Fr. James V. Schall: Sword and Scimitar Is “a Detailed, Well-Researched” and “Most Welcome” Book

Raymond Ibrahim - 9/12/18 James V. Schall, S.J. — a longtime professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University and author of On Islam — recently reviewed my book, Sword and Scimitar.  First published in the Catholic World Report, and titled, “On the Purpose of Islam: A Review of Raymond Ibrahim’s Sword and Scimitar,” it follows: “Unlike most military histories—which no matter how fascinating are ...

RUSSIAN CHURCH RELEASES DRAFT CATECHISM INCLUDING SECTION THAT “CONDEMNS” OPPONENTS OF ECUMENISM

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Pravoslavie.ru - 27/7/17 With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission has published a draft version of the Catechesis of the Russian Orthodox Church for Church-wide discussion, reports patriarchia.ru. The final section on the Russian Church’s attitude towards the non-Orthodox has caused some consternation. The idea of creating a modern catechism was first raised at ...

Prize Awarded for The Winners Of ‘Rev Academician Dumitru Staniloae’ Contest Of Theology

Church of Romania On 5 May 2015, the winners of the contest of theology entitled “Rev Academician Dumitru Staniloae” were awarded prizes in the Patriarchal Residence, by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. They received diplomas and money. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel delivered a speech, congratulated the winners and spoke about the personality of ...

A loving Orthodox bosom for Indians

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April 2015 Taking part in the work of the Philanthropic Society of the Orthodox Church in India is truly to experience Sister Nektaria and who she is. Just one facet of the works of the Society is a life commitment for any one person, and yet sister Nektaria all alone takes on the responsibilities required of an ...

The Truth about the Crusades

Raymond Ibrahim - February 2015 Were the Crusades a reflection of the “terrible deeds [done] in the name of Christ” as U.S. President Obama recently warned, or were they a reflection of something else, namely, centuries of Islamic jihad?  In the following essay, one of the top historians of the Crusades definitively answers the question. Thomas Madden ...

MESSAGE OF PATRIARCH THEOPHILOS III OF JERUSALEM ON CHRISTMAS 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014. Today the angels in the sky dance and rejoice. And the whole universe delights in the birth of the Lord and Saviour in Bethlehem. Because every fallacy of idols now ceases and Christ shall rule for all time. (Nativity Verses for Christmas Procession) The Orthodox Church of Christ celebrates, today and for all ...

PATRIARCH THEOPHILOS III GREETINGS AT THE RECEPTION GIVEN BY DR UZI LANDAU & MR AMIR HALEVI AT THE MERCAZSHIMSHCN- BEIT SHMUEL

December 2014 Dr Landau, Mr. Halevi, Your Beatitudes, Your Eminences, Your Graces, Beloved Leaders of the Jewish and Muslim Communities of Jerusalem, Distinguished Civic Leaders, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor for us to address this gathering during this holiday season on behalf of the Christian communities of the Holy Land, and we thank you, Dr Landau and MrHalevi, for bringing us together ...

30 Years of OCMC Missions Celebrated

November 2014 The annual Fall OCMC Board meeting was held November 10-11, 2014 at the Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida. The setting was appropriate and meaningful as OCMC celebrates 30 years of missions ministry. In his remarks to the Board, OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi took the opportunity to reflect on the amazing witness ...

The Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of heaven

November 2014 The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (IV Kings 23:5 [II Kgs KJV]). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, ...

“Caliphate” is more dangerous than World War III – Supreme Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun of Syria

Moscow, October 31, Interfax - Supreme mufti of Syria Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun sees the danger in establishing a "caliphate," as it has happened with the "Islamic state." “Calls to set up an Islamic state are more dangerous that calls to unleash World War III,” the mufti said at his Moscow press conference. He stressed that “religion is ...

The Patriarch Of Jerusalem Comes To Romania To Bring A Particle Of The Holy Cross

October 2014 From 24 – 27 October 2014, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, will be present at the feast of Saint Pious Dimitrios the New, Protector of Bucharest, at the invitation of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania. Friday, 24 October 2014, 12.30 hours, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem will arrive in Bucharest, ...

Program created to save a unique Orthodox cave monastery in Georgia

September 2014 The Georgian government has resolved to start a project to save the cave monastery complex of Vardzia in the Samche-Javaheti region, reports Novosti-Gruzia. Multidisciplinary research and a number of projects are scheduled for the first stage. 570,000 Georgian Lari (about $329,000) have been allocated from the government’s reserve fund to implement the four-year project. “Charts of ...

Patriarch Theophilos III & Archbishop Chrysostomos holds Primatial Service in Cyprus

September 2014 On Saturday, the 17th/30th of August 2014, His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, arrived in Cyprus accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, His Eminence Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, and the Reverend Archdeacon Evlogios. His Beatitude was welcomed at Larnaca airport by His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus and the Exarch of the Holy Sepulcher in Cyprus, ...

World ‘Cannot Keep Silent About the Existence of the So-called ISIS,’ Patriarchs Declare

http://www.catholic.org - 2/9/14 Meeting at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs convened for a special summit to address the crisis in Iraq and Syria. Later joined by the United Nations' special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the U.N. Security Council, the patriarchs called ...

Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs Visit North Iraq in Solidarity With Christians

From left: Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II Karim, Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako, Patriarch Bechara Boutros AlRai, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Youna, Patriarch Gregorius III Lahham.

21/8/14 (AINA) -- Five patriarchs of Middle Eastern Churches visited north Iraq yesterday to support the Assyrian Christians, who have been driven from their homes and villages by the Islamic State (ISIS) and whose religious institutions have been destroyed and occupied. The Patriarchs were: Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros AlRai Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Ephrem II ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

August 2014 On Monday, August 4, 2014, the feast day of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Russian Convent in Gethsemane marked the occasion with Divine Liturgy in its “Royal” Church. Officiating was His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Overseer of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. ...

Icon of the Mother of God of “the Three Hands”

July 2014 The Icon of the Mother of God, “Of the Three Hands”: In the ninth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus (December 4) was zealous in his veneration of holy icons. Because of this, he was slandered by the emperor and iconoclast Leo III the Isaurian (717-740), who informed the ...

Unique cave monastery complex of 12th-13th centuries in Georgia to be conserved

15/7/14 Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers south of the town of Borjomi. This is an outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture. The three-day international seminar, dedicated to the development of plans for conservating the Vardzia cave monastery complex in the Samche-Javaheti ...

Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem leads Prayer for peace in Jordan

May 2014 At Bethany beyond Jordan, the place where Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, the church leaders held a Divine Liturgy to pray for peace for the Holy Land and the region. The Jerusalem patriarch Theophilos III delivered an address to the gathering, reiterating the significance of Jordan’s role as a “hub of peace” and a ...

Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem warmly greets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

  24/5/14 His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem warmly greets His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, escorted by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, walk to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to celebrate a Doxology in the Katholikon. Source:  

Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and the Armenian Patriarch Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem led Orthodox Holy Fire Ceremony 2014

OCP News Service- 19/4/14 Click here to watch video: Jerusalem: The great and holy miracle of Orthodox Christianity has the holy fire has appeared at the  Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Holy fire procession was lead by His Beatitude Theophilos III the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine who was also ...