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Memorial Service for Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III

June 28, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 28/6/17 On the occasion of the 37th dukhrono of the passing away of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III (25 June 1980) of blessed memory, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs at the tombs of the patriarchs in Mor Aphrem Monastery in […]

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RESEARCHERS DOUBT ZVENIGOROD ICONS WERE PAINTED BY ST. ANDREI RUBLEV

June 28, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 28/6/17 Scientific investigators are closer to proving that the artist of the three famous Zvenigorod icons is not the same as that of the famous Trinity icon which was painted by St. Andrei Rublev, Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery announced today, reports Pravmir. Zelfira Tregulova, the director of the gallery, which houses Rublev’s Trinity, explained that the […]

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“UKRAINIAN PATRIARCHATE” IS A SCHISMATIC STRUCTURE—MET. HILARION

June 28, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 28/6/17 Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) spoke about the Church situation in Ukraine and the raiding activities of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” in a recent interview with the Russian BBC, posted on the site of the DECR. “We never speak about relations ‘between the two patriarchates,’ because […]

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FOCUS Ecumenical Journal – July 2017 Issue

June 26, 2017 Featured
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Dr Ajesh T Phillip (Delegate of the Indian Sub-continent- OCP News Service – 26/6/17) Ecumenical News Download a Copy of the Focus Journal: Download from SCRIBD The July 2017, issue of the Focus Diaspora Journal of the Marthoma Syrian Church of Malabar, (A Church in former Oriental Orthodox tradition and a member of the Global […]

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‘Let us not live selfishly! Let us open ourselves to God’s love and help our neighbours’, Patriarch urges

June 26, 2017 Featured
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – June 2017 The purpose of human earthly life is the preparation for heavenly life, Patriarch Daniel said Sunday in his homily delivered during the Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Romanian Saints Hall of the Patriarchal Residence. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel reflected on the Bible readings, explaining that the Kingdom […]

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Faculty of Orthodox Theology holds Seminar in Bucharest on the Holy and Great Council

June 26, 2017 News
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Aurelian Iftimiu  – Basilica News Agency – June 2017 The Patriarch Justinian Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest organized Thursday a seminar entitled Reception of the decisions of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Professors of Theology presented reports in which they analyzed the official documents adopted by the Council of Crete. […]

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Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

June 26, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under […]

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LITHUANIAN PARLIAMENT ROUNDLY REJECTS GAY MARRIAGE

June 26, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 26/6/17 The Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) completely rejected a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage last week, reports the Vilinus news portal Lietuvos žinios. The vote on the bill had been delayed for at least half a year, until June 15. 29 parliamentarians voted in favor of amending the civil code, 59 against, and 20 […]

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Six Militants Detained in Egypt Over Plotting Attacks on Christian Churches

June 26, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 26/6/17 A total of six terrorists, who planned to conduct attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, were detained, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. CAIRO (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, the attacks were set to take place, in particular, during Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Attacks […]

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US STATE DEPARTMENT CALLS ON TURKEY TO PRESERVE AGIA SOPHIA’S SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE

June 26, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 26/6/17 The US Department of State has called on Turkey to respect and preserve the special historical significance of the great Agia Sophia church in Constantinople. The call came in yesterday’s press briefing, with department spokesperson Heather Nauert responding to a question about the reading of the Koran that took place in Agia […]

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69th Birthday of Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem

June 25, 2017 Featured
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The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 25/6/17 His Beatitude Nourhan Manougian, 97th Patriarch-Archbishop of Jerusalem of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church celebrated his 69th birthday on 24/6/17. We congratulate His Beatitude Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian with his birthday. We wish him many years. May our Lord continue to strengthen His Beatitude in his work. […]

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Inauguration and Blessing of the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center

June 25, 2017 Featured
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Northeast American Diocese – Indian Orthodox Malankara Church – 25/6/17 Dear All Please join us for the Inauguration and Blessing of our Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, a ministry of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 2 PM. Our beloved Father in Christ, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma […]

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Turkey Seizes Assyrian Monastery Property

June 24, 2017 Featured
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By Ygar Gültekin http://www.agos.com.tr AINA – 24/6/17 After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate of Mardin established a liquidation committee. The Liquidation Committee started to redistribute in the city, […]

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Reading between the lines of the article “Enhancing the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarch”

June 23, 2017 Featured
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Tamar Lomidze – 23/6/17 Dennis Menos, the author of the publication “Enhancing the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarch” in The National Herald, asserts that the organizational structure of the Orthodox Church based on the principle of autocephaly does not meet the requirements of the present day. In particular, according to Mr.Menos, it does not allow […]

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TURKEY AGAIN PROVOKES INTERNAT’L COMMUNITY WITH READING OF KORAN IN AGIA SOPHIA ON TELEVISION

June 23, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 23/6/17 Turkey has again provoked the international community with a reading of the Koran in Agia Sophia that was broadcast on Turkish state television, reports Romfea. The new provocation came on Wednesday evening, when the head of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez held a prayer and read the Koran in […]

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Archbishop of the Syrian-Jacobite Church in Herzegovina

June 23, 2017 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 23/6/17 In the period from 15 to 17 June 2017, the Diocese of Zaholm-Herzegovina and Coastlands was visited by the Archbishop of the  Syrian-Jacobite Church in Sweden, His Eminence Benjamin (Atas) and His Grace Dositej, Serbian  Bishop of Britain-Scandinavia. During this time the guests visited the monastery of Gracanica in Trebinje, […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Chant & Sermon by Fr. Milan Radulovic

June 23, 2017 Featured
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpNUQ0Cd5bk Утешител Дух на Истината – June 2017 Bulgarian Orthodox Chant & Sermon by Fr. Milan Radulovic. Source:

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Annual Meeting of Orthodox Bishops of Canada

June 23, 2017 News
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Church of Serbia – 23/6/17 His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, hosted an annual meeting of the Orthodox Bishops’ Conference in Canada, on June 15, 2017. The meeting was moderated by Metropolitan Soterios of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The following hierarchs participated in the deliberations of the meeting: Bishop Job (the Moscow […]

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GREEK GOVERNMENT PUSHES CHURCH OUT OF SCHOOLS

June 23, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 23/6/17 The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church has called for an extraordinary session to address the serious situation surrounding the nation’s educational system. The current Greek Cabinet of Ministers, headed by the atheist Alexis Tsipras, previously promised to coordinate with the Greek Orthodox Church on the matter of reforming education in the […]

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Syriac Orthodox Delegation from India Visits Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

June 23, 2017 News
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 23/6/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with a delegation from India at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh. Their Eminences Mor Themotheos Thomas, Metropolitan of Kottayam, and Mor Gregorius Joseph, Metropolitan of Kochi and Secretary of the Regional Synod of India, headed a delegation from Kerala and met His […]

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The Real Bridge Over Troubled Water: Local Church Calms Grenfell Tower Storm

June 23, 2017 News
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    Sputinknews – 23/6/17 It’s been days, but for the residents of Grenfell Tower it probably feels a lot longer, since news that a West London Tower block had gone up in flames and not everyone was able to escape dominated the headlines. In the hours following the fire, families and friends of people who lived in […]

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