Catholicos-Patriarch of Armenia and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Meets in Rome

OCP News Service - 11/01/21 Rome-Italy-Vatican City: Catholicos-Patriarch Karekin II, of Armenia met Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Rome on the 7th of October 2021. The Prelates were in Rome to take part in the conference titled “People as Brothers and the Future of the Country: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”,  reports Public Radio ...

‘Many Christians have crucifixes or crosses on their neck, but no real relationship with Jesus’ Pope Francis of Rome

OCP News Service - 15/9/21 Presov-Slovakia: "Many Christians had crucifixes or crosses around their necks, on walls in their homes, in their cars and in their pockets but had no real relationship with Jesus" stated Pope Francis while speaking to over thirty thousand people in Presov, Slovakia on the 14th of September 2021, reports Reuters . The ...

‘Christians and Jews Should Unite Against Anti-Semitism’ Pope Francis of Rome

OCP News Service - 13/09/21 Budapest- Hungary: Pope Francis of Rome urged Christians and Jews to take a strong stand against Anti-Semitism during his meeting with delegates of the Ecumenical Council of Hungarian Churches (MEOT) and Hungarian Jewish organisations in the Capital city of Hungary on the 12th of September 2021. "Only if we become roots of ...

An Appeal on Climate Change by Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby

Pan-Orthodox Synod Blog - 8/9/21 Global: A mutual Appeal on Climate Change and the future of the world has been issued by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Pope Francis of Rome and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury. For more than a year, we have all experienced the devastating effects of a global pandemic—all of us, whether poor or ...

Hagia Sofia – A Lesson for the ‘Urgent Need’ for Orthodox Christian ‘Unity’

G A - Opinion, OCP Articles – OCP News Service - 12/7/2020 Hagia Sofia will eternally remain as one of the greatest Pride of Orthodox Christianity. The Ottoman Turks have succeeded in physically altering the status. The Byzantine Orthodox architectural masterpiece will constantly remain in the hearts of all Orthodox Christians (Eastern and Oriental Orthodox) irrespective ...

The History of Judas the Iscariot – From an Old Manuscript by a Monk of the Holy Mountain

Oodger - 6/5/2020 A text belonging to a manuscript of the Holy Monastery of Iviron on the Holy Mountain - a copy of which rests in the Cell of St. Govdelaas of Persia in the Holy Monastery of Iviron, copied and published by the Hagiorite and Hieromonk Averkios in 1895 and 1896 in Varna - tells about ...

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 ...

OCP ‘Petition on Eastern Catholics’ Forwarded to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches

OCP News Service - 12/12/2019 DOWNLOAD PCPCU Petition in PDF Format Global: Our Europen sources have informed that the petition filed by the Secretariat of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society on the Eastern Catholic Rites in India has been forwarded to the Congregation for the Oriental Churches from the Office of Cardinal Kurt Koch – President of the Pontifical Council ...

OCP Secretariat Files Petition to the Vatican Over Eastern Catholic ‘Activities’ in India

OCP News Service – 3/7/19 DOWNLOAD PCPCU Petition in PDF Format Global: The Secretariat of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Society) has petitioned the Vatican over the ‘activities’ of the Eastern Catholic Uniate Rites in India. The petition consists of a number of important concerns over the 'aggressive ecclesiastical activities' of the two Uniate Rites. The Secretariat ...

Syriac Orthodox Priest ‘Absorbed’ by Malankara Catholic Rite: Disregards Papal Stand on Uniatism

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OCP News Service - 21/6/19 “The path of Uniatism is not the path to walk today.” – Pope Francis of Rome. Malankara-India: Fr.  Sunny Vettikatil, a priest of the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church in India was absorbed by the Malankara Catholic Uniate Papsist Rite. The so-called ‘reunion’ event is a clear violation of the Papal stand on ...

‘Leaning Cross Oath’ was Crucial in Preserving the Existence of the Malankara Church – Catholicos Baselios Paulose II of the East

OCP News Service - 3/1/19 Leaning Cross Oath Church web portal here: Kerala-India: The historic event of 'Leaning Cross Oath' played the most important role and crucial role in preserving and protecting the very existence of the ancient Orthodox Church of Malankara, commented His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II  (Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas ...

The Lives of Saints Peter and Paul

Church of Serbia - 12/7/18 THE HOLY APOSTLE PETER The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter (Jn 1:42). He was the first of ...

Ukrainian Autocephaly – A step to Canonical Unity or a False Union with Rome?

Nadia Bazuk – OCP News Service – 30/5/18 Bishop Symeon Lukach was canonized by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as Hieromartyr for not betraying his Church under Communist repressions between the late 1940s - early 1960s. However, the Head of the UGCC, Sviatoslav Shevchuk seems to be fine if Orthodox Ukrainians will leave their Church for Unia as a result of the state-sponsored ...

“Uniatism is not the path to walk today” – Pope Francis

OCP News Service - 2/6/18 Vatican: Pope Francis received a Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion. During the meeting the Roman Pontiff stated that the path of Uniatism is not the path to walk today, and reiterated his belief that ecumenism, which is achieved by walking together, which is the path towards Christian unity. Read ...

Apostle Mark the Evangelist of the Seventy

Church of Serbia - 11/5/18 The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, also known as John Mark (Acts 12:12), was one of the Seventy Apostles, and was also a nephew of Saint Barnabas (June 11). He was born at Jerusalem. The house of his mother Mary adjoined the Garden of Gethsemane. As Church Tradition relates, on the ...

Martyr Sabbas Stratelates “the General” of Rome

Church of Serbia - 7/5/18 Saint Sabbas Stratelates came from a Gothic tribe. For his bravery he attained the high rank of military commander or “stratelates,” and he served under the Roman emperor Aurelian (270-275). From his youth, Sabbas was a Christian and he fervently followed the commands of Christ. He helped the needy, and visited Christians ...

St. Gregory Dialogus – the Pope of Rome

Church of Serbia - 26/3/18 Saint Gregory Dialogus, Pope of Rome, was born in Rome around the year 540. His grandfather was Pope Felix, and his mother Sylvia (November 4) and aunts Tarsilla and Emiliana were also numbered among the saints by the Roman Church. Having received a most excellent secular education, he attained high government ...

Sick Mentality’: Pope Calls Prostitution ‘Torture’, ‘Crime Against Humanity’

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Sputniknews - 25/3/18 In a marathon question-answer conversation with several hundred young people in Rome on Monday, the Catholic Church's Pope Francis attacked prostitution, praying for the forgiveness of all Catholic men who engage in purchasing sex from prostitutes. Speaking to the Pope, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman and former sex trafficking victim said she was troubled by the fact that ...

‘The Pearl of Great Price’ – the Journey of Veronica Hughes from Rome to Orthodoxy

OCP News Service - 21/1/18 Visit Web portal here Buy books at Amazon Pearl of Great Price is an inspiring book penned by author Veronica Hughes who converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodox Christianity. The book opened to rave reviews. Veronica Hughes has been a featured guest on Ancient Faith Radio and Orthodox Christian Network. "I wrote this my Pearl for ...

The Quest for Orthodox–Assyrian Alliance

George Alexander – OCP News Service- (Dept. of Church Research and Studies - Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE) - 26/1/18 Introduction To be frank, any kind of Orthodox – Assyrian Church alliance seems to be a distant dream. However, it is always good to keep our hopes high and keep praying for the distant dream. The Christian world is ...