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Archbishop Hanna: President al-Assad’s visit to Maaloula indicates failure of conspiracy against Syria

April 21, 2014 Featured News

21/4/14 Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA)- Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna directed a congratulatory and solidarity message to the Syrian people on the occasion of the Easter, hoping that God will save Syria, its people and army. Archbishop Hanna said that President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Maaloula village in Damascus Countryside and inspecting the damage […]

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad visits Christian town of Maaloula

April 21, 2014 Featured News

21/4/14 From Maaloula, President al-Assad asserts that Syria’s human landmarks will remain steadfast. Damascus, (SANA) On the occasion of Easter, and from the heart of Maaloula town in Damascus countryside, President Bashar al-Assad wished a blessed Easter for all Syrians. During his visit to Maaloula town, President al-Assad visited the Monastery of Saints Sergius and […]

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Coptic Christians and the Egyptian Presidency

April 21, 2014 Featured News

Dina Ezzat http://english.ahram.org.eg - April 2014 Holding hands with her beautifully dressed 10-year-old granddaughter, Bahigua exited the Abbasiya Coptic Cathedral on Saturday evening around midnight, after having taken part in Easter Mass headed by Pope Tawdoros II. Bahigua said that the whole mood was “really joyful; people are happy; the Pope looked clearly happy; he must […]

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Egyptian Copts Test Pilgrim Ban to Jerusalem

April 21, 2014 Featured News
A Coptic Christian priest holds candles next to a picture of Egyptian Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

By Tom Rollins AL Monitor - April 2014 CAIRO — Inside a stuffy office just off Tahrir Square, hotel manager Nemr Lotfy, a Coptic Christian, remembers his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. “It was always one of my greatest hopes to go inside the tomb of Jesus Christ,” he smiles, talking at length about the Garden of Gethsemane, […]

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Liturgical Book “Holy Week”

April 21, 2014 Featured News

The Albanian Orthdoox Chruch – April 2014 Liturgical book “Holy Week” has been issued by the Albanian Church. The book contains all the worship services of the Orthodox Church performed during the Holy Week of Easter. This is a reprint of the book with the same name published by the church in 2009. In this edition are […]

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Easter midnight Liturgy at Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral

April 21, 2014 Featured News

Church of Serbia- 21/4/14 Source:  

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The Promise of The Resurrection – Fr Alexander Kurien

April 20, 2014 Featured News

OCP News Service – 20/4/14 Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien Director, Office of Strategic Planning United States Department of State United States Government Washington D.C. Through the resurrection, there is a way out of our personal tombs of pain and suffering, of cynicism and despair, if only we will open our eyes, sit up, and […]

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Message of His Holiness KAREKIN II on the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ

April 20, 2014 Featured News

April 2014 The Message of His Holiness KAREKIN II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians On the Occasion of the Feast of the Holy Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, April 20, 2014 In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen. “I am the light of […]

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Paschal Message from Catholicos Patriarch MarDinkha IV

April 20, 2014 Featured News

20/4/14 Click here to watch video message: The Patriarchal Epistle of the Great Feast of the Resurrection (Eeda Qadisha D’Qyamta) by His Holiness MarDinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East-April 20, 2014. Source:    

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Easter: A Time of Joy, But Also Danger for Persecuted Christians

April 20, 2014 News

By April Thompson http://www.commdiginews.com - 20/4/14 DALLAS — This year the liturgical calendars of the Eastern and Western churches coincide, and all of Christendom will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 20. Christians often mark this most important holiday in Christianity with pageantry and by inviting non-Christians in their communities to join their celebrations. However, for believers […]

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In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter

April 20, 2014 Featured News

April 2014 DAMASCUS – The sound of battles echoes from the outskirts of the capital as Christians in Damascus celebrated the Easter weekend, briefly ignoring the conflict for the yearly ritual. At the gates of Saint George Syrian Orthodox Church – just a few minutes walk from a school where a mortar attack killed several […]

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Russia to continue humanitarian aid to Syria

April 20, 2014 Featured News

20/4/14 Russia will continue humanitarian aid to Syria and assistance to the Russian citizens who have decided to leave the country for security reasons, the Foreign Ministry said. On Tuesday, April 15, an Ilyushin-76 plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations delivered 15 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria’s main seaport of Latakia on […]

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Russian Patriarch Kirill prays for Ukraine together with hundreds of parishioners

April 20, 2014 Featured News

20/4/14 On the eve of Easter, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill prayed for  Ukraine together with hundreds of parishioners of the Cathedral of Christ the  Savior. “Politically, Ukraine is a foreign country, but spiritually and historically, this has never been so. We are the same nation before God, we practice the same Orthodox […]

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Two Orthodox Chapels Have Burned to the Ground in the Simbirsk Diocese

April 20, 2014 Featured News

Russia – April 2014 April 16, 2014. PRAVMIR. In the village of Kaldais, Inzensky district, two  Orthodox chapels and a baptistery have burned to the ground. The chapels were  dedicated to St. Seraphim of Sarov and St. Sergius of Radonezh. The villagers who found the burned down buildings reported the incident to representatives of the […]

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Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and the Armenian Patriarch Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem led Orthodox Holy Fire Ceremony 2014

April 19, 2014 Featured News

OCP News Service- 19/4/14 Click here to watch video: Jerusalem: The great and holy miracle of Orthodox Christianity has the holy fire has appeared at the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Holy fire procession was lead by His Beatitude Theophilos III the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine […]

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International Broadcast of Easter Divine Liturgy from Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

April 19, 2014 Featured News

Armenian Orthodox Church – 19/4/14 The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Shoghakat TV Company, working in conjunction with Armenian Public Television (Channel 1), are pleased to once again announce the live global telecast of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy on Easter Sunday in Holy Etchmiadzin. The celebrant will be His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme […]

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Pope Tawadros II receives Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

April 19, 2014 Featured News

John Anton ( OCP Special Delegate in Cairo) – 19/4/14 Cairo: On Saturday , April 19, 2014 Pope Twadros II of Alexandria and All Africa received Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ( Egyptian military commander who was also the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian armed forces and Minister of Defense  from 12 August 2012 until 26 March […]

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Turkish Byzantinist Believes True Cross “Hidden” in Hagia Sophia

April 19, 2014 Featured News

19/4/14 As reported in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, Radi Dikici, one of Turkey’s most eminent Byzantinists [among his books are Bizans İmparatorluğu Tarihi (History of the Byzantine Empire), Şu Bizim Bizans (This Our Byzantium) and a novel titled Empress Theodora] believes that a portion of the True Cross discovered by Empress Helen in the fourth century and brought to Constantinople still resides […]

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Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija: “It is our time and we must bear our cross till the end”

April 19, 2014 Featured News
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija

April 2014 Report prepared for OCP News Service Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija of the Serbian Orthodox Church  interviewd by Artyom Mahakeev Artyom Mahakeev: Your Excellency, the year 1999 witnessed the terrible and tragic events the consequences of which we can still observe nowadays. The operation of the NATO forces laid the foundation […]

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Matins of the Holy Great Friday at the Romanian Patriarchate

April 19, 2014 Featured News

19/4/14 The Matins service of the Holy Great Friday, also called service of the 12 Gospels, was celebrated in the Orthodox Churches. The Church ordered 12 Evangelical Pericopes of the Holy Gospels to be read as a symbol of the 12 Apostles, and to illustrate the view of the Evangelist Saints on the Redeeming Sacrifice […]

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The Homily of Patriarch John X on the Good Friday at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus

April 19, 2014 Featured News

19/4/14 “Mourn not for me, O mother, in the day of my passions. For this day I have came down from heaven like manna Not upon mount Sinai, but in thy womb,  As King David prophesied. For I am the “Overshadowed Mountain”, The Word Who wast made flesh from thee. In this flesh I must suffer, through it I shall save. So, […]

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