Assyrian Flag Acknowledged By Australian City Council

From left, front: council member Charbel Saliba, Mayor Frank Carbone, council member Ninos Khoshaba. Back: council member Paul Azzo and council member Andrew Rohan. ( AINA)

AINA - May 2017 Fairfield, Australia (AINA) -- The Fairfield city council unanimously passed a motion yesterday acknowledging the cultural symbols of the various immigrant communities in Fairfield, and to allow their use on special occasions. Among the symbols was the Assyrian flag. Before the vote the motion was amended to direct the council to write ...

Brunei Bans Christmas: Introduces Punishment for Formal Celebrations

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Dr Ajesh T Phillip - (OCP Delegate of the Indian Sub-Continent) OCP News Service - 23/12/15 Global: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei has banned formal celebrations of Christmas. The celebrations was banned because it could damage the faith of Muslims. Christmas celebrations will only be permitted as a private affair with prior permission from the concerned authorities. The ...

India Post to release Stamps on Orthodox Old Seminary – the first School of Theology in Asia

Ajesh T Phillip (OCP Delegate of the Indian Sub-Continent) OCP News Service - 7/3/15 Seminary Website here: India/Kottayam/ Kerala: The Indian Postal Authority will release stamps on the historic Orthodox Old Seminary in the most of March 2015.  The Orthodox Old Seminary is celebrating 200 years of its existence in year 2015. It was instituted in 1815 by the Indian ...

Trisagion Service for the Victims of the Lethal Tsunami

The icon of “Christ and the Tsunami” was written by Georgia Lelou and donated by the Panhellenic Union of Iconography to the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia.

Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong - Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople December 26 marks the 10th anniversary of a powerful and deadly earthquake in the eastern Indian Ocean. It caused an ocean wave, or tsunami, so big it destroyed entire coastal communities. The deadly tsunami killed about 230,000 people-one-third of them children. The disaster left 5 million people ...

Patriarch Kirill asks Pakistani president to pardon Christian woman sentenced to death

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TASS. Russian News Agency - November 2014 The Lahore High Court on September 16 upheld the death sentence a court of lower instance passed on Asia Bibi, who has long been under arrest for insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammed. MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow and All Russia, has asked the President of the Islamic Republic ...

Russia shouldn’t make excuses to the USA for building relations of religion, society and state – Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin

Moscow, July 31, Interfax - Russia and other states have the right for their own model of relations between religion and state different from the USA and they should not make excuses for it, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said commenting the recent report of the USA ...

Patriarch Sako: ‘In 10 Years There Will Only Be a Few Thousand Christians Left in Iraq’

Asia News - 29/4/14 Baghdad -- The Iraqi Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Raphael Sako I, says he is seriously concerned over the continuing decline of Christian presence in the country: "If measures are not taken soon, in 10 years' time there will only be a few thousand Christians left in Iraq". The Iraqi Christian community had more than a ...

Metropolitan Amphilohije: “NATO bombings are a continuation of fascism

March/April 2014 In the days when the whole Serbian Church commemorates victims of barbaric bombings during the NATO attack of Yugoslavia in 1999, Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral performed a memorial service at the Cetinje Monastery. Praying for repose of the souls of all innocent victims on the territory of Serbia and Montenegro, the ...

Petition against denialism of Armenian Genocide

7/2/14 Petition against the rogue decision of the European Court of Human Rights   The European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France) ruled on December 17, 2013 that Dogu Perinçek (president of the Workers’ Party ,Turkey) could not be condemned for publicly stating (in Genevea, Switzerland in 2007) that the “so-called Armenian genocide is an imperialist lie.” In the ...

Conference on Orthodoxy and Russian culture in Asia held in Beijing

Chinese Orthodox Church - February 2014 English translation by Katherine Ilachinski On December 13, 2013, a Chinese-Russian Conference "Russian cultural and historical traditions, and Russia's relations with countries in the Asia -Pacific region" was held in Beijing. The scientific event was organized by the world of politics and public diplomacy, and the Institute of World Religions of China Academy of ...

International Broadcast Schedule for Christmas Divine Liturgy from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

5/1/13 The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Shoghakat TV Company, working in conjunction with the “First Channel” of Armenian television (“H1”), are pleased to announce the schedule for the live global telecast of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Etchmiadzin. The ...

May 19, Pontian Greek Genocide Remembrance Day

Stella Tsolakidou - 19/5/13 In 1994, May 19 was selected by the Greek parliament as the day to commemorate the Pontian Greek Genocide by the Turks. The Pontic Genocide is one of the darkest moments in history not only for Greeks, but also for mankind. The Genocide vanished from its ancestral and historic homeland in Pontus a culturally vibrant and unique part of the Greek population that had been fighting for its ...

Syria’s Christian Minority Lives in Fear of Kidnapping and Street Battles

The bell tower of a church in Ras al Ayn, which was used as a base for snipers. (Danny Gold)

      DANNY GOLD 18/4/13 George Abdulahad stood on his balcony in the Syrian city of Ras Al Ayn filling in bullet holes with plaster. His apartment, like many in the Christian neighborhood, lay gutted, the walls destroyed by an RPG or some sort of incendiary device. The fighting had been over for nearly a month now, but Abdulahad ...

Christian persecutions continues in Mideast, Asia and Africa

4/4/13 (JNS.org) Christians continue to be persecuted in the Middle East, Asia and Africa through church attacks, blasphemy accusations and murders, states a summary by the Gatestone Institute of such incidents during January 2013. Four Coptic Christian-owned stores were torched in January in Egypt, and Egyptian authorities also neutralized a car filled with explosives before it could ...

Metropolitan Hilarion completes his working visit to Kazakhstan

On 20 February 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, chairman of the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission, rector of the Ss Cyril and Methodius School for Post-Graduate and Doctoral Studies, completed his visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The main purpose of Metropolitan Hilarion’s visit to ...

Metropolitan Zacharia Mar Aprem represents Indian Orthodox at the Conference of Religious Leaders of Asia

17/2/13 - Liju Cherian Correspondent - OCP News Service JAKARTA, Indonesia: Dr Zacharia Mar Aprem, Diocese Metropolitan of Adoor, (Kerala). will represent Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Syrian Church at the 3-day conference on Asia Conference of Muslim Christian Religious Leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 26-28, 2013. The Conference is one of the joint initiatives of CCA and FABC ...

Global religions: Where is the Christian map moving?

Wayne Baker Community Contributor - 26/12/12 Editor's note: This post is part of a series by Dr. Baker on Our Values about core American values. This week Dr. Baker is discussing global religions. Christmas is the holiday most celebrated by Christians around the world. For most Americans, Christmas now is behind us—but millions of adherents, especially Orthodox ...

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

3/8/2012 Historic Church of St. Sophia in Nicaea (modern Iznik, Turkey), where in 787, held the Seventh Ecumenical Council, began to function as a mosque, to which has already been assigned aMufti. This is reported by "Romfea." Hagia Sophia in Nicaea was first converted into a mosque in 1331, after the conquest of Asia Minor in the ...

Metropolitan Yakob Mar Irenaios calls for govt intervention to tackle issue of migrants

Liju Cherian 31/7/2012 # Migrant population needs special attention, pastoral care, counselling # New avenues and possibilities of mobility have proved to be a catalyst # Migrants’ have strength to harvest land but cannot influence legislation # ‘We are all migrants on this earth’ since we come from God and return to Him # Enlightened and angered public opinion should take ...

Series of attacks in Iraq, dozens of dead. Church of St Mathew in Baghdad targeted

21/3/2012 Asia News A bomb exploded near the Syrian-Orthodox church in the capital, killing two guards and wounding five others. Across the country there were over 20 explosions. AsiaNews sources: attacks to derail the upcoming Arab League summit. The violence set to continue. Baghdad (AsiaNews) - The Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, in Baghdad, is one ...

62 Coptic Christian Families Forcibly Evicted by Salafi Muslims

Coptic Christians demonstrating against persecution

By Asia News 10/2/2012 Salafi Muslims in the area of el-Amerya, with the complicity of the police and state authorities, set fire to Christian homes and shops, and forced several families to leave the country under the threat of further violence. On 30 January a crowd of Muslims attacked the village of Kobry- el-Sharbat for the second ...