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Canterbury greeting to new Syriac Orthodox Patriarch

April 4, 2014 Featured News

Lambeth Palace Press Office – April 2014 The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to congratulate His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on his election as the 123rd successor of St Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch and All the East, and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. In the letter, Archbishop Justin […]

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His Holiness Aram I presents his condolences upon the death of Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Zakka I Iwas

March 24, 2014 Featured News

24/3/14 Upon receiving the news of the passing of Patriarch Zakka I Iwas, His Holiness Aram I called Archbishop George Saliba, Secretary of the Holy Synod. After presenting his condolences, Catholicos Aram I expressed his hope that the historical ties between the two churches, rekindled by the late Patriarch, would continue. Source:

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Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo

March 17, 2014 Featured News

Interparlimentary Association on Orthodoxy- Febraury-March 2014 The I.A.O. delegation consisted by Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis, Member oΕthe Hellenic Parliament, I.A.O. Secretary General, Mr. Sergei Popov, Member of the Russian State Duma, President of the I.A.O. General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Iskander, Member of the Parliament of Sudan, Member of the I.A.O. International Secretariat, Mr. Fuad Kokaly, Member […]

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Metropolitan Mar Yulios extends invitation to Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch to visit India in 2015

January 29, 2014 Featured News

Liju Cherian – 29/1/14 Indian Malankara Orthodox Church – Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Inter-Orthodox Unity ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – His Holiness Abune Mathias I, the 6th Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Taklehaimanot, has accepted a formal invitation to visit India in mid-2015. Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan HG […]

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Volgograd attacks carried out by foreigners ‘captive to dark forces’, says Church

January 1, 2014 Featured News

Jonathan Luxmoore - 1/1/14 The Tablet  Russia’s Orthodox Patriarch has condemned suicide bomb attacks in Volgograd, blaming them on foreigners “captive to dark forces”. Following the twin suicide bomb blasts on Sunday and Monday, which left 31 dead and dozens injured, Patriarch Kirill said in a telegram to the city’s governor: “Death and mutilation have been sown […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Calls for Peace on Christmas

December 25, 2013 News

25/12/13 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit held Wednesday his first solemn Christmas mass at the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia. Neofit wished “peace and blessing” to all Bulgarian Orthodox Christians.“The church is happy today: the Son of God has been born; the promise has been kept, we are not alone any longer, but God is […]

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Nativity Greetings from Patriarch John X

December 25, 2013 Featured News

25/12/13 With the mercy of God Almighty John X Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East To My brothers, pastors of the Holy Antiochian Church And my sons and daughters wherever they are in the parts of this Apostolic See “As Thou art God of peace and Father of mercies, Thou hast sent unto […]

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Syria Nun Kidnapping: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Urges Release of Maaloula Sisters

December 4, 2013 Featured News

Umberto Bacchi - 12/4/13 John Yazigi calls on jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra militia to return St Tecla nuns to safety. Syria’s Greek Orthodox patriarch has urged Syrian rebels to release a group of nuns who taken hostage from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula. Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and 11 nuns were kidnapped from […]

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French President meets Patriarch of Jerusalem

November 18, 2013 Featured News

18/11/13 French President Francois Hollande met with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Theophilos. Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal was also present for the occasion . The meeting was held at the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem’s Old City November 18, 2013. REUTERS Heidi Levine/ — in East Jerusalem. Source:  

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Middle Eastern primates to meet in Cyprus to discuss the future of Christians in the region

October 17, 2013 News

17/10/13 October 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) The primates of the increasingly fragile Greek Orthodox Churches in the Middle East plan to meet in Cyprus to talk about their future in the region.        The meeting is still being planned out, but the main topic of discussion will be the instability in Syria and Egypt. […]

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch conducts religious ceremony at historic island church

September 23, 2013 Featured News

BALIKESİR – Doğan News Agency – 23/9/13 The Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew yesterday conducted a religious ceremony on the Marmara Island of the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir. Nearly 150 people attended the ceremony, with many Orthodox believers coming from Greece and Istanbul. Patriarch Bartholomew also paid a visit to the local Saraylar Mayor […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Worried by Political Turmoil

August 6, 2013 News

August 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Neofit has described the current situation in Bulgaria as worrying, assuring he prays for God’s mercy. “The situation in Bulgaria is disturbing”, Neofit told reporters, commenting the 50 days of ongoing anti-government protests in Bulgaria. The exact measures needed for overcoming the current obstacles and for managing the situation in […]

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Church Denies Israeli Municipality Use of its Property for Lights Festival

June 7, 2013 News

JERUSALEM, June 4, 2013 (WAFA) – The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem said Tuesday that it will not allow the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem to use church property in the Old City for a lights festival because of Israeli police mistreatment of Christians during their holidays. A statement by the church spokesman Issa Musleh […]

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Patriarch Bartholomew: God and state will protect me

May 14, 2013 Featured News

World Bulletin/News Desk – 13/5/13 Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I said that he is not concerned over assassination claims as he believes God and his state will protect him. Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, commenting on a recently uncovered alleged plot to assassinate him, has said that he is not concerned over assassination claims as […]

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Turkey Increases Security for Orthodox Patriarch

May 10, 2013 Featured News

ANKARA – 10/5/13 An official says Turkish authorities have tightened security for the Istanbul-based Orthodox Patriarchate following allegations of a plot to attack the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians. Unconfirmed local media reports said Friday police briefly detained a man following a tip that he planned to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Haberturk […]

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Turkey uncovers alleged plot to kill Orthodox Patriarch

May 10, 2013 Featured News

Reuters – 10/5/13 ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is investigating an alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and has stepped up security around the patriarchate in Istanbul, his spokesman said on Friday. Spokesman Dositheos Anagnostopoulos said the patriarch had not received any direct threats but had learned of the alleged plot from Turkish media, which was later […]

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His Beatitude John X Al-Yazigi meets His Holiness Ignatius Zaka I Iwas

April 28, 2013 Featured News

27/4/13 Beirut: Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude John X Al-Yazigi visited Syriac Orthodox Church His Holiness Ignatius Zaka I Iwas and discussed the developments of kidnapping the Metropolitan’s of the Holy Churches. Source:

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Turkey Leans Toward Opening Halki Seminary

March 10, 2013 Featured News

Nicky Mariam Onti - 7/3/13 After years of resistance, the Turkish government is considering allowing the re-opening of the closed Halki Seminary, the Anatolia News agency reported. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said the institution should be reopened to educate clerics for the Orthodox community, saying “minorities have the same rights as us” while he was […]

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Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

February 22, 2013 Featured News

22/2/13 Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under […]

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Many Greek citizens are looking to move to Turkey says Patriarch

February 19, 2013 Featured News

19/2/13 Many Greek citizens are looking to move to Turkey due to the dire economic situation back home, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew has said, according to daily Milliyet. According to the Orthodox spiritual leader, both Greeks who left the country in the past, as well as those with familial roots in the country, are seeking […]

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New Greek Orthodox Patriarch enthroned in Syria

February 10, 2013 Featured News
Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East

The Associated Press – 10/2/13 DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s Greek Orthodox Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial Liturgy in Damascus on Sunday amid civil war. John X (John Yazigi), 57, replaces Ignatius Hazim as the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Hazim died in December. There are a number of mostly […]

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