Orthodox Christian Charities and WFP Partnership Serves 5,000,000 School Snacks

IOCC - 24/8/19 Visit to Donate: An apple or a banana, a serving of peanuts or a carton of milk make up a small snack pack. Five million of those filling, healthful snacks have helped students in Lebanon get the most from their education. Partnering with the World Food Program in Lebanon, IOCC offers snacks to over 22,700 ...

YPG Using Syriac Christian Front Organizations As Mouthpiece for Fear-mongering Messages Regarding Northeast Syria

Press conference in Northeast Syria. Flags representing various groups, including the YPG and its counterpart the "Syriac" Military Council. Source photo: Nadie Harbieh.

Wca-ngo.org - 24/8/19 A few Syriac organizations claiming to represent the Christians of Northeast Syria while basically being front organizations of the YPG, have recently been causing quite a stir online. Being aligned with Kurdish communist separatists from Syria, their fearmongering messages deliberately portray an aggressive Turkish invasion that will exterminate the last Christians in this ...

Patriarch Bartholomew at the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace

Basilica Orthodox News Agency - 24/8/19 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Lindau (Germany) from 20-23 August 2019 where he delivered the keynote address.  Religions for Peace, in partnership with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society, is the world’s most representative, multi-religious gathering ...

Event to Celebrate SVOTS, St. Nersess Seminary Collaboration

SVOTS - 24/8/19 Pan-Orthodox Christian Collaboration!  [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] For fifty years, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary have worked together to help build up the Body of Christ. This October, celebrate with us this milestone of fifty years of collaboration! An evening of events at St. Vladimir’s Seminary on Friday, October ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II and Roman Prelates Meet Viktor Orban – Prime Minister of Hungary

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 24/8/19 On August 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, in Fatima – Portugal. The meeting was also attended by their Beatitudes Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III ...

Feast of Transfiguration of the Lord in Holy Protection Skete

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 24/8/19 On Monday, August 19, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern American & New York paid an archpastoral visit to Holy Protection Skete in Buena, NJ, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy for the great feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Concelebrating ...

Wonder-working Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God welcomed in Holy Protection Church

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 24/8/19 On Tuesday, August 20, the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign" was brought to Holy Protection Church in Saratov, Russia. The icon was triumphally greeted by Metropolitan Longin of Saratov & Volsk, Bishop ...

THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE – 2019

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 21/8/19 On Monday, August 6/19, 2019, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. On Mount Tabor On this feast, according to the Gospel narratives, the Church commemorates the event that our Lord went up on Mount Tabor before His Passion; the mount is in Galilee and there, ...

Letter to Archbishop Elpidophoros Following the Meeting with OCL Representatives

OCL - 21/8/19 August 14, 2019 Eve of the Dormition of the Theotokos His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America 8-10 East 79th Street New York, New York 10075-0106 Your Eminence: We greatly appreciate the privilege of meeting with you on July 31st, so early in your ministry to the Church and its people here in America. We all ...

5th anniversary of Enthronement of Metropolitan Onuphry celebrated in Kiev

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Orthodoxchristian - 21/8/19 His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was enthroned as the primate of the Ukrainian Church on August 17, 2014, following the repose of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir. The fifth anniversary of his enthronement was previously celebrated in June together with his name’s day, when hierarchs throughout the Orthodox world gathered in Kiev to ...

Aid Organisation Raises Red Flag Over Forced Conversions of Christian Women to Islam in Pakistan

Sputniknews - Tim Korso- August 2019 The problem mostly affects religious minorities, such as Christians, who also face other issues in addition to forced conversions. Asia Bibi, a Christian woman born in Pakistan, narrowly escaped a death sentence recently over false accusations of blasphemy, triggered by a conflict with Muslim colleagues. The organisation Aid to the Church ...

Ukrainian Autocephaly and Local Churches: Unity Above All

Jelena Rakocevic - (Senior Columnist - Eastern orthodox Affairs) OCP News Service - 18/8/2019 It’s been more than six month since the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was created and received autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate but scandals surrounding the Church have not yet subsided. On the one hand, the Ecumenical Patriarch’s authority in the Greek ...

Bucharest Archdiocese Gives $1,000+ to the Family of Newly-Reposed Priest

Basilica Romanian Orthodox News Agency - 17/8/19 The Archdiocese of Bucharest decided, at the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, to provide financial support to Fr. Marius’ grieving family. The Archdiocese is providing $1,184 (5,000 lei) to Fr. Marius’ wife and children. Fr. Marius Gabriel Bărăscu of Parava, Bacău County, 160 miles northeast of Bucharest, tragically died in ...

The Mother of God Is the Greatest Ambassador of Christians, Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Ieronim Says

Basilica Romanian Orthodox News Agency - 17/8/19 The patriarchal auxiliary bishop Ieronim of Sinaia on Wednesday spoke about the role played by the Theotokos in God’s salvific economy, calling the Blessed Virgin Mary ‘the greatest ambassador of Christians’. Leading the service of the burial of the Theotokos at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest on Aug. 14, Bishop ...

REPORTS OF OCA GIVING UP ITS AUTOCEPHALY ARE UNFOUNDED, SAY OCA HIERARCHS

Orthodoxchristian - 17/8/19 The Orthodox Church in America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its autocephaly next year, with several events dedicated to the anniversary throughout America. Its tomos of autocephaly, granted by the Moscow Patriarchate, was signed by His Holiness Patriarch Alexei I and the 14 hierarchs of the Holy Synod in Moscow on April ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM CELEBRATES THE D. LITURGY AT THE BASILICA OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 17/8/19 On Sunday, July 30/ August 11, 2019, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, above the God-receiving Cave, where our Lord Jesus Christ was born in the flesh. This Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the centenary completion since ...

Vatican and Albanians: The Novo Brdo Violence

Kisha D. Dorado (Director - Dept. Church Research and Studies - Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE - OCP News Service - 14/8/19 This article was first published in Oneworld.press “Does the Vatican know what the Albanian bishops in Novo Brdo are doing?” – the question many Serbs asked these days. The Albanian Roman Catholic mass was Served in Serbian ancient ...

How Veterans Can Find Comfort And Purpose In Church Life

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Cassie Steele - OCP News Service - 13/8/19 Recent data provided by Pew Research and the National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics suggests that around 91% of veterans identify as Christian. For churches, this represents both a challenge and an opportunity. It is the Church’s duty to provide comfort and compassion to those who need it, ...

Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 13/8/19 Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus - Mor Aphrem Monastery, Maarat Saydnaya – August 12, 2019 Upon the invitation of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and with the ...

STATEMENT IN RELATION TO THE PROPERTIES OF JAFFA GATE FROM THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 12/8/19 Holy City of Jerusalem, 5th August 2019. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem views the attempts of the radical organization, Ateret Cohanim, to seize church properties located in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate and al-Mu’athamiyah, as a strike to the indigenous Christian presence in the Holly City. The Patriarchate affirms that changing the Status Quo ...