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  • In Holy Land, it's 'I am Christian'; denominations aren't so important

    04/22/2014 4:18:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | April 21, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JIFNA, West Bank (CNS) -- Suheir Saliba was running late as she prepared to go to the Easter Divine Liturgy with her husband, Aimad Kamal, and his family. Saliba, a Catholic, had a late night. She, along with other Catholic and Greek Orthodox residents of the village, had attended the ceremony welcoming the holy fire at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Father Firas Aridah of St. Joseph Catholic Church was also at St. George, where Greek Orthodox Father George Awad lit his candle with the holy fire. Later, after the Greek Orthodox reception, Father Aridah celebrated Mass at St. Joseph....
  • Syria's Assad Visits Recaptured Christian Village

    04/21/2014 6:17:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/20/14 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that country's Christians "will not submit and yield" to extremists. Syrian state TV and the country's official SANA news agency said President Bashar Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the damage done in recent fighting to its monasteries and churches. Rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, seized Maaloula several times late last year, most recently in December. Government troops swept through the village on Monday,...
  • The Spirit of a Pure Christianity: Exploring Ethiopia's Stunning Subterranean Churches

    04/20/2014 4:33:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 4/20/14 | Evgeny Lebedev
    Posting from The Independent prohibited so click HERE for the full article.
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax – Humanity deserves the new “Flood,” but Russia is called to be the Noah’s Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. “If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

    04/15/2014 6:11:29 PM PDT · by bad company · 10 replies
    http://www.feastoffeasts.org ^ | By Douglas Cramer
    By Douglas Cramer In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred there were political opponents of Adolf Hitler, who had become German chancellor that same year. During the twelve years of the camp's existence, over 200,000 prisoners were brought there. The majority of prisoners at Dachau were Christians,...
  • Retired Army General Wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery Demolished

    04/14/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    al Ahram ^ | 4/13/14 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    The holy monastery of St. Catherine at Mount SinaiA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. However, in an interview with private channel...
  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere – the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? How’s this for starters? Homofascism – “a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • Hillary Clinton Applauds (Russian) Hooligans Who Desecrated Cathedral

    04/08/2014 3:09:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | April 7, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Strong and brave young women.”That’s what former U.S. Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the members of Pussy Riot, a Russian anarchist punk band whose members have been convicted in Russian courts of “hooliganism” and inciting religious hatred.Clinton posed with two members of the band while in New York for the Women in the World Summit. On Friday, she posted the photo on Twitter, saying,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina served nearly two years in prison after their unauthorized performance February 21, 2012, in Moscow’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The two were stopped by...
  • Patriarch Kirill Compares Events in Ukraine to 1917 Revolution

    04/07/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/7/14
    Moscow, April 7, Interfax - The recent disturbances in Kiev can be compared to the events of the October 1917 revolt in Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said. "Most of us can hardly imagine what revolution is. The latest events in Ukraine, terrible pictures of the revolutionary uprising in the capital, people killed, distraught spiritually and consciously - all this helps us to understand what happened in Russia back then," the patriarch said to a small crowd following a prayer service he conducted near the relics of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow's Donskoy...
  • Prayer for the Consecration of the Ukraine to the Protection of Holy Mother of God

    04/06/2014 12:37:12 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 108 replies
    4/6/2014 | Ukrainian Clergy
    Liturgical Ceremony for the Consecration of the Ukrainian Nation to the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God After the conclusion of the prayer beyond the ambo and the singing of "Blessed be the name of the Lord" (and the 33nd Psalm), the Priest and concelebrants stands on the ambo. Choir: Tropar (Tone 4) Let us sinners humbly and diligently have recourse to the Mother of God. Prostrate in repentance, let us cry out from the depth of our soul: O Queen, in your compassion, come to our aid! Make haste, for we are perishing from the multitude of...
  • Whose Side Is God on Now? (Barry's or Vladimir's?)

    04/03/2014 11:46:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | April 3, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond. Crimea, said Putin, "is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus." Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying. This speech recalls last December's address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent...
  • Russian Orthodox leader criticizes transgender ideology

    04/02/2014 4:28:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/2/2014
    In a meeting with Russian business leaders, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church criticized transgenderism. “The fact that marriage is considered to be between a man and a woman and that gender choice is not an intellectual choice, but God’s choice is being disputed,” said Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, according to an Interfax news agency report. “Probably, some sick fantasy exists,” he added. “Of course, it can be said that this is a clinical case. And probably, this will be the most reasonable reaction. But this clinical case is protected by law in some countries. And children are...
  • Russia’s Mission is to Proclaim God’s Truth to the Whole World Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Believes

    03/31/2014 12:25:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/28/14
    Moscow, March 28, Interfax – Russia has a special calling in the world, and the country has to prove it both to Russians and foreigners, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. I think we have a chance to say the word of God’s truth in the context of all this struggle of ideas. In various fields," the priest said in his interview to the Zavtra paper speaking to its editor-in-chief, famous wrighter Alexander Prokhanov. According to Father Vsevolod, in the economical field we have to say that money-lending is "a sinful thing...
  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 7:35:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 259 replies
    3/31/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) When the vote was taken on July 1870, at the First Vatican Council, with 433 votes in favour (placet) and only 2 against (non placet) against defining as dogma the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra, did those Bishops possess infallibility when (or at least only when) voting? Did any of them keep this infallibility (did it remain with all of them or any of them) after they left and returned home? Did any of these Bishops possess any infallibility at anytime before the vote was cast? B.) Was Mary's (the Mother of Jesus) mother immaculately conceived...
  • The Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers

    03/29/2014 3:05:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 3/28/2014 | Michael Petek
    “The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers.Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church.“I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.” Justin Welby told the Guardian.His comments mark a shift in tone, if not substance, from a...
  • Jerusalem patriarch says pope's May (Holy Land) trip to focus on Christian unity

    03/27/2014 6:57:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | March 27, 2014 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican one year ago. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) JERUSALEM (CNS) -- When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land in May, he will follow the pattern he set last year in Brazil by meeting with the leaders of the three nations he will visit as well as with the less fortunate. But the trip also will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, and it is for that reason the theme of the trip is: "So that...
  • Yakutsk Mayor Urges to Return an Island Near Alaska to the Russian Church

    03/26/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/26/14
    Moscow, March 26, Interfax - Head of Yakutsk, Aisen Nikolayev speaks for giving back to the Russian Church Spruse Island not far from Alaska. He sent a corresponding address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, heads of both chambers of the Russian Parliament and to the Foreign Ministry, the Izvestia daily writes on Wednesday. "I stand for restoring historical justice - returning of Spruse Island to its legal owners that is the Russian Orthodox Church," Nikolayev said. According to him, the Church has undisputable rights on the island in compliance with the agreement on selling territories of Russian America to the...
  • Patriarch Tawadros: The So-Called "Arab Spring" was Actually a Winter

    03/25/2014 5:55:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/24/14
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The so-called Arab Spring in reality "was not a spring or even an autumn, it was a winter". With this judgment without appeal Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II rejected any globally positive interpretation regarding the results caused by rebellions and conflicts that have devastated most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries, including Egypt since the end of 2010. In an interview broadcast on Saturday evening, March 22 from Kuwaiti satellite channel al-Watan, the head of the largest Christian community in an Arab Country added that the wave of uprisings was encouraged by Western powers...
  • Saints that are Incorruptible [Ecumenical]

    03/24/2014 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies
    Mystics of the Church ^ | n/a | Jim Dunning
    When a body is described as being incorrupt it means that it does not decay after death. The same cannot be said of a body that is well preserved or mummified, or has undergone an embalming process. Most such corpses become stiff, but incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they are only sleeping.... There is a whole list of saints, however, whose bodies have been found to be incorrupt. Not all of them were Roman Catholics. The Russian Orthodox Church is well represented by such as St. Alexander of Svir, who was a monk, and by the martyrs of...
  • Report: Russian Orthodox move to seize other churches in Crimea

    03/22/2014 10:30:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Russian Orthodox priests, accompanied by armed men, have attempted to seize two Crimean churches belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, according to a Moscow Times report. Established in 1992, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate is led by Patriarch Filaret, who has been excommunicated by the Russian church. “Today the seizure of places of worship in Crimea is being triggered by Russia,” said Yevhen Nyshchuk, Ukraine’s minister of culture, according to a report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a...
  • Russian Church Opens the First Monastery in Ingushetia

    03/20/2014 8:36:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 3/20/14
    Moscow, March 20, Interfax – The Holy Synod of the Russian Church at its session on Wednesday approved of Bishop of Makhachkala and Grozny Varlaam’s initiative to open the New Sinai Monastery in the Stanitsa of Ordzhonikidzevskaya (Sleptsovskaya) in Ingushetia. Bishop Varlaam is appointed the hegumen of the convent – the only one set up in the Makhachkala Diocese, which was established in late 2012. This diocese works not only in Ingushetia, but also in Dagestan and Chechnya. The convent is organized in the region with almost hundred percent Muslim population on the basis of the bishopric Church of the...
  • Former Lebanese Leader Sees Christian Exodus of ‘Biblical Proportions’

    03/20/2014 8:17:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Christians are leaving the Middle East “in an exodus approaching biblical proportions,” a former Lebanese president said in a recent talk. Amine Gemayel, a Maronite Catholic, referred to “church burnings, physical assaults, and killings” in Egypt, “a bloody-minded reign of terror” by “ultra-radical Islamists” in Syria, and “an onslaught of murder” in Iraq, The Arab Daily News reported. Gemayel called for a Syrian “power-sharing agreement that preserves core state institutions while also dismantling the pervasive machinery of repression.” Former Lebanon President warns Arab World religious diversity dying
  • MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP

    03/19/2014 9:55:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 19 March A.D. 2014 | Staff
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming.
  • St. Joseph, Model of Sanctity in Family Life (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/19/2014 8:40:41 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata ^ | n/a | Dom Bernard Maréchaux
    Painting of St. Joseph and the Christ Child from an exhibit of art in the Cusco School style in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, August 2008 [The following reflection by Dom Bernard Maréchaux is taken from "The Glories of St. Joseph," compiled by the Monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Flavigny, France.] "Families who wish to be Christian should resort to the patronage of St. Joseph. In this they will receive very special help in order to realize their noble ideal." "'Joseph leads us directly to Mary, and Mary leads us to the source of all holiness,...
  • Questioning the Orthodox Solution on Divorce and Remarriage

    03/19/2014 6:09:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    In the current debate on divorce and remarriage, the practice of the Orthodox Church is often cited as an option. In fact, it is usually referred to in vague terms as part of a way forward or of openness to new solutions, a more flexible pastoral approach or some other means of hinting, without saying definitely, that perhaps there will be a change in Catholic teaching. This vagueness itself is damaging, and reminiscent of the period before Humanae Vitae, during which moral theologians hinted at various possibilities for a change in moral teaching. The result was great anger and disappointment...
  • Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

    03/18/2014 8:37:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3/14/14 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church called for prayers “that brothers of one faith and one blood never bring destruction to one another.” Russia has prided itself on its revival of Orthodox Christianity after decades of Soviet persecution, but a war with the Ukraine could splinter the Russian Orthodox Church. That church has its roots in Kiev, where Prince Vladimir baptized his people as Christians in 988, an event viewed as a cornerstone of Russian and Ukrainian identity. It...
  • The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council

    03/14/2014 7:26:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/14/14 | Fr. Cyril Hovorun
    The announced 2016 council of Eastern Orthodox Churches is historical, but expectations should be modestAn Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A “Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches” released on March 9th stated that “the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church … will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016.” This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as far as the 1920s, had an active phase in...
  • St. John Chrysostom on Keeping a Fast

    03/14/2014 6:52:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholibertarian ^ | 3/14/2014 | Teresa Rice
    I found this in a PDF and am passing it on.  St. John Chrysostom on Keeping a FastWe have this fast too as an ally, and as an assistant in this good intercession. Therefore, as when the winter is over and the summer is appearing, the sailor draws his vessel to the deep; and the soldier burnishes his arms, and makes ready his steed for the battle; and the husbandman sharpens his sickle; and the traveler boldly undertakes a long journey, and the wrestler strips and bares himself for the contest. So too, when the fast makes its appearance, like...
  • Russian Orthodox Hymns to Sound in Notre-Dame de Paris

    03/13/2014 12:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/13/14
    Moscow, March 13, Interfax - The Korsun Diocese of the Russian Church reached an agreement with Notre-Dame de Paris on conducting Orthodox prayer services each Friday of the Great Lent. The acathist to the Mother of God will be read before the Icon of the Mother of God of Vladimir conveyed to the cathedral by Patriarch Alexy II to commemorate his visit to Notre-Dame de Paris in 2007. Orthodox prayer service will anticipate the ceremony of venerating to the Saviour's Crown of Thorns kept in the church for many centuries, the official site of the Korsun Diocese reports.
  • Orthodox churches to hold first “ecumenical” council in 1,200 years—UPDATED

    03/11/2014 3:17:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    This is news that only breaks once every millennium: Patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence driving Christians out of the Middle East.Twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches, the second-largest family of Christian churches, also agreed to hold a summit of bishops, or ecumenical council, in 2016, which will be the first in over 1,200 years.The Istanbul talks were called to decide on the council, which the Orthodox have been preparing on and off since the 1960s, but...
  • Eastern Orthodox Churches to Hold Pan-Orthodox Council in 2016

    03/10/2014 7:24:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will preside over a pan-Orthodox council in 2016, according to a statement from the patriarchate. The decision to hold a pan-Orthodox council-- officially called the “Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church”-- was announced at the conclusion of a meeting of all the heads of the Eastern Orthodox churches. During the meeting, the leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine. The Catholic Church has held 21 ecumenical councils, from the First Council of Nicaea (325) to the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The Orthodox churches recognize the validity of the first seven of...
  • Address by EP Bartholomew to assembled Patriarchs

    03/06/2014 6:28:13 PM PST · by lightman · 3 replies
    Byzzantine TX ^ | 6 March AD 2014 | Josephus Flavius
    It is hard to express how comprehensive and important this address is. Questions people have been posing for decades are discussed here. You will also see two major points that will not be discussing in the upcoming council. It is well worth reading in its entirety. (Ecumenical Patriarchate) - Your Beatitudes and most venerable Brothers in Christ, First-Hierarchs of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches, and honorable members of your entourages, Welcome to the courtyard of our Church, the martyric and historical Ecumenical Patriarchate, this humble servant of unity in Christ for us all. From the depths of our heart, we...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch says no to Hagia Sophia as a mosque, yes to Christian worship

    03/06/2014 3:46:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 3/6/2014 | NAT da Polis
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I expressed a resounding no to the reopening of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia as a mosque. In fact he said that if it "must be returned to religious worship, that can only be for Christian worship." Bartholomew's statement came on the eve of Sinaxis, the meeting of all the heads of Orthodox Churches, gathered at the initiative of the Phanar, and can be considered as a response to persistent rumours circulating in sectors in Turkish society close to the ruling AKP party. The remarks were made during the homily the ecumenical patriarch addressed to a large group of...
  • Patriarch Kirill to Meet with Heads of Orthodox Churches in Istanbul

    03/05/2014 6:07:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/5/24
    Moscow, March 5, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will head to Istanbul on Wednesday, where a meeting of the heads of the Orthodox Churches is opening. "Despite all wishes for a change of the date of the meeting, which have more than once been stated by the Russian Church, the heads and representatives of local Orthodox Churches will meet in the first week of Lent and is expected to end on Sunday, March 9," Deacon Alexander Volkov, the head of the patriarch's press service, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday. Patriarch Kirill said he regrets that he cannot...
  • At Weekly Exorcisms, Egypt’s Muslims and Christians Unite Against the Demons

    03/03/2014 6:42:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    TIME ^ | 3/3/14 | Aryn Baker
    Cairo's best-known exorcist may be Christian, but his weekly exorcisms provide an unusual space for interfaith cooperationThe demon that had possessed the elderly Muslim woman was so strong that even an Imam couldn’t get rid of it. So her family opted for a priest. “My mother is possessed by a jinn,” the woman’s daughter said, by way of explaining why she and her Muslim family had decided to attend a recent Thursday night mass last month at Cairo’s St. Sama’an Cathedral. Her mother, who was slumped over a nearby bench, gave no indication of hearing anything. In a few hours...
  • Turkey Restores Land to Ancient Monastery

    02/28/2014 6:15:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Turkish government has restored 60 acres of land to Mor Gabriel, a Syrian Orthodox monastery founded in 397, according to a report in Hürriyet Daily News, an Istanbul-based newspaper. “We are happy to receive back the deed of the land without coming to the European Court of Human Rights phase,” said the president of the Mor Gabriel Foundation. An appeals court in Turkey had ruled in 2012 that the building sits on land not owned by the monks. An additional 79 acres have yet to be restored to the monastery, though Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in...
  • Syria Crisis: ISIS Imposes Rules on Christians in Raqqa

    02/27/2014 4:33:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/27/14
    A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents "protection" if they agreed to the list of conditions. The announcement came in a statement posted online. Correspondents say ISIS is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in areas it controls. Raqqa, seized by ISIS last year, was the first provincial capital to be completely in the hands of rebels. 'Risking the sword'The...
  • Russia Urges Ukrainian Clerics to Prevent Religious Conflict

    02/26/2014 6:38:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/26/14
    MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russia called on clerics from major Orthodox branches in Ukraine Wednesday to prevent a religious conflict from escalating in the country. Ukraine has three major Orthodox churches, but only one of them – the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) - is under the ecclesiastic jurisdiction of Russia and canonically recognized by the whole Eastern Orthodox communion. The schism in Ukraine’s Orthodox community largely reflects the decades-long political split in the country, with pro-European west and pro-Russian east and south. The pro-Russian UOC-MP complained of “provocations” against its places of worship earlier this week. "Russia...
  • Sochi games gives chance to 'witness to Christ'

    02/22/2014 4:02:09 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    OSV ^ | February 19, 2014 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    When the 22nd Winter Olympic Games opened at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi with a spectacular Feb. 6 ceremony, it might have been assumed little would be heard over the following fortnight about Christian churches. As the games neared their end on Feb. 23, however, the churches’ presence had been well established — led by Russia’s predominant Orthodox church, but with clergy from Russia’s million-strong minority Catholic Church playing a role, too.“These Olympics have been hugely important here,” Msgr. Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of Russia’s Catholic bishops’ conference, told Our Sunday Visitor. “Of course, the games are a secular...
  • Renovation of Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem Will Cost 20 Million [dollars]

    02/19/2014 5:56:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/19/14
    Jerusalem, February 19, Interfax - Italian specialists are working on renovating the roof and stained-glass panels of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is located over the cave where, according to the legend, Christ was born. The work may take from four to five years. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at $20 million. The committee on the renovation of the church is headed by Ziyad al-Bandak, an adviser to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Christians' affairs, the press service for the Jerusalem department of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society has reported. "Our task is save...
  • Thousands of Bulgarians Take to the Streets to Protest Muslim Legal Moves

    02/16/2014 4:42:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Wilmington Political Buzz Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | Timothy Whiteman
    "You are not Europeans, you are barbarians..."With the crowd estimated at 2,000 or more, Bulgarians took to the streets of the nation's second largest city to protest what they consider a Muslim attempt to "Islamicise" the Balkan country, as reported on Feb. 14, 2014 by The Sofia Globe (of Sofia, Bulgaria), the Anadolu News Agency (of Ankara, Turkey) and the Bulgarian internet news portal PlovdivUtre.bg. Seeking a court order to take possession of properties previously owned by Muslims during the rule of the former Ottoman Empire, who were finally expelled in 1878 after 500 years of oppression, the current Grant...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • [Rep. Chris] Smith on Iraqi Christians: 'Life Appears to Be Worse Now' Than Under Saddam

    02/11/2014 8:50:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/11/14
    In his opening remarks at the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations on Tuesday, Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said that Christian persecution is worse now in Iraq than it was before the United States military and its allies deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. “As we witness the black flag of al-Qaeda again fly over cities such as Fallujah, which we had won at the cost of so much American blood, we wonder how it is that for Christians in Iraq, life appears to be worse now than it was under the vicious dictator Saddam...
  • Nazareth Christians Warned Against 'Slandering' Allah

    02/11/2014 8:08:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 1/21/14
    As Christians of every stripe in Jesus' hometown of Nazareth begin to again take a real stand for their faith, local Muslims are warning them not to overstep the boundaries of their traditional place in the Middle East (hint: they must remain dhimmis, or second-class). A large billboard hanging at a central point in Nazareth features a picture of an Israeli stop sign, along with the English translation of a verse from the Koran cautioning Christians (and Jews) to speak only the "truth" regarding Allah. The poster (and Koran 4:171) reads: "O people of the Scripture (Christians)! Do not exceed...
  • What Remains of the Christians of the East (up to date map of churches)

    02/11/2014 3:38:32 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    chiesa ^ | February 11, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In the Arab countries they are fewer and fewer, driven to exodus by growing hostility. An up-to-date map of how many and who they are, three months before the pope's voyage to the Holy Land by Sandro Magister ROME, February 11, 2014 – Behind the scenes preparations are in full swing for the voyage of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, scheduled for May 24-26. When half a century ago Pope VI went to Jerusalem - the first pope in history to do do so - almost all of the holy places of the city were within the boundaries of...
  • Remembering the Early Church

    02/09/2014 2:09:50 PM PST · by NYer · 151 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | February 9, 2014 | GEORGE SIM JOHNSTON
    Remembering the Early ChurchGEORGE SIM JOHNSTONLately, I have been hearing a lot about how the primitive Church was not Roman Catholic. Virgin and Child from the catacombs Rome, 4th century I don't know why it is, but this information keeps bursting upon me in the most unlikely settings — a lunch party near the sand dunes, cocktails on the upper east side — where a kindly soul informs me between sips of Dubonnet that the Catholic Church really began as an episcopal conspiracy centuries after Christ. My interlocutor has usually been reading a book by Garry Wills or Elaine Pagels,...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Warns Society on Same-Sex Marriage Danger, Survival of Humankind

    02/09/2014 5:52:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned society on the dangers of the "international campaign" behind same-sex marriage, and insisted that the traditional family structure is needed for the survival of humankind. "Preservation of marriage as a union between a man and a woman based on love and mutual understanding and birth of beloved children are a precondition for survival of humankind," Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said in a statement on Tuesday following a meeting at the upper house of the Russian parliament, ITAR-TASS News Agency said of reports in the world's largest country. Kirill...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Russian Bear awakening to morality

    02/08/2014 11:05:26 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-7-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- God once used a donkey to alert a wayward prophet that he was on the wrong track. Could it be the Lord is using a bear, a Russian Bear, to do the same with the nations of the West, in particular the United States? "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values," Russian President Valdimir Putin said in his state of the nation address in mid-December, The Washington Times reported. Putin continued, "Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in...
  • Chaldean Patriarch and Grand Mufti: Christians and Muslims Together for Peace in Iraq

    02/07/2014 8:57:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 2/7/14 | Joseph Mahmoud
    Mar Sako meets Sheikh Rafi Taha Al-Rifai in Sulayamaniyya, Iraqi Kurdistan . A “courtesy” visit to strengthen friendly relations between religious leaders and communities. His Beatitude speaks of the plight of Christians in reception centers and appeals for mutual "harmony".Baghdad ( AsiaNews) - A "courtesy" visit to strengthen relations of friendship and "brotherhood" between the Christian and Muslim communities, as well as to "broaden" the foundations of "joint action" to achieve the goal of a "lasting peace" in the country . This was the spirit that animated the meeting between the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako and Sheikh...
  • Kazan Seminary Case is Being Investigated - Moscow Patriarchate

    02/04/2014 8:33:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/4/14
    Moscow, February 4, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has denied the allegations that the events that have taken place in the Kazan seminary are not being investigated. Protodeacon Andrey Kurayev, the author of a popular blog, has started a debate on the "gay lobby" in the Russian Church, citing anonymous testimonies on homosexuals among priests and bishops. Specifically, he said students of the Kazan seminary have complained about sexual harassment by one of their mentors, who is a priest. "Why is someone assuming that this case is not being investigated? A common church court is the last stage of any...