CHURCH OF ANTIOCH MAY BREAK OFF RELATIONS WITH PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

27/10/13 The Greek Church news agency Romphea has reported the decision of the Synod of the Church of Antioch regarding the issue of jurisdiction over the state of Qatar, stated by the Patriarch of Antioch. Patriarch John X has warned the head of the Church of Jerusalem that if within two months he does not take steps to resolve ...

Appeal from Archbishop Selwanos Boutros for the safety of Christians in Saddad & Homs in Syria

27/10/13 To all international, humanitarian and religions organizations and institutions and to who have a humanitarian role in the world, To all people with good intentions in the world I call for you today on behalves of all the innocent people including elders, women, children, young men and women trapped in an areas, where we can’t reach ...

Anti-Christian terror is everyone’s concern

Steven B. Nasatir - 27/10/13 The persecution of any religious minority anywhere by anyone is an evil injustice. It requires all persons of conscience to speak out and, when possible, take action. The upcoming 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht makes this an auspicious time to raise awareness about the contemporary violence targeting religious minorities and their places of ...

On Faith: Metropolitan Methodios’ call to evangelize sparks discussion of true Orthodoxy

TERRY MATTINGLY - Scripps Howard News Service   27/10/13 It happens all the time: Church leaders stand at podiums and urge members of their flocks to go and share their faith, striving to win new converts. These speeches rarely make news, because they are not unusual. But something unusual happened earlier this month in Brookline, Mass. "You will surely agree ...

Orthodox Christians Hail St. Demetrius

27/10/13 Orthodox Christians in Bulgaria, Greece and other churches observing the Gregorian calendar are celebrating Saturday the holiday of St. Demetrius. Known as Dimitrovden in Bulgaria - meaning the Day of St. Dimitar - the feast is an important church and traditional holiday. St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, a Christian martyr who lived in the 4th century, ...

Orthodox Church slams surrogacy as ‘mutiny against God’, seeks legal ban

RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn 27/10/13 A representative of the Moscow Patriarchy has blasted surrogacy as “mutiny against God” and “happy fascism,” restarting the controversy after tabloid reports of a celebrity couple who used a surrogate mother to have children. The comment from the head of the Patriarchy Commission for Family  Motherhood and Childhood, Dmitry Smirnov, came after Russian mass  ...

Orthodox Churches to Meet on Unity in Ohio

WASHINGTON, October 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian and other Orthodox Christians plan to meet Sunday in Ohio to discuss ideas for unifying the 12 Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, according to media reports and church announcements. The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper called the planned public forum unprecedented in its nature and said it would include ...

Orthodox church celebrates 103 years in Jeannette

Maria Tyger  - 27/10/13 It would be difficult to find another city with as  many monumental anniversaries as Jeannette has had this year. Include SS. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church on Scott  Avenue as one of them. The church was founded in 1910 by Russian immigrants,  under the patronage of the Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, and the ...

Macedonian Orthodox Church bans Facebook

27/10/13 Macedonia's Orthodox Church has ordered its priests and nuns not to use Facebook or be ready to face unnamed sanctions, church officials say. "Everyone among the clergy will face sanctions if using Facebook," the church's spokesman, Bishop Timotej, said on Friday. The bishop did not reveal the reasons for the ban, but sources from the church said ...