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Bishop Arsenije of Nis enthroned

August 14, 2017 Featured

Church of Serbia – 14/8/17 More pics here On 13 August 2017, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Nis and on this occasion he elevated His Grace Arsenije (Glavcic) to the Throne of Diocesan Bishops of Nis – The event was attended by envoy of the […]

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Biography of the newly-elected Bishop Atanasije of Milesheva

July 25, 2017 News
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Church of Serbia – 25/7/17 His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita), elected Bishop of Mileshevo, was born on 7 November 1957 in Janje near Sipovo. His got the baptismal name Svetko. After finishing primary school in Babici, he absolved  the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Krka monastery. He was tonsured in the same monastery as a graduate […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Receives the Newly Appointed Minister of Defense

October 13, 2016 Featured News

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – October 2016 On 11 October, Mr. Vigen Sargsyan, newly appointed Defense Minister of the Republic of Armenia; was received in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Minister Sargsyan was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, spiritual […]

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UAOC HIERARCH APPOINTED COUNSELLOR ON RELIGIOUS MATTERS FOR UKRAINE’S DEFENSE MINISTER

August 24, 2016 Featured News

RISU – August 2016 Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine for European Integration Ihor Dolgov met on August 17 with the newly appointed counsellor to Ukraine’s Minister of Defense on religious matters (civic volunteer) a hierarch of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Bishop Volodymyr (Cherpak) of Vyshgorod and Podol. Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine for European Integration […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians and Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia Visited Artsakh

April 13, 2016 Featured News

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – April 2016 On April 13, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and His Holiness Aram I of the Catholicos Great House of Cilicia, flew to Artsakh, to express their support to the authorities of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR), the Armenians of Artsakh, and […]

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Letter from the Assyrian Church of the East to Catholicos of All Armenians on Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis

April 10, 2016 Featured News

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East – April 2016 Letter from the Assyrian Church of the East in Armenia to His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians of theMother See of Holy Etchmiadzin concerning the current conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The letter pledges the solidarity of the Assyrian community with […]

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Armenia Armed Forces Chaplaincy Meeting Held in theArmenia Armed Forces Chaplaincy Meeting Held at the Mother See Mother See

December 7, 2015 Featured News

On December 4th, a final clergy meeting for 2015 of the Republic of Armenia Armed Forces Chaplaincy was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The meeting was led by His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, the Head Chaplain of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia. The spiritual servants of the army corps […]

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Message of His Holiness Karekin II on Armed Forces Day

January 31, 2015 Featured News

January 2015 From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, our sacred sanctuary established by Christ, We extend Our Pontifical blessings and congratulations to the brave officers and soldiers of the Armenian Armed Forces, and all Armenians throughout the world on the occasion of Armed Forces Day. The Armenian army; formed and strengthened in war battles, […]

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OCA represented at military, chaplaincy conferences

January 31, 2015 Featured News
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ALEXANDRIA, VA [OCA] – 31/1/15 Archpriest Theodore Boback, Dean/Executive Director of the Orthodox Church in America’s Military and VA Chaplaincies, and Archpriest Joseph Gallick participated in the Annual NCMAF and ECVAC Conference and AFCB meeting here recently. Due to prior commitments, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was unable to attend this year’s gatherings. The annual National […]

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Bishops’ Synod of the Armenian Church Condemns Downing of Armenian Helicopter by Azerbaijan Armed Forces

November 14, 2014 Featured News

On November 13, during the ongoing Bishops’ Synod, being held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia; particular reference was made to the incident resulting in the downing […]

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Chapel of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God at the Military Academy consecrated

March 26, 2014 Featured News

Serbian Church – 26/3/14 The adoption of the Law on the Serbian Armed Forces in December 2007 provided conditions that religious services could be organized within the Serbian Armed Forces. That move was supported by all traditional Churches and religious communities. The Government of Serbia passed a decree on the introduction of religious services in […]

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Divine Liturgy Offered on Armed Forces Day

January 31, 2014 Featured News

On January 26, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; presided over Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Armenia. The celebrant was His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamian, His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamian, Primate of the Diocese of the […]

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Gen. Sisi: ‘Religious Discourse Greatest Challenge Facing Egypt

January 18, 2014 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim January 2014 According to Egyptian media,during his recent speech at the Dept. of Moral Affairs for the Armed Forces, Gen. Abdul Fateh al-Sisi—the man who ousted former President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in response to the June Revolution and who is seen as the nation’s de facto ruler—declared that “Religious discourse is the […]

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Armenian Church in Turkey to be handed over to Friends of Armenia Society

December 10, 2013 Featured News

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend: Baku, Azerbaijan – 10/12/13 A  church in the Turkish province of Sivas located in the territory belonging to the Armed Forces will be restored and handed over to the Friends of Armenia Society, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Dec.9. This step will be taken as part of the package of […]

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Side chapel consecrated at General Staff

October 21, 2013 News

21/10/13 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, Bishop in charge of the religious service in the Army, and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, and in the presence of the chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic, performed the great consecration of the liturgical area at […]

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Orthodox Church voices support for Armed Forces

June 27, 2013 News

26/6/13 The Orthodox Church has voiced support for the role played by the Armed Forces on the current developments in Egypt. The Church hailed remarks by Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in which he vowed to intervene to prevent Egypt from slipping into a dark tunnel of conflict, sedition and infighting, said a statement released […]

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Calling for all Copts, NGOs form coordinating body outside church auspices

August 20, 2012 Featured News

Mohamed Elmeshad 20/8/2012 Spurred by what they see as an increasing tide of Islamization lead by the Muslim Brotherhood, 13 Coptic civil society and political activist groups decided to band together and create a coordinating body unattached to the church. Inaugurated last week, the Coptic Consultative Council is meant to work as a “unifying entity […]

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SCAF announces general mourning on Tuesday for Pope Shenouda

March 20, 2012 Featured News
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Zeinab El Gundy 19/3/2012 Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced on Monday a general day of mourning for Pope Shenouda III on Tuesday. The patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria died at the age of 88 on Saturday evening. The SCAF made the announcement in a statement it issued […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians: “God bless all Armenian soldiers”

January 29, 2012 Featured News

29/1/2012 On January 28 Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin the Second sent a congratulation letter on the 20th anniversary of the formulation of Armed Forces of Republic of Armenia. Press center of Holy See St. Etchmiadzin informs about this. The message especially says: “Holy See Mother Etchmiadzin blesses Armenian Army and Armenian soldiers on the […]

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Dacic: The police must not destroy the reputation it earned among citizens

December 28, 2011 News

Tanjug 28/12/2011 Dacic told reporters that the police must not destroy the reputation it earned among citizens who gave their trust to the forces and thus listed it among top three institutions in Serbia, together with the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Armed Forces. Everyone should do their job and those who will not […]

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Military might has Christians fearing the worst

October 14, 2011 News

Ruth Pollard 15/10/2011 “Hide your cross,” the cab driver told Vivian Meleka as he wound his way through the crowded streets of the Egyptian capital. It was the morning after the worst violence since the February overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak and Cairo was a city on edge. The 30-year-old Coptic Christian, who has […]

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