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  • Voices Grow Louder in Turkey to Convert Hagia Sophia From a Museum Back to Mosque

    06/28/2017 6:56:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/24/17 | Umar Farooq
    As the time for afternoon prayers approaches, Onder Soy puts on a white robe and cap and switches on the microphone in a small 19th century room adjoining the Hagia Sophia. Soon, Soys melodic call to prayer rings out over a square filled with tourists hurrying to visit some of Turkeys most famous historical sights before they close for the day. The room Soy is in built as a resting place for the sultan and now officially called the Hagia Sophia mosque fills up with around 40 worshipers, drawn not by the modestly decorated space itself, but by...
  • Turks push to turn iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

    03/10/2017 8:18:48 AM PST · by cutty · 16 replies
    For eight decades, the iconic Hagia Sophia [Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”] – museum in Istanbul [Constantinople] has stood as a symbol of Turkey’s commitment to a secular society. Now that tradition is under siege by growing calls to convert the historic structure back into a practicing mosque. The 1,500-year-old structure originally was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. It was turned into a mosque in the 15th century after the Ottoman Turks defeated the Greek emperor in Constantinople and renamed the city Istanbul. In the 1930s, the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, turned it into a museum in his...
  • Byzantine Creation Era Calendar

    09/14/2016 3:30:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | September 14, 7525 (since creation) | Pravoslavie
         According to the Church's calendar, developed during the Byzantine period and based on Biblical chronologies, September 1/14 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. Specifically, September 1/14, 2016 marks the beginning of the year 7525 from the creation of the world, God having created 5509 years before the Nativity of Christ.The article below, originally appearing on OrthodoxWiki, offers a detailed look at the development of the Church's Byzantine Creation Era calendar, and several of its predecessing calendars.* * * The Byzantine Creation Era, also "Creation Era of Constantinople," or "Era of the World" (Greek: Έτη Γενέσεως Κόσμου κατά...
  • A 1500-Year-Old Underground Byzantine Church Is Found in Turkey

    05/11/2016 1:59:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 11, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Last February, archaeologists unearthed a unique rock-carved underground church in Nevsehir, in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. The church was decorated with never before seen frescoes depicting Jesus’ Ascension, the Final Judgement, Jesus feeding the multitudes, and portraits of saints and prophets.The discovery, made during excavations and cleaning operations in an underground city recently uncovered as part of an urban project in Nevsehir, is located within a castle that might date back to the fifth century. Authorities expect it will make Cappadocia an even more important pilgrimage center for Orthodox Christians. Semih İstanbulluoğlu, the archaeologist who heads the works for...
  • Why Turkey's Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

    05/09/2016 6:13:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 9, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have throughout the centuries -- been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and now mosque again. The Hagia Sophia, Greek for Holy Wisdom, was one of the many historic Orthodox churches located in the city of Trabzon. ... The city of Trabzon .. is located in the ancient land of Pontos, in the...
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • Moscow Wants Turkey to Return Cathedral of Agia Sophia to Orthodox Church

    12/16/2015 9:26:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/26/15 | Religious Information Service of Ukraine
    State Duma deputies have supported the idea of the return of Agia Sophia in Constantinople to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, and the coordinator of the inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values, Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing an "endurance trial," mutually friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. "The Russian side deems it possible to return to the question of Agia Sophia, the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Constantinople - an ancient Byzantine cathedral associated with the history of...
  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity: St Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    12/07/2015 6:23:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Greek American Girl ^ | 11-02-2015 | Greek American Girl
    The Ladder of Heavenly UnityMoses approached the divine fire of the Burning Bush with the footsteps of his mind bare, completely free from any human trains of thought, wrote Saint Maximos the Confessor. Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals – together with all earthly logic – monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity – some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.One need look...
  • 'Flat-pack' (Byzantine) Church lost in shipwreck to be built after 1,500 years

    11/16/2015 1:50:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 12, 2015 | Hannah Furness,
    It is the ultimate in DIY: a flat-pack building found on the bottom of the sea 1,500 years after it sunk. A Byzantine church is to be reassembled for the first time in its long history, after it was lost in a ship wreck around 550AD. The church is to go on show at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of a new exhibition of treasures found under the sea, as its director says he hopes it is easier to assemble than “an Ikea wardrobe”. It is the most extensive building project of its kind, bringing the church...
  • Notre Dame Looks East: University Begins Regular Byzantine Liturgy

    10/25/2015 4:43:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 25, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame who go to the university’s chapel on Sundays may be hearing something different from the usual Mass opening of “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”“Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever,” Father Khaled Anatolios recently chanted, as he made the sign of the cross with the book of the Gospels lifted high above the altar.He faced the altar, away from the congregation, and there were icons on either side. Those in the congregation sang...
  • Archeologists Discover The Ancient Tombs Of The Maccabees, And On The Tombs They Find Ancient...

    09/22/2015 7:14:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/22/15 | Walid Shoebat
    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the tomb of the biblical Maccabees which they recognized by finding the signature of the Cross.A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority shows The Holy Cross designed on a mosaic floor at an archaeological site at Ben Shemen Forest near the Israeli city of ModiinOn Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Amit Reem, an Israeli archaeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, said “the cross is a clue” as it appears on the floor of the only Byzantine-era site burial...
  • Ancient (Byzantine) Church Uncovered During Highway Project in Israel

    06/13/2015 3:41:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Goldbaum,
    A 1,500-year-old church has been discovered at a Byzantine period rest stop on the road connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, archaeologists announced today (June 10). The ancient road station and church, uncovered during a highway construction project, sit next to a seep spring called 'Ain Naqa'a, which is on the outskirts of Moshav Bet Neqofa, a settlement in Jerusalem. Along the old road, which was likely paved in the Roman period, "other settlements and road stations have previously been discovered that served those traveling the route in ancient times," Annette Nagar, the director of the excavation on behalf of the...
  • The Byzantine Liturgy in the Basilicas of Rome

    02/26/2015 2:53:16 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | February 26, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Last week, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, led an “ad limina” visit of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic hierarchy, of which he has been the head since March 2011. In the course of their stay in Rome, he and the other bishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy in a number of churches, including Saint John in the Lateran, the Pope’s own cathedral, St Paul’s outside-the-Walls, and St Mary Major. The Pontifical Ukrainian Institute of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God, (Папський Український Iнститут Покрова Пресвятої Богородиці) has posted a large number of photographs of these liturgies to...
  • Pope approves miracle attributed to American nun

    12/18/2013 3:30:57 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 18, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has approved the attribution a miraculous healing to the intercession of a young American nun, opening the way to her beatification. Born and raised in New Jersey, Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927) entered the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in 1926 and died one year later, taking her religious vows one month before her death.The miracle that opens the way for the beatification of Miriam Teresa Demjanovich involves the restoration of perfect vision to a boy who had gone legally blind because of macular degeneration. Silvia Correale, the postulator for Sr Teresas cause in Rome, said...
  • 1500-year-old church found under Turkish lake

    01/31/2014 1:34:36 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    cathnews ^ | January 30, 2014
    A Byzantine church has been discovered underneath Lake İznik in Bursa, a province known as one of the most significant places in Turkey for Christians, reports Today's Zaman.The church is assumed to be St Peter's Church, which appears in many different sources of Christian history, although no evidence to support that has yet been found. Mustafa Şahin, chair of Uludağ University's department of archeology, said detailed research is being undertaken by Turkish experts on Byzantine history.'We will share the findings with the public as soon as we get detailed information,' Şahin said. The church has been named one of...
  • Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

    01/23/2014 9:46:08 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    A 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say the Byzantine-era structure "probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities."
  • Syria and the Byzantine Strategy

    09/05/2013 6:46:07 PM PDT · by ReaganberAlles · 2 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | 09/05/2013 | Robert Kaplan
    "A Byzantine strategy, refitted to the postmodern age, would maintain the requisite military force in the eastern Mediterranean, combined with only vague presidential statements about the degree to which such force might or might not be used. It would feature robust, secret and ongoing diplomacy with the Russians and the Iranians, aware always of their interests both regionally and globally, and always open to deals and horse-trades with them. The goal would be to engineer a stalemate-of-sorts in Syria rather than necessarily remove al Assad. Reducing the intensity of fighting would thus constitute a morality in and of itself, even...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

    05/07/2013 1:56:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | May 7, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Bishop John Michael Botean. Courtesy of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton. Columbus, Ohio, May 7, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA).- The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada and the U.S., enabling him to serve all Romanian Catholics in North America. On April 23, Pope Francis extended the eparchy's jurisdiction, which was throughout the U.S., to cover all of Canada as well. The eparchy – which is equivalent to a diocese in the Latin Church – had already, in 2010, been given jurisdiction over the...
  • Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

    09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/7/12 | Doğan News Agency
    A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbuls Mimar...