GREEK JOURNALISTS VISIT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

November 2015 On Wednesday, the 5th/18th of November 2015, a group of Greek journalists on a visit to Israel’s Foreign Ministry visited the Patriarchate after venerating at the Church of the Resurrection and the Holy Sepulcher. They were welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, who went on to talk to them about the unstable situation ...

Russia to continue humanitarian aid to Syria

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 the ...

Russia Urges Release of Abducted Orthodox Nuns in Syria

MOSCOW, December 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church have demanded the release of a group of nuns reportedly captured by Islamist rebels at an ancient convent in Syria. The nuns were taken away by armed men who broke into the Greek Orthodox convent of St Thecla on Monday in the ...

Kremlin ready to consider citizenship for Syrian Christians

21/10/13 Head of Russian Orthodox Church’s press service said that the Russian authorities should show kindness to these people, who are “in real danger.”  The Kremlin is ready to consider a Russian citizenship request from about 50,000 Syrian Christians when it receives it, a presidential spokesman said Friday. “We have not received any requests so far. These ...

Syria: Christians erect statue of Jesus Christ as symbol of hope and peace

17/10/13 Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace. Moscow Theological Academy, which was the curator of the project, reported today that this monument should become a symbol of hope of all ...

Russia calls for protection of Christian holy places in Maalula

Moscow, September 6, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the attempts made by the armed opposition in Syria to take over the city of Maalula, a symbol of the Christian presence in Syria. "Moscow is deeply concerned over the fact that terrorist attacks in Syria have affected Maalula, a symbol of the ...

Leaders urge caution over reports of priests’ fate

By Lauren Williams The Daily Star 14/8/13 BEIRUT: Religious leaders urged “prudence” amid swirling rumors over the fate of three Christian priests reportedly kidnapped in Syria. Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime and advocate for inter-religious dialogue, has been missing since July 29 after he traveled to the northeastern city of Raqqa ...

Russian Foreign Ministry says U.S. State Department’s religious freedom report politicized

Moscow, May 24, Interfax - The 2012 international religious freedom report of the U.S. State Department has been done superficially and does not reflect the objective situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "We are to conclude that the U.S. State Department has again presented a contorted and politicized picture of the situation in the religious freedom ...

Foreign Ministry: 20 Egyptian Copts held in Libya released

Al-Masry Al-Youm Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm 6/3/13  Libya released 20 Egyptian Copts who were being held in the country on charges of proselytizing, said Ali al-Esheiry, foreign deputy minister for consular affairs, attributing their release to the Egyptian Consulate in Benghazi’s efforts. Esheiry said the mission is still working toward the release of 23 other people as part ...

Car bomb blast damages church in eastern Syria

27/10/2012 Damascus, Oct. 27 (Xinhua-ANI): A booby-trapped car went off in front of al-Serian Church in Syria's eastern province of Deir al- Zour on Saturday, causing damages to the church's facade, the state-run SANA news agency reported. There have been no reports on casualties by the blast, which is the latest in a series of explosions that ...

Arabi says Egypt will remain homeland for all Faiths

20/5/2011 Foreign Minister Nabil el-Arabi said on Thursday 19/05/2011 Egypt will remain a homeland for all religions without any discrimination between a Muslim and a Christian. In statements, Arabi said his visit on Thursday to Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese aimed at inquiring after the pope's health and studying some national ...

Foreign Ministry, Russian Orthodox Church to cooperate in International Matters

Moscow, January 24, Interfax - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has promised support to international efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church and pledged further cooperation. "We have coordinated with colleagues from the Russian Orthodox Church the plans of further cooperation in the strengthening of Russia's position and authority on the international scene," Lavrov said at the opening ...