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  • Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

    09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/7/12 | Doğan News Agency
    A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovo’s ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbul’s Mimar...
  • Beirut Patriarch: EU Doesn't Care About the Fate of Christians in the Middle East

    09/04/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The west's attitude to the Syrian conflict was described as "hypocrisy" and sharply criticised by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church in Beirut, Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III. "For many governments it's merely a matter of economic interests. They don't really care about the fate of the Christians in the Middle East. Otherwise they would advocate equality before the law and the observance of human rights for all, including in those countries where the so-called Arab Spring has not taken place", the Beirut Patriarch claims in an interview with the international Catholic charity "Aid to the Church in Need". It's...
  • Ready To Be Martyrs

    09/03/2012 2:40:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    America Magazine ^ | 9/10/12 | David Pinault
    Coptic Christians in Egypt claim their ancient roots.My sharpest memory from Cairo is what my driver said: al-Masih biygarribna, “Christ is testing us.” I’d hired Sami to drive me around the city. As soon as I saw on his wrist the washma, a faded tattoo in the shape of a cross, I knew he was a Copt, a member of Egypt’s Christian minority, a community that predates the Muslim presence by centuries. Since the early 1980s I had been to Egypt many times as a student of Arabic, as a researcher and as a tour guide on Nile cruise-boats. But...
  • Crosses appear inside the Hagia Sophia

    09/01/2012 11:49:37 AM PDT · by annalex · 29 replies
    Orthodoxy and Hellenism ^ | September 30, 2011
    Crosses appear inside the Hagia Sophia Strange and inexplicable event comes after the last appearance of winged angels. A paradox for those of us who do not possess the art of iconography is that the mosaics were covered with a thick layer of lime (about two fingers), as seen in this picture, in order to hide the Christian symbols. It is onto the lime cover that these crosses appeared. And rightfully should the visitors wonder, since they are not painted later. Somehow they "seeped" from the wall up to the outer surface of plaster? And why should only the crosses...
  • Update: ‘Free Pussy Riot’ wave of anti-Christian attacks sweeps Russia

    08/31/2012 2:02:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Russia and other European countries are suffering a wave of anti-Christian attacks and disruptive protests in the wake of the conviction of the Russian punk band “Pussy Riot,” including the destruction of crosses commemorating the Christian victims of communism, an attack on the Russian Patriarch, and the theft of relics from the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in St. Petersburg. In Russia the violence seemed to have claimed two lives on Wednesday, when a mother and daughter were found stabbed to death in their apartment, with “Free! Pussy Riot” scrawled on the...
  • Similarity #2: Both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches Share Common Apostolic Origins

    08/31/2012 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 11 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 31 August 2012 | Teófilo de Jesús
    Brethren: Peace and Good to all of you. I continue my exploration of the similarities between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches by studying a second claim they make in common: a common historic origin in the preaching of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. Usually, experts who discuss this subject of the Church’s faithfulness to its apostolic origins emphasize the notion of apostolic succession, but I will discuss apostolic succession in the next post, focusing instead upon the apostles themselves, their preaching, and the process of founding churches in the Mediterranean world and beyond, apostolic origin and succession are linked closely,...
  • Communists Firmly Oppose Lenin's Reburial – Zyuganov

    08/27/2012 6:27:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/27/12
    Moscow, August 27, Interfax - Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said that Communists will not allow Lenin's re-burial and that Lenin's current resting place complies with the Christian tradition. "This form of burial corresponds to the Orthodox canons and traditions. Don't fuss. Or are you going to provoke more bloodshed, similar to that in Chechnya, right on Red Square?" Zyuganov said at a press conference in Interfax on Monday. Lenin's resting place is not an exception. Epic Russian hero Ilya Muromets's remains can be seen in the Kiev Laura of the Caves Monastery, he said. The remains of those...
  • Similarity #1: Both the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholic Churches Adhere to Holy Tradition

    08/24/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 45 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 24 August 2012 | Teófilo de Jesús
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you! The first similarity between the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches I wish to explore is the commitment that both Churches have to receive, transmit, and revere Tradition as the all-encompassing vessel in which the Church hands down God’s Word, in writing and orally, to every generation of Christian believers. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council had much to say about the relationship in the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - Dei Verbum. This is just one of the things they said: 10. Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of...
  • Over 12 Thousand Christian Faithful "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law Invoked

    08/24/2012 6:25:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 8/22/12
    Rableh (Agenzia Fides) - Over 12 thousand faithful Greek-Catholics are trapped in the village of Rableh, west of Qusayr, in the area of Homs. Food is scarce, the faithful are living on "bread and water", medicine is lacking to treat the sick and wounded. This is the alarm raised by local sources of Fides that invoke respect for humanitarian law, that confirm what the international press is reporting on the situation in Rableh. For more than ten days the village of Rableh is subject to a strict blockade by armed opposition groups, which surround it on all sides. One of...
  • Moscow Calls Hasty and Politically-Motivated Western Comments on Pussy Riot Case

    08/23/2012 7:09:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/12
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - Moscow believes that Western evaluations of the court trial of members of Pussy Riot punk group are partly politically-motivated and thinks that the Christian roots of European civilization should not be forgotten. "One can recognize that the case of the said punk group served only as a pretext for another wave of hasty, biased and politically-motivated evaluations. One gets the impression that for some human rights institutions and mass media a chance to kick another anti-Russian scandal is more important than the future of these young women," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said answering...
  • Restless Heart: Confessions of Augustine

    08/22/2012 10:16:36 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Link to Facebook page (with discussion and news): Restless Heart on Facebook.com Filmed in Europe, RESTLESS HEART is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Born in North Africa, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guilt-free religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian Bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sent imperial guards to clear out a basilica where Augustine's mother, Monica, was worshipping, her constant prayers and the witness of Ambrose won him over to Christianity. Serving in...
  • Russian Church Considering Security Measures After Pussy Riot-Related Vandalism

    08/22/2012 7:47:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/22/12
    Moscow, August 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church's liaison officer for the armed forces and law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday that he planned to officially propose stronger security measures for church buildings after various churches have been vandalized in an apparent protest against the conviction of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band. "I think that the hierarchy will react to it positively, I have no doubt about this," Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov told the Interfax-Religion in reference to a report that he said he planned to write. He was not overly optimistic, however, about the effectiveness of...
  • Pope Says Orthodox-Catholic Meeting Raises Hope

    08/21/2012 7:02:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI has hailed as an important step a meeting in Poland between the leaders of Russia's Orthodox church and Poland's Catholic hierarchy. Poland and Russia have feuded for centuries, and their ties are marked by distrust. Benedict praised the goodwill efforts by Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik who met in a ceremony in Warsaw on Friday.
  • Compelled by Love: The Life and Legacy of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    08/20/2012 5:14:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    WAU.org ^ | August 2012 | Leo Zanchettin
    Compelled by Love The Life and Legacy of St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Leo Zanchettin   In the year 1112, a bright young nobleman embarked on an adventure that pioneered new paths—politically, socially, and spiritually—throughout Western Europe. His passion for the gospel and his charismatic personality were so attractive that he drew thirty other men—peers and elders—into the adventure with him. Over the next thirty-five years, hundreds of others would join him on his mission. His advice was sought by kings and popes; he unleashed an international army with the goal of recapturing the Holy Land. He resolved the...
  • Iraqi Muslim Terror: Christian Children Crucified

    08/20/2012 8:49:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Spero News ^ | 8/18/12 | Martin Barillas
    A committee of the Canadian parliament studying the persecution of religious minorities heard hair-raising testimony about the treatment of Christians at the hands of Muslims in Iraq. Speaking before the human rights committee on August 17, Filham Isaac of the Nineveh Advocacy Committee testified that since war began in Iraq in 2003, approximately 12 Christian children, some as young as 10, have been abducted and murdered, then crucified near their homes in an effort to torment their parents and warn the Christian community at large. In one case, an infant was kidnapped and then decapitated. The tiny corpse was burned...
  • Syria: Antakya,[Antioch]Once City of Saint Peter, Now a Door for Jihad

    08/20/2012 8:43:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 8/17/12
    (ANSAMed) - ANTAKYA (TURKEY) - 17 AUG - Foreign fundamentalist fighters who are welcomed 'without fuss' to fight alongside Syrian rebels against the Assad regime, pose a threat to the country's future democracy, according to a commander of the Free Syrian Army. 'They constitute a real threat to our society and the western world, who hope for a democratic Syria in the future', Ahmad Fahd al Nimah said recently in response to a growing influx of Jihadist fighters flocking to Syria via Turkey. According to reports, mujahideen fighters are making the 20 minute journey to the border of Syria from...
  • Both Lungs

    08/17/2012 6:45:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/17/12 | Christopher B. Warner
    Both the East and West are necessary to provide enough “oxygen” for the spiritual battle raging in today’s world.In an overwhelmingly Muslim Middle East, it is surprising to note that one-tenth of all Syrians are Christian, and even more shocking to discover that almost half of the population of Lebanon is also Christian. It is a wonder there are any Christians left in that part of the world at all. But then, these are no ordinary Christians. Most Christians in the Middle East are not Roman Catholic or Protestant—they are Eastern Christians with a unique heritage distinct from Western forms...
  • Churches in Polish-Russian Appeal for Friendly Ties

    08/17/2012 6:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    BBC ^ | 8/17/12
    The heads of the Russian Orthodox and Polish Roman Catholic churches have jointly urged their nations to end their mutual bitterness and distrust. The appeal for Polish-Russian reconciliation was signed at Warsaw's Royal Castle, by Russia's Patriarch Kirill and Archbishop Jozef Michalik. They called for "forgiveness of wrongs, injustice and every evil committed against each other". Russia and Poland have been divided by politics and religion for centuries. The joint text said "we are certain that this [forgiveness] is the first and the most important step toward rebuilding mutual trust, which is a necessary element of a lasting community and...
  • Can Syria's Christians Survive?

    08/14/2012 6:22:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/11/12 | Bill Spindle and Sam Dagher
    In the land of St. Paul's conversion, ancient Catholic and Orthodox communities are finding themselves on the wrong side of an increasingly sectarian conflict.Near the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Church of St. Simeon the Stylite commemorates the 5th-century ascetic who became an ancient sensation by living atop a tall pedestal for decades to demonstrate his faith. Krak des Chevaliers, an awe-inspiring castle near Homs, was a fortress for the order of the Knights Hospitaller in their quest to defend a crusader kingdom. Seydnaya, a towering monastery in a town of the same name, was probably built in the time...
  • Police Start Inquiry at Parents' Request After Madonna's Concert in St. Petersburg

    08/14/2012 6:16:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/14/12
    St. Petersburg, August 14, Interfax - Police in St. Petersburg have launched an inquiry into local parents' claims that the law banning homosexual propaganda was violated during Madonna's concert on August 9, the city police told Interfax. Madonna gave a concert in St. Petersburg on August 9 as part of her world tour. Before the concert she asked the audience to raise their hands with pink bracelets in support of sexual minorities. The singer said she was fighting for the right to be free, that she had travelled across the world seeing that people are becoming increasingly intolerant and that...