Feast of Saint Gayane and Her Companions Celebrated in the Armenian Church

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - June 2017 On June 13, the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church commemorated the sacred feast dedicated to the memory of St. Gayane and her companion nuns. The ecclesiastical procession walked to the Monastery of Saint Gayane, led by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; who blessed the ...

PATRIARCH KIRILL TO CONSECRATE MONUMENT TO MP-ROCOR REUNIFICATION AT CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

A similar monument installed in Howell, NJ

Pravoslavie.ru - 18/6/17 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will celebrate the consecration of the monument “Reunification” at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday, reports Interfax-Religion. The sculpture is dedicated to the historical event of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of ...

Holy Qurobo for the Dukhrono of the Syriac Martyrs of Sayfo

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 18/6/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus, on the occasion of the Dukhrono of the Syriac Martyrs of Sayfo and the 102nd Commemoration of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo. Sayfo Commemoration in Aleppo Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar ...

‘You are Islam’s black sheep’: 300 Austrian imams condemn ISIS terrorists

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RT.com - 17/6/17 Islamic clerics in Austria have produced a 9-point declaration, calling ISIS terrorists “black sheep” and urging fellow believers to play a greater role in society, days after Austria introduced a burqa ban and compulsory integration courses. 300 imams representing the mainstream Islamic Religious Authority of Austria unveiled a text that “condemns terrorist and extremist ...

DESTRUCTION OF ORTHODOX HOLY SITES CONTINUES IN ALBANIA

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Pravoslavie.ru - 16/6/17 The Orthodox heritage in Albania has suffered another blow with the decay of the Monastery of St. Athanasius in Kato Lenitsa, founded in 1797. Due to the idleness of authorities, who confiscated the monastic buildings but undertook no measures to restore the landmark, the monastery sustained irreparable damage in the winter of 2017. ...

Mosque Renamed ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’ in United Arab Emirates

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque on airport road in Abu Dhabi. Pic -https://crm.psinv.net

Prakash Varghese - (Delegate of UAE, Gulf & Levant) OCP News Service - 16/6/17 Dubai - UAE: Gulfnews reports that the Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Capital City of United Arab Emirates is renamed as Mary, Mother of Jesus (‘Mariam, Umm Eisa' in Arabic). Change in name of this mosque was ordered ...

THE TOWN OF ZABABDEH

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - June 2017 To the north of the West Bank and 15 km to the south-east of the City of Jenin, lies the town of Zababdeh or al-Zababida. The history of this small town dates back to no longer than two centuries. The first people who inhabited this land had fled their ...

THE CITY OF TUBAS

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The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - June 2017 Tubas is a Palestinian city a few kilometers to the west of the Jordan River. Its history dates back to the Canaanite era, that`s when it was originally named ‘Tuba Syoys’ which translates ‘shining star’. Tubas is also mentioned in the Book of Judges (Chapter 9) in the Old ...

CANONICAL UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS MOST INFLUENTIAL IN UKRAINE ACCORDING TO MINISTRY OF CULTURE

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Pravoslavie.ru - 15/6/17 A third of all clergy, two thirds of all Orthodox parishes, three quarters of all seminary students, and nearly all Orthodox monasticism belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), the only canonical Church in Ukraine, reports the Information-Education Department of the UOC-MP. The Ministry of Culture’s current report “On the ...

The Globe-trotting Director of Orthodox Africa Mission

Orthodox Africa - 14/6/17 Father Silouan and the Vicar General, Fr. Barnabas, visited Saint Innocent School Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Father Jonah said, “I am humbled and appreciate the great donations of text books and two soccer balls. We also received enough money to finish cementing the floors of the five remaining classrooms and add doors to ...

Ten Years of Illegal Detention of Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea

His Holiness Abune Antonios - Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church. Pic - OCP Media Network.

OCP News Service – 13/6/17 Global: May 2017 marked the tenth year of illegal detention of the Canonical Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea. His Holiness Abune Antonios is the 3rd Patriarch of the ancient Eritrean Orthodox Church. Eritrean Orthodox Faithful Call to Restore Patriarch Abune Antonios The OCP Secretariat news briefing stated that “Anything can happen to the ...

Ecumenical Patriarch speaks about the refugee crisis at the Concordia Europe Summit – ‘The world expects the common witness of people of faith’

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Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - June 2017 His Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew participated in the Concordia Europe Summit which took place in Athens (Greece) on 6-7 June 2017. Concordia is a registered nonprofit organization that enables public-private partnerships to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is ...

Romanian-Bulgarian Concelebration – Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte presides over Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Romanian Church in Sofi

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - June 2017 Sunday His Beatitude Neophyte, Patriarch of Bulgaria, presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Sofia. According to mitropolia-sofia.org, concelebrants for the Divine Liturgy included: His Eminence Teodosie, Archbishop of Tomis, His Grace Gerasimos of Melnik, secretary of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, His ...

SVOTS Seminary President Meets Romanian Patriarch

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SVOTS - June 2015 Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield is traveling throughout Romania June 9–21, meeting with key figures instrumental in renewing collaborative efforts between the Romanian Orthodox Church and St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Cooperation between the two began in 2013, when the Seminary and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bucharest signed a ...

All Clear: Russian Authorities Crack Down on Scientology in St. Petersburg

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Sputniknews - 13/6/17 Having imposed a ban on the activity of Jehovah's Witnesses in the country, Russian authorities have turned their attention to the Church of Scientology, as law enforcement agents conducted a search of the group’s premises in St. Petersburg. On June 6, Russian law enforcement agents conducted a search of the premises of the Church of Scientology in St. ...

His Beatitude John X presides over the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost

Anthiochian Patriarchate - 13/6/17 His Beatitude John X presides over the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost. The Church of Antioch is the church of peace. His Beatitude John X the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the east has assured that the Church of Antioch in which the disciples were first called, Christians, is the church of the ...

Bishop Nicholas Baalbaki is the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Hama and Dependencies

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Anthiochian Patriarchate - June 2017 June 7-2017 Balamand The Holy Orthodox Antiochian Synod has elected in its eighth extraordinary session held at Balamand, and presided by His Beatitude John X, his grace bishop Nicholas Baalbaki as Metropolitan to the Archdiocese of Hama and Dependencies to succeed the late Metropolitan Elia Saliba. It is worth mentioning that the ...

Global Orthodox Church Musicians Gather in Finland

“The participants of the 2017 ISOCM Conference represent a variety of Orthodox Churches from around the world, along with Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic and Lutheran traditions.”

ISOCM - 12/6/17 Joensuu, Finland – Over 60 musicians, singers, researchers, composers, directors, chanters and musicologists from 17 countries joined members of The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) for the 7th Conference on Orthodox Music, 6-11 June, 2017 here. Thirty-three presentations were offered, exploring the conference theme of “Liturgy and Music” through a variety ...

Plans for 2018’s 19th All-American Council take “another step forward”

Robert Butchko, Frs. Eric Tosi and Timothy Sawchak, and Dcn. Peter Ilchuk at recent AAC local committee meetings.

ST. LOUIS, MO [OCA] - June 2017 Planning for the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to be held in Saint Louis, July 23-27, 2018, took another step forward as the AAC Executive Committee met with local committee chairs May 31-June 1, 2017. Members of the Executive Committee include Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, ...