New Book – ‘The Truth Behind the Malankara Church Conflict’ By Derin Raju

OCP News Service - 18/1/2020 Malankara-India: A new research book titled 'Malankara Sabha Tharkkam- Enthanu Sathyam?' on the history of the Malankara Church conflict (schism) is presently available. Authored by Prof Derin Raju, and published by Sofia books, this book carefully explores the in-depth aspects of the age-old conflict in the Malankara Nasrani Church. The book undoubtedly ...

THE FEASTS OF THE LORD’S CIRCUMCISION AND OF ST. BASIL AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 18/1/2020 On January 1/14, 2020, the feasts of the Lord’s circumcision and of the commemoration of St. Basil the Great were celebrated with an All-night Vigil at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Hagiotaphite Brotherhood went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at midnight and started the Service of Matins at ...

Prayer of Supplication at the beginning of the New Year in front of Saint Sava Cathedral in Vracar

Church of Serbia - 18/1/2020 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served a prayer of supplication (moleben) and sent prayers for the salvation of the people in Montenegro, Kosovo and Metohija and all Serbian places on the plateau in front of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar on 13 January 2020 (phоto gallery). The Patriarch was ...

28. Jun NGO Delivers Christmas Presents to Hundreds of Serbian Children in Montenegro and Krajina

28. Jun NGO - 18/1/2020 With your help, we came through for the children! Our volunteers delivered Christmas presents to hundreds of Serbian children in Montenegro and Krajina in addition to our previous gift giveaways in Serbia. We have two deliveries left — to Bosansko Grahovo and to my hometown of Kljuc, in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Often neglected, as it lies ...

New volume in Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev’s Jesus Christ series releases to high praise

SVOTS - 18/1/2020 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] Saint Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press has released the second volume of Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev’s monumental series on the life and message of Jesus. Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching, Vol. 2 focuses on the Sermon on the Mount, examining the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and other teachings of the Lord in ...

Rome to Absorb Orthodox Churches? Who Cares?

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G.A. - OCP Articles - 17/01/2019 Special courtesy - Fr Dr. Jossi Jacob, Principal - St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur. The article by Andrew Miller titled 'Is Reunification of Catholic and Orthodox Churches Imminent?' dated 7th Jan 2020 published in https://www.thetrumpet.com/ is worth a personal reflection. In his article, Miller hails the ongoing efforts by the Vatican to unite all Christians under the ...

Assyrian Couple Abducted in Southeast Turkey

AINA - 16/1/2020 Istanbul -- Turkish authorities yesterday released the monk Sefer (Aho) Bileçen, from the church of Mor Yakup in the province of Mardin, detained for a few days on the charge - never officially formalized by the prosecutor's office - of "terrorism". In reality, the Assyrian priest had been targeted by security forces for sharing ...

Popular Greek Singer Nikos Vertis: ‘I love Christ and I carry Him always in my Soul’

Basilica News Agency - 15/1/2020 Invited by Nikos Hatzinikolaou at the weekly informative show “Enopios Enopio,” the popular Dutch-Greek singer Nikos Vertis spoke about his faith and the relation with Christ. ‘I love Christ and I have Him always in my life,’ Nikos Vertis said, Romfea reports. ‘We are living times when youth is afraid to say “I believe in ...

Tension in India’s Karnataka, as Hindu Organisations Oppose Installation of Statue of Christ

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Sputniknews - 15/1/2020 New Delhi (Sputnik): In 2008, Karnataka state had witnessed anti-Christian violence as many radical Hindu groups allegedly attacked Christian schools, homes, and churches. In 2011, reports on the attack were released which found, that it was pre-planned by the then ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. Several Hindu nationalist organizations like ...

Israel dismisses Andrey Sheptitsky as a Righteous Man of the Nations Again

UOJ - Yekaterina Filatova - 15/1/2020 The UGCC believes that recognizing Met. Andrey Sheptitsky as the Righteous Man among the nations is “a matter of honor and credit to the Moses of the Ukrainian people”. On January 9, 2020, the Israeli national Holocaust and Heroism Memorial turned down the appeal of representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ...

The Letter of the Serbian Bishop of Eastern America to the President of the United States of America

Church of Serbia - 15/1/2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, It is a privilege to greet you at Christmastide on behalf of the Bishops in the United States of America, members of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central and ...

Journalistic Investigation: Who is Behind the Abduction and Brutal Murder of Syrian Christian Hierarchs from Aleppo?

Mansur Sahib with Nadine Martin, Klaus Ulbricht, and Fatih  Mehmetoglu- OCP News Service - 12/1/2020 Abduction and Brutal Murder of Syrian Christian Hierarchs (download PDF File) The events of this investigation occurred more than six years ago. However, the incident is still shrouded in mystery and periodically appear in the world media headlines. Background Back in 2013, two inconspicuous ...

OCP Delegate Archdeacon Tesfa Mikael Williams Graduates from the University of Durham

OCP News Service - 12/1/2020 The UK - On Thursday the 10th of January, Archdeacon Tesfa Mikael Williams, Chief Overseer of the Oriental Orthodox Research Center and editor of Ethiopian Affairs, (the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society) graduated as Master of Arts in Theology, Ministry and Mission. This degree was conferred upon him with distinction by the ...

Day and Patron Saint-day of Republika Srpska

Church of Serbia - 11/1/2020 On the occasion of the Patron Saint-day and the Day of the Republica Srpska, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Christ the Savior in Banja Luka. The Patriarch was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Jefrem of Banja Luka, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Sergije ...

Patriarch Irinej in Banja Luka: Unity, faith in God and Love Towards Homeland are the Most Important for the Serbs

Church of Serbia - 11/1/2020 His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, was welcomed on January 8, 2020, in front of the Bishop’s court in Banja Luka by His Grace Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka, Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska Radovan Viskovic and Serbian Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik. The reception of ...

Audio: R. Ibrahim on Terrorism in 2019, Palestinian Christians, Media Failures, and More

Raymond Ibrahim - 11/1/2020 I did a couple of audio interviews recently on a variety of topics: On Kresta in the Afternoon, of Ave Maria Radio, I discussed the major terrorist acts of 2019, the interplay between “lone wolf” jihadis and formal groups such as ISIS, the slaying of Soleimani, and media failures.  The nearly 20-minute audio ...

Brazilian Judge Orders Netflix to Take Down Film Depicting Jesus in Gay Relationship

Sputniknews - 11/1/2020 A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to stop streaming a Brazilian Christmas satire film that premiered on the platform on December 3. The film has drawn widespread backlash in Brazil over its depiction of Jesus in a same-gender relationship. The film, titled “The First Temptation of Christ,” was brought to Netflix by Brazilian comedy ...

Syriac Orthodox Priest and Faithful Forcefully Arrested by the Turkish Authorities in Tur Abdin Region

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OCP News Service - 10/1/2020 Turkey: It has been reported by 'Demand for Action' that the Turkish authorities arrested Syriac orthodox priest, Father Aho Bilecen of Dayro d’ Mor Yakoub d’ Qarnao (Monastery), and two faithful (Josef Yar and Musa Tastekin) in Turabdin region (southeast Turkey), a stronghold of the ancient Syriac Orthodox Christians. Father Aho was ...

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Bashar Al-Assad Visits Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch

OCP News Service - 9/1/2020 Damascus -Syria: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East in Damascus on 7th January 2020. The leaders were warmly received by Patriarch John X at the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral. A  prayer for peace was held at the ...

Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Antioch Syrian University

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 9/1/2020 On January 5, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Antioch Syrian University, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus. Members of the BOT listened to a report from Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of ASU, about the new students ...