primates to meet in Cyprus to discuss the future of Christians in the region

17/10/13 October 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) The primates of the increasingly fragile Greek Orthodox Churches in the Middle East plan to meet in Cyprus to talk about their future in the region.        The meeting is still being planned out, but the main topic of discussion will be the instability in Syria and Egypt. But more ...

Syrian Christians turning to Russia for protection

17/10/13 About 50,000 Syrian Christians want to apply for Russian citizenship. In a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they said that they were not planning to flee Syria, but if threatened with physical elimination, they would pin their hopes on Russia as the guarantor of their survival. Analysts think that despite the difficulties their request ...

Syrian patriarch says third of Christians are now refugees

Ed West - 17/10/13 Some 450,000 Syrian Christians have fled their homes or the country, according to the country’s Melkite Greek Catholic patriarch, almost a third of the pre-war population of 1.75 million. Speaking in central London ahead of the launch of a new report into the persecuted Church, Patriarch Gregory III Laham presented a devastating picture of life ...

Bombs planted in confessional box of Syrian church

Colin Freeman - 17/10/13 Patriarch Gregorios III, Syria's most senior Christian leader, says bombs were   found at ancient Cathedral of Constantine and Helen in rebel-held town of   Yabroud. Bombs have been planted in the confessional box of one of the world's oldest   churches in a Syrian   town hailed as the country's last remaining centre of religious tolerance,   ...

Terry Mattingly: Persecution stories on the rise worldwide

By Terry Mattingly From Scripps Howard News Service 17/10/13 JOPLIN, Mo. — Churches were burning in Pakistan, while African Christians died and radical forms of Islam threatened monasteries, sanctuaries and villages in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. That was 1997. Human rights scholar Paul Marshall kept hearing one question over and over when he addressed this rising tide of ...

Amid new attacks, Egypt’s Copts preserve heritage

In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo, Father Boutros gives the homily to his parishioners at a church burnt by radical Islamists on Aug. 14 in the town of Abanoub, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Cairot. In a show of resilience, some have held Masses and weddings in churches that have been left blackened shells without doors or windows, with only a makeshift altar. Still, priests say, some regular worshippers have stayed away, too hurt to return and see the condition of the churches where they lived out milestones like weddings, baptisms and funerals. Photo: Manu Brabo, AP

  By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press 17/10/13 THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Locked inside a 6th century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of ...

President of the Greek Parliament on a Visit to the Romanian Patriarchate

On 15 October 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel received Mr. Evanghelos Meimarkis, President of the Greek Parliament, who is paying an official to Romania, accompanied by a Greek Parliamentary delegation. His Excellency Grigorios Vassiloconstandakis, Ambassador of the Greek Republic in Bucharest was also present. The President of the Greek Parliament thanked for reception and underlined the ...

Celebration of the dedication day of the Saint Pious Parascheva Church of Voluntari, county of Ilfov

On 14 October 2013, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the semi-basement of the church of Saint Pious Parascheva of Voluntari town, county of Ilfov. Over one thousand faithful attended the religious service who have come to pray and listen to the sermon of the Primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church ...

Armenian Life Returns to Diyarbakir

St. Giragos Church, located within the historic walls of the city of Diyarbakir, has been renovated. (photo by armradio.am)

17/10/13 It was on a hot Sunday in the summer when I visited St. Giragos Church, located  within the historic walls of the city of Diyarbakir. A small crowd gathered  inside the building, which had recently been renovated. That morning, I not only got the chance to meet new people, but  was also acquainted with new ...

High church dinstinction to Diana Budisavljevic

17/10/13 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, will award Diana Budisavljevic posthumously with the high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church - the Order of Empress Milica at the Serbian Patriarchate at 11 a.m., on Friday, 18 October 2013. Diana Budisavljevic saved 12000 Serbian children from Jasenovac and other death camps during the World War Two in ...

Serbian Patriarch at Patriarchate of Pec

15/10/13 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient seat of the Serbian Patriarchs, on the day of the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness. In his address to the people His Holiness especially ...

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrates the church of Saint Lazar of Kosovo on Ljubic Hill above Cacak

17/10/13 Their Graces Bishops Jovan of Zica, the guardian of the throne of the Diocese of Zica, and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej during the Divine Liturgy in the church of Saint Lazar of Kosovo and All Serbian Martyrs on Ljubic Hill above Cacak Before the Divine Liturgy there was a consecration ...