Status of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral – Statement from George Joseph – Chairman of the OCP Society

  OCP News Service - 6/7/2020 His All-Holiness Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Rum Patrikliği, Dr Sadık Ahmet Cad. No. 19, 34083 Fatih-İstanbul, Turkey Statement on the Status of the Hagia Sofia Dear Respected Your All-Holiness, Fraternal greetings. Hagia Sofia Cathedral happens to remain the first Royal church in Turkey. When Constantine was the Emperor of Constantinople, he took leadership to ...

‘In Our Christianity There Are No Extremes ‘- Archbishop Teodosie

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 4/7/2020 During his sermon on the patronal feast of the Orthodox Cathedral in Constanta Monday, Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis said that Romanians are ‘the Apostles’ batch of dough’ and that is why in Romanian Christianity there are no extremes. The Archbishop of Tomis noted that all the Apostles, except for John, ...

12th Anniversary of Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand Marked in Melbourne

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 4/7/2020 The “Holy Apostles Peter and Paul” Romanian Orthodox Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, celebrated on Monday its patronal feast, which coincided with the 12th anniversary of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. On this occasion, His Grace Mihail gave an impressive account of his visit to a small ...

Saints Peter and Paul are Teachers of Faith, Repentance and Church Mission in the World, Patriarch Daniel says

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 4/7/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Monday presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest for the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.  During his homily, the Patriarch of Romania highlighted the main characteristics of the two Apostles, noting that they were different as regards their intellectual ...

Change of UAOC Communities to UGCC as a Sign of Future Unity with Catholics

UOJ -  Konstantin Shemliuk - 4/7/2020 Recently, several eparchies of the UAOC have moved to the UGCC. Is this a coincidence or inevitability for all Ukrainian schismatics? On June 14, 2020, at a general meeting of the Kharkov St. Dmitry’s parish of the Kharkiv-Poltava Diocese of the UAOC (o), parishioners of this community almost unanimously voted for the transfer ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM CELEBRATES THE D. LITURGY AT THE H. MONASTERY OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD ON MOUNT TABOR

The Jeruslam Patriarchate - 4/7/2020 On Sunday, June 15/29, 2020, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mount Tabor, where He read the following Sermon: “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, ...

Thirty Six Years of the Episcopal Ministry of Bishop Lukijan

Church of Serbia - 4/7/2020 On July 1st, 2020 it was 36 years of the episcopal ministry of His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Budim and Temisoara. On this occasion, His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Budim and the Administrator of Temisoara celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Saint George (in Romania) with the concelebration of ...

STATEMENT OF I.A.O. ON HAGIA SOPHIA

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Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) - 4/7/2020 The Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) realizes that the sudden and unprovoked debate over the change of the operation status of the historical World Heritage Monument Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, causes feelings of wonder and resentment to all humans of goodwill, every believer, who through their activities and ...

Talented Artiste Deepthi Says Sketching Met. Seraphim’s Portrait Gave Her ‘Immense Joy’

L.J - Chief Editor - OCP News Service - 4/7/2020 BENGALURU, India: Deepthi Jiji Mathew, the spiritual daughter of HG Dr Abraham Seraphim, Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan, Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church, could not have asked for more to boost her spirits. Young and talented Deepthi’s sketch of the young Metropolitan in black and white now shows up as ...

Status of Hagia Sofia at the Disposal of the Turkish President : Verdict to be Announced in Fifteen Days 

OCP News Service - 2/7/2020 Istanbul:  The status of Hagia Sofia, the original Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the one of the world’s finest Byzantine Orthodox architectural masterpiece is put under the disposal of the Turkish government headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by the top administrative court of Turkey.  The court also stated that a verdict will be announced within the next 15 days to determine the fate of the historic Orthodox cathedral.  Erdogan has been pushing the conversion of Cathedral (now a museum) amid international pressure.  Source:  OCP News Service 

Statues of Emperor Haile Selassie and Ras Makonnen Destroyed

OCP News Service - 7/2/2020 Global: A statue of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie has been destroyed in the Wimbledon Park in south-west London. The statue was destroyed by a group of more than 100 people. The incident has been linked to the recent unrest in Ethiopia as a result of the murder of the popular Oromian ...

Saint Lazarus Day in Gracanica: We will Persevere with the God’s Power and our Faith

Church of Serbia - 7/2/2020 Serbian Saint Lazarus Day was solemnly celebrated in the monastery of Gracanica with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Atanasije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, with the concelebration of the clergy of the Diocese of Raska - Prizren. Liturgical responses were sung by the church choir from Cacak, with the participation of several hundred ...

PYD/PYG Exploits Education Again As A Tool To ‘Kurdify’ Northeast Syria

The imprisoned PKK Leader, Abdullah Öcalan a.k.a. Apo, in a Kurdish textbook from late 2015. In it, he is reverred by the PYD/YPG as the serok ("leader, head, president") of Northeast Syria, which separatist Kurds propagate as 'Rojava' "Western (Kurdistan)" | Source: Abdulla Hawez

WCA-NGO - 30/6/2020 Last week, Aramean Christian students from Northeast Syria were infuriated, because they are prohibited to complete their last exams, granting them access to universities. The self-declared Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, led by the PYD/YPG Kurds, thereby puts the future of young generations at risk and continues its long-known plan of ...

How a WhatsApp Convo with the Serbian President Freed up Crucial Medical Aid During COVID-19

28.Jun NGO  - 30/6/2020 28. Jun’s latest project — the transformation of an old basketball court into a technicolour refuge for community youth in memory of Zoran Djakovic— was featured today in Complex, the biggest music magazine in the world. Our President Filip Filipi sat down with Complex to discuss basketball, music, Serbia’s President Vucic and much ...

Leading Global Music Magazine Features 28. Jun Basketball Project

28.Jun NGO - 30/6/2020 28. Jun’s latest project — the transformation of an old basketball court into a technicolour refuge for community youth in memory of Zoran Djakovic— was featured today in Complex, the biggest music magazine in the world. Our President Filip Filipi sat down with Complex to discuss basketball, music, Serbia’s President Vucic and much ...

EP Webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Churches

Basilica News Agency - Sorin Ioniţe - 29/6/2020 An online event was organised on Wednesday, 24 June 2020, by the EPP Working Group on Intercultural and Religious Dialogue, to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Churches, as well as the Churches’ social teachings in response to the current crisis. The panel included representatives of the ...

Oldest Living Man, Dumitru Comanescu, Receives Patriarchal Cross

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 29/6/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel has awarded the Romanian super-centenarian Dumitru Comanescu with the highest distinction of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Romanian engineer Dumitru Comanescu, a Bucharest resident who is 111 years and 7 months old, has become the oldest living man in the world after British Bob Weighton died on ...

Declaration on the Protection of rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Free Profession of Faith and the Right on its Property in Montenegro

Church of Serbia - 29/6/2020 In the first convocation of the Tenth Regular Session, the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska adopted the Declaration on the Protection of Rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Free Professing of Faith and the Right on Its Property in Montenegro as well as nine laws. In reference to the ...

Jadovno, Croatia: We Do Not Pray for the Perished But to the Perished

Church of Serbia - 29/6/2020 Every word in this place is excessive. Faced with the mystery of evil, we need to penetrate the mystery of good, said His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana at the Memorial Service for the victims of Jadovno (*Croatian concentration camp for Serbs in WWII)  on 24th June 2020 over the ...

Saint Lazarus Day Celebrated in the Royal City of Krusevac

Church of Serbia - 29/6/2020 His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac consecrated the cornerstone of the church of the Holy Prince Lazarus in the Krusevac barracks. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Mrs. Jasmina Palurovic, Director of the BIA Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister Mr. Zoran Djordjevic, as well as by quite a number of the Serbian ...