‘Jesus Was a Refugee’: Church of Norway Calls for Open Borders

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Sputniknews - 18/4/18 The Church of Norway, which is experiencing an unprecedented decline in membership figures, has called for open borders in a world with a record high number of refugees. At this year's Norwegian church meeting, a unanimous resolution has been adopted calling for hospitality toward people fleeing from Syria and other war-torn countries, amid what is described as mounting xenophobia in Europe. The ...

Reception in Honor of the Diplomatic Body in Syria

Syriac Orthodox Church - 28/1/7 On the occasion of the new year 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and Diplomatic Representatives to a Formal Reception at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma. The reception was attended by their Excellencies: Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, and the ambassadors ...

‘Divorce’ Between Norwegian Church, State Rewards Religious Minorities

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Sputniknews - 29/12/16 At the turn of the year, Norway will formalize the separation of church and state that was initiated eight years ago by parliament. In 2017, 1,250 Norwegian priests and bishops will cease to be government officials appointed by the king, and the Church of Norway will become an independent business. "We are facing the ...

Faith No More: Church of Norway Afflicted by Mass Exodus

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Sputniknews - September 2016  With the number of church-goers rapidly shrinking across the whole of Scandinavia, Norway has experienced the largest exodus from its churches in years. In August alone, the Church of Norway lost over 25,000 members, which is quite a large flock in a country of 5 million. The overwhelming majority of the apostates availed themselves ...

WCC’s Trondheim Central Committee meet forges decisions around Pilgrimage of Justice, Peace – Exclusive

From Our Gulf News Correspondent - OCP News Service (Exclusive) - 5/7/16 TRONDHEIM, Norway: The World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee which recently concluded its 2016 meeting in Trondheim, an important Christian pilgrimage site, had its theme on “Pilgrimage: Discerning the Landscapes Together.” The week-long meeting which concluded on June 28 was the second gathering since ...

Media accreditation opens for WCC Central Committee 2016

Word Council of Churches- May 2016 GENEVA: The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet 22 to 28 June for its second gathering since it was elected at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2013. At the invitation of the Church of Norway, the meeting will take place ...

Holier Than Thou: Danes Leaving the Church in Hordes

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wwwsputniknews.com - April 2016 A recent campaign by the Danish Atheist Society to encourage members of the Church of Denmark to desert their faith has resulted in a massive exodus across the country, leaving baffled priests counting the losses. The Danish Atheist Society (Ateistisk Selskab) has been appealing to the hearts and minds of their fellow Danes by placing full size ...

Faith and Zeal: Diary of an Alaskan Pilgrimage

Fr. Chad and Fr. Theodor offering Holy Communion at the Cathedral

March- April 2015 By plane, auto and boat, a St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVOTS) delegation of three journeyed from New York to several destinations in Kodiak, Alaska, for an Alaskan pilgrimage that has become a yearly Lenten tradition. Seminarians Fr. Theodor Svane of Norway and Bogdan Neacsiu of Romania joined the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield, chancellor/CEO, ...

Office for Kosovo, EU rep, Norwegian govt. decorated

B92 - 27/11/13 DEČANI --  The Dečani Monastery marked its feast in a ceremony attended by several hundred believers, and Serbian ministers Aleksandar Vulin, Nebojša Rodić and Ivan Mrkić. Serbian Patriarch Irinej blessed the renovated dormitory (konak) in High Dečani, whose construction lasted more than two years. After liturgy, the new Prizren dormitory was consecrated. The premises were ...

Orthodoxy in Norway

  M. Michael Brady- 22/6/13 Orthodoxy in Norway has long had a Russian connection. In Viking times, various Viking chiefs and kings lived in Novgorod and contributed to making Kiev a cultural centre. Orthodox Saint Typhon of Pechenga (1495-1583) left his native Novgorod in the early 16th Century, and spent the rest of his life evangelising the Skolt Sami ...

Mt. Athos Presented At International Tourism Fair in Norway

By Fani Toli 6/3/2012 The Greek Holy Mountain of Athos was presented as a major tourism destination at the International Tourism Fair ‘Reiseliv’ in the city of Lillestrom of Norway, from the 2nd until the 4th of March. The presentation of Mt. Athos was held through the participation of the Municipality of Aristotle and the Mt. Athos Area ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends letter to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway

His Majesty King Harald V of Norway Your Majesty! With sorrow I learned of the terrible terrorist attacks in the capital of Norway, as well as on the island of Utoeya. Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church, who in these tragic days, ...