‘We Are Unsure If They Are Dead or Alive’ – On The Fate Of The Orthodox Faithful in Oromiya 

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Menetasnot Desta – (Chief Administrator – OCP Amharic Service) - OCP News Service - 27/10/2019 Addis Abab- Ethiopia: The venerable members of the  Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church commemorated the martyrs of Oromiya regional state in the Divine Liturgy and special prayers, held on 27th October 2019 at Menbere Tsebaot Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Members ...

Dayro d-Slibo: New Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Sweden

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 2/10/2019 On October 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received the keys of the property of Dayro d-Slibo, the new monastery for the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Sweden. After completing the official papers for the property, His Holiness visited the premises of the new monastery. Their Eminences the Archbishops: Mor ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Visits Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden 

OCP News Service - 30/9/2019 Sweden: His All-Holiness Bartholomew I - Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch paved a recent visit to the Syriac Orthodox Community in Sweden. The Patriarch prayed and paid respect for the Syriac Martyrs of Sayfo. Patriarch Bartholomew and the Ecumenical Patriarchate delegation was received by Mor Dioscoros Benyamin Atas (Patriarchal-Vicar of Sweden), Mor Philoxenus ...

Church of Sweden to Ring Bells for Greta Thunberg’s Global Climate Strike

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Sputniknews - 28/9/29 The Church of Sweden previously sparked controversy by proclaiming Greta Thunberg “Jesus's Successor”. Today (27 September) church bells across Malmö, Sweden's third-largest city, will ring in support for Greta Thunberg and her global climate strike. This is being done as a token of support for the 'Fridays for the Future' climate movement, where thousands of ...

Satanists Accepted as Religious Community in Sweden

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Sputniknews - 8/7/19 In a bid to ditch common stereotypes involving blood sacrifices and orgies, Sweden's satanist community is paying tribute to social justice, a secular state, and embraces feminism. The Dark Lord himself is seen as a literary figure and a role model as an eternal rebel. Despite the fact that the Church has always regarded ...

Speech by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Opening of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - October 2018 Speech of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church at the Opening of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden (October 2nd, 2018, Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala – SWEDEN) Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, Your Grace, Your Eminences, Your Graces, Sisters ...

Swedish Foreign Minister Addresses Assyrian Community on Genocide Recognition

Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström being interviewed by Assyria-TV. ( AINA)

AINA - 14/6/18 Stockholm (AINA) -- Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström has confirmed the current government of Sweden will not make recognition of the Assyrian genocide part of foreign policy. She made the announcement on Tuesday during a special visit to the Assyrian community in the town of Södertälje where Assyrians make up more than one third ...

Swedish City Allows 110 DB Muslim Prayer Calls, Rejects Church Clock Ringing

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Sputniknews - May 2018 The Swedish town of Växjö has sparked a lot of controversy by granting the local Muslim Foundation permission to run prayer calls at a maximum volume of 110 decibels. By contrast, a local church had to confine itself to a small and "quiet" clock inside the building to be used for a similar ...

Assyrians in Sweden Critical of Government’s Position on Genocide Bill

Swedish PM Stefan Lövfen delivering a speech at the Assyrian Association of Södertälje in April 2014. ( AINA)

AINA - 11/5/18 Stockholm (AINA) -- Assyrians and Armenians in Sweden have reacted strongly after Swedish prime minister Stefan Lövfen revealed in an interview that his government has no intention to make genocide recognition part of Swedish foreign policy. The announcement was ill received by the large Assyrian community, which makes up a significant portion of the ...

Assyrian Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday Worldwide

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Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East - 29/3/18 The Sunday of the Hosannas (Palm Sunday) has been celebrated by parishes and faithful of the Assyrian Church of the East around the world. Here we publish a selection of photographs from the processions and services held from as far afield as Baghdad to Bangalore and from ...

Losing My Religion: Record Exodus From Church of Sweden

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Sputniknews - 7/2/18 The dominant reason for the lapse from virtue is that people have simply ceased to believe in God, an internal church report commented on the record loss of membership amid financial irregularities and public controversies. Over the past two years the Church of Sweden has seen a record number of its flock leave the fold. In 2016, 85,848 ...

Finland Ablaze Over Dispute About God’s Gender

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Sputniknews - January 2018 The debate stirred by the Church of Sweden's decision to discourage the clergy from calling God "he" and "Lord" in late 2017 has mushroomed to neighboring Finland, where a pastor set many believers' hearts afire by referring to God by a gender-neutral pronoun. A group of anonymous parishioners argued that Pastor Mia Bäck, who used a ...

Our Lady and Savior: Sweden Makes Jesus Gender Neutral

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Sputniknews - 31/12/17 A church in Sweden has decided that referring to Jesus as “he” is too limiting, and has sought to “broaden” the appeal of God by making Jesus more inclusive and gender-neutral. In a recent Christmas advertisement produced by the Church of Sweden, Jesus no longer possesses the antiquated gender pronoun "he". Rather, "hen", a gender neutralinnovation introduced to the ...

Assyrian Umbrella Organization Granted NGO Status in EU

Ms Attiya Gamri, a former member of a Dutch provincial parliament, is the current president of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe.

AINA - 31/12/17 Brussels (AINA) -- The Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) has been granted official status as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The status was granted after a six month review by officials in Brussels, home to numerous NGOs. ACE will headquartered in Brussels. Related: Assyrian Confederation of Europe Elects President Related: Assyrian Leader Voices Concern At ...

Oh, Lord! Church of Sweden Drops Male God For the Sake of Inclusion

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Sputniknews - 26/11/17 In a bid to become more inclusive, the Church of Sweden has voted to adopt a new handbook that advocates discarding masculine references to God, such as "he" and "Lord." Amid scathing criticism, the Church of Sweden has approved the new controversial and gender-neutral handbook by a large majority. The new guidelines, which are a politically correct ...

Church of Sweden Slammed for Offering Job to Murderer, Mocking Jesus

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Sputniknews - 6/11/17 The Church of Sweden has triggered criticism from its worshippers by offering a job to a former pastor convicted of murder and a meant-to-be-humorous tweet featuring Jesus, which many found offensive. Former pastor Helge Iversen (previously known as Fossmo), who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the solicitation of the murder of his wife in 2004, has been offered work at the ...

Church of Sweden Caught Sheltering Illegal Migrants Amid Projected Influx

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Sputniknews - 29/8/17 The Church of Sweden has landed in an ethic dispute after a police raid unearthed its practice of sheltering illegal migrants. While the church officials accused the police of using them as bait, the police retorted that no one was exempt from Swedish law, not even a house of God. Over the past weekend, 16 ...

Assyrian Football Teams in Sweden Tell of a Changing Community

Assyriska FF in Södertälje, Sweden was founded in 1974 by Assyrian refugees from the Middle East. ( Assyriska)

AINA - 8/7/17 Stockholm (AINA) -- The Assyrian community in Sweden is perhaps best known for the football team Assyriska FF, established in the town of Södertälje the year 1974, which became the first immigrant club to climb to the top of the Swedish football league.Few people outside Sweden know that several other Assyrian football teams ...

Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

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RT.com - 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under the country’s ...

Assyrian Genocide Documentary to Be Aired in Cyprus

In this 1919 photo released by the Armenian National Archives shows victims of the "Great Slaughter" in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The sign reads: Some of the Armenians, who were killed and brought to the Armenian Relief Hospital during the massacre of Feb. 28th 1919 at Aleppo. Violence against Armenian centers in eastern regions of the dying Ottoman Empire spiked over the summer 1915. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians deemed subversive to the empire _ as many as 1.5 million, by many accounts _ died in what is today eastern Turkey.Most were driven into the deserts of Syria and Iran, over the mountains into the southern Caucasus, into disease and starvation, hounded and attacked by maurauding soldiers, Turkish and others.(AP Photo/Armenian National Archives, HO)

AINA - 8/3/17 Stockholm (AINA) -- Cypriotic state broadcaster CYBY has announced it will air the documentary film "Seyfo 1915 - The Assyrian Genocide" on March 8 on the RIK2 channel. The documentary had its premiere in 2015, marking the centennial commemoration of the Assyrian genocide. The film sparked headlines in 2016 when it was revealed the ...

‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign gets boost as Ahmedabad Diocese clergymen under Metropolitan Mar Yulios takes part in WCC campaign

Indian Orthodox Malankara Church -  25/2/17 - WCC - Indian Orthodox Malankara Church  AHMEDABAD, India: The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) has prominently featured Indian Orthodox Diocese of Ahmedabad (ODA) Metropolitan HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios and the diocesan clergymen for this week's #ThursdaysinBlack campaign. The Metropolitan and the clergy have expressed their support of ...