US Influence on the Church of Greece Increasing

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Sophia Iliadi - OCP News Service - 10/8/19 The position of the Greek Orthodox Church is changing rapidly. After the new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was elected, all proposals on lifting the state support were revoked. On July 16, Mitsotakis and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens met to discuss a new era in the Church-State relations. However, ...

THE FEAST OF PROPHET ELIJAH AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE – 2019

Jerusalem Patriarchate - 5/8/19 On Friday, July 20/ August 2, 2019, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of Prophet Elijah the Thesbite in his historic Holy Monastery, which is located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, near the ancient Monastery of Theotokos’ Seat. On this feast the Church projects Prophet Elijah as a person full of strong and extreme zeal ...

Turkish President Erdogan Laid Cornerstone for the First Orthodox Church to be Built in Modern Turkey

OCP News Service 0 4/8/19 Istanbul-Turkey: On 3/8/2019 Tayyip Erdogan the President of Turkey laid the cornerstone for the first Orthodox Church (Mor Efrem Syriac Orthodox Church in Istanbul)  which will be built in modern Turkey. The new Church will be built in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy. The President stated that the new Syriac Orthodox Church ...

IMMERSIVE 360-DEGREE VIDEO OF THE UKRAINIAN CROSS PROCESSION PUBLISHED ONLINE (+ VIDEO)

Orthochristian.com - 1/8/9 A new immersive video of Saturday’s cross procession in honor of the St. Vladimir the Great and the 1,031st anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ has been published by the Ukrainian TV channel First Cossack. The VR enabled video, of the 300,000 strong cross procession, makes it feel like you’re right there, allowing you to turn ...

Ibrahim on the Many Faces of Jihad throughout History (Video)

Raymond Ibrahim - 23/7/19 Derek Gilbert of Sky Watch News recently interviewed me.    Among other topics, we discussed why “jihad” is better translated as “struggle” and not “holy war” — and why that actually makes it more dangerous;  why in this sense characters like Linda Sarsour are practitioners of jihad; and why, unlike their descendants, premodern ...

THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 11/7/19 On Sunday, June 24/ July 7, 2019, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner at the Holy Monastery dedicated to him, at the town of Oreini – Ayn Karem, near Jerusalem, which is believed to have been his hometown. On this feast the Church commemorates the ...

28. Jun NGO Responds to Religious Discrimination Against Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro

28 Jun NGO - 9/7/19 28. Jun is concerned by the escalation of religious discrimination by the Montenegrin government against the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country. For the past half decade, the Serbian Orthodox Church has been a reliable humanitarian partner and we are worried that a continued crackdown will impair our ability to help ...

John G. Panagiotou Becomes the First Orthodox Christian Theologian to Receive a Doctorate in the 182-Year History of Erskine Theological Seminary

Photo: RJ Gore, Dean of Erskine Seminary; John G. Panagiotou, and Loyd Melton, Director of Erskine Doctoral Program [Erskine Theological Seminary doctoral hooding of John G. Panagiotou, May 4, 2019]

OCP News Service - 6/5/19 USA: On May 4, 2019, John G. Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a Doctorate in the 182-year history of Erskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina. Erskine Seminary was founded in 1837 and is rooted in the Reformed tradition. It is one if the oldest divinity schools in the ...

Raymond Ibrahim – Desecration of European Churches

 Raymond Ibrahim - 25/4/19 I was recently interviewed on Sky Watch TV’s “Five in Ten with Derek Gilbert.” While there is no evidence yet that the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral was deliberately set, Raymond Ibrahim, author of Sword and Scimitar, reports that Christian churches in France are being vandalized at the rate of two per day, often ...

Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Gracanica Monastery

Church of Serbia - 18/4/19 After touching encounters with the Serbs in Strpce and Kosovsko Pomoravlje, His Holiness Patriarch visited the Gracanica Monastery on 16 April 2019. Serbian Patriarch Irinej was solemnly greeted in Gracanica monastery by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with abbess Stephanida as well as the sisterhood of the Gracanica. Following the prayer in the church ...

‘Great Lent is a Great Time to Re-connect with Creation’ – John McKinney

John McKinney - OCP News Service - 17/4/19 On Earth, as it is in Heaven: For the Orthodox Christian, every day is Earth Day. And Great Lent is a great time to re-connect with creation. During our Lenten journey, we’ve been doing—or at least trying to do with God’s help—a bit of restoration work: on ourselves, and ...

Serbian Patriarch Irinej Visits the Monastery of Visoki Decani

Church of Serbia - 15/4/19 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived in the morning of April 14, 2019, in Orahovac, the first in a series of enclaves that will be visited as part of his Archpastoral visitation to the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, TV Hram announced. In the presence of quite a number ...

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Kosovo and Metohija

Church of Serbia - 15/4/19 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived in the Pec Patriarchate on April 12, 2019. His Holiness the Patriarch was welcomed by the Right Reverend Teodosije, Bishop of Raska and Prizren, and Monastery abbess Haritina with her sisterhood. The Patriarch will celebrate Liturgies in the Pec Patriarchate as well as in Visoki Decani ...

Ethiopian Minister Request British Museum to Return Replicas of the Ark of Covenant and Other Manuscripts

Menetasnot Desta  – Chief Administrator of the OCP Amharic Service- OCP News Service – 22/3/19 London-UK: Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Ark of Covenant Tourism- Dr. Hirut Kassaw requested the Museums (Victoria and Albert Museum) to return 11 replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, (which are currently held at the Museum), emphasizing that the Arks ...

Thirteen Kids Baptized into the Orthodox Church in Kenya

St. Barnabas Orthodox Mission Kenya - 29/1/2019 By the grace of God today at St. Barnabas orphanage and school in Kenya I concelebrated 11 baptisms with Fr Seraphim Holland. The community is growing every day. To learn more about my humble mission and see how you can help follow the link below www.orthodoxmissionkenya.org God bless you. Source:

Twenty Six Children Baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Jesse Brandow: Missionary to Guatemala and Mexico - 23/1/2019 As part of the ongoing missionary works, 26 new kids were baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Chruch in Guatemala. The Mayan Orthodox are a group of several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans who came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. They are ...

Malankara Church Delegation at the Ethiopian Timkat – Epiphany & Message from Catholicos of the East

OCP News Service - 20/1/2019 Timkat-Epiphany Message of the Catholics of the East to the Ethiopian Church Addis Ababa- Ethiopia: A delegation from the ancient Malankara Church delegation took part in the Timkat – Epiphany (2019) celebrations held in Ethiopia. Metropolitan Joshua Mar Nichodimos of Niliackkal was co-celebrant (with the two Patriarchs) His Holiness Abune Mathias of Ethiopia ...

Gratitude Song to Jun28 NGO by Serbian Children in Kistanje Municipality – Nativity Gift 2019

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Jun28 NGO - 11/01/2019 In the video above, roughly all the Serbian Children left in the Kistanje municipality in Croatia, which was once almost entirely Serbian, gathered in our 500-year old Church to receive Christmas gifts. Their singing brought tears to all our members. After our latest deliveries to children in Kursumlija, Krajina and Republika Srpska, our resources ...