Yemrehanna Kristos among endangered landmarks

October 2013 - Ethiopia An international heritage group has placed 67 sites, monuments and landmarks on its 2014 World Monuments Watch list this year — a list that includes one of Ethiopia’s late Axumite churches, Yemrehanna Kristos. Yemrehanna Kirstos is a built–up church under a huge basaltic cave located at about 42 kms northeast of Lalibela, on ...

Magnificent celebration of Saint Petka on Cukarica

28/10/13 The feast day of Venerable mother Parascheva was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church at Cukarica dedicated to this great saint His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of the local priests. The choir of this church Saint Joachim and Annasang responses. Lots of the faithful gathered at the ...

Second Interfaith Dialogue between Serbia and Indonesia

October 2013 The state religious delegation of the Republic of Serbia is in the official visit to Indonesia from 22-26 October 2013 where they participate on the Second Bilateral Interfaith Dialogue between Serbia and Indonesia. The first time in history of our country the state officials and all religious primates together in the official visit to one ...

Pan-Orthodox magnificent slava days of togetherness and spirituality

28/10/13 South Africa Despite the heavy rains and bad weather in Johannesburg on 19 and 20 October, when the patron feast-day was celebrated, a great number of parishioners, guests and priests visited the church of Saint Thomas the Apostle.  After almost five arid and dry months in Johannesburg, we all spontaneously felt  the three-day intensive rain as a great ...

Orthodox Bishop allowed to visit northern Cyprus in exchange for a Mufti’s visit to the south of the island

28/10/13 A Bishop of the Church of Cyprus has been allowed to venerate Relics and Shrines in that part of his Diocese which is situated in the area of the island, occupied by Turks. In 1974 Turkey encroached upon the territory of Cyprus and occupied 40 percent of the island. On October 16, Bishop Christopher of Karpasia, who for over 18 ...

Syrian troops retake Christian town north of Damascus after pushing out al-Qaida-linked rebels

Associated Press - 28/10/2013 DAMASCUS, SYRIA –  Syria's state media say government forces have retaken a Christian town north of Damascus after a week of clashes with al-Qaida-linked fighters who had recently captured key parts of it. The state-run SANA news agency says the army "restored security and stability" to the town of Sadad early on Monday. The ...

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 ...

Chinese language for Seminarians

Chinese Orthodox Church 23/10/13 English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas During the 2013-2014 school year, with the blessing of Metropolitan Ignaty of Khabarovsk and Amur, full-time students at the Khabarovsk Seminary will be introduced to the Chinese language. The purpose of introducing Chinese in the seminary program is to train a future pastor and missionary to do catechetical ...

First Annual Orthodox Monumental Missions Walk held in Washington, D.C.

23/10/13 METROPOLITAN D.C. ORTHODOX MISSION & OUTREACH COMMITTEE HOSTED FIRST ANNUAL “MONUMENTAL MISSIONS WALK” ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013 Walk to Unite D.C. Metropolitan Orthodox Christians Raised Money for Local and International Charities On Saturday, October 19, 2013, 184 Christians from 24 Orthodox churches around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond converged on the National Mall for the ...

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 ...