Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attends Orthodox Nativity Liturgy at Bethlehem

8/1/14 Nation.Ik President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the birth place of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem yesterday and attended the Liturgy of the Christmas Eve at the Church of the Nativity. First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa and Palestinian President Dr. Mahmoud Abbas also attended the Liturgy along with the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem ...

Obama meets Armenian Archbishop

23/3/13 PanARMENIAN.Net -  U.S. President Barack Obama toured the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem with President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, as part of his visit to Israel. In the church, Obama was greeted by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Franciscan Custodian of the Holy Land, and Armenian Archbishop Sevan Gharibian. The ...

Mahmoud Abbas meets Russian Patriarch in Bethlehem

10/11/2012 President Mahmoud Abbas visited Bethlehem on Saturday to welcome Patriarch of the Orthodox church of Moscow and Russia Kirill I, who is in the holy land to pray for peace Maan reported. Abbas and the patriarch headed to the Church of the Nativity and to the place where Kirill laid a foundation stone for a Russian ...

Russian President and head of Palestinian National Authority open Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Bethlehem

On 26 June 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin and head of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, took part in the opening of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Bethlehem, official site of the President reports. Attending the ceremony were Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, who accompanies Russian President in ...

Mahmoud Abbas receives Orthodox Award

      Milena Faustova 21/1/2012 Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was awarded the prize of the International Fund for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples on Saturday. The award ceremony took place at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow and was led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The Voice of Russia’s Milena Faustova reports. This Orthodox award, ...

MOFEPN Award to be Given to Abbas

2/11/2011 MOSCOW, November 2, 2011 (WAFA) - The International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples (MOFEPN) Wednesday decided to award President Mahmoud Abbas the MOFEPN Patriarch Aleksei II Award, said an official letter. MOFEPN President, VA Alekseyev, sent a letter to the Palestinian embassy to Russia, saying Abbas is awarded for his outstanding ...

Palestinian Christians Are Hopeful About Statehood

Palestinian Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. – Jamie Lynn Ross/Flickr Creative Commons

BY MICHELE CHABIN 09/30/2011 Mahmoud Abbas asked for sovereignty at the United Nations, and residents back home look to the future. JERUSALEM — Salim Manarious, a retired former school headmaster, believes there will be a sovereign Palestinian state in his lifetime. “I believe it because I’m a Palestinian,” the 72-year-old Orthodox Christian said Sept. 23, the day Palestinian National ...

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with the President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas

On 29 August 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with the president of the Palestinian National Authority Mr. Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. In a cordial friendly talk they discussed cooperation of the Russian Orthodox Church with the Palestinian National Authority, the situation in the Middle ...

Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem content with Abbas’ Statement

18/2/2011 The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem is pleased with the statement of Mahmoud Abbas saying the Palestinian administration considers the Armenian Quarter a part of Eastern Jerusalem, said patriarchate’s representative. “We do not want the Armenian Quarter to be divided into Jewish and Palestinian. We find important that our quarter should not be separated and should be ...