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 ...