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  • Syrian Christians Fear Future as Violence Worsens

    08/01/2012 7:26:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | Fergal Keane
    The woman was clearly frightened. Over and over again she explained that the world should know about what was happening to Christians like her inside Syria. But she would not appear on camera or even allow her voice to be recorded. "My husband does not want to draw trouble on us by speaking out," she said. The family had fled Syria for Lebanon because it was simply too frightening now for Christians, she insisted. Although I met Christian refugees with widely differing political opinions, all were afraid of being targeted if they spoke publicly. In several months of meeting refugees...
  • Two Monks, Each 105 Years Old, Die on the Same Day, July 29, 2012.

    08/01/2012 7:17:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Abbey Roads ^ | 7/30/12 | Terry Neilson
    One an Athonite, the other a Trappist... born on opposite sides of the world, in 1907... die on the same day. The Athonite, Fr. John of Hilandari. Today, Sunday 29 July 2012, the oldest living monk on Mount Athos reposed in the Lord. Fr. John of Hilandari was 105 years old. He lived at the Serbian Monastery of Hilandari. Fr. John was born on 10 May 1907 in Serbia. Following World War 2 he emigrated to England where he stayed until the early 80's. It was during this time that his wife died and he decided to become a monk...
  • Moscow Patriarchate Says it Has Key Info on Czar's Remains Buried in St. Petersburg

    07/26/2012 6:32:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/26/12
    Kiev, July 26, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate might reconsider its attitude toward what is widely believed to be the remains of Russia's last Emperor Nicholas II and members of his family and entourage, which were found at the site of their shooting near Yekaterinburg and were buried at the Imperial Burial Vault at the Cathedral of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg in 1998. "I would like to announce very important information we have received from New York, which is related to the circumstances of the royal family's death. I believe these circumstances will help us determine...
  • Moscow Patriarch Makes Historic Visit to Katyn

    07/24/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 7/18/12 | Father Mariusz Frukacz
    Kirill Will Be in Poland Next MonthKATYN, Russia, JULY 18, 2012 ( Katyn is a common grave for Russians and Poles, a place of grief, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, after the liturgy celebrated last July 15 in the place where at the beginning of the second world conflict a tragic massacre was carried out. "Nothing unites persons as sorrows do," said the patriarch, adding that beginning today a new era can begin in the relations between the two nations. The Katyn massacre took place in the spring of 1940 and its victims numbers over 21,000 Polish...
  • ASIA/SYRIA - The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus: "It is an Apocalypse, We Await the Resurrection"

    07/20/2012 8:35:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/20/12
    Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - "One lives an apocalypse in Damascus, and we hope with all our heart, mind and strength, that resurrection may soon arrive": is what is said in a message sent to Fides Agency by His Exc. Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus. In the dramatic testimony sent to Fides, the Archbishop said: "Since Tuesday fighting has been raging in Damascus with heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters, in a city full of civilians. The destruction is enormous. What an ordeal! The clashes are taking place in the streets and moving from one district to another. I cannot...
  • The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia: Their Significance for People in the West [Cath-Orth]

    07/17/2012 5:38:48 AM PDT · by annalex · 47 replies ^ | Feb 24th, 2012 | Sophia Moshura
    The New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia: Their Significance for People in the West Sophia Moshura   Feb 24th, 2012 // Why do Orthodox Americans, French, Swedes, and those outside Russia need to revere the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia? It is clear what they did for Russia, but why are the Russian New Martyrs so significant for people in the West? Why should we pray to them? “PravMir” asked several people to respond to these questions.Father Andrew Phillips, Rector of St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Colchester, England:First of all, the New Martyrs and Confessors are multinational,...
  • Russian Patriarch Kirill to Visit Poland in August

    07/16/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    WARSAW, Poland - The Polish Catholic church is preparing to welcome the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Poland in August, a visit church leaders describe as a historic step toward healing wounds between Russians and Poles. The two Slavic nations have been divided for centuries by religion, with Poles predominantly Roman Catholic and Russians largely Orthodox. Wars and occupations going back centuries have also left a legacy that still causes bitterness in political relations between the two countries. The key moment in Patriarch Kirill's four-day visit, from Aug. 16-19, visit will be the signing of a document appealing...
  • Christians Snub Cairo Meeting with Clinton, Claim US Backs Islamists

    07/16/2012 8:45:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    NBC World News ^ | 7/15/12 | Charlene Gubash
    Prominent Christian Egyptians snubbed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday because they feel the U.S. administration favors Islamist parties over secular and liberal forces in society at the expense of Egypt's 8 million Christians. The critical theme was repeated by others Sunday in Cairo and Alexandria despite Clinton denying U.S. interference in Egyptian elections. The politicians, businessmen and clerics who snubbed Clinton were supposed to take part in meetings between Clinton and influential members of civil society. Coptic Christian businessman and politician Naguib Sawiris and three other Coptic politicians said in a statement they were objecting to Clinton's policies...
  • What is Biblical Prophecy? What Biblical Prophecy is NOT, and What It Really IS

    07/14/2012 10:36:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | February 12, 2012. | Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    What is Biblical Prophecy?by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Introduction: What Biblical Prophecy is NOT, and What It Really IS:Contrary to what many fundamentalist preachers or late-night radio hosts would have you believe, biblical prophecy is not primarily about "predicting the future" or finding clues in the Bible that correspond to people or events in our own day and age! The prophets of Ancient Israel did not look into some kind of crystal ball and see events happening thousands of years after their own lifetimes. The books they wrote do not contain hidden coded messages for people living in the 20th...
  • Ancient Monastery in Turkey Faces Destruction in Anti-Christian Lawsuit

    07/13/2012 6:29:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The worlds oldest functioning Christian monastery faces a clouded future, after an appeals court in Turkey ruled that the building sits on land not owned by the monks. The Mor Gabriel monastery, built near the Syrian border, was established in 397 by Syriac Orthodox monks, and has been in continuous use since that time, welcoming up to 20,000 pilgrims each year. But neighboring villagers brought suit against the monks, charging that they were engaged in anti-Turkish activities since they educate young men in the Aramaic language and in the Christian faith. The villagers also claimed ownership of the land on...
  • The Last Ancient Patriarch of Jerusalem: Saint Sophronius

    07/12/2012 11:45:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 5/12/12 | Robert Shaffern
    Heavy-hearted, Sophronius, the patriarch of Jerusalem, set out to meet the Caliph, the successor to the Muslim prophet Muhammad, at the gates of the Holy City. The surrender had already been negotiated, after a siege that had lasted four months. Sophronius, patriarch of the city since 634, had decided that the city must be surrendered. For several years, Palestine had been cut off from the rest of Christian-Byzantine territory. Sophronius could have known nothing of Emperor Heracliuss intentions to relieve or leave the city to its fate. He did know that invaders had ransacked villages of Palestine for the second...
  • Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus Welcomes Visit by Pope

    07/12/2012 8:40:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/10/12 | Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
    The Pope could visit Serbia on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of Constantines proclamation of the Edict of MilanOrthodox Patriarch Irenaeus has expressed the hope that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Serbia for the celebrations scheduled for 2013, for the 17th centenary of the Edict of Milan. Speaking to Austrian journalists from Katholik Press news agencys Belgrade office, the Patriarch recalled the importance of the Edict: a document which decreed an end to religious persecution in the Roman Empire and laid the foundations of Christianity as a global religion. Despite his explicit wish, it looks unlikely that the Pope...
  • Chicago Native Quits as Leader of American Orthodox Church

    07/10/2012 8:41:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/9/12 | Manya A. Brachear
    The Chicago native elected to the helm of the Orthodox Church in America resigned this weekend, saying in a letter that he has "neither the personality nor the temperament" to lead the church. Metropolitan Jonah submitted his resignation during a conference call on Saturday with other bishops of the church. In his letter of resignation, he said he was leaving the post in response to the unanimous request of the bishops. "I had come to the realization long ago that I have neither the personality nor the temperament for the position of primate, a position I never sought nor desired,"...
  • Istanbul: The Historic Meeting Between the Grand Mufti and Patriarch Bartholomew

    07/06/2012 6:53:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/5/12 | Vatican Insider Staff
    The meeting marked a new phase of collaboration and interreligious dialogue which had long been impossible. Negotiations also began for the reopening of the Orthodox Halki seminaryToday was a historic day for Istanbul. Turkeys greatest religious authority, the Grand Mufti, Mehmet Grmez, attended a meeting with Bartholomew I, at the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This was the first time in the history of modern Turkey that the head of the Presidency for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) visited the highest representative of the countrys oldest religion, the Orthodox faith, which has its origins in the Byzantine Empire. The meeting, which had been scheduled...
  • Marcionites

    07/03/2012 6:27:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    NewAdvent ^ | 70 AD | Newadvent
    Heretical sect founded in A.D. 144 at Rome by Marcion and continuing in the West for 300 years, but in the East some centuries longer, especially outside the Byzantine Empire. They rejected the writings of the Old Testament and taught that Christ was not the Son of the God of the Jews, but the Son of the good God, who was different from the God of the Ancient Covenant. They anticipated the more consistent dualism of Manichaeism and were finally absorbed by it. As they arose in the very infancy of Christianity and adopted from the beginning a strong ecclesiastical...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOLYSIS, 07-02-12

    07/02/2012 7:37:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 07-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOLYSIS The blessing by the Greek priest at the end of Mass, Matins, or Vespers. Called a Great Apolysis after the liturgy, baptisms, and marriages; a Little Apolysis at other times. (Etym. Greek apolysis, dismissal.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Middle East: Putins Pilgrim Russia is on The Move

    06/28/2012 6:56:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/26/12 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Putins visit to the Middle East coincides with a massive new influx of immigrants to the Holy LandHis arrival in the Middle East comes at a time when Russia is showing the full extent of its political influence in the Syria problem. But Vladimirs visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan from Monday 25 to Tuesday 26 June will also be highly symbolic in religious terms. On the second day, the Russian president will stop off in Bethany Beyond the Jordan in the land of the Hashemite Kingdom for the official opening of the new hostel for Russian pilgrims...
  • Rare Russian Orthodox Liturgical Recordings [Pre-Bolshevik Revolution]

    06/27/2012 10:17:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 6/27/12 | Shawn Tribe
    Here are some interesting liturgical rarities from Russian Orthodoxy, sent in by one of our readers many months ago. One in particular caught my attention. It is a recording from circa 1910 in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow, wherein Archdeacon Afanasii Zdihovsky sings Many Years to the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Imperial family: Many YearsIn another recording, we hear the same archdeacon singing "The Doors, The Doors" followed by the Creed: Creed
  • Russian Orthodox Official Seeking Alliances with China's Excommunicated Catholic Bishops?

    06/26/2012 1:30:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church has met with a leading figure in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, in a gesture that suggests the Moscow patriarchate is seeking an alliance with Chinas government-backed official Church. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the External Relations department for the Moscow patriarchate, met with Bishop Ma Yinglin of Kunming, who is the vice-president of the Patriotic Association and president of the bishops conference recognized by the government. The Vatican does not recognize the Chinese bishops conference, and has ordered Catholics not to cooperate with the Patriotic Association.
  • Iconic Icon Supplements: The Symbols of Icons

    06/26/2012 7:03:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Treasures of the Church ^ | 6/24/12 | Wolfsbane
    Icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mother of Carmel) by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Terre Haute, INOne of the biggest difficulties Western Christians have in appreciating icons is a lack of understanding. I have previously discussed some of the theology behind iconography, but in this post I will discuss another big difficulty: the symbolism of iconography. Even if one can understand the theology of the icon and why one should venerate it, it is still difficult to venerate something that seems to be such a strange mess of non-understood symbols. This post will hopefully clear...