IOCC Assists Syrian Families Escaping Bloodshed In Idlib

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March-April 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — As the security and humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria, continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting this past weekend, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits, and personal care items to ...

IOCC Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

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February- March 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour River, where they burned ...

Restoring Water Access To Gaza’s Embattled Families

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IOCC - February 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — For Suha, 10, and her friend, Nada, 9, each day begins with a visit to a communal water storage tank in the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja'iyeh. They patiently wait their turn to fill numerous empty plastic water cans that they must carry back to their family homes a ...

IOCC Delivers Winter Relief To Snowbound Syrian Refugees

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February 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Snow and frigid cold blanket Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, where nearly 400,000 Syrian refugees living in vinyl tents with packed dirt floors struggle to clear snow and stay warm. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that more than 100 tents have caved under the weight of heavy snow, ...

IOCC Provides Vital Winter Relief For Syrian Children And War-Weary Families

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January 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Freezing temperatures, heavy snow and chilling winds sweeping across Syria are putting thousands of young lives in jeopardy as displaced mothers struggle helplessly to keep their small children warm and sheltered from the harsh winter conditions. Many live in shelled out buildings with no doors or windows to keep frigid ...

MEETING OF THE I.A.O. INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS AND RAPPORTEURS

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November 2014 The works of the I.A.O. International Secretariat and the Chairpersons and Rapporteurs of the I.A.O. Committees, held in Nicosia, 22 – 25 November 2014 have been completed. The agenda started with the meeting of the I.A.O. Secretary General and the President of the I.A.O. General Assembly with the Secretary General of the World Council ...

Team IOCC Goes The Distance In Baltimore to Race Against Poverty

October 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — An Orthodox priest, a kindergartner and a retired grandmother joined nearly 30 other supporters of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) at dawn on Saturday to go the distance in the 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, and to raise money and awareness about the people it serves worldwide with every stride. ...

IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

October 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — From the smallest rural towns to the biggest cities, two-thirds of America's children living in poverty have no books at home, according to the nation's largest literacy program, Reading is Fundamental. Children with no regular access to books and reading are at greatest risk for struggling in school and ...

FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC & THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

13th  PLENARY SESSION Amman, Jordan, 15-23 September 2014  COMMUNIQUE The thirteenth meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church was held from 15 to 23 September 2014 in Amman, Jordan, a city with a long history related to the roots of Christianity. The meeting was generously and fraternally ...

THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR ORTHODOX-ANGLICAN DIALOGUE VISITS THE PATRIARCHATE

September 2014 On Friday, the 6th/19th of September 2014, the 6th International Commission for Dialogue between Orthodox and Anglicans visited the Patriarchate, after having venerated at the Holy Sepulcher and at the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord. The Dialogue Commission was received by H.B. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, and Hagiotaphite Fathers. His Beatitude praised the effort ...

IOCC Conference Cultivates Service

10/9/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — When record rainfall drenched the Midwest in July and triggered massive flooding of communities across Minnesota and Iowa, teen volunteers from St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis were among the dozen members of an International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Orthodox Action Team who traveled to the hard-hit Iowa town of ...

IOCC Responds To Critical Needs of Families In Gaza : Urges Support

Two displaced Palestinian women find refuge in the courtyard of St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. The church is sheltering more than 700 displaced people, nearly half of them children, and providing assistance to an additional 1,400 displaced persons being sheltered in a nearby mosque and warehouses. IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of Gaza

3/8/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The scramble for safety by thousands of Gaza's families grows more difficult each day as a new wave of violence is destroying homes, businesses, even schools where children and their parents have sought shelter. After seven years of a blockade that has rendered most of the Gaza Strip's 1.8 million people ...

New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda’s Children

One teacher provides instruction for 500 elementary students in this one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda. There are no desks or books, only a solitary chalkboard at one end of the room used by the teacher to instruct them. IOCC is working to improve access to learning for Uganda

August 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda, fills quickly each morning as hundreds of children, barefoot and humbly dressed, file in and sit shoulder to shoulder on the packed earth floor to receive their lessons. One teacher provides instruction for 500 students from ...

IOCC Mobilizes To Provide Urgent Relief For Families Caught In Gaza Conflict

13/07/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing the emerging humanitarian needs of ...

Bosnia’s Flood Survivors Face Slow and Difficult Recovery

16/6/14 - IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — When floodwaters from record breaking rainfall surged beyond the banks of the Bosna River last month, Šamac and six villages surrounding the Bosnian town were completely engulfed by the rising water. More than 4,500 homes, along with area farms and businesses were submerged in more than five feet of ...

Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

June 2014 Chicago, IL (IOCC) — When seven people were killed and thirteen injured in a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California, on May 23, Fr. Jon-Stephen Hedges, who serves as volunteer Chaplain with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and a member of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Frontline, consoled families as he performed ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION SPEAKS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TULA STATE UNIVERSITY

May 2014  On 22 May 2014, the 6th International Theological Conference on ‘Role of the Russian Orthodox Church in History and Culture of Russia: Traditions and the Present Time’ at the Tula State University. Taking part in the conference on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department ...

Chicago Faith-Based Groups Join With IOCC To Deliver Books For Local Children

May 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Joined by wide-eyed youngsters from some of the city's most impoverished Southside neighborhoods, religious leaders gathered at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago to dedicate more than 10,000 new books provided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). The trove of colorful, age-appropriate reading materials will benefit ...

IOCC Transforming Lives with Clean and Safe Water

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April 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Access to clean and safe water can make the difference between sickness and health, poverty and self-sufficiency.  Yet more than one billion people living in impoverished urban and rural areas struggle to survive each day without access to safe drinking water or adequate sanitation. As the demand for safe, fresh water ...

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CALLS ON TURKEY TO ADDRESS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

14/12/13 The 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom Deemed Historic (Berlin, Germany) The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office to the European Union and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany, hosted its 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom December 4-5, 2013 at the ...

INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION FOR THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES – REPORT

Tenth Meeting Rome, January 23 to 27, 2013 The tenth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in Rome from January 23 to 27, 2013, hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. It was chaired jointly by His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, ...