St. Vitus Day – Serbian Vidovdan in Stuttgart – Germany

Church of Serbia - 29/6/17 His Grace Bishop of Backa Irinej presided over the Eucharistic gathering in the Church of the Synaxis of the Serbian Saints, on the feast-day of Holy Great Martyr Prince Lazarus, on June 28, 2017. On the eve of the feast, the evening service was held, led by His Eminence Bishop of Frankfurt and ...

Serian Patriarchj Irinej congratulated President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic

Church of Serbia - 29/6/17 On the occasion of his inauguration as President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej attended a formal reception at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade on June 23rd, 2017. A high Church delegation was composed of the following hierarchs: His Eminence Porfirije, Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, and ...

Patriarch Irinej visited the Monastery of the Image of Mother of God not-made-by-hands

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Church of Serbia - 29/6/17 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the monastery dedicated to the Icon of the Mother of God in the hamlet Drobnjaci underneath the Avala mountain, on June 25, 2017. The Patriarch greeted many faithful and abbess Zlata with her sisterhood and inquired about the construction works which have been underway. Source:  

ANCIENT ORTHODOX CHURCH DISCOVERED ON HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE

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Pravoslavie.ru- 29/6/17 The foundations of what is likely one of the largest and earliest Saxon churches on Lindisfarne have been recently unearthed on the south of the island off the eastern coast of England, reports the Northumberland Gazette. The largely intact massive sandstone blocks unearthed by the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, led by Richard Carlton of The Archaeological ...

The Holy Synod renders decision concerning Bishop Irineu (Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America)

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 29/6/17 During their annual retreat held in Michigan on June 19-23, 2017, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held a special session convening the Synodal Court which canonically deposed the Bishop Irineu [Duvlea], Auxiliary Bishop of the ROEA, from the status and all sacred functions ...

Assyrian Church of the East to Boycott EU Conference on Future of Nineveh Plains

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AINA - 29/6/17 Brussels (AINA) -- Sources close to the Assyrian Church of the East confirmed to Assyria-TV on Wednesday that the church will join the boycott against the conference on the future of the Nineveh Plain, hosted by Lars Adaktusson, Swedish member of the European parliament. The conference is being held in the EU-parliament in ...

Memorial Service for Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 28/6/17 On the occasion of the 37th dukhrono of the passing away of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III (25 June 1980) of blessed memory, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs at the tombs of the patriarchs in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat ...

RESEARCHERS DOUBT ZVENIGOROD ICONS WERE PAINTED BY ST. ANDREI RUBLEV

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Pravoslavie.ru - 28/6/17 Scientific investigators are closer to proving that the artist of the three famous Zvenigorod icons is not the same as that of the famous Trinity icon which was painted by St. Andrei Rublev, Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery announced today, reports Pravmir. Zelfira Tregulova, the director of the gallery, which houses Rublev’s Trinity, explained that the work on ...

“UKRAINIAN PATRIARCHATE” IS A SCHISMATIC STRUCTURE—MET. HILARION

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Pravoslavie.ru - 28/6/17 Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) spoke about the Church situation in Ukraine and the raiding activities of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” in a recent interview with the Russian BBC, posted on the site of the DECR. “We never speak about relations ‘between the two patriarchates,’ because we do ...

FOCUS Ecumenical Journal – July 2017 Issue

Dr Ajesh T Phillip (Delegate of the Indian Sub-continent- OCP News Service – 26/6/17) Ecumenical News Download a Copy of the Focus Journal: Download from SCRIBD The July 2017, issue of the Focus Diaspora Journal of the Marthoma Syrian Church of Malabar, (A Church in former Oriental Orthodox tradition and a member of the Global Anglican Communion) is ...

‘Let us not live selfishly! Let us open ourselves to God’s love and help our neighbours’, Patriarch urges

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Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - June 2017 The purpose of human earthly life is the preparation for heavenly life, Patriarch Daniel said Sunday in his homily delivered during the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Romanian Saints Hall of the Patriarchal Residence. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel reflected on the Bible readings, explaining that the Kingdom of Heaven ...

Faculty of Orthodox Theology holds Seminar in Bucharest on the Holy and Great Council

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Aurelian Iftimiu  - Basilica News Agency - June 2017 The Patriarch Justinian Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest organized Thursday a seminar entitled Reception of the decisions of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Professors of Theology presented reports in which they analyzed the official documents adopted by the Council of Crete. The event ...

Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

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RT.com - 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s ...

LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT ROUNDLY REJECTS GAY MARRIAGE

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Pravoslavie.ru - 26/6/17 The Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) completely rejected a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage last week, reports the Vilinus news portal Lietuvos žinios. The vote on the bill had been delayed for at least half a year, until June 15. 29 parliamentarians voted in favor of amending the civil code, 59 against, and 20 abstained. Abstaining ...

Six Militants Detained in Egypt Over Plotting Attacks on Christian Churches

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Sputniknews - 26/6/17 A total of six terrorists, who planned to conduct attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, were detained, Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. CAIRO (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, the attacks were set to take place, in particular, during Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Attacks on Egypt's Coptic ...

US STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS ON TURKEY TO PRESERVE AGIA SOPHIA’S SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE

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Pravoslavie.ru - 26/6/17 The US Department of State has called on Turkey to respect and preserve the special historical significance of the great Agia Sophia church in Constantinople. The call came in yesterday’s press briefing, with department spokesperson Heather Nauert responding to a question about the reading of the Koran that took place in Agia Sophia ...

69th Birthday of Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem

The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 25/6/17 His Beatitude Nourhan Manougian, 97th Patriarch-Archbishop of Jerusalem of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church celebrated his 69th birthday on 24/6/17. We congratulate His Beatitude Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian with his birthday. We wish him many years. May our Lord continue to strengthen His Beatitude in his work. Source:

Inauguration and Blessing of the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center

Northeast American Diocese - Indian Orthodox Malankara Church - 25/6/17 Dear All Please join us for the Inauguration and Blessing of our Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, a ministry of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 2 PM. Our beloved Father in Christ, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II (Catholicos on ...

Turkey Seizes Assyrian Monastery Property

The St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery, in Mardin Turkey, was founded in 397 A.D.

By Ygar Gültekin http://www.agos.com.tr AINA - 24/6/17 After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate of Mardin established a liquidation committee. The Liquidation Committee started to redistribute in the city, the property ...

Reading between the lines of the article “Enhancing the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarch”

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Tamar Lomidze - 23/6/17 Dennis Menos, the author of the publication "Enhancing the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarch" in The National Herald, asserts that the organizational structure of the Orthodox Church based on the principle of autocephaly does not meet the requirements of the present day. In particular, according to Mr.Menos, it does not allow to ...