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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...
  • Church and State Cannot be Separated in Russia - Priest

    06/26/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/26/12
    Moscow, June 26, Interfax - Russian society is not fully secular, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, said during a debate at The New York Times' editorial office, the newspaper reports on its website. Only religious institutions are separated from the state, but not the Church itself, he said. Religious institutions cannot perform administrative duties and the government does not assume religious functions - that's how the law explains it, nothing beyond that, the priest said. Just as the people cannot be separated from the state, so the Church as a vision...
  • Catholic Catechism on the Angels

    06/24/2012 6:04:16 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 21 replies | Unknown | Fr John Hardon
    Although human reason can reasonably speculate that angels exist, the existence of pure created spirits requires divine revelation to make the fact absolutely certain. Indeed a fair index of sound Christianity is the acceptance of angels as created by God and now living in two states of being: those in heaven who also minister to our needs, and those in hell, who are demons and bent on the destruction of the human race through estrangement from God.Why a catechism on the angels? Because we need one. There is such a preoccupation with human psychology and physiology as almost to exclude...
  • Historic Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage Launches in Eastern Russia(Catholic,orthodox0

    06/21/2012 4:03:27 PM PDT · by fatima · 9 replies PRESS RELEASE: 6.19.12: Historic Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage Launches in Eastern Russia PDF Print E-mail AddThis Social Bookmark Button FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2012 - CONTACT: Stephen Phelan 540-622-5270 Historic Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage Launches in Eastern Russia Revered Icon of Our Lady travels through Asia and Europe to promote the defense of life VLADIVOSTOK, Russia On June 14, a coalition of Catholic and Eastern Orthodox pro-life leaders from 18 countries launched the "From Ocean to Ocean" pro-life pilgrimage of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa from the Eastern Coast of Russia...
  • New Culture Minister Proposes Burying Lenin

    06/21/2012 7:07:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Russia's culture minister suggested on Saturday burying the body of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and turning his Moscow mausoleum into a museum, but warned that it was only his "private opinion." Speaking to Ekho Moskvy radio, Vladimir Medinsky said it was "absurd" that the Bolshevik revolutionary's embalmed body was still on public display by the Kremlin walls. The founder of the Soviet state has been in his tomb since his death in 1924. "The body of any person should be laid to rest, as has been from time immemorial," Medinsky, who replaced Alexander Avdeyev as Culture Minister in a...
  • Russian Church to Enlighten Chinese and Strengthen Orthodoxy in PRC

    06/20/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/20/12
    Moscow, June 20, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate intends to strengthen positions of Orthodoxy in China. "We're holding a rather difficult dialogue to normalize position of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church. There were periods of flourishing and decay in its history, today much has been destroyed, but something still survived," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations (DECR) Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said visiting the Khabarovsk Theological Seminary. He said the Russian Church worked with Chinese leaders to open the churches that had been closed and to fill already opened churches "with the words of prayer so that...
  • Truth is the first victim in Syrian civil war

    06/16/2012 7:50:34 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15 June 2012 | Cathcon
    he Hula massacre was a turning point in the Syrian drama. . There was great worldwide outrage when on 25 May, 108 people were killed, among them 49 children. Calls for a military intervention have been raised to end the bloodshed, and the violence in Syria has since escalated steadily. Almost unanimously world opinion, based on an Arab news channel, and the visit of UN observers on the following day, blamed the massacre on the regular army and Schabiha militia which is close to the regime. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has in the past week put this version into question...
  • Russian, Syria and the Long Lens of History

    06/15/2012 7:17:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Get ^ | 6/8/12 | Terry Mattingly
    One of the most interesting facts about the branch of Orthodoxy to which my home parish belongs is that the Church of Antioch is one member of the family of Eastern churches that has rarely controlled its own culture and, thus, its own destiny. The same is true of the other ancient churches of the Middle East. Almost all of them have spent centuries and centuries of their history as minority groups in a region that is both complex and dangerous to religious minorities. Thus, GetReligion readers will not be surprised to know that especially after the fall of...
  • Orthodox and Catholics Pursuing New Approaches Together

    06/12/2012 10:21:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Metropolitan Hilarion, responsible for the external relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, pointed out the joint tasks of members of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in a world characterized by materialism and consumerism at a meeting on Pentecost with the Executive President of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). We must not wait for unity of the churches to take action, stated Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, who is Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow. The Eucharistic union will not come about within a few years. Today, however, there...
  • Ultimatum to Christians: "Leave Qusayr" [Syria]

    06/11/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Qusayr (Agenzia Fides) - Exodus of Christians in the west of Syria: the Christian population has left the town of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum from the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources of Fides report, indicating that, following the outbreak of the conflict, out of the ten thousand faithful who lived in the town, only a thousand have remained, who have now been forced to flee in haste to fury. Some mosques in the city have re-launched the message, announcing from the minarets: "Christians must leave Qusayr within six days,...
  • Cyprus Archbishop Asks Russian Church to Help Wrench the North from Turkey

    06/11/2012 6:25:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/8/12
    Nicosia, June 8, Interfax - The head of the Cypriot Orthodox Church asked the Russian Orthodox Church on Friday to help achieve the liberation of northern Cyprus from Turkish occupation, the result of a 1974 invasion that he likened to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. "The pious Cypriot people look in hope to the sister Church of Russia, which you have headed by the grace of God, in the expectation that you will continue to help them in their struggle for the liberation of their occupied territories and the restoration of human rights that they have...
  • European Catholic-Orthodox Forum Under Way in Lisbon

    06/06/2012 6:51:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Focused on European Economic CrisisLISBON, Portugal, JUNE 5, 2012 ( A forum on the current economic and financial circumstances facing Europe began today in Portugal, at the invitation of the patriarch of Lisbon, Cardinal José da Cruz Policarpo. The third annual Catholic-Orthodox Forum will continue through Friday at the Seminary of Nossa Senhora de Fátima. The main theme of the four-day event is: The economic crisis and poverty. The theme will be examined from three perspectives: the search for the origins of the current economic crisis, the search for common answers proper to the Churches, and the role the Churches...
  • Melkite Priest Rips Western Media, Says Rebels Have Destroyed Churches [Syria]

    06/05/2012 7:16:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    A Melkite Greek Catholic archimandrite has denounced Western media coverage of the Syrian conflict. The reality on the ground is far from the picture that imposes disinformation in Western media, said Msgr. Philippe Tournyol Clos. Opposition forces have occupied two areas, Diwan Al Bustan and Hamidieh, where there are all the churches and bishoprics. The picture for us is utter desolation: the church of Mar Elian is half destroyed and that of Our Lady of Peace is still occupied by the rebels, he continued. Christian homes are severely damaged due to the fighting and completely emptied of their inhabitants, who...
  • Syrian Church Father St. Ephrem honored June 9

    06/04/2012 2:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | June 3, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Saint Ephrem of Syria. Denver, Colo., Jun 3, 2012 / 07:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On June 9, the Roman Catholic Church honors Saint Ephrem of Syria, a deacon, hermit, and Doctor of the Church who made important contributions to the spirituality and theology of the Christian East during the fourth century.Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christian celebrate his feast on January 28.In a 2007 General Audience on St. Ephrems life, Pope Benedict XVI noted that St. Ephrem became known as the Harp of the Holy Spirit, for the hymns and writings that sang the praises of God in an...
  • Ark of the Wilderness Prepares to Share Treasures Online -St Catherine's Mt Sinai Enters Digital Age

    05/31/2012 6:58:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Reluctant Sinner ^ | 5/30/12 | Dylan Parry
    One of the worlds oldest Christian monasteries, commonly known as St Catherines Mount Sinai, is about to enter the twenty-first century by allowing scholars to read its digitalised manuscripts online. More properly known as the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, its world-famous library is home to the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts after the Vatican Library. St Catherines has also been in continuous use as a monastery for seventeen centuries, making it as ancient, if not more so, as the equally famous Monastery of St Antony, founded by the father of monasticism...
  • Muslims demand Hagia Sophia be converted into a mosque on anniversary of the fall of Constantinope

    05/29/2012 3:56:54 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 29 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Includes video of the 2012 annual celebrations of the fall of Constantinople which take place in Turkey
  • Muslims demand Hagia Sophia be converted into a mosque on anniversary of the fall of Constantinope

    05/29/2012 3:56:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 58 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 29 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Includes video of the 2012 annual celebrations of the fall of Constantinople which take place in Turkey
  • Cardinal expecting ecumenical breakthrough from Pan-Orthodox Meeting

    05/23/2012 5:50:37 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Important speech by Cardinal Koch to Aid to the Church in Need conference
  • Evangelicals respond to Catholic lawsuits: We are all Catholic now

    05/22/2012 7:04:47 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2012, ( The Obama administrations HHS mandate has united Christians of all stripes evangelical, historical Protestant, and Roman Catholic as they close ranks behind a flurry of lawsuits filed yesterday morning to overturn the controversial measure and stall government interference in religion. After 43 Catholic institutions including the major archdioceses, dioceses, universities, and publishing houses affiliated with the Church in the United States filed a dozen lawsuits to strike the measure down on First Amendment grounds, the Christian and conservative communities quickly applauded the move. President Obama with Secretary of Health...
  • That the Name of God Should Be Forgotten

    05/17/2012 8:15:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Acton Institute Blog ^ | 5/17/12 | John Couretas
    The Russian Orthodox naval cathedral in Kronstadt, reconsecrated in AprilFrom Interfax: Moscow, May 15 On Tuesday, there will be 80 years since the Soviet government issued a decree on atheistic five-year plan. Stalin set a goal: the name of God should be forgotten on the territory of the whole country to May 1, 1937, the article posted by the Foma website says. Over 5 million militant atheists were living in the country then. Anti-religious universities special educational establishments for training people for decisive attack against religion were organized. According to the plan on religion liquidation, all churches...
  • Hagia Sophia Will be a Mosque?

    05/17/2012 7:42:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/17/12 | Marco Tosatti
    A group calling itself the Anatolian Youth has announced that it is planning to hold Friday prayers in the square outside the Hagia Sophia, and is awaiting the day when prayers will be held inside the museum, Doğan news agency has reported. The group's members gathered at Hagia Sophia Square today to hold a press conference, saying the event was planned in accordance with the 559th anniversary of the Ottoman capture of Istanbul.
  • Georgia's patriarch baptizes 400 babies

    05/15/2012 12:48:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    The patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church presided over the baptism of hundreds of babies in a Tbilisi cathedral on Sunday as part of an effort credited with helping raise the birth rate in this former Soviet nation. Patriarch Ilia II has promised to become the godfather of all babies born into Orthodox Christian families who already have two or more children. Since he began the mass baptisms in 2008, he has gained nearly 11,000 godchildren. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has said the patriarch deserves much of the credit for the rising birth rate, which in 2010 was 25 percent...
  • Eastern Christian Countries Capable of Altering Humankind in 10 years - Archpriest Chaplin

    05/14/2012 5:40:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/14/12
    Moscow, May 14, Interfax - Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia and other Eastern Christian countries are meant to change the entire humankind together, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has said. "Our Christian Orthodox, Eastern Slavic civilization is not the most numerous but it is central because it is it that knows today how to open doors to a better life for the whole world, especially for Europe," he said during a Moscow-Kiev-Minsk video linkup on Monday. The linkup was dedicated to international public hearings that are due in Kiev on July 28, the...
  • Xenophobia, Racism, Violations of Christians' Rights on the Rise in UK - Russian Foreign Ministry

    05/14/2012 5:37:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/14/12
    Moscow, May 14, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concerns about the encroachments on the rights of Christians in the UK. "The situation with human rights in the UK is characterized by considerable manifestations of racism and xenophobia and encroachments on the rights of Christians," Russian Foreign Ministry envoy on human rights, democracy, and supremacy of law Konstantin Dolgov said in the State Duma. Specifically, Dolgov recalled the recent ban on wearing crosses in the UK. Speaking about other human rights issues in the UK, Dolgov mentioned the encroachments on the rights of immigrants, illegal phone-tapping, and torture...
  • The [Russian] Church Warns: Total Tolerance Will Deprive People of Freedom of Word and Turn Them..

    05/12/2012 7:32:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/12/12
    Moscow, May 12, Interfax - The Russian Church official believes that absolute tolerance can make a person lose freedom and individuality. "Tolerance in its absolute development is a death for freedom of word, freedom of thought, morality, turning a person into a mechanism with preset functions," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a presentation of the book The Cruel Tolerance in Moscow. The priest reminded that UNESCO in its Declaration of Principles on Tolerance 1995 officially urged to accept any ways of displaying human individuality and refuse absolutization of truth, and...
  • Iconography Flourishing at Faithful Catholic College

    05/04/2012 6:58:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/3/12 | Adam Wilson
    This summer, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is hosting a week-long training seminar in the art of writing icons (i.e., painting). The Colleges Oxford-educated artist-in-residence David Clayton will guide participants through the program, which will focus on the Western traditions in iconography. At the completion of the seminar, participants will have produced a finished icon and graduate with a certificate of completion. From Thomas More College: Forty-five years ago, Pope Paul VI said to artists from around the world, You are masters. It is your task, your mission, and your art consists in grasping treasures from the heavenly...
  • Medvedev Re-establishes Holy Great Martyr Ekaterina Order to Reward Peacekeeping, Charity

    05/03/2012 7:03:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/3/12
    Moscow, May 3, Interfax - President Dmitry Medvedev has established new state awards, the Order of Holy Great Martyr Ekaterina and the Badge for Benefaction. "I have signed an ordinance establishing new awards, the Order of Holy Great Martyr Ekaterina and the Badge for Benefaction," he said while presenting state awards at the Kremlin. The president said the awards would be given to citizens of Russia and foreign states for their contribution to peacekeeping, charity and humanitarian activity.
  • Crisis Proves a Curse for Greece's Orthodox Church

    04/21/2012 10:24:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Harry Papachristou
    * Government cutting priests' numbers and salaries* Demand for church charity soaring as crisis bites* Conservative church turns to modern business dealsATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most. Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds. But despite a new...
  • Thousands Witness 'Holy Fire' Miracle in Jerusalem

    04/15/2012 7:50:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/15/12 | Anugrah Kumar
    Thousands of Christians from around the world gathered in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher Saturday to witness a flame that is believed to emerge miraculously from the tomb of Jesus a day before Easter, according the older Julian calendar, each year. The special ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at a site where Jesus was crucified and buried, was attended by Christian pilgrims and clerics wearing their robes amid the presence of Israeli police, riot-prevention forces and border security guards. "I am here because I would like to see the Easter Week from the Holy Land,...
  • Further Vandalism of Orthodox Church in Tunis

    04/11/2012 6:57:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    From the Tunisian newspaper Business News. French original here.Non-Muslim places of worship are being targeted by still-unidentified individuals. After the attacks perpetrated against the Orthodox church on Avenue Mohamed V, the Russian school located behind the church as well as the Christian cemetery of Montplasir in Tunis have been vandalized. The walls of the school were smeared with fecal matter, as also a fresco of Saint Siberian [sic] located in the back courtyard of the Orthodox church, while the cemetery's crosses were destroyed. Yamina Thabet, the president of the Tunisian Society for Aid to Minorities (ATSM), indicated during a conference...
  • Changing Frescos At Macedonia Orthodox Church Mystify Christian Worshipers

    04/11/2012 6:51:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    SKOPJE, Macedonia Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers from across Macedonia are lining up to visit a church where a cleric says frescoes of saints have begun to appear brighter in color without any obvious explanation. Father Zoran of Saint Dimitrija church in Skopje, the capital, said Monday that the murals, long obscured by the residue of candle smoke, began to appear clearer over the weekend, with red and gold colors becoming more noticeable. Photos