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May 14, 2018 Featured

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 14/5/18 The feast of St. George the Great Martyr and Trophy Bearer was celebrated one day before the actual feast, on Saturday April 22/May 5, 2018. At the Greek-Orthodox Arab-speaking Community of Acre-Ptrolemais in North Israel The Feast was led by the Hegoumen of Acre Archimandrite Philotheos with co-celebrants Priests from […]

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November 19, 2017 Featured

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 19/11/7 His Beatitude Theophillos III Patriarch of Jerusalem 17 November 2017 Mr Secretary General, Respected Members of the Executive Committee, Dear Sisters and Brothers, We welcome you to Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and we bring you the blessings […]

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November 13, 2017 Featured

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – 13/11/17 Conference on Places of Worship and Holy Sites sponsored by the Conference of European Churches – Jerusalem as a Holy Site His Beatitude Theophilos III Patriarch of Jerusalem 9 November 2017 Your Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus, Dr. Elizabeth Kitamovitch, Respected Participants in this Conference,  Ladies and Gentlemen, The […]

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October 21, 2017 Featured

Jerusalem Patriarchate – 21/10/17 On Thursday morning, 28th September/12th October 2017, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos visited the Prime Minister of the Palestinian State Mr. Rami Hamdallah at his office in Ramallah. At this visit, His Beatitude was escorted by Geronda Secretary-General Most Reverend Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archimandrite Galaktion Hegoumen in […]

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St. Joseph of Damascus

July 9, 2016 Featured News

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America – July 2016 Commemorated July 10 Come, ye faithful, let us honor the martyr of Christ, a Priest of the Church of Antioch who by the word of the Word and by his blood and the blood of his companions baptized the land of Damascus, its Church […]

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November 14, 2015 Featured News

IN JERUSALEM On Sunday, the 26th of October/8th of November 2015, the Patriarchate observed the feast of St Demetrius the glorious martyr and myrrh-bearer at the Church dedicated to his name, within the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood. Also named in honour of St Demetrius is the “Agios Demetrios” Arabic-speaking School, intended for the children of the Patriarchate’s […]

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Israel after Russian property, Kremlin must intervene – Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem

February 10, 2015 Featured News
The Mount of Olives

10 / 02 / 2015 The head of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem has asked the Russian state to try to prevent the alleged planned expropriation by Israel of some of Russian-owned property in that country. At a meeting in Jerusalem with the property manager of the Russian president’s office, Alexander Kolpakov, Hegumen Theophane […]

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New exhibition on Healing in Jerusalem’s David’s Tower

July 5, 2014 Featured News

July 2014 When you combine ancient medicines, miracles and faith – you get a fascinating remedy in the form of the new exhibition now on display at the Tower of DavidL Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis. With a view of Jerusalem through the lens of medicine and faith, the exhibit curated by Dr. Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, takes […]

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Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs before and after insurgent activities

May 11, 2014 Featured News

11/5/14 Oum al-Zennar Church, before and after terrorists passed through it More images here: Homs, (SANA) When looking at images of Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs Old City before and after terrorists passed through it, the contrast can be quite jarring. The wounded church stands today as a testament to the hate-fueled Wahabi mentality of […]

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Attack on Jerusalem graves unnerves Christians

October 15, 2013 News

The Associated Press – 14/10/13 Christian leaders in Israel are up in arms over what they say is a string of relentless attacks on church properties and religious sites _ most recently the desecration of a historic Protestant cemetery where vandals toppled stone crosses from graves and bludgeoned them to pieces. The attack in the […]

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Christian Population in Israel Grows, but Prejudice Remains

July 27, 2013 Featured News
Orthodox Christian worshippers hold crosses as they take part in the Eastern and Orthodox Church’s Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this year. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Shawn A. Akers – 27/7/13 A 2012 report by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reveals that Christianity is growing at a rate of 1.3 percent annually in the Holy Land. Clerics, however, recently expressed a concern about the life challenges faced by the Christian population there. CBS reports that two percent of the country’s population—or […]

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‘We are third-class citizens,’ says Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

June 30, 2013 Featured News

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger – 30/6/13 ‘If Israel recognizes the Armenian genocide it won’t be the end of the world,’ says the new head of the Armenian Church in Jerusalem, which dates back to the 4th century.  It might even help making the community feel less cut off from the rest of the city and country. […]

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Ethiopian monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City

June 27, 2013 Featured News

    Mike Rogoff – 27/6/13 The Ethiopians have no property in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, only access rights; but they do have a little monastery nearby, known as Deir es-Sultan, that is worth a visit. Jerusalem speaks with many voices, and in a babble of tongues. Nowhere is this more in evidence […]

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Jerusalem on the ancient Madaba map

May 26, 2013 Featured News

Mike Rogoff – 26/5/13 A mosaic map found on the floor of a 6th-century Byzantine church in Jordan offers a useful and unusual guide to the Old City of Jerusalem. It might seem odd at first that this tourism tip highlights a mosaic floor in Madaba, Jordan – but bear with us. A link to […]

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Discovering Jerusalem’s glorious Georgian past

May 26, 2013 Featured News

Moshe Gilad – 25/5/13 You may know Jerusalem, but do you know about its Georgian past? A tour through some of the city’s lesser-known historical sites. Zaza Gabunia loves hugging. He’s a warmhearted, friendly man who knows lots of people in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Bumping into people all the time may […]

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Greek Orthodox patriarch washes the feet of bishops

May 3, 2013 News

3/5/13 Lindsey Tugman JERUSALEM (CBS) — Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III washed the feet of 12 of his clergymen in the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday (May 2), in a traditional ceremony that takes place three days ahead of Easter. According to Christian faith, Jesus washed the feet […]

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Lamenting Jerusalem: The Armenian Quarter In The Old City

March 30, 2013 Featured News

BY TAMAR BOYADJIAN – 30/3/13 For the last two millennia, Jerusalem has been represented as a space of desire – a place that has been perennially occupied and lost, and an area of which the borders are contested until today. Jerusalem – as both a spiritual and secular space – has over the years attracted […]

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Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Patriarch Laid to Rest

October 23, 2012 Featured News

23/10/2012 JERUSALEM—Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Torkom Manoogian was laid to rest Monday as hundreds of cloaked clergymen marched through the narrow alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Torkom Manoogian passed away on October 12. He was 93. The 96th Patriarch of Jerusalem was interred at the Patriarchal Cemetery. […]

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Christian’s under fire in Libya

September 17, 2012 Featured News

Historic St George Church in Tripoli International News Desk 17/9/2012 Christian’s in the Middle East are under attack in a new wave attacks perpetrated by Islamic extremists. Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Tripoli’s Old City, in Libya was attacked by four young men on Sunday according to reports from Christian groups. Four men climbed […]

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Holy Fire set to take over Old City

April 11, 2012 Featured News

By NICOLE JANSEZIAN, TRAVELUJAH 11/4/2012 Easter in Israel is unique in many ways, but probably the most significant tradition that occurs only in the Holy Land is the widely awaited tradition of the Holy Fire ceremony. The special ceremony takes place on the Saturday before Orthodox Easter, and captures center stage once again during this […]

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Jerusalem’s Armenians outraged as city approves Jews-only parking lot in Old City

February 3, 2012 Featured News

By Nir Hasson 3/2/2012 For decades, the parking lot was open to all, though Jewish Quarter residents paid far less for a parking sticker than their Armenian neighbors. Armenian residents of Jerusalem’s Old City are protesting a municipal decision to designate a parking lot in the area solely for Jews, although part of it stands […]

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