Chinese Orthodox will be educated in Khabarovsk Seminary

The Chinese Orthodox Church - 22/10/13 English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas In October 2013 an educational programs for foreign students began to be implemented in the Khabarovsk Seminary.. This program is created in accordance with the Federal Law on Education of the Russian Federation № 273-FZ of December 29, 2012, the Charter of the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary and the Church ...

Lebanese President Vows to Help Secure Bishops’ Releas

22/10/13 BEIRUT -- President Michel Sleiman vowed Monday to help secure the release of two bishops kidnapped in April by armed men near the Turkish border. A statement from his office said Sleiman's remarks came during a meeting with senior security and military officers at the presidential palace in Baabda. The meeting addressed ways to improve the performance ...

Record-breaking Jesus Statue Built in Syria

Grace Cuddihy - 22/10/13 A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria. The statue, entitled "I Have Come to Save the World" was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation. The project was backed by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, which takes an active ...

Fire Causes Significant Losses to a Greek-Orthodox Monastery

Maria Arkouli - 22/10/13 The bushfire that has broken out in the Blue Mountains area, near Sydney, caused significant damages to the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint George. According to an announcement of the Holy Monastery, it is closed due to the significant damage caused by the devastating fire. Almost ten expatriates were found at the Monastery on Sunday, who were ...

Turkey, Religious Freedom and the Current State of Christian-Muslim Dialogue

VICTOR GAETAN - 22/10/13 The politically moderate Muslim country is the traditional site of Mary’s House and the birthplace of St. Paul SELÇUK, Turkey — Thankfully, there are places where the simple coexistence of faithful Christians and Muslims is a joy to witness. In a peaceful grove of trees overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus stands a dignified ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels battle army for control of Syrian Christian town

    Associated Press - 22/10/13 BEIRUT — Syrian government forces battled Tuesday with al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, activists and the state media said. The Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, appear to have targeted Sadad because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it ...

Coptic church wedding shooting kills four members of same family

Richard Spencer, Cairo - 22/10/13 Four members of the same family including girl cousins aged eight and 12 were killed and 19 others injured when a Coptic Christian wedding in the Egyptian capital Cairo was raked by gunfire. The attackers were wearing masks as they sped on a motorbike past the Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in ...