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  • Putin Describes Establishment of New Church in Ukraine as 'Dangerous Politicking'

    01/16/2019 6:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/16/19
    Moscow, January 16, Interfax - The establishment of the "Orthodox Church of Ukraine" is a purely political project aimed at sowing not only ethnic but also religious discord between Russians and Ukrainians, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "The new church entity is an entirely political, secular project. Its main aim is to divide the peoples of Russia and Ukraine, sowing seeds of ethnic as well as religious discord," Putin said in an interview with the Serbian newspapers Politika and Vecernje Novosti ahead of his visit to Serbia. The English-language version of the interview is available on the Kremlin's official website....
  • Has the EP Lost the Argument? (Orthodox Caucus)

    01/16/2019 1:43:44 PM PST · by NRx
    Monomakhos ^ | 01-11-2019 | Michalopulos Essays
    It certainly looks that way. Whenever an authoritarian figure starts activating Frank Luntz-style fora you can be pretty sure that he is desperately looking for buy-in. If so, we can rest assured that the neo-papalist powers of the Ecumenical Patriarchate which were invoked to create this new “autocephalous” Church in Ukraine aren’t as great as we had feared. Ecclesiastically of course, they were a nullity from the start. That was obvious to most of us when the Phanar engaged in Orwellian logic to nullify the original tomos of transfer of the Kiev metropolis to Moscow some three centuries ago. At...
  • Syria: Assad to Rebuild Memorial Church of Armenian Genocide in Deir ez-Zor

    01/13/2019 6:43:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Devastated by Jihadists of the Islamic State in 2014Syrian President Bashar al Assad has pledged to rebuild with state funding the church-sanctuary of the Armenian martyrs located in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was devastated by the jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh ) in September 2014, Fides News Agency reported January 11, 2019. The intention to revive the shrine dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide from its rubble – refer Armenian sources such as Armenpress, and also channel Ishtar TV – was expressed by the Syrian President during a recent meeting with a delegation of...
  • His Beatitude Sviatoslav [Ukraine]: Unity of Catholics and Orthodox is Not Utopian Thinking

    "Every effort must be made to restore the original unity of the Church of Kyiv in its Orthodox and Catholic branches". After the creation of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and Constantinople’s abolition of the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church over the Ukrainian episcopate, the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) became the second largest and most influential Christian denomination in Ukraine. According to various estimates, the UGCC comprises about 6 million faithful. The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church is in communion with Rome, but retains the Byzantine liturgical tradition. This creates a unique opportunity for it to conduct ecumenical dialogue...
  • Midnight Services (Russian Orthodox Christmas)

    01/07/2019 8:36:20 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01-07-2019 (Dec 25 OS) | Ruptly
    Midnight Liturgy (Mass) for Christmas in Christ the Savior Cathedral. (appx 2.5 hrs Church Slavonic) Christ is born! Glorify Him!
  • Ukraine Orthodox Church granted independence from Russian Church

    01/05/2019 3:58:09 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | January 5, 2019 | BBC
    The recently formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been granted independence, marking a historic split from the Russian Church. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew - the head of the global Orthodox Church - has signed a document in Istanbul, Turkey, to that effect. It formalises an October announcement. The move has provoked a furious response in Russia, where the Church has broken off links, deepening a split in the worldwide Orthodox Church. Ukraine's churches have for centuries been under the authority of the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. The decision may also lead to a lasting schism in the...
  • Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine Agree to Develop....

    01/04/2019 6:32:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies ^ | 1/3/19 | Emma Cazabonne
    According to information published by the Ukrainian website RISU, “the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniate) have already met and agreed to work out a roadmap, in order to deepen the relationships between the two Churches”. In an interview with the Ukrainian TV channel Pryamyy, Metropolitan Epifaniy declared, “We have outlined a definite path for our future cooperation, and from now on, we will seek for points of convergence that will unite us, in the field of spiritual education and other areas of our lives. Ad hoc commissions...
  • Russian Church officially adds saints of Spain, Portugal to liturgical calendar [Orthodox Caucus]

    01/04/2019 8:54:50 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-04-2019 | Staff
    The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church officially established the feast of the Synaxis of All Saints Who Shone Forth in the Spanish and Portuguese Lands, adding 80 saints to its liturgical calendar, at its latest session in Moscow on December 28, reports the official Church site. The Assembly of Orthodox Hierarchs in Spain and Portugal, including His Grace Bishop Nestor of Korsun of the Russian Church, took the initiative to add such a feast at their meeting in April, approving the collection of the lives of the saints of the pre-schism Iberian Peninsula. The bishops involved also resolved...
  • Ukrainian customs confiscates Patriarch Kirill’s Nativity epistle [Orthodox Caucus]

    01/04/2019 8:51:53 AM PST · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-04-2018 | Staff
    Ukrainian customs officers have refused to allow the Nativity epistles of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russian to be brought into the country to be distributed to the churches of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Vladimir Legoida, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for Relations with Society and the Media wrote on his Telegram channel. According to established tradition, the message is to be read at the festive Divine services on January 7 for the feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, but the employees of the state border service confiscated the copies...
  • The Only Orthodox Order [Orthodox Caucus]

    01/04/2019 8:39:11 AM PST · by NRx
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 01-03-2018 | Jad Ganem
    This year comes to an end with the Orthodox Church suffering from an acute crisis among its constitutent parts and things coming to a head in relations between their leaders, almost reaching the point of a feud that threatens a break or even schism. Perhaps the underlying reason for this crisis is the chronic fall of words and their losing their meaning due to the severity of the chasm between what is said and what is practiced. After boasting about a conciliarity that they haven't really practiced in centuries, the Orthodox have gone on, starting in 2014, in the course...
  • +Bartholomew repudiated past autocephaly procedure [Orthodox Caucus]

    01/04/2019 8:33:22 AM PST · by NRx
    Orthodox Synaxis ^ | 01-04-2019
    In late November, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew traveled to Romania to participate in the consecration of the newly-constructed national cathedral in Bucharest. While there, he attended a meeting of the Romanian Holy Synod and gave an address on the topic of Ukraine. In that speech, Patriarch Bartholomew states that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to grant autocephaly to “the ecclesiastical body in Ukraine.” Critically, for the first time, he publicly acknowledges that this unilateral decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is in conflict with the procedure for granting autocephaly that had been agreed upon at the Pan-Orthodox Pre-Conciliar Commission in 1993. Patriarch...
  • Russian Orthodoxy and Peace: “to be, or not to be” Part 1. Reasons for the Big Crisis

    01/03/2019 4:36:23 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    PSMB Russia ^ | 11 Dec 2018
    The real problem is that the crisis is deeper and its reasons can’t in any way be reduced to politics or the question of autocephaly. And the people who live in Ukraine and the Ukrainian church bear in themselves exactly the same wounds of Soviet authority that people in the modern Russian Federation bear. They are not free of Soviet times just as we are not free; they haven’t repented and haven’t been reborn either. And that rebirth cannot happen if people continue to insist that the reasons for the horror of the 20th century are external, rather than within...
  • Polish Church rejects +Bartholomew’s request to recognize new Ukrainian church [Orthodox/Caucus]

    01/03/2019 2:56:31 PM PST · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-03-2019 | Staff
    Warsaw, January 3, 2019- December 15’s “unification council” did not solve the problem of schism in Ukraine but rather further complicated it, His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland wrote to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in response to the message sent by Constantinople to the primates of all the Local Churches on December 24, reports the Ukrainian Church’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR). The Polish primate also wrote that Pat. Bartholomew has acted in defiance of the canonical tradition and that the Ukrainian schismatics lack the grace of ordination. Met. Sawa and the Polish Church have been...
  • Serbian Church Condemns Fomenters of Schism in Ukraine [Orthodox Caucus]

    01/03/2019 2:46:31 PM PST · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-03-2018 | Staff
    ... The Bishops’ Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which last met on November 6-7 in Belgrade, officially rejected the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s decisions of October 11, including the rehabilitation of the Ukrainian schismatics without repentance, and called on Constantinople to address the issue of granting autocephaly at a pan-Orthodox council. A joint statement between His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and Pat. Irinej signed in late October also called for a pan-Orthodox Council to deal with the Ukraine issue on a conciliar, rather than unilateral, basis. In late May, Pat. Irinej denounced the Ukrainian schismatics and anyone who...
  • Schismatics staging fake parish votes to force transitions to schismatic church [Orthodox caucus]

    01/03/2019 2:37:14 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 01-03-2019 | Staff
    Schismatics throughout Ukraine are continuing their tradition of staging phony votes to force a parish of the canonical Ukrainian Church to move into schism. In the past parishes were forced either into the “Kiev Patriarchate” or the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” but now they are being forced into Poroshenko-Constantinople’s nationalist church that was created out of the two schismatic structures. According to the Union of Orthodox Journalists, schismatics from surrounding villages showed up at two canonical parishes in the Chernivtsi Province, in the villages of Karapchov and Boyanchuk, on Sunday, December 30, brought in specifically to participate in “church councils”...
  • Kirill: Bartholomew No Longer the Ecumenical Patriarch of All Orthodoxy

    01/02/2019 6:13:55 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/2/19 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    In a letter sent on December 30, the Patriarch of Moscow condemns the decision taken for autocephaly in Ukraine. Kirill challenges the authority of Bartholomew, as overly hasty. Allegations also to Filaret of Kiev and Makarij, "the adventurer". The schism spreads throughout the world: Moscow will establish dioceses and its own parishes where there are structures of the patriarchate of Constantinople.Moscow (AsiaNews) - Moscow Patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev) has delivered an ultimatum to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew (Archontonis), in response to the latter's communication on the recognition of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Church: if he does not reverse the decision...
  • Egypt: Government Renovates and Regulates 500 Churches [Destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood]

    01/02/2019 6:10:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Buildings Destroyed by ‘Muslim Brotherhood’On the occasion of the inauguration of the national social construction plan in recent days President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi renewed his commitment regarding the renovation of churches destroyed by the “Muslim Brotherhood”: a dossier that was neglected by the previous governments, according to a December 17, 2018, report by Fides News Agency. At the same time, the government is working to legalize other Christian holy buildings and is granting permits for the construction of new Coptic churches and institutes. The churches in Egypt have had to initiate restructuring and modernization projects to erase the consequences of...
  • +Kirill of Moscow to +Bartholomew of Constantinople regarding the Church in Ukraine

    01/02/2019 9:37:56 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 12-31-2018 | +Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
    In reply to a letter of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, in which he informed of the “reinstatement” of the Ukrainian schismatics in their “rank,” of the “annulment” of the document which is three hundred years old and indicates the transfer of the Kievan Metropolia to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, of the organization in Kiev of a “local council” of the non-canonical groups admitted to communion, and of the intention to grant “autocephaly” in the next few days to the institution established at this gathering, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message,...
  • Pat. Kirill Fears Bloody Conflicts After Law Demanding That Ukrainian Church Change Its Name

    01/01/2019 6:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/27/18
    His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is concerned about what awaits the clergy, faithful, and churches of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church following the passing of bill No. 5309 that requires the Church to change its name from “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” to the “Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”The bill was passed by the Rada on December 20, signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on December 22, and came into force yesterday, December 26. “After the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament with demands to change the name of the UOC, these changes will likely be followed by repressions,...
  • Mass Grave of Christians Killed by Islamic State Found in Libya

    12/30/2018 6:07:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Misrata, Libya, Dec 28, 2018 / 01:48 pm (CNA).- A mass grave of 34 Ethiopian Christians executed by the so-called Islamic State group in 2015 has reportedly been unearthed in Libya. The bodies have been exhumed and will be eventually repatriated to Ethiopia, the Libyan interior ministry says. Libyan government authorities found the mass grave Dec. 23 after obtaining information from arrested Islamic State members. The grave appears to be located on a farm near the coastal city of Sirte, 170 miles southeast of Misrata. Islamic State gained control of Sirte in 2015, but United Nations-backed forces regained control of...