Holy Land

Residents of the Holy Land should have one states for all, the Jerusalem Patriarchate official believes

February 9, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, February 3, Interfax – It will never be possible to establish two states – the Jewish and the Palestinian – in the Holy Land, Archbishop Theodosios of Sebastia believes (the Jerusalem Orthodox Church). “The peace is needed, it isn’t possible to be in war forever. But it is not by chance that negotiations about […]

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The Desolation of a Monk’s Dreams — The Monastery of St. George

November 22, 2013 Featured News

  Rick Steves – 22 11/13 Hiding in folds of the Judean Desert are ancient monasteries which, since ancient times, have given hermits the desolation of their dreams. Orthodox Christians — whether from Palestine, Greece, Russia, or Ethiopia — enliven these monasteries today, as they have since the sixth century. Orthodox Christians maintain a rich […]

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Eastern Diocese Welcomes Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

November 20, 2013 Featured News

Florence Avakian – November 2013 NEW YORK — “If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem…” is the biblical phrase signifying the emotional and spiritual power of the sacred site that is home to three of the world’s major religions. And for Armenians who have played a pivotal role in Jerusalem since the seventh century, the impact of […]

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FINNISH REPRESENTATIVE TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY VISITS PATRIARCHATE

September 28, 2013 News

On Wednesday the 12th/25th of September 2013, the representative of Finland to the Palestinian Authority, Dr Martin Irulu, visited His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, upon assuming office. In the context of this visit, His Beatitude talked to the diplomatic representative of Finland about the work of the Patriarchate, the first Church […]

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Geneva exhibition raises awareness of Armenian genocide

September 8, 2013 News

8/9/13 The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Armenian Apostolic Church are hosting a one-month exhibition on the Armenian genocide. It will display information on the history of genocidal events in the Ottoman Empire which killed more than a million Christian Armenians between 1915 and 1923. Open to the public until 30 September 2013, […]

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Rhythm divine: the Ethiopian nun whose music enraptured the Holy Land

August 21, 2013 Featured News
Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù: Jersualem

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem- August 2013 Jersusalem’s classical music lovers honour Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù, 90, after a life devoted to God and the piano. From a small, spartan room in the courtyard of the Ethiopian church off a narrow street in Jerusalem, a 90-year-old musical genius is emerging into the spotlight. For almost three decades, […]

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Christian Population in Israel Grows, but Prejudice Remains

July 27, 2013 Featured News
Orthodox Christian worshippers hold crosses as they take part in the Eastern and Orthodox Church’s Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this year. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Shawn A. Akers - 27/7/13 A 2012 report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reveals that Christianity is growing at a rate of 1.3 percent annually in the Holy Land. Clerics, however, recently expressed a concern about the life challenges faced by the Christian population there. CBS reports that two percent of the country’s population—or […]

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‘A new bond’ between Archbishop Justin and Christians in the Holy Land

July 2, 2013 Featured News

  1/7/13 [Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was told by Palestinian church leaders June 28 that the time he spent with them had created “a new bond between you and the Christian community of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.” Meanwhile, Welby said his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land as archbishop had reminded him […]

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Politics and Christians in the Holy Land

June 15, 2013 News

John L. Allen Jr. – 15/6/13 Given that the Vatican “gay lobby” story was back in the air this week, it may be hard for some to fathom that anything else is cooking on the church beat. Yet there is real news out there, including this: A new threat has emerged to the Christian community […]

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Jerusalem’s dwindling Christians celebrate the Holy Fire on Orthodox Easter

May 6, 2013 Featured News

5/5/13 The annual rite at the 1500-year-old Church of the Holy Sepulcher attracted fewer local faithful as Christians across the region are caught up in various conflicts. This is the sixth in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. JERUSALEM — A procession of Armenian Orthodox Christians wound from their quarter […]

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Prayers Needed for Saint Lazarus Monastery in Bethany/Al-Azaria, East Jerusalem

April 26, 2013 Featured News

Dan Koski 26/4/13 Fathers, Mothers, Brothers and Sisters of the Orthodox Church and other Christian traditions; As we approach Lazarus Saturday before the start of Holy Week in the Orthodox Church, I would ask that this year, you would also commemorate Saint Lazarus Monastery in the modern city of Al-Azaria (Lazarus) in Bethany, East Jerusalem, […]

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Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem’s Church of Nativity compound

March 23, 2013 Featured News

22/3/13 JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, stopped twice to light candles for his family and himself: first at the Church of Nativity grotto, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born, then at the adjacent Catholic Church of St. Catherine. On the last leg of his […]

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Expectations of the new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem

February 13, 2013 News

13/2/13 In the second of two broadcasts, international lawyer and ecumenical consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is also an Ekklesia associate, talks about the newly elected Archbishop Nurhan Manoogian, 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem. Dr Hagopian proposes the necessity of a vision to combine the challenges of both geography and demography in order to maintain […]

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A new Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem: what does it mean?

January 25, 2013 Featured News

25/1/13 As many church leaders, organisations and individuals have learnt already, Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian was elected earlier today (24 January 2013) as the 97th patriarch of the Armenian Church in the Holy Land (Jordan, Israel and Palestine). The Grand Sacristan (or Lousararabed in Armenian) of the Church for many years, Archbishop Nourhan succeeds the late Torkom II […]

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A time of decision for Jerusalemite Armenians

January 21, 2013 News

21/1/13 In a few days’ time, we will learn the name of the new Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem. Four or five names have been see-sawing in the consciousness of those following these developments for many long weeks already. But the haze of speculation will finally be removed with the elections and actual votes of the […]

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Mayor of Jerusalem visits Russian Ecclesiastical Mission

January 20, 2013 News

On 14 January 2013, Mr. Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, visited the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. It was the first time that the Mayor of Jerusalem visited the representation of the Russian Orthodox Church among other places which he used to visit on the occasion of the feast of the Nativity of Christ. Archimandrite Isidor and […]

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The Jordan River

January 5, 2013 Featured News

  Konstantinos Koutroubas -5/1/13 The Jordan River St. Matthew 3:13-17 At that time cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.  But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?  And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: […]

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Armenians Voice Fears Over Threat to Rights in Holy Land

January 3, 2013 Featured News

Jerusalem, Dec 30, 2012 – The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, a member of the triumvirate of Guardians of the Christian Holy Places, has voiced grave fears over the threat of the erosion of its historic and traditional rights in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The rights and privileges that are the legacy of the […]

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Armenians Voice Fears Over Threat to Rights in Holy Land

January 3, 2013 Featured News
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Jerusalem, Dec 30, 2012 – The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, a member of the triumvirate of Guardians of the Christian Holy Places, has voiced grave fears over the threat of the erosion of its historic and traditional rights in the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The rights and privileges that are the legacy of the […]

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75,000 tourists set to arrive for Christmas

December 17, 2012 Featured News

17/12/2012 – Ynetnews Ministry of Tourism to offer free transportation for Christian pilgrims traveling between Jerusalem, Bethlehem. Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov will host the traditional pre-Christmas reception for leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israelat Mishkenot Shaananim in Jerusalem on Monday. The minister will send season’s greetings for Christmas to the Christian communities, […]

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Sergey Lavrov: We are concerned for the fate of Christians in the Middle East

November 30, 2012 Featured News

November 28, 2012, Russia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov attended the meeting of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society’s Board which took place at the Society’s headquarters in Moscow. Addressing the meeting, Lavrov underscored the similarity of stands taken by his ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church on the need to consolidate humanitarian relations between […]

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