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 ...

Sermon by Bishop Mitrophan (Znosko-Borovsky) on the Anniversary of the Repose of Archbishop John (Maximovich)

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 7/7/2020 In Memory of an Ascetic Archpastor “Do not forget that right next to the Theological University in Belgrade, where I send you for spiritually-beneficial studies, is a ‘living academy,’ our father Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky), my former spiritual counsellor and ...

NEW YORK CITY: ON THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, PARISHIONERS RETURN TO DIVINE SERVICES IN SYNODAL CATHEDRAL

EASTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE - Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 7/7/2020 In accordance with the determinations of local authorities, following quarantine measures associated with the Coronavirus epidemic, parishioner attendance at the divine services in the churches of New York City resumed, with certain health and safety requirements: wearing masks and maintaining social distance. For more than ...

Status of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral – Statement from George Joseph – Chairman of the OCP Society

  OCP News Service - 6/7/2020 His All-Holiness Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Rum Patrikliği, Dr Sadık Ahmet Cad. No. 19, 34083 Fatih-İstanbul, Turkey Statement on the Status of the Hagia Sofia Dear Respected Your All-Holiness, Fraternal greetings. Hagia Sofia Cathedral happens to remain the first Royal church in Turkey. When Constantine was the Emperor of Constantinople, he took leadership to ...

‘In Our Christianity There Are No Extremes ‘- Archbishop Teodosie

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 4/7/2020 During his sermon on the patronal feast of the Orthodox Cathedral in Constanta Monday, Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis said that Romanians are ‘the Apostles’ batch of dough’ and that is why in Romanian Christianity there are no extremes. The Archbishop of Tomis noted that all the Apostles, except for John, ...

12th Anniversary of Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand Marked in Melbourne

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 4/7/2020 The “Holy Apostles Peter and Paul” Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, celebrated on Monday its patronal feast, which coincided with the 12th anniversary of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. On this occasion, His Grace Mihail gave an impressive account of his visit to a small ...

Saints Peter and Paul are Teachers of Faith, Repentance and Church Mission in the World, Patriarch Daniel says

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 4/7/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Monday presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest for the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.  During his homily, the Patriarch of Romania highlighted the main characteristics of the two Apostles, noting that they were different as regards their intellectual ...

Change of UAOC Communities to UGCC as a Sign of Future Unity with Catholics

UOJ -  Konstantin Shemliuk - 4/7/2020 Recently, several eparchies of the UAOC have moved to the UGCC. Is this a coincidence or inevitability for all Ukrainian schismatics? On June 14, 2020, at a general meeting of the Kharkov St. Dmitry’s parish of the Kharkiv-Poltava Diocese of the UAOC (o), parishioners of this community almost unanimously voted for the transfer ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM CELEBRATES THE D. LITURGY AT THE H. MONASTERY OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD ON MOUNT TABOR

The Jeruslam Patriarchate - 4/7/2020 On Sunday, June 15/29, 2020, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor, where He read the following Sermon: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, ...