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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...
  • Media Coverage of Syrian Violence Partial and Untrue, Says Nun

    08/13/2012 11:18:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Patsy McGarry
    A NUN who has been superior at a Syrian monastery for the past 18 years has warned that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”. It is “a fake”, Mother Agnes Mariam said, which “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy”. Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St James the Mutilated in Qara, in Syria’s diocese of Homs, which is in full communion with Rome, she left Ireland yesterday after a three-day visit during which she met representatives of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. She told The...
  • Jesus on Marriage: Matthew 19:4-9: "Between male and female" [only]

    08/10/2012 12:37:53 AM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    Bible: King James Version and NIV Version + plus vanity | August 10, 2012
    Matthew 19:4-9 King James Version: 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8 He...
  • Madonna's First Venue in St. Petersburg to be Sprayed With Holy Water

    08/09/2012 7:15:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 8/9/12 | Interfax-Ukraine
    St. Petersburg - Activists from the Trade Union of Russian Citizens are planning to continue a series of lone protests against Madonna's concert in St. Petersburg, the public movement told Interfax. "At first we were planning to hold protests outside the Sports and Concert Complex (where her performance will take place), but we dropped this idea because representatives from the LGBT movement will be protesting there. We have decided to go to Dvortsovaya Square tonight," the source said. It was here that Madonna gave her first performance in St. Petersburg a few years ago, he said. "The time has come...
  • Kosovo’s Orthodox Shrines to be Restored with Funds Provided by Russia

    08/08/2012 8:07:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/8/12
    Moscow, August 8, Interfax - The funds allocated by Russia for the UNESCO-supported project for the restoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church’s shrines in Kosovo and Metohija were reported on August 1, 2012, to have reached the contractors. At present, a Serbian and two Italian companies, winners of the contest, have already started the work planned to be completed in May 2013. An agreement between Russia and UNESCO on the participation of the Russian Government in financing the restoration work was signed in November 2010 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The Russian government has decided to make a 2-million...
  • Ruins a Memento of Iraqi Christians' Glorious Past

    08/07/2012 9:15:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    <p>NAJAF, Iraq (AP) -- A hundred meters (yards) or so from taxiing airliners, Iraqi archaeologist Ali al-Fatli is showing a visitor around the delicately carved remains of a church that may date back some 1,700 years to early Christianity.</p> <p>The church, a monastery and other surrounding ruins have emerged from the sand over the past five years with the expansion of the airport serving the city of Najaf, and have excited scholars who think this may be Hira, a legendary Arab Christian center.</p>
  • Prosecutor Seeks Jail for Russian Punk Rock Band Protest [in Cathedral]

    08/07/2012 8:31:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/7/12 | Maria Tsvetkova
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A state prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band Pussy Riot, saying they had abused God when they stormed the altar of a Moscow cathedral and sang a "protest prayer" against the Russian Orthodox Church's close links to Vladimir Putin. The case, in which the three are charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, has outraged many Russian Orthodox believers. But it has also caused an international outcry and focused attention on a crackdown on dissent since Putin returned to the presidency for a six-year term on May 7....
  • Zambia deports Catholic priest for preaching about poverty

    08/06/2012 2:10:43 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 9 replies
    http://www.zambianwatchdog.com/2012/08/02/zambia-deports-catholic-priest-for-preaching-about-poverty | Aug 2 ,2012 | Mwansa
    The Zambia government has deported a Rwandese priest based at Lundazi Parish Fr.Viateur Banyangandora aged 40 for preaching about poverty in Zambia Minister of Home Affairs, Edgar Lungu has confirmed the deportation of Fr. Banyangandora but could not divulge the reasons. He only said the the priest has been deported for violating the laws of Zambia. “Fr. Banyangandora’s conduct was found to be a danger to peace and good order in Zambia contrary to Section 39(2) of the Immigration and Deportation Act, No. 18 of 2010.” Lungu said Lungu confirmed that the priest was picked and brought to Lusaka on...
  • Syria’s Crumbling Pluralism

    08/06/2012 1:42:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/3/12 | Kapil Komireddi
    DAMASCUS — The day begins here with the call to prayer and ends with the roar of gunfire. Syria’s pluralistic society, which once rose above sectarian identity in a region often characterized by a homicidal assertion of religious belief, is now faced with civil disintegration and ethnic cleansing. In Bab Touma, the Christian quarter of the old city, the magnificently restored Ottoman mansions housing many of the hotels that only two years ago overflowed with Western tourists have become temporary sanctuaries for Syrian minorities fleeing their homes and cities. A Christian doctor of Palestinian origin huddling with his family of...
  • Dawn Clashes in Christian Neighborhood of Damascus

    08/02/2012 7:46:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/12 | AP
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says one person has been killed in clashes that erupted at dawn in a Christian neighborhood in the old city of Damascus. The report said the fighting between rebels and security forces took place Wednesday morning in Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian neighborhood on the eastern side of the medieval city center. Residents said shots lasted for about half an hour between 3 and 4 a.m.
  • 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 · 19 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 (Zenit.org).- 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
    Pravmir.com ^ | 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
    CatholicResources.org ^ | 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 world’s 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 Heraclius’s 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 Constantine’s 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 agency’s 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. Turkey’s greatest religious authority, the Grand Mufti, Mehmet Görmez, 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 country’s 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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: Putin’s 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
    Putin’s 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 Vladimir’s 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 China’s 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...