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“We bear the responsibility of a watchman” – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán´s Speech on Christian Persecution

October 14, 2017 Featured
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Manfred K. Böhm -OCP News Service – 14/10/17 Full Text of the Speech here: Rüsselsheim – Germany : At a meeting on the International Consultation on Christian Persecution at Budapest, Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary delivered a speech in which he called on all Christians to preserve and protect the persecuted Christian communities. “We […]

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Two New Orthodox Christian Martyrs – Gregory and Roman

October 7, 2017 Featured
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OrthodoxChurch – 7/10/17 Roman Zabolotny, 39, and Grigory Tsurkanu, 38, the two Russian martyrs fought in Syria and were captured by ISIS. They refused to renounce Orthodox Christian faith in Lord Jesus Christ and refused to convert to Islam and join ISIS. All sources indicate that two martyrs have been executed at the public square in […]

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Message of His Holiness Karekin II at the 6th Armenia-Diaspora Conference

September 19, 2017 Featured
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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – September 2017 MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II,  SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS  ADDRESSED TO THE SIXTH ARMENIA-DIASPORA PANARMENIAN CONFERENCE 18-20 September, 2017, Yerevan Your Excellency, Mr. President of the Republic of Armenia, Your Excellency, Mr. President of the Republic of Artsakh, Spiritual Brother, Catholicos of the […]

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Catholicos Aram I Highlights Problems of Emigration, Lack of Confidence; Urges National Unity

September 19, 2017 Featured
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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – September 2017 His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, stressed the importance of “confidence” as one of the three key phrases in the theme of the Sixth Armenia-Diaspora Pan-Armenian Conference, “Mutual Confidence, Unity, and Responsibility.” “Indeed, any type of cooperation in which confidence is lacking becomes false and harmful,” Aram […]

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CHURCHES OF MA’LOULA LOOTED BY MILITANTS BEING RESTORED IN SYRIA

September 16, 2017 Featured
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Orthodoxchristian.com – 16/9/17 Ma’loula, Syria – The Ma’loula church complex, looted by Islamic militants, is being restored at an accelerated speed. One of the churches is expected to be ready for parishioners in the near future, RIA-Novosti reports. “The most difficult was restoring the cave of St. Thekla. It suffered greatly, as did the Church of St. Elias. The […]

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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Visits King Philip of Belgium

September 9, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 9/9/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Majesty King Philip of Belgium at the Royal Palace in Brussels. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences, Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxemburg, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as Very […]

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ISIS DENIES KIDNAPPING ALEPPO METROPOLITANS

September 1, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru  – 1/9/17 During the course of recent negotiations with Hezbollah and the Syrian army, the terrorist organization ISIS denied that it had kidnapped Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo and Oriental Orthodox Metropolitan Johanna Ibrahim, who were abducted on April 22, 2013, reports vimaorthodoxias.gr. Hezbollah and the Syrian army recently trapped 300 terrorists from the Islamic State on […]

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Justice for the Abducted Bishops of Aleppo

August 25, 2017 Featured
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Prakash Varghese – (Delegate of UAE, Gulf, & Middle East) – OCP News Service – 25/8/17 The conflict in Syria is taking a turning point. Unfortunately, details of the kidnapped Bishops of Aleppo remains mysterious. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi were kidnapped by militants in April 2013 while they […]

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Assyrian Man Kidnapped, Killed in Syria

July 25, 2017 Featured
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AINA – 25/7/17 Hasaka, Syria (AINA) — The body of an Assyrian man, Dr. Basil Isaac, was found two days ago in a village eight kilometers west of Hasaka, three days after he was kidnapped. He died from a gun shot to the head. He was buried in his home village of Tel Shamiram. Dr. […]

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Memorial Service for Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III

June 28, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 28/6/17 On the occasion of the 37th dukhrono of the passing away of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yacoub III (25 June 1980) of blessed memory, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a special service (teshmeshto d-Kumre) for the departed patriarchs at the tombs of the patriarchs in Mor Aphrem Monastery in […]

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ORTHODOX SERVICES CELEBRATED IN SYRIAN TOWN OF AL-ZABADANI FOR FIRST TIME IN 6 YEARS

May 25, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 25/5/17 Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way of life continues there in the cities of Al-Zabadani and Madaya, including the renewal of Orthodox life, reports Russian Spring. This area of […]

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Visit of the Head of Delegation of the International Committee for Red Cross in Syria

May 10, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 10/5/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received the Head of the Delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross in Syria, Mrs. Marianne Gasser, at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Holiness welcomed Ms. Gasser and spoke about the different areas of health and medical assistance that the […]

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His Holiness Aram I shares his vision of the reconstruction of the Armenian community in Syria

May 9, 2017 Featured
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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – 9/5/17 On Saturday 29 April 2017, His Holiness Aram I hosted and presided over a one-day consultation to discuss the reconstruction and revitalization of the Armenian community in Syria. The consultation brought together clergy and laity representing the Armenian community in Syria, as well as representatives of Armenian humanitarian organizations who have responded […]

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36th Anniversary of the Christian Education Center in Damascus

April 2, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 2/4/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the celebration of the 36th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Christian Education Center in Damascus. The celebration was held at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. The celebration included a short overview spanning the years of ministry and service […]

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DR. LIZA POSTHUMOUSLY GIVEN RUSSIAN RED CROSS’S HIGHEST AWARD

February 23, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 23/2/17 The Russian Red Cross has decided to posthumously award Elizaveta Petrovna Glinka, “Dr. Liza,” the beloved doctor and founder of the charitable “Fair Aid” Foundation, who died in the Tu-154 plane crash near Sochi on December 25 last year. The chairman of the organization Raisa Lukuttsova announced that Dr. Liza would be […]

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TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS REMAIN IN ALEPPO WITH RUSSIA’S HELP—PATRIARCH JOHN X

February 11, 2017 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 11/2/17 “I visited Aleppo. Of the approximately four million people in the city, about thirty-five thousand Christians remain, including Orthodox,” said Patriarch John X of Antioch at a recent meeting with Russian parliamentarians. “The help given by Russia allows people to remain in the country,” said the primate, as Interfax-Religion reports. The continued […]

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POLISH ORTHODOX CHURCH HOLDS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR SYRIAN CHILDREN

February 5, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 5/2/17 A charity concert of Christmas carols was held January 27 in the Royal Castle in Warsaw to benefit children in Syria. The event, initiated by the “True to the Tradition of Generations” association in cooperation with the St. John of Climacus parish in Wola, was the latest in an ongoing string of […]

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GERMAN COURT CONVICTS 7 OF FINANCING JIHAD WITH STOLEN CHURCH FUNDS

February 2, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 2/2/17 Judges in Cologne, Germany have ruled that there is satisfactory proof that seven men broke into up to five churches and other buildings between 2013 and 2014. The regional court sentenced the seven men, between the ages of 24 and 37, to between three years and six months, and four years and […]

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RUSSIA’S ANTI-TERROR INITIATIVE BACKED BY ARAB COUNTRIES

February 2, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 2/2/17 Arab countries have lent their support to Russia’s call for a global anti-terror front, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after the fourth session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi. Russian president Vladimir Putin called for an international coalition aimed at eliminating terrorism in his December 2015 state-of-the-nation […]

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Sochi’s Churches to Host Liturgical Services in Memory of Tu-154 Crash Victims

February 2, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 2/2/17 Orthodox memorial services for the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash will be held on Thursday at all churches in Sochi, the city administration announced in a statement. SOCHI (Sputnik) – On December 25, 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria crashed shortly after refueling and take-off […]

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The Meetings of the Central Councils of the Church Assembly and the Sub-Councils of Religious Affairs and Laity of the Catholicosate of Cilicia Conclude

January 26, 2017 News

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – 26/1/17 The three-day meeting, scheduled 18-20 January 2016 and presided over by Catholicos Aram I, concluded with recommendations on the 19 items on the agenda, which address different manifestations of the mission of the Catholicosate of Cilicia. The three bodies met separately, as joint groups, and in plenary, depending on the topics. After welcoming […]

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