Devastating Images & Report from the Christian Town of Sadad in Syria – Exclusive

OCP News Service Exclusive - 31/10/13 Special Report by Mor Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama) Photographs from Mor Timotheos Matta Alkhouri (Metropolitan & Patriarchal Secretary) Forwarded by Mor Eusthathtios Matta Roham (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Jazirah & Euphrates) My brothers and sisters The peace of the Lord be with you: I present to you a glimpse of ...

Church gives president ‘wholehearted support’

Elias Hazou - 31/10/13 Cyprus: CHURCH leaders yesterday gave President Anastasiades their “wholehearted support” for a renewed peace drive aimed at ending the island’s decades-long division. Speaking on behalf of the Holy Synod, Archbishop Chrysostomos told Anastasiades he could rest assured that he has full support of the Church in the “tough task ahead of you”. The comments ...

Elderly and churches targeted in Limassol thefts

 Stefanos Evripidou - October 2013 Cyprus A 20-YEAR OLD man was remanded in custody for two days on Saturday by the Limassol district court in connection with an attack on a 70-year-old kiosk owner who was robbed of €30. Limassol CID chief Ioannis Soteriades said statements were taken implicating the 20-year-old Greek Cypriot in the kiosk robbery leading ...

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Elects New Metropolitan Bishop

October 2013 The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church elected a new metropolitan bishop for Western and Central Europe Sunday. Anthony, who up to now served as bishop for Konstanta, was elected with a full majority of 10 out of 10 ballots cast by the synod. His rival in the contest was Nessebar bishop Iakov, ...

Ibrahim says case of abducted bishops more complicated

31/10/13 BEIRUT: General Security chief Maj.  Gen. Abbas Ibrahim  said Tuesday he knew the  whereabouts of the two bishops kidnapped in Syria  last April, describing their case as more  complicated than that of the recently released Lebanese pilgrims. “About a month ago, I contacted an individual who told me where the bishops  Paul Yazigi  and Yohanna Ibrahim ...

Syrian Islamic leader says kidnapped Orthodox bishops are alive and in Turkey

CWN - -31/10/13 Two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in April by rebel forces in Syria are alive, and are now being held in Turkey, according to the Grand Mufti of Syria. Ahmad Hassoun Badreddin said that the abduction of the two prelates-- Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi, both of Aleppo— ...

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Visit to Kemal Ataturk’s Home-Museum

Maria Arkouli - October 2013 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew made a visit to the childhood home-museum of the historical leader of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, which is located within the Turkish Consulate complex. Mr. Bartholomew, accompanied by prelates of the Patriarchate, was welcomed by Consul General of Turkey in Thessaloniki Tuğrul Biltekin, who then gave him a tour through the ...

Islamists set fire to Armenian church in Syrian town

31/10/13 PanARMENIAN.Net -      Islamists set fire to Surp Khach Armenian church in Tel Abyad town in northeast Syria. According to Beirut-based Aztag daily, the arson was committed by members of al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant group, who took the cross off the church and torched it. Armenians have been living in Tel Abyad since 1915. ...

Halloween Horror: Siberian Orthodox Church Killjoys Ban Festival for Summoning Dark Forces

  Dominic Gover - 31/10/13 Pumpkins conceal Satanism, claims Orthodox Church in Halloween warning to schools and students Halloween is causing so much fright in one part of Russia that authorities have banned people from celebrating it. Officials in the Omsk region of Siberia are so worried about the festival that seemingly harmless activities such as making pumpkin faces and dressing ...

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with President of Ecuador

On 29 October 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the President of Ecuador, H. E. Rafael Correa. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the Patriarchal resident in St. Daniel’s Monastery, by Minister Ricardo Patiño of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration; Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Minister ...

Cooperation agreement signed between Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute and Moscow State Institute of International Relations

October 23, 2013 – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations, in his capacity as rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, and Dr. A. Torkunov, rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (university) (MGIMO) under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, signed ...

Metropolitan Hilarion comments on changes in teaching theology in universities

October 2013 On October 12, 2013, Russia’s Minister of Education and Science issued Order No. 1061 “On Approval of the List of Chief Subjects and Areas in Higher Education Training”. On October 14, 2013, the order was registered in the Ministry of Justice and is published today on the website of the Ministry of Education and ...

Ankara denies abducted bishops are held in Turkey

31/10/13 BEIRUT: The Turkish Foreign Ministry  denied reports that two  bishops kidnapped in Syria  were being held in Turkish territories,  according to a statement issued Wednesday. Referring to earlier reports circulated on Aug. 12 alleging the bishops were  in Turkey, the statement blamed the Syrian government for spreading false  information. “It has been observed that similar allegations are ...