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Patriarch Ignatius Apahrem II Meets Political and Media Adviser to the Syrian Presidency Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban

January 18, 2018 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 18/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Her Excellency Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Political and Media Adviser to the Syrian Presidency, at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma – Damascus. Her Excellency was accompanied by Mr. Moussa Al-Khoury, Executive Director of “Wathiqat Watan” association, and Mr. Saher Al-Hasheem, General Director of the […]

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Aram I declares 2018 ‘The year of independence’

January 18, 2018 Featured
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www.armradio.am – 18/1/18 His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, has declared 2018 “The Year of Independence” to mark the centennial anniversary of Armenian Independence and the establishment of the First Republic, Press Service of the Catholicate of Cilicia reports. Aram I’s Pontifical Encyclical was read on Sunday, Jan. 14, during the […]

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Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society

January 18, 2018 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 18/1/18 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated on the feast-day of Saint Basil the Great the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade. His Holiness Irinej performed the rite of blessing the slava cake of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble, the oldest choral institution in Serbia, which […]

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Iran seeks to register Armenian Vank Cathedral as UNESCO World Heritage site

January 18, 2018 Featured
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Siranush Ghazanchyan – Public Radio of Armenia- 18/1/18 Having registered three churches in the World Heritage List, Iran is trying to add other Armenian cathedrals like Isfahan’s “Vank” to this list, IFP News reported. Deputy Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Mohammad Hossein Talebian, said that there is a list of Armenian churches, three […]

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The Serbian Patriarch received in audience the Greek Ambassador

January 18, 2018 News
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Church of Serbia – 18/1/18 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Ambassador of the Republic of Greece Mr. Ilijas Iliadis and presbyter Panayotis Karatasios, principal of the Holy Archangel Gabriel Monastery in Zemun, in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on January 16, 2018. Source:  

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Birthday Wishes to Archbishop Sevan Gharibian – Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

January 17, 2018 Featured
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Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 17/1/18 We congratulate His Eminence Archbishop Sevan Gharibian, the Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on his birthday. We wish him many years in good health. Շնորհավոր and may our Lord continue to strengthen you in your work, dear Srpazan Hayr. Source:

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YOUNG, SUFFERING FAMILY NEEDS URGENT HELP TO COVER MOTHER’S AND DAUGHTER’S MEDICAL TREATMENTS

January 17, 2018 Featured
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Orthochristian.com – Belgorod, Russia -17/1/18 Elena Xlystova is a young mother of two from Belgorod, Russia who has been battling for her life against Lymphoma over the past two years, while struggling to keep her 5-year-old epileptic daughter Anna alive as well. Elena’s parents, who were their only means of financial support, passed away earlier this […]

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Migrants ‘Express’-Baptized in Swimming Pool to Church of Finland’s Chagrin

January 17, 2018 Featured
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Sputniknews – 17/1/18 Due to high demand among Muslim asylum-seekers wishing to convert to Christianity, “fast-track” baptism procedures have arisen in Finland. In the city of Oulu, a swimming pool has been repurposed for the traditional sacrament. The Church of Finland has been highly critical of the religious innovation, which was pioneered by parishes that don’t belong to the Evangelical […]

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THE FEAST OF SAINT MELANI AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

January 16, 2018 Featured
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The Jerusalem Patriarchate – 16/1/18 The commemoration of Saint Melani from Rome was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the underground chapel dedicated to her, in the Nunnery of Megali Panagia adjacent to the south-west side of the Hagiotaphites’ Central Monastery, on December 31, 2017/ January 13, 2018. Saint Melani of Roman descent, departed to Egypt […]

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Representative of Al Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei in Damascus

January 16, 2018 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 16/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Sayyed Abu’l Fadl Tabtabaei, representative of Al Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei in Damascus, at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma – Damascus. His Excellency offered Christmas greetings to His Holiness. They discussed the historical role of Christians in Syria, Iran and throughout […]

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UK Priest Found Guilty in First Ever ‘Spiritual Abuse’ Case

January 15, 2018 News
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Sputniknews – 15/1/18 Sexual abuse, abuse of power, workplace harassment, what comes next? Apparently, spiritual abuse. One count of it has just been registered in Britain, after a disciplinary tribunal held by the Church of England. The Reverend Timothy Davis, vicar of Christ Church Abingdon, was found guilty of spiritual abuse as he was mentoring a 15 year-old boy. […]

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Putin Compares Communism to Christianity

January 15, 2018 Featured
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Sputniknews – 15/1/18 “Faith has always accompanied us, it strengthened when our country, our people faced particularly difficult times,” Putin said in an interview for the documentary film “Valaam,” a clip from which was broadcast by the Russia 1 TV channel. “There were such severe years of militant atheism [during the Soviet period] when priests were killed, […]

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Holy Qurobo of the Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 14, 2018 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Church – 14/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo of the second Sunday after Epiphany, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damscus. He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Selwanos Petros Al-Nemeh, Archbishop of Homs and Hama, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal […]

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Official Reception in Honor of His Excellency Speaker of the Syrian Parliament Mr. Hammouda Sabbagh

January 14, 2018 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 14/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, hosted an official reception in honor of His Excellency Mr. Hammouda Sabbagh, Speaker of the Syrian Parliament, who is the first Syriac Orthodox, and the first Christian […]

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Pope Francis Could Appoint a Woman Cardinal, Leading Church Figure Says

January 14, 2018 Featured
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Sputniknews – 14/1/18 Comments by a leading American Catholic cleric hint that a woman could soon enter the College of Cardinals putting the leadership of the Church within reach for the first time in its history. The former Catholic Archbishop of Newark and now member of the College of Cardinals Joseph Tobin’s ground-breaking comments in an interview with the New York […]

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The Serbian Patriarch thanks for Christmas messages

January 14, 2018 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 14/1/18 In expectation of the most joyous Christian feast day – the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ – His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, received a great  number of festal greeting cards from primates, hierarchs and clergymen and monastics of the Local Orthodox Churches, hierarchs and priests of the Serbian […]

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St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia

January 14, 2018 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 14/1/18 Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, “belongs not to the Church of Caesarea alone, nor merely to his own time, nor was he of benefit only to his own kinsmen, but rather to all lands and cities worldwide, and to all people he brought and still brings […]

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Why Professing Christ Is Becoming a ‘Hate Crime’ in the West

January 14, 2018 Featured
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FrontPage Magazine – Raymond Ibrahim – January 2018 What is the source of dhimmitude—which in many ways paralyzes responses to Islam—in the West? First a definition: “dhimmitude,” which was coined by the late Christian president of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel, and popularized by writer Bat Ye’or, is a neologism based on the Arabic word, dhimmi—that is, a […]

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The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

January 14, 2018 Featured
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AINA – 14/1/18 On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their […]

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BISHOP MARK (FORSBERG) REPOSES IN THE LORD

January 12, 2018 Featured
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Orthochristian.com – 1/12/18 +Memory Eternal+ Miami, Florida, January 8, 2018 Funeral services for His Grace, Bishop Mark [Forsberg], 83, Former Bishop of Boston, will be celebrated at Christ the Saviour Cathedral, 16601 NW 77 Court, Miami Lakes, FL on Thursday and Friday, January 11-12, 2018. Bishop Mark fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, January 8. […]

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Ordained Deaconess Serve at Altar for Armenian Orthodox Christmas-Nativity Liturgy in Tehran-Iran

January 12, 2018 Featured
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Hratch Tchilingirian – 12/1/18 Photos – MEHR News Agency  Tehran- Iran: As an update to my previous post, without much fanfare, Ani-Kristi Manvelian (24-year-old anesthesiologist) was ordained a deaconess, on September 25, 2017, in Tehran’s St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral by Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, the Primate of the Diocese of Tehran. The photos show Deaconess […]

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