Office for Kosovo, EU rep, Norwegian govt. decorated

B92 - 27/11/13 DEČANI --  The Dečani Monastery marked its feast in a ceremony attended by several hundred believers, and Serbian ministers Aleksandar Vulin, Nebojša Rodić and Ivan Mrkić. Serbian Patriarch Irinej blessed the renovated dormitory (konak) in High Dečani, whose construction lasted more than two years. After liturgy, the new Prizren dormitory was consecrated. The premises were ...

If Kosovo is the price, than we say Thank You but No Thank you to EU – Irinej

TANJUG - 10/11/13 The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, said that Serbia can not give up on Kosovo, and if the price for the entry into Europe is losing Kosovo, then, he said, we would rather be out of Europe. “If the price of entry to Europe is to secede Kosovo then we have ...

His Holiness Aram I meets representatives of countries and institutions at the European Union (EU) in Brussels

21/10/13 On the occasion of his presence in Brussels to address the 3rd Conference of the Armenian Genocide Committees in Europe, Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia had the opportunity to meet the representatives of countries and institutions at the EU during formal dinners. At a luncheon offered by the Ambassador of Lebanon to Belgium, the Catholicos met representatives ...

Coptic Pope Blasts Muslim Brotherhood, US, EU

19/8/13 (AINA) -- Since ex-president Morsy's ouster on July 3, attacks on Egyptian Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken place in most governorates across Egypt. These attacks have escalated since security forces ended the pro-Morsy protests in central Cairo on August 14th. During their 6-weeks of protests, Muslim Brotherhood leaders explicitly threatened to ...

1,025 years of Christianity: Ukraine hosts Orthodox celebrations while questioning its future

28/7/13 The Orthodox Church is celebrating the 1025th anniversary of introduction of Christianity into medieval Russia. Clerical delegations and the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are joining the festivities in Ukraine's capital, Kiev. The culmination of the celebrations will be a liturgy in Kiev’s  central cathedral Kiev Pechersk Laura (Kiev Monastery of the  Caves) and a ...

Putin urges Ukraine to join forces with Russia

28/9/13 KIEV (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin on Saturday urged Ukraine to join forces with former fellow Soviet state Russia, saying Russians and Ukrainians were "one people." The Russian president's remarks, made as he visited Kiev, highlight an ongoing tug-of-war Moscow has with Brussels over Ukraine's moves to seek closer ties with the EU. In Ukraine to celebrate ...

Mount Athos Monks Won’t Move Out for EU

Christina Flora -20/7/13 According to information, there has been unrest in Mount Athos since the night of July 17, as police forces with two patrol cars are outside the Esphigmenou Monastery. The tension began after the evacuation of the Holy Monastery that was ordered by a bailiff. The command was given to start projects funded by ESPA and ...

Gloves Come Off In Moldova’s Church-State Battle

Mircea Ticudean - 3/7/13 It is a little like the proverbial unstoppable force running up against an immovable object. Moldova's reformist, pro-EU ruling coalition is increasingly running up against the country's powerful, conservative Orthodox Church as it approaches the coveted goal of initialing an Association Agreement with the European Union in Vilnius in November. Integration with the European ...

2013 – European Year of Citizens. The current crisis – an opportunity to increase in wisdom

Address of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, on the occasion of the Annual meeting of European religious leaders with high representatives of the European institutions, Brussels, May 30, 2013: First of all, we would like to thank His Excellency, José Manuel Barroso, for the invitation to take part in the annual ...

LGBT, NATO, EU and Orthodox Christianity

28/5/13 Currently, issues pertaining to LGBT, NATO, EU and Orthodox Christianity, are intensively being discussed in the Georgian media and within political circles– sometimes in alliance with one another and sometimes in conflict. We have been attentively observing popular opinion about these issues, the first of which concerns NATO and the EU. Georgia's Western orientation is widely ...

Serbia must not loosen ties with Russia in seeking to join EU – Patriarch

Belgrade, May 7, Interfax - The primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church has insisted that Serbia must not loosen its ties with "great Russia" in pursuing its bid to join the European Union. "I hope that our political leaders know how to find a bridge into Europe that would guarantee peaceful and stable development for our ...

Cyprian Archbishop Calls On Central Bank’s Head, Finance Minister To Resign

By VOR - 1/4/13 The head of Cyprus’s Orthodox Christian Church Archbishop Chrysostom II has called on the Chairman of the country’s Central Bank Panikos Dimitriadis and Finance Minister Mihailis Sarris to resign. The archbishop accuses them of agreeing to the tough measures aimed at stabilizing the Cyprian economy which the EU and the IMF are imposing upon ...

In Cyprus financial crisis, even Orthodox Church could lose millions

By Roy Gutman -McClatchy Newspapers 27/3/13 The Cypriot government has agreed to force bank-account holders to help pay for the rescue of debt-ridden banks, but who actually will end up footing the bill isn’t known. NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus, a palm-fringed island in the Mediterranean Sea, has long held three distinctions: Its economy is the smallest in the European Union, ...

Cyprus Church: EU bailout offensive

19/3/13 Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church on the island, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, described the Europeans stance at the Eurogroup on Cyprus as “offensive". Speaking to reporters after a memorial service on Sunday, the head of the Cyprus church said that when Cyprus is able to, it should leave the Eurozone. He said that it would be a ...

Pastoral seminar at Halki Theological School

On Monday, March 4, 2013, a three-day seminar entitled "The Second Period of the Ecumenical Synod" was held at the Theological School of Halki with the participation of approximately 60 clergymen from the Pastoral Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Athens as well as several participants from Messinia (Greece), Germany and Belgium. Among the speakers ...

EU, IMF want Cypriot natural gas, but will get nothing – Archbishop

13/3/13 Cypriot’s moneylenders, namely the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, seek to get hold of the natural gas deposits that have recently been discovered south of Cyprus in the Mediterranean, but they will get nothing, the Hierarch of the Cypriot Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos, said in a live interview with Cypriot government television. He admitted ...

European Parliament holds seminar on Discrimination of Christians in Europe

9.10.2012 A seminar on the Discrimination of Christians in Europe was held on October 2, 2012, in the European Parliament in Brussels. Organized together by parliamentarians from the European People’s Party, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists and the Catholic Commission of Bishops’ Conferences, the EU seminar gathered together several hundred participants from among European deputies, ...

Liberman condemns vandalism of Jerusalem church

By HERB KEINON 10/10/2012 In a meeting with his Romanian counterpart, the Foreign Minister expresses the government’s “sorrow” over the attack. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman condemned the vandalism of the St. George Romanian Orthodox Church on Monday in Jerusalem, during a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Tuesday. Liberman, who expressed the Israeli government’s “sorrow” over the attack, told Romanian ...

Pussy Riot shines in EU despite orgies, blasphemy and hooliganism

28/9/2012 The EU parliament nominated a controversial punk band whose members were recently sentenced to two years in prison for “inciting religious hatred” for a human rights prize, sparking intense condemnation from Russian officials. On Tuesday, deputies of the European Parliament nominated Pussy Riot – the punk band that used Christ the Savior Cathedral as a bully ...

Defence minister one of few Christians in army

The Irish Times 19/7/2012 GEN DAOUD Rajha, one of the high-ranking regime officials killed in yesterday’s bombing in Damascus, was a Greek Orthodox Christian and artillery specialist. He rose to be chief of staff of the Syrian army and ultimately defence minister in the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Rajha was born in Damascus in 1947. He was an ...