Feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint George

16/11/15 On this day we commemorate the translation of the relics of St. George, from Nicomedia, where he suffered at the time of Emperor Diocletian, to the city of Lydda in Palestine. The suffering of this wonderful saint is described on April 23. Anticipating his martyrdom, St. George begged his servant to take his relics to ...

The Palestinian Tourism Minister visited the Romanian Patriarchate

His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, met on Wednesday, 11 November 2015, the Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Mrs. Rula Ma’ayah and the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Palestine to Romania His Excellency Mr. Fuad Kokaly. The Palestinian Minister thanked His Beatitude for the reception and expressed her wish to intensify the cooperation with Romania ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL MEETS WITH PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS

On September 24, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at the Peredelkino patriarchal residence. Participating in the meeting from the Russian Orthodox Church were also Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, director of the Moscow Patriarchate office for the institutions abroad, and Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), a vice-chairman of ...

Jerusalem: Leaflets Attributed to ‘ISIS’ Threaten to Massacre All Christians

Raymond Ibrahim - 29/6/15 A group calling itself the “Islamic State in Palestine” spread fliers in east Jerusalem threatening that it would massacre all Christians who fail to evacuate the Holy City.  The leaflets, which appeared on June 27, say that the Islamic State knows where the city’s Christians live, and warns that they have until Eid ...

Archbishop Atallah Hanna Responds to Leaked Saudi Document

22/6/15 The Arabic original can be found here. Clarification issued by His Eminence Atallah Hanna - Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebate in Jerusalem We were shocked yesterday by a document issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry that has been published across various social media sites. We do not know if it is real or a forgery. This document ...

Teaching People to Commit Genocide

22/4/15 (AINA) -- The United Nations often pays lip service to the need to stop educational instruction that could motivate genocidal attacks on national or religious groups. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 defines the right to education in this way: "[Education] shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious ...

Saint Sava I – First Archbishop of Serbia

27/1/15 Saint Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia, in the world Rostislav (Rastko), was a son of the Serbian king Stephen Nemanya and Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanus. From his early years he fervently attended church services and had a special love for icons. At seventeen years of age, Rostislav met a monk from Mount Athos, ...

“My message today to the entire world is: stop the war in Syria and against Syria” – Patriarch John X

“My message today to the entire world is: stop the war in Syria and against Syria”

January 2015 Our prayer today is for Palestine and for Palestine's neighbors. Our prayer is for the cradle of Christ, for Jordan, for Egypt, for Iraq. Our prayer is for all the Middle East and the world. On January 1, 2015, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, offered a homily at Maryamiyya ...

His Excellency Fuad Kokaly – New Ambassador Of Palestine To Bucharest On An Introductory Visit To The Patriarch Of Romania

On 5 January 2015, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church received, on an introductory visit, His Excellency Mr Fuad Kokaly, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Palestine in Bucharest, accompanied by His Grace Qais Sadiq, Bishop of Erzurum (Patriarchate of Antioch). Mr Ambassador Fuad Kokaly thanked for reception and presented various aspects of the ...

Saint Sabbas the Sanctified

December - 2014 The unknown village of Mutalaska, in the province of Cappadocia, became famous through this great luminary of the Orthodox Church. Sava was born there of his parents John and Sophia. At the age of eight, he left the home of his parents and was tonsured a monk in a nearby monastic community called ...

Statement of the Arab Orthodox Youth in Jordan and Palestine and the Orthodox Society

December 2014 On December 15, 2014, the Arab Orthodox Youth learned that the so-called "Holy" Synod of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem decided at its meeting that day under the presidency of His Eminence Theophilos, Archbishop of Tabor and so-called "Patriarch" to punish the Reverend Archimandrite Chrisophoros, abbot and spiritual father of the Monastery of ...

Sergei Stepashin: “A Whole Program Has Been Developed to Protect Christians in the Near East”

Sergei Stepashin: “A Whole Program Has Been Developed to Protect Christians in the Near East”

Pravmir.ru November 12, 2014. Sergei Stepashin, Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, delivered a speech on systematic efforts aimed at protecting Christians in the Near Eastern countries, which are now in a state of war, on November 11. The Blagovest-Info website has reported that Mr. Stepashin delivered his speech during a panel discussion titled “The Near ...

IOPS chairman asks Iraqi president to release Tariq Aziz

Moscow, October 23, Interfax - The chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS), Sergey Stepashin, has called on Iraqi President Fuad Masum to order the release of the country's former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, who has been held in prison for more than 11 years. "This 78-year-old man is seriously ill. ...

Fr Georges Massouh : Prayer Alone is Not Enough for the people of Iraq, Syria and Palestine

September 2014 Prayer alone is not enough. Prayer is a means by which the one praying is enlightened with the divine light in order to know Gods  will and to act according to it. Prayer can be sterile, mere words and chants without spirit, if it is not followed with action here and now in the ...

Russian School Opens in Bethlehem

Russian School Opens in Bethlehem

PRAVMIR. August 29, 2014. On September 1st, the head of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) Sergei Stepashin will open a school on a street named after Vladimir Putin in Bethlehem. This is the first Russian school in the last hundred years opened in the Holy Land. Until 1914, about a hundred of these schools were ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

August 2014 On Monday, August 4, 2014, the feast day of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Russian Convent in Gethsemane marked the occasion with Divine Liturgy in its “Royal” Church. Officiating was His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Overseer of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. ...

A Plea for Peace in Gaza from an Orthodox Christian in Palestine

MARIA C. KHOURY, ED. D. - August 2014 I have been very disturbed with the hate that is building in our society ever since July 8th when the violence intensified between Israel and Palestine. The signs that say “Death to Arabs” and the signs in Jerusalem that say in Hebrew “There are no innocent people in Gaza,” ...

An Orthodox Christian’s Report from Palestine on Gaza

26/7/14 More than 800 Palestinians have been killed mostly women and children. Over fifty families have been entirely wiped out where all members have died. This is a slaughter. The saddest story is the four boys ages 7-11 years old killed (July 16) on the beach while playing soccer. They were fired upon twice by air ...

Metropolitan Georges Khodr on the Orthodox in Lebanon

June 2014- The Orthodox in the Country Don't wait for me to say to you that they are great. They are just like everyone. They are no lesser and no greater. In the classification of religions, they are Christians and for many reasons they are not considered to be something great, even if some have been ...

Patriarch John X Announces Antiochian Unity Conference June 26-28

  2/6/14 On the Forthcoming Conference "Antiochian Unity: Its Dimensions and Exigencies" June 26-28, 2014 Dear ones, I would like to thank you for your presence with us today on this blessed hill of Balamand. We are striving to make this place into a hill of spiritual, intellectual, human and national radiance. Here is where we launch all our ...

Patriarch john X : Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other

22/4/14 Yazigi: Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other. Damascus, (SANA) Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, John X Yazigi hoped that it will become clear enough that violence exacts a much heavier price than peace. Yazigi, who led an Easter mass at the Greek Orthodox Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus on ...