Church ready to pay up for monastery restoration

10/4/13 THE CHURCH of Cyprus is ready to pay to restore the crumbling Apostolos Andreas monastery in the occupied Karpas peninsula, Archbishop Chrysostomos II said yesterday. The church is expected to put in the €2.5 million necessary for the first phase of a three-stage restoration process that is due to cost in total an estimated €6.0 million. The ...

Libya: Security of Christian Communities ‘Precarious’ in Libya – Archbishop

15/3/13 Tripoli — Various Christian communities in Libya, as well as some Muslim groups, have been feeling increasingly under pressure from hardline Islamist groups since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. "The level of security remains precarious for all foreigners, especially for Christians, because of the presence of some fundamentalist Islamic groups," Giovanni Martinelli, the ...

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

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5/1/13 Damascus, Syria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East. Journalist Nasir Habish told Vatican Radio that Syria’s Christians are among those most affected by ...

SCHOLL: The king and I: from Prisoner to Patriarch

By Tom Scholl - Special to The Telegraph 21/11/2012 Well, he wasn’t a king, exactly; I stole the title from a Broadway play. He was a patriarch in Orthodox Christianity. There are about 19 patriarchs: Greek, Russian, etc. Each patriarch is revered by all one-half billion Orthodox Christians as Roman Catholics do Pope Benedict XVI. When I met ...

Is there hope at last for Apostolos Andreas?

Poly Pantelides - 12/11/2012 SUCCESSIVE plans to renovate Apostolos Andreas Monastery in occupied Karpasia date back years but have all stumbled over who is to administer and fund the project. In the meantime, one of the most important Greek Orthodox religious sites in Cyprus is quite simply crumbling, becoming more dangerous with every passing year. Eight months after ...

Petition of Vatican Apology for Complicities in the Ethiopian Genocide 1935-1941

Please watch the video of the Pope blessing the Italian fascist army at 1':30" in this video. 12/4/2012 SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Vatican officials and clergy, under the spiritual leadership of Pope Pius XI, blessed Mussolini’s Fascist army on its way to carry out a systematic mass extermination campaign in Ethiopia that claimed the lives of no less ...

Palestinian Christians Are Hopeful About Statehood

Palestinian Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. – Jamie Lynn Ross/Flickr Creative Commons

BY MICHELE CHABIN 09/30/2011 Mahmoud Abbas asked for sovereignty at the United Nations, and residents back home look to the future. JERUSALEM — Salim Manarious, a retired former school headmaster, believes there will be a sovereign Palestinian state in his lifetime. “I believe it because I’m a Palestinian,” the 72-year-old Orthodox Christian said Sept. 23, the day Palestinian National ...

Jerusalem churches on Palestinian statehood

30/9/2011 Among those with a significant stake in achieving a just-peace for Palestinians and Israelis are the Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem. Earlier this month they issued a communiqué, reported in Ekklesia (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15393), which sets out their perception of the key principles involved in the debate about Palestinian statehood. The full statement is as follows: Looking ahead ...

Russia May Ditch Liberal Abortion Laws

By the Associated Press 31/5/2011 (AP) – Russia's Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians yesterday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world's lowest birthrates. The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription. Abortions ...