Celebrating St. George in the Holy Land

Holy Land Review - Greg Friedman, OFM and Daniel Koski - 28/7/17 The saint often portrayed fighting a dragon is in reality one of the most popular saints in both the East and West. He is particularly venerated by Palestinians in the Holy Land. On May 5, 2016, I caught the Arab bus in Jerusalem, headed for ...

RUSSIAN CHURCH RELEASES DRAFT CATECHISM INCLUDING SECTION THAT “CONDEMNS” OPPONENTS OF ECUMENISM

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Pravoslavie.ru - 27/7/17 With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission has published a draft version of the Catechesis of the Russian Orthodox Church for Church-wide discussion, reports patriarchia.ru. The final section on the Russian Church’s attitude towards the non-Orthodox has caused some consternation. The idea of creating a modern catechism was first raised at ...

Unexpected Discoveries – The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Khoren Bandazian - The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 27/7/17 The time before a vacation is hectic. Especially if you are going to be away for a while. Before my trip to Israel I was very busy and didn’t get a chance to think or study where we would be going so I left ...

A Groundbreaking Consultation on The New Armenian Diaspora and its Self- Understanding is held at St Mary’s Monastery in Bikfaya

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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - July 2017 11-13 July 2017. The meeting began on Tuesday with the participation of Mrs Heranoush Hagopian, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, and over 30 scholars from Armenia and the diaspora, representing different disciplines, countries, ages and gender. His Holiness Aram I opened the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer and invited the diaspora ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Awarded “Golden Medal” of the International Academy of Literary Documentation

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 27/7/17 On July 25, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received a delegation from the International Academy of Literature Documentation. They were led by Mr. Valery Narinyan, President of the Academy. The purpose of the visit was to ...

Number of atheists in Russia halves in 3 years – poll

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RT.com - 26/7/17 The number of Russians who describe themselves as atheists has fallen from 26 to 13 percent in just three years, according to recent research. The share of those who back the Church’s involvement in state politics has increased slightly. The poll, conducted by the Russian independent research center Levada in late June, showed that ...

Holy Qurobo – Conclusion of 53rd Convention, California – USA

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 26/7/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at the conclusion of the 53rd Annual Convention held in California, USA. Their Eminences Archbishops Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, and Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, assisted His Holiness during the ...

Dormition of the Righteous Anna, the Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos; Commemoration of the Holy 165 Fathers of the Fifth Ecumenical Council; Holy Woman Olympias (Olympiada) the Deaconess of Constantinople; Virgin-martyr Eupraxia of Tabenna

Iulian Dumitrascu - Basilica News Agency  - 25/7/17 Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and the lineage of Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. During the reign of Saint Justinian the Emperor ...

In pictures: Patriarch Daniel prayerfully celebrates 66th birthday

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - 25/7/17 His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, celebrated Saturday his 66th birthday. On this occasion, His Grace Varlaam of Ploiesti, Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch, officiated a Te Deum (Doxology) service as a sign of thanksgiving to God for the bounties poured out upon His Beatitude over time. The July 22 service was attended ...

Assyrians Protest Removal of Mayor By Kurdish Government

Fayez Abed Jawahreh, the Assyrian mayor of Alqosh, north Iraq, was illegally removed from his post by the Kurdish Regional Government. (AINA)

AINA - July 2017 Alqosh, North Iraq (AINA) -- A large demonstration was held yesterday in the Assyrian town of Alqosh, situated in Iraq's Nineveh Plains, to protest the ouster of the Assyrian mayor, Fayez Abed Jawahreh, who was voted into office in 2014. Mayor Jawahreh has faced several Kurdish-led attempts to unseat him. The decision ...

Losing Faith: Germany’s Christian Population Declining at Record Rate

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Sputniknews - 25/7/17 The number of Catholics and Protestants in Germany sank to a new low in 2016, with the latter hemorrhaging almost 1.6 percent of members in comparison with the previous year, according to recently released figures. According to the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD), at the end of 2016 there were around 22 million evangelicals in Germany. Demographics played the biggest factor in the change: in 2016, approximately 340,000 evangelicals passed away ...

Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica

Church of Serbia - 25/7/17 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery on 22 July 2017. The service was prayerfully attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America. After the Liturgy, His Holiness Irinej served a memorial service ...

Biography of the newly-elected Bishop Atanasije of Milesheva

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Church of Serbia - 25/7/17 His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita), elected Bishop of Mileshevo, was born on 7 November 1957 in Janje near Sipovo. His got the baptismal name Svetko. After finishing primary school in Babici, he absolved  the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Krka monastery. He was tonsured in the same monastery as a graduate of the ...

FRANCE CURRENTLY HOME TO 500-700,000 ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS AND GROWING

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Pravoslavie.ru - 25/7/17 The Handbook of the Orthodox Church has been published in France, providing comprehensive information and practical information about Orthodox life in France. It presents a detailed map showing the location of all Orthodox parishes, monasteries, and dioceses in France by region, and provides information about Orthodox bishops (members of the Association of Orthodox Bishops), priests, ...

HIERARCHS OF LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR CANONICAL UKRAINIAN CHURCH

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Pravoslavie.ru - July 2017 A press briefing was held on July 23 before the Divine Liturgy at the Kiev Caves Lavra with several representatives of various Local Orthodox Churches, who had arrived to honor the memory of St. Anthony of the Kiev Caves, the founder of monasticism in Rus’, in which the bishops spoke out in ...

Eritrean Synod organises a Sham ‘Reconciliation’

The British Orthodox Church - 22/7/17 On 11 July 2017 the ‘Holy Synod’ of the Eritrean Orthodox Church issued a statement declaring that the issue of Patriarch Abune Antonios had been resolved and that there was “a full reconciliation, peace and love with Abuna Antonios in the presence of Union of the Monasteries and Church Scholars.” ...

Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture – September 15 – 2017

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SVOTS - July 2017 St. Vladimir's Seminary 575 Scarsdale Road Yonkers, NY 10707 Dr. Alice-Mary Talbot will present the fourth annual Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture on our campus, Friday, September 15, at 7 p.m. Dr. Talbot is the Director Emerita of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, a prestigious research institute of Harvard University, located in Washington, D.C., and is also Editor ...

Mar Benyamin Elya Consecrated Bishop of the Assyrian Diocese of Victoria & New Zealand

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East - July 2017 Photo Gallery: On Sunday 16th July 2017 by the grace of Almighty God, the Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon under the leadership of His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia AM was blessed with the consecration of His Grace Mar Benyamin Elya as the first Bishop ...

Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago

Church of Serbia - 21/7/17 His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia led the Divine Liturgy at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL here on this day. His Holiness is presently in the United States having led the glorification of the St. Mardarije in Libertyville, IL on July 2/15 ...