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“What People Need Most Is Help From Above” – Protopriest Boris Ignatievsky

October 21, 2017 Featured
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The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – 21/10/17 On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Protection of the Holy Virgin Church in Cabramatta (Sydney, Australia) celebrated its feast day. On the eve we spoke with the Rector, Protopriest Boris Ignatievsky, about the long-term cooperation between the Russian […]

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St. Petersburg Named Europe’s Best Tourist Destination

October 1, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 1/10/17 The 2017 World Travel Awards has named Russia’s St. Petersburg the best tourist destination in Europe for the second time since 2015. This year marked the 24th anniversary of the prestigious World Travel Awards, established in 1993 and considered to be one of the most reputable in international tourism, with The Wall Street Journal describing it as “The […]

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‘Patriarch Tikhon, Revolution and a Century Later’ – Lecture presented by Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff

August 28, 2017 Featured
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The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – 28/8/17 ‘Patriarch Tikhon, Revolution and a Century Later’ – Lecture presented by Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff at Symposium, Sydney, 14-17 July 2017. Patriarch Tikhon was chosen by God 1to restore strong leadership to the Russian Church at what was, without […]

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Losing Faith: Germany’s Christian Population Declining at Record Rate

July 25, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 25/7/17 The number of Catholics and Protestants in Germany sank to a new low in 2016, with the latter hemorrhaging almost 1.6 percent of members in comparison with the previous year, according to recently released figures. According to the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD), at the end of 2016 there were around 22 million evangelicals in Germany. Demographics played the biggest factor in the change: in 2016, approximately 340,000 evangelicals […]

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Special Meeting of Syriac Orthodox Church in Switzerland

July 14, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Church – 14/7/17 Upon the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, and under his presidency, a meeting of their Eminences the Archbishops of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Europe was convened at Mor Augin Monastery in Switzerland on Thursday July 13, 2017. Their Eminences the Archbishops: Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz […]

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ANNIVERSARY OF FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE GIVES OCCASION FOR GREEK HIERARCHS TO CALL FOR RESISTANCE TO GREECE’S “DECAPITATION FROM CHRIST”

June 2, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – June 2017 The city of Constantinople, the capital of the great Byzantine Empire, fell to the invading Ottoman Turks on May 29, 1453. Recalling the great loss suffered by Orthodox Christians at that time, Greek hierarchs, speaking at events in remembrance of that loss, called for Greeks today to stand up and defend their […]

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UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT ANNOUNCES IT WILL NOT CONSIDER ANTI-ORTHODOX BILLS AS THOUSANDS PROTEST OUTSIDE

May 21, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 21/5/17 The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada announced that it will not consider draft bills Nos. 4128 and 4511 on Thursday as originally planned, reports RIA-Novosti. More than 300,000 Ukrainians throughout the country signed petitions against the bills, which threaten to forbid and seize the churches of the Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, as […]

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Archbishop Severius Moses Joins Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece (Avlona Synod)

May 12, 2017 News
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OCP News Service – 12/5/17 Berlin -Germany: Former Metropolitan-Primate Severious Moses Gurgon of the Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church of Europe (non-existing) was received as an Archbishop into the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece (Avlona Synod) in 2016. He is the Archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of Myron in Germany. Severious Moses Gurgon was a […]

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We expect Europe to act firmly against the Turkish policy of Genocide Denial, stated His Holiness Aram I

April 29, 2017 Featured
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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – April 24 April 2017 – On Monday morning, Armenians gathered in Antelias to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The commemoration brought together Armenian people and organizations irrespective of their political or ideological differences. Elected Armenian Ministers and Deputies and their Lebanese counterparts, as well as representative of Lebanese civil society, […]

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Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar received by Serbian Patriarch

April 22, 2017 News

Chruch of Serbia – April 2017 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received  Rt. Revd. Robert Innes, Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 19 April 2017. The high dignitary was accompanied by Rev. Robin Fox, Anglican chaplain in Belgarde. Bishop Robert Ines congratulated the Feast of feasts of the […]

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST ORGANIZATION VISIT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

March 2, 2017 News

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 2/3/16 On Friday evening, 11th/24th February 2017, a fifteen-member team of the Christian humanitarian United Church of Christ Organization visited the Patriarchate, headed by the Executive in Middle East and Europe, Mr. Peter Makari. This Christian humanitarian team, which actively supports the Syrian refuges in Jordan and other countries, among which […]

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Roundtable on Migration and Refugees

February 20, 2017 News

  Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 20/2/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in a roundtable talk on “Migration and Refugees” at the Munich Security Conference. He spoke about the dangers of migration of Christians in the Middle East and how it affects negatively the Christian presence in their homeland. He also spoke about […]

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V European Orthodox-Catholic Forum concludes works in Paris

January 14, 2017 News
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 14/1/17 The V European Orthodox-Catholic Forum held its works in Paris from 9 January to 12 January 2017. His Eminence Iosif, Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Western and Southern Europe, represented the Romanian Orthodox Church. The venue of the meeting was Missions Étrangères de Paris. The meeting was co-presided by […]

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Hundreds Gather for Christmas Celebrations in Liberated Aleppo

December 23, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 22/12/16 Hundreds have flocked to a square in western Aleppo to celebrate Christmas for the first time in years as one of the largest Syrian cities is gradually returning to peaceful life after Damascus-led forces assisted by Russia, Iran and their allies have pushed out radical groups and put an end to years-long […]

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A DAVID & GOLIATH STORY IN IRAQ: An Interview with Filmmaker David Ritter

December 21, 2016 Featured News
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Lucine Kasbarian – OCP News Service – 20/12/16 The Iraqi village of Havresc (originally called “Hay Vrej,” the Armenian words for “revenge through survival”) was once populated with Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants. Circa 1970, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s military destroyed villages, such as Havresc, that were minority strongholds, and pushed their inhabitants into […]

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French Court Orders Virgin Mary Statue Removed from Public Park

December 6, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 6/12/16 A French court has ruled that a statue of the Virgin Mary violates the country’s ban of public displays of religious symbols. The statue, located in the small town of Publier, must now be removed from public property. In 2011, Publier, a small town by Lake Geneva with about 6,000 residents, commissioned […]

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Separate Assyrian Churches From State, Says Assyrian Confederation of Europe

November 11, 2016 Featured News
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Assyrian Confederation of Europe – 11/11/16 The Assyrian Confederation of Europe is concerned by the growing influence of churches in Assyrian politics in Iraq, which has been revealed in recent developments. Recent meetings on the subject of the future of the Nineveh Plain conducted in Iraq between Assyrian political groups have been initiated and attended by […]

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Russia’s Patriarch Kirill meets Queen Elizabeth II, discusses Christians in Europe

October 19, 2016 Featured News
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RT.com – 19/10/16 Queen Elizabeth II has held a historic meeting with Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who is on an official visit to the UK to mark the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence there. The meeting was held Tuesday behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official […]

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Hungary Opens Office for Persecuted Christians

October 15, 2016 Featured News
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Raymond Ibrahim – Frontpage Magazine – 15/10/16 The nation of Hungary recently did something that is as unprecedented as it is commonsensical and humanitarian: it “has become the first government to open an office specifically to address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Europe.” Zoltan Balog, Hungary’s Minister for Human Resources, explained: Today, Christianity […]

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Testimony of Fr. Athanasius Habtu Ghebre-Ab on Eritrea

September 15, 2016 Featured News
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AWATE – 15/8/16 Also Read: The Current Situation of Patriarch Antonios of Eritrea Fr. Athanasius Habtu Ghebre-Ab, Ph.D. Director of External Relations, The Canonical Diaspora Diocese of the Eritrean Orthodox Church (North America, Europe and the Middle East) September 14, 2016 COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International […]

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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II “I am worried that Christianity is on the way out both in Syria & Iraq as well as in Lebanon”

August 31, 2016 Featured News
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Christiantoday – August 2016 Christianity is in danger of disappearing across entire countries in the Middle East, the land of its birth, according to a senior Orthodox Church leader. There have been repeated warnings about the decline of Christianity in Iraq under the Islamic State onslaught. Eight in ten Christians have left Iraq since 2003. But […]

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