‘Catastrophic Collapse’: Tomb of Christ to Crumble Without Urgent Repairs

Sputniknews - March 2017 Greek researchers say that the edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the room where Jesus was purportedly interred before he rose from the dead, is at “very real risk” of “catastrophic collapse.” The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) examined the foundation of the temple in Jerusalem as part of a ...

New Book: Arab Orthodox Christians under the Ottomans by Constantin Panchenko

Notes on Arab Orthodoxy - May 2016 I am told that copies just arrived to the publisher today... This is a translation of Panchenko's monumental Ближневосточное Православие под османским владычеством. Первые три столетия. 1516–1831 (Moscow: Indrik, 2012). Arab Orthodox Christians Under the Ottomans 1516–1831 By Constantin Panchenko Foreword by John X (Yazigi) Over the past two decades, society’s attention has increasingly ...

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria

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By Bar Daisan - 3/7/15 Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived on Saturday, June 27th in Qamishli to receive and encourage the thousands of Assyrians who have fled from Hasaka. The Patriarch made a call to the youth to return and defend Hasaka in light of the ...

Venerable Simeon the Myrrhgusher and Prince of Serbia – Stephen Nemanya

23/2/15 Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher, King of Serbia Stephen Nemanya was the Great Zhupan of Serbia, and lived during the twelfth century. The saint toiled much for his fatherland: he united a large portion of the Serbian lands, and strove for the political independence of his country from the Byzantine Empire. In his zeal for the ...

Patriarch of All the Northern Lands

October 2014 At a press conference in Moscow on 24 September, His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill answered questions from journalists about the Church. Particular attention was paid to the historical development of the Patriarchate itself. It was noted that when the Patriarchate was created in 1589 by all the Eastern Patriarchs, the title granted to the Russian ...

Turkish Byzantinist Believes True Cross “Hidden” in Hagia Sophia

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 somewhere ...

Department of Antiquities unearths Byzantine church in Jerash

Gioia Forster/ Jordan Times – 15/6/13 AMMAN — Looting of archaeological sites in Jordan is a widespread problem, yet this time it has brought to light the mosaic floor of a previously undiscovered Byzantine-era church near the Roman city of Jerash. “Underneath about a metre of soil, the mosaic floor of Kanisat Qirmerl was almost perfectly preserved,” ...

The Armenians: Unsung Supporter of Hellenism

Catherine Tsounis - 14/2/13 “The Armenians are our brothers,” said Mr. Constantine Parthenis my Modern Greek instructor at St. Demetrios Greek American School in 1950’s Astoria, New York. Dr. Emory, a medieval historian at Queens College, explained in a 1969 undergraduate class that “the Armenians are not recognized significantly in the Byzantine Empire.” Throughout the years ...