“TURKEY CONTINUES TO DESTROY VALUABLE HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND FLOUT INTERNATIONAL NORMS” His Holiness Aram I

The Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church - 14/7/2020 The recent ruling of the Turkish Administrative court paves the way for the Turkish President to convert Istanbul’s iconic former cathedral into a mosque. Built-in 537, the cathedral is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. In 1453, following the Ottoman conquest and the fall ...

The Reflections of His Holiness Karekin II – Catholicos of All Armenians on the Decision of the Turkish Authorities to Turn the Hagia Sophia Cathedral-Museum into a Mosque

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 14/7/2020 At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, we learned with regret about the decision made by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on July 10, to turn the Hagia Sophia, which holds the highest value to the Orthodox Churches and entire Christian world, into a ...

Serbian Patriarchal Appeal to Turkey Over Hagia Sophia

Church of Serbia - 14/7/2020 Appeal to Turkey There is hardly anyone in the civilised world not knowing of Hagia Sophia, a magnificent and unique church, at a time the most important church of the entire Christian world, both in the East and in the West. It is also generally known that Hagia Sophia was the Christian ...

Statement by Catholicos-Moopan Marthoma Paulose II on Hagia Sophia

OVS Online - The Indian Orthodox Malankara Church - 14/7/2020  Kottayam-Kerala-India: A Statement by  His Holiness Marthoma Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas, Malankara Metropolitan, Moopan) on the recent change in the status of the Hagia Sophia Orthodox Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Source:  

New Edition of “His Life is Mine” Celebrates Glorification of Elder Sophrony

SVOTS - 14/7/2020 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] A new edition of His Life Is Mine by Elder Sophrony has been published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press to mark his recent glorification as a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The new edition features an attractive mosaic cover design and new typesetting. Having believed that true and ...

Genocide of Orthodox Christians and Minorities in Ethiopia

Donn George Varghese – Editor of International Affairs – OCP News Service – 13/07/2020 Global: Various reports from Ethiopia state that various radical Oromo groups back in action, killing and murdering innocent non-Oromo ethnic population. Christian Persecution at Genocidal Levels in Nigeria – Over Six Hundred Killed All began with the killing of the popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu ...

‘The Role of WCC Indispensable than Ever in the Midst of Global Pandemic’ Says Fr Prof Ioan Sauca – the New Interim Gen Secretary

Liju Cherian - Chief Editor – OCP News Service - 13/7/2020 Geneva-‎Switzerland- Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, was appointed Interim General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC)  from April 1, 2020.  WCC, an ecumenical fellowship of Churches founded in 1948, brings together 350 member churches from all over the world.  Excerpts from an exclusive email ...

Open Letter of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America to Governor Gavin Newsom Regarding His Decree Prohibiting Church Singing

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 13/7/2020 Open Letter of Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America to Governor Gavin Newsom regarding his decree prohibiting church singing OPEN LETTER to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America in light ...

Hagia Sofia – A Lesson for the ‘Urgent Need’ for Orthodox Christian ‘Unity’

G A - Opinion, OCP Articles – OCP News Service - 12/7/2020 Hagia Sofia will eternally remain as one of the greatest Pride of Orthodox Christianity. The Ottoman Turks have succeeded in physically altering the status. The Byzantine Orthodox architectural masterpiece will constantly remain in the hearts of all Orthodox Christians (Eastern and Oriental Orthodox) irrespective ...

Bishop Photios: Hagia Sophia

Church of Serbia - 11/7/2020 Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia became a mosque, before the eyes and ears of the whole world sitting in the front and the last row. And she cries – where are my children? Where are the monarchs that I raised? Where is the clergy that adorned me with the blessed beauty? Where are the soldiers who defended me? Where are the ...

TURKEY’S PREJUDICE TOWARDS CHRISTIANS

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The British Orthodox Church - 11/7/2020 The news that Turkey’s President, Recep Tayip Erdogan, has recently authorised the handing over of the former Orthodox Cathedral, Haghia Sophia (“The Divine Wisdom”), in Istanbul (Constantinople) to Turkey’s Religious Affairs Presidency, is something to be deplored. The current building is the third Orthodox Cathedral on this site as its two ...

UNESCO Regrets the Conversion of Hagia Sophia

UNESCO - 11/7/2020 Statement on Hagia Sophia by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Hagia Sophia: UNESCO deeply regrets the decision of the Turkish authorities, made without prior discussion, and calls for the universal value of World Heritage to be preserved Paris, Friday 10 July – The Director-General of UNESCO deeply regrets the decision of the ...

Konstantine Pandolfi Appointed ‘The Grand Knight’ of the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr

OCP News Service – 11/7/2020 USA: His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion –the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has appointed His Most Excellency Kostantine Pandolfi (né Ernest Christopher Konstantine Pandolfi) as the Grand Knight of the Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr. The Grand Knight His Most Excellency holds an Associate Degree ...

PYD Security Releasing ISIS Prisoners In Syria In Exchange For Money

Women walking through the secured al-Hol Camp in Hasakah province, NE Syria April 1, 2019 (Reuters)

WCA-NGO - 11/7/2020 Sources from the infamous al-Hol camp in Northeast Syria confirm that the Kurdish forces are releasing ISIS terrorists in return for money. Local Aramean Christians condemn this form of corruption, which also threatens the security and stability of this volatile region. The US-led coalition worked with the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) to destroy ISIS ...

Hagia Sofia Cathedral-Museum to be Converted to a Mosque

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OCP News Service - 10/7/2020 Constantinople-Turkey: Hagi Sofia the Byzantine Orthodox architectural masterpiece and the original Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will ultimately be converted into a mosque. A Turkish court today revoked its eighty-year-old status as a museum. Its is expected that the Turkish President Erdogan may convert the Cathedral-Museum into a Mosque. Status ...

How Many Orthodox Christians Are in the World?

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is often referred to as “the spiritual leader of the world’s [200, 250, 300] million Orthodox Christians.”

OrthodoxHistory -  MATTHEW NAMEE -  9/7/2020 In 1991, when Bartholomew I was enthroned as Ecumenical Patriarch, the Los Angeles Times ran the following headline: “Bartholomeos I Installed as Leader of 200 Million Orthodox Christians.” Six years later, in 1997, the same newspaper wrote of Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to Southern California, describing him as “spiritual leader of ...

Romanian Patriarchate Adds Its Voice: Keep Hagia Sophia A Museum

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu- 9/7/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel told the Ecumenical Patriarch that the Romanian Patriarchate supports the preservation of the current status of the Hagia Sophia Basilica in Constantinople (Istanbul). The status of this symbol for Christianity is being re-discussed in Turkey. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has asked the Turkish authorities to keep the current museum status for ...

‘Happiness : Is It Possible? A Christian Perspective’ by Fr. Bedros Shetilian

Fr. Bedros Shetilian - OCP Articles - 9/7/2020 “I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 This is a really tricky question. People will have very different opinions. There is a well-known social concept of what happiness is: 1 – A job one enjoys and finds fulfilling; 2 – An income to support a comfortable life. Not necessarily rich, but ...

The Ecumenical Patriarchate Acknowledges ‘Letter of Support’ from the Chairman of the OCP Society

OCP News Service - 7/7/2020 Constantinople-Turkey: The Communication Department of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has acknowledged the reception of the statement-letter with regards to the status of the Hagi Sofia from Mr. George Joseph, the Chairman of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE, Pan-Orthodox Christian Society. Status of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral – Statement from George Joseph – ...

Russian Patriarch Urges Turkey to Preserve Hagia Sophia’s Status as Museum

Sputniknews - 7/7/2020 MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Monday called on Ankara to keep the Hagia Sophia as a museum, as the "neutral status" will contribute to the further development of interfaith peace and harmony, amid the Turkish authorities' plans to turn the complex into a mosque. "I hope for the ...

THE CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA MARKS THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

The Armenian Orthodox Catholicosate of Cilicia - 7/7/2020 The Armenian Theological Seminary was founded in 1930, and during its 90 years of service, the Seminary, although in the Armenian Diaspora, has kept its Armenian religious, spiritual and cultural identity alive and well or the benefit of the new generations of our people. This year, we would have ...