Central Falls church marks 100 years as haven for persecuted

Father Mattias Alan Shaltan, 30, came to St.Ephraim Church, Central Falls, five years ago. The church will celebrate its 100th birthday this weekend.

By BARBARA POLICHETTIBARBARA POLICHETTI - Providence Journal JOURNAL STAFF WRITER bpoliche@providencejournal.com 30/11/13 CENTRAL FALLS — On Sunday, the bright new bell in front of St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Church will ring out for the first time. It will signal more than time for worship. It will ring out in testament to a faith that has traveled a great distance ...

EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENTHRONEMENT OF PATRIARCH THEOPHILOS OF JERUSALEM

On Friday the 9th/22nd of November 2013, the eighth anniversary of His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, was celebrated by the Patriarchate. On the occasion of the anniversary, a Doxology service was held in the All-Holy Church of the Resurrection. His Beatitude led the service with co-officiating Hagiotaphite Prelates, Hieromonks and Presbyters of our ...

Commemoration Day of St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew

On November 29, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a pre-feast service will be offered in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, on the occasion of the Feast Day of the first Armenian Holy Apostles, Sts. Thaddeus and Bartholomew.  The pre-feast service will be held during ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Received the Delegation of the Military Police of the Armenian Ministry of Defense

On November 28, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received the staff of the Central office of the Military Police of the RA Ministry of Defense, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The delegation was led by Colonel Samvel Ghukasyan, Chief of Military Police of the Ministry of Defense ...

UPDATE: Three dead in sectarian clashes in Minya

Ahram Online - 30/11/13 A fight over the construction of a wall developed into violence in Upper Egypt. Three people were killed and several injured when sectarian clashes erupted late Thursday in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic website. According to a statement released by the Minya Coptic Orthodox Archbishopric, a fight started between a ...

Conflicting narratives of Egypt’s Minya sectarian violence

Ahram Online - 30/11/13 Different stories have emerged to explain the sectarian violence that erupted in Minya on Thursday and Friday; official security sources say the conflict began with a Muslim girl found at the home of two Coptic boys. Sami Metwaly, security director for the governate of Minya, says the deadly violence that erupted in the ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Visits Austria

Ioanna Zikakou - November 2013 “The joyous anniversary of the Austrian Metropolis’ fifty years of life and offer, is a milestone in the Church’s course and a great event for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople,” said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Metropolis founding. The event took place in ...

Constantinople: Monastery of Stoudios Converting to a Mosque

Nikoleta Kalmouki - 30/11/13 The Turkish government plans to turn the Monastery of Stoudios into a mosque. The monastery is one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Constantinople. The restoration of the building will end in 2014, and then it will be converted into a mosque. The monastery would be used as a museum but the ...

Turkey’s EU Minister Bağış hosts minority leaders

EU Minister Bağış (2 L) is seen with Sait Susin, the President of the Meryem Ana Church Foundation (L), Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew (2 R), U.S. Greek Church Archbishop Dimitrios (C) and Istanbul Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Yusuf Çetin (R). DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah Gürel

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News - 30/11/13 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosts religious leaders of minorities at a dinner in Istanbul prasing the relations between the leaders and the state. Bağış also says problmes will be solved ‘together’ Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosted religious leaders and prominent figures from minority communities at a dinner ...

In Search of Saint Barbara’s Finger

All for one, one for all: From left to right, Mother Olga, Mother Victoria, Mother Paraskeva and Mother Nina are the sisters of St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery. (Judith van Vliet)

Jeff Wing - November 2013 It will surprise some to learn that the Saint Barbara after whom our fair town is named is not Streisand, but a reportedly beautiful, 4th-century firebrand who was done in by her idol-worshipping father when he learned she had found Jesus. He later received his fiery comeuppance, while his martyred daughter entered ...

“Next agreement in Brussels should concern property”

Tanjug - 30/11/13 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA --  Aleksandar Vulin has stated  that the next agreement in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in Brussels "needs to be the agreement on property," Tanjug reported. After the adoption of this document, the agreement should be achieved on cultural heritage and the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija, the minister ...

OCP Delegate Meets Metropolitan Mar Dioscoros Yuhanon of Chennai

OCP News Service - 29/11/13 Visit MARP The Lost Orthodox Christians of St Gregorious of Parumala in Dindigul: India/Kerala: Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society delegate and Chief Project Coordinator of MARP(Metropolitan Alvarez Julius Research Project) Ajesh Phillip met with Metropolitan Yuhannon Dioscorous of Chennai diocese of the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church during the last week of November 2013. Discussion on ...

Beirut set to enjoy the classical strains of Christmas

Chirine Lahoud - 28/11/13 BEIRUT: The Christmas  season is an elastic thing. All sorts  of people have an interest in stretching out the celebrations to make them last  as long as possible. By now tinsel and fake snow have been applied to retail  displays worldwide while canned seasonal music is piped through PA systems. The  elasticity need ...

Searching for the ‘Armenia’ in Historic Armenia, and Finding A Small Bit of It

The exterior of the Armenian Church of the Savior at Ani is covered with scaffolding in September, 2013. Photo © 2013 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

  28/11/13 PHOTOS AND STORY BY MATTHEW KARANIAN Travelers who are looking for anything Armenian in ancient Armenia have long become accustomed to finding plenty of disappointment, as well. But when I traveled throughout Historic Armenia last month, I also found a bit of cause for cautious optimism—and bewilderment. I was in Historic Armenia—a vast geographic area that includes both ...

Patriarch Kirill expressed concerns about exodus of Christians from Iraq

28/11/13 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has expressed concerns about the exodus of Christians from Iraq. "We know that Christian communities have been subjected to violence. Very many people were killed just for being Christians. Many people have left Iraq under the threat of death. That, of course, changed the cultural landscape of your country. ...

Separation of Church & state to remain intact – Russian Patriarch

November 2015 The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has rejected allegations of a possible official union between his institution and the state, adding that only an independent Church can preach successfully. “The Church is protecting its own freedom because it is sure that only its independence gives her an opportunity to be a fully-fledged spiritual authority. ...

Mt Athos wine on to the British Market

By Christopher Fielden - November 2013 Available at £59. THE history of wine owes much to the monastic tradition, but alate entry in the field is Aghiou Pavlou, the monastery of St Paul,on Mount Athos. Although founded in the 12th century, it was not until 2005 thatit first planted vines, and it now has ten hectares of Merlot ...

Office for Kosovo, EU rep, Norwegian govt. decorated

B92 - 27/11/13 DEČANI --  The Dečani Monastery marked its feast in a ceremony attended by several hundred believers, and Serbian ministers Aleksandar Vulin, Nebojša Rodić and Ivan Mrkić. Serbian Patriarch Irinej blessed the renovated dormitory (konak) in High Dečani, whose construction lasted more than two years. After liturgy, the new Prizren dormitory was consecrated. The premises were ...

Putin and Pope Francis discuss drive for peace in Syria

27/11/13 Russian President Vladimir Putin has met Pope Francis in what the Vatican described as a "cordial and constructive meeting." Putin later dined with Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian ex-leader now lumbered with litigation. Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis spent 35 minutes in talks on Monday, the first papal audience for the Russian president since Benedict XVI resigned ...

HIS BEATITUDE IN ISMAILIA FOR THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE HOLY CHURCH OF ST MINAS

On Sunday 10th November 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, was in Ismailia, See of the Holy Metropolis of Leontopolis, to officiate at the prayer functions in honour and memory of the Great Martyr St Minas the Wonderworker, Patron Saint of the canal city, in the Holy Metropolitan ...