OIC censures anti-Syria rebels’ threats against Christians

24/12/12 The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned threats made by foreign-sponsored militants against two Syrian Christian towns, warning of a fresh wave of violence in the country. “Such threats are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace,” the 57-member body said in a statement on Sunday, AFP ...

Christians jingle grieving bells across war-torn Syria

SyndiGate.info -24/12/12 As the festive Christmas holiday approaches, Christians around the world are anticipating to mark a new celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ. But for Christians in Syria, Christmas will not be the same this year. “We used to wait yearlong for Christmas Eve to come,” said Sherien, a Christian mother residing in Aleppo. “We used to ...

Syrian rebels threaten Christian towns

Michael Collins -22/12/12 "What happens when they start killing Christians?"Michael Collins 8/27 Rebels have threatened to storm two predominantly Christian towns in central  Syria, saying regime forces are using them to attack nearby areas, an  activist group said Saturday. It says such an attack could force  thousands of Christians from their homes. (Image: White House Web Page, ...

Visiting The Christian Community In Iraq

24/12/12 Before Iraq was conquered by the Arabs in the seventh century, it was one of the oldest centers of Christianity in the world. Even after the Arab conquest, Christians made up a sizable minority of the population – sometimes tolerated, sometimes persecuted, but always surviving. Now it's facing its biggest threat in centuries. The Christian Community in ...

Christmas in Bethlehem

24/12/12 Israel has taken measures to ensure a safe environment, smooth access and movement for the many worshippers and tourists who come to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. (Communicated by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - COGAT) Israel actively supports and protects freedom of worship for every religion. This takes on special significance during this time ...

India’s Chennai Armenian Church Celebrates 300th Anniversary

On December 18, 2012, members of Armenian community in India marked the 300th anniversary of Chennai’s (Madras) St Mary Armenian Church. Rev. Fr. Geghart celebrated the Divine Liturgy followed by a requiem service. The St. Mary Armenian Church of Chennai is one oldest Armenian churches in India, first erected in 1712 ...

New Patriarch urges Christians to stay

24/12/12 Syria’s new Greek Orthodox patriarch in Damascus called Saturday for Christians to remain in the country. Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi also appealed to warring parties to renounce violence “in all its forms” and to start a process of dialogue. In his first news conference since succeeding Ignatius IV Hazim, who died ...

Ahmedabad Diocese launches Kidney Foundation with medical awareness camp

Indian Malankara Orthodox Church - 23/12/12 Liju Cherian AHMEDABAD/India — Ahmedabad Diocese under HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios has launched the Diocesan level programmes of Kidney Foundation which was inaugurated with a kidney health awareness programme and camp on December 9, 2012. The programme was organised at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Valyapally, Baroda at 10.30 am. The ...

Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community (B.O.K.C)- UAE Celebrates Annual Day

Indian Malanakra Orthodox Church 23/12/12 UAE/Dubai: Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community of UAE celebrated its annual day at Tulip Creek Hotel Apartments, Dubai on 2nd December 2012. Coinciding with the 41st National day of UAE, the B.O.K.C celebrated its 2nd annual day. The function started in the morning with prayer lead by Rev. Fr. V.C. Jose, Vicar, St. George ...

Conference “Social Protection in Rural Areas – Possibilities and Challenges“

22/12/12 Philanthropy, The Charitable Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church organized a conference “Social Protection in Rural Areas – Possibilities and Challenges” on 13 December 2012, the day of Saint Andrew the First called Apostle. The Conference was organized in the St. Sava Hall in Nis, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis. ...

World and Clergy exhibition takes place in Kaluga region

Ekaterina Polyanskaya - 22/12/12 The sixth exhibition-fair "World and Clergy" took place in Kaluga in November, with the blessing of Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk, as well as with the support of the regional government. This year, the exhibition received the international status. It presented churches and monasteries of Ukraine, Belarus, Greece, Israel, and regions ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Congratulated Newly Appointed Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

  On 18 December 2012, from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent a letter of congratulations to His Holiness Youhanna X, the newly appointed Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The Pontifical letter states in part: “By God’s will, you were entrusted ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I VISITS PATRIARCH YOHANNA X

On Wednesday 19 December 2012, Catholicos Aram I visited the new Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, Yohanna X, at the Balamand Monastery. After congratulating the new Head, Catholicos Aram I spoke of the long relationship between the two churches and expressed the wish to strengthen that relationship, especially in view of the ...

For Orthodox Christians, Christmas a time of reflection, not ‘entertainment’

22/12/12 Orthodox icons of the birth of Jesus are not like those in Catholic and Protestant churches. "We do not focus on a magic baby in Bethlehem," says B.C. Archbishop Lazar Puhalo. Here Jesus is portrayed as a youth of about 12. Orthodox don't believe in "atonement" theology. Orthodox Archbishop Lazar Puhalo is four days away from ...

Jordanville’s Holy Trinity Monastery is in Need of Capital Renovation

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia 21/12/12 The First Hierarch of ROCOR, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, expressed his deep concern over the critical condition in which Holy Trinity Monasteryin Jordanville, NY – the oldest monastery in the Russian Church Abroad – finds itself. Holy Trinity Monastery is facing serious financial difficulties as a result of ...

Syria Civil War: Syrian Christians Could Suffer if Assad Falls

James Street - 21/12/12 Now even the warmongering Right in America seems to be getting the picture.  In an article on the militant Media Research Center's "CNSNews" outlet, even the pro-war faction of the Republican Right is finally understanding the plight of Christians in Syria. It has been well-known for some time that the rebel factions in Syria are a ...

† Bishop Hrizostom (1939-2012), former Hilandar Monastery Librarian

20/12/12 Memory Eternal!!! We are saddened to learn of the death of Hrizostom, Bishop of Žiča, Serbia, on Monday, December 17, 2012. At the time of the Hilandar Research Project photographic expeditions to Mount Athos in the early 1970s, Bishop Hrizostom was the librarian of Hilandar Monastery. Bishop Hrizostom (Stolić) was born in Ruma, Yugoslavia, in 1939. From Visoki Dečani Monastery (Kosovo), ...

Turkey to begin second restoration of historical Armenian church

21/12/12 The Armenian Akdamar Church, located on Akdamar Island on Lake Van, is scheduled to be restored again as part of a project in line with preservation programs which have been recently completed by the Turkish government. Turkey finished the restoration of the historical Armenian church of Akdamar on Lake Van last year. A mass ceremony was ...

Lebanese president to new Orthodox Patriarch: Ensuring a dignified life to Christians of the East

Paul Dakiki -20/12/12 In greetings to Youhanna X Yazigi, Michel Sleiman talks about the problems of Christians in Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel. An appeal to Arab leaders to defend the Christian minorities, as bearers of civilization and development. Beirut (AsiaNews) - Meeting the new Greek-Orthodox patriarch of Antioch, Youhanna X Yazigi, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman wished ...

New Patriarch of Greek Orthodox Church Arrives to Syria

20/12/12 Damascus, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, will arrive to Damascus today, from Lebanon. A popular reception is scheduled to welcome the newly elected leader of the Christian congregation in the seat of the Patriarchate, in this capital. According to a note of ...

Russia to fund Nice Orthodox Cathedral renovation

20/12/12 Russia is to fund a project to renovate St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Nice in southern France. Construction work on the project is to start in 2013. Kremlin property manager Vladimir Kozhin announced this in Nice Wednesday at a ceremony to mark 100 years since the consecration of the Cathedral. The ceremony included a church service. Constructed under ...