“Ed Day” Celebrates Grace of Martyrdom

SVOTS - 15/10/17 Hundreds of friends and alumni attended our annual open house, Orthodox Education Day, which this year had the timely theme, “Modern Martyrs: Christians of the Middle East and North Africa.” Explicating the theme in an informative keynote address was the Reverend Dr. George Parsenios, associate professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, and ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Host “Modern Martyrs: Christians of Middle East & North Africa” at Orthodox Education Day

SVOTS - 4/10/17 St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Host “Modern Martyrs: Christians of Middle East & North Africa” at Orthodox Education Day, October 7th.  [SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY] St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will hold its annual open house, Orthodox Education Day, Saturday, October 7, 2017. The day will open with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. This ...

Churches in Southern Egypt to Curtail Easter Celebrations After Deadly Bombings

Sputniknews - 13/4/17 Several Egyptian churches in the southern city of Minya said on Tuesday that they will cut back on Easter festivities in solidarity with the families of 45 Coptic Christians killed in the attacks in Egypt's northern cities of Tanta and Alexandria earlier this week. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said in a statement that, ...

Beyond Anno Domini… To the Gracious Year of the Lord by Fr. Dr. K. M. George

Fr Dr K M George - January 2016 In the closing months of the year 2015 the world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s General Theory of  Relativity. Most people even in the discipline of physics do not claim to understand  fully the intricacies of the concept and mathematics of that theory. Yet it has been hailed ...

Blessing of the Holy Muron – Live television broadcast via satellite – July 18th – 2015

On the occasion of the Blessing of the Holy Muron (Holy Chrism), the Noursat Broadcast will be broadcasting LIVE via satellite the Holy Divine Liturgy presided over by His Holiness Aram I. Place: St. Mary Monastery, Bikfaya, Lebanon Time corresponding UTC (GMT): Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm To watch live via internet click here:http://www.noursat.tv/ar/receive-us.php?chid=2 For more details on ...

OSCE CONFERENCE ON DISCRIMINATION AND INTOLERANCE TOWARDS CHRISTIANS

May 18, 2015 – A conference took place in Vienna on ‘Enhancing Efforts to Prevent and Combat Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, Focusing on Hate Crimes, Exclusion, Marginalization and Denial of Rights’. It was organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and attended by representatives of the OSCE member states, religious ...

Kremlin official slams violence against members of Moscow-ruled Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Kremlin official slams violence against members of Moscow-ruled Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Moscow, December 11, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergey Ivanov, has slammed violence in Ukraine against the Orthodox Christian community governed by the Moscow Patriarchate. “With complete connivance from the authorities, more than 60 attacks have taken place in Ukraine since the start of the year – physical attacks on church buildings and ...

Metropolitan Hilarion:“The voice of many millions of Orthodox believers should be heard and taken into account”

Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to the 1st Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. On June 26, the opening of the 21st Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy took place in the State Duma under the theme “Parliamentary Democracy – Orthodoxy: Values and Meanings”. Below is the address to the Assembly by the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’ department ...

Why Are Christians the World’s Most Persecuted Group?

Raymond Ibrahim - February/ March 2014 Why are Christians, as a new Pew report documents, the most persecuted religious group in the world?  And why is their persecution occurring primarily throughout the Islamic world?  (In the category on “Countries with Very High Government Restrictions on Religion,” Pew lists 24 countries—20 of which are Islamic and precisely ...

A round table held in Moscow on the situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa

On November 5, 2013, a round table on “The situation of Christians: new threats and the humanitarian missions of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society” was held in Moscow as part of the 12th church-public exhibition-forum “Orthodox Rus’ – Towards the Day of People’s Unity”. It was organized by the IOPS Moscow branch. It was attended by ...

Egypt: Coptic church cancels Sunday Liturgy for 1st time in 1,600 years

 Michal Shmulovich -20/8/13 Amid escalating violence against Egypt’s Copts, churches in Minya, located in upper Egypt, cancelled Sunday Liturgy for the first time in 1,600 years. Other churches in Minya also didn’t hold prayer services. “We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary ...

Hague called to protect Christian minorities in Egypt and Syria

29/6/2012 Release International is calling on Foreign Secretary William Hague to keep human and religious rights at the forefront of any talks with Egyptian and Syrian authorities. Christians in Egypt fear increased persecution following the popular vote for an Islamist President-elect, while Christians in Syria have been subject to attack, kidnap and murder as the conflict in ...

Patriarch Kirill fears all Christians could leave Arab world

Moscow, December 2, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed concern over an upsurge of violence against Christian minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. "One of the most symbolic tendencies of our time is a mass exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa, caused by an unprecedented ...

Historic Church of St. George in Tripoli Ransacked

Anastasia Chaini 25/8/2011 The historic church of St. George located in Libya, in Tripoli, dating back to 1647 was ransacked. The church is the oldest Orthodox church in North Africa. The president of the Greek community, Dimitris Anastassiou transferred the news to the Metropolitan of Tripoli Mr. Theophylaktos, who has been in Greece since late June. “I am ...