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  • Syriac Patriarch Says West has ‘Betrayed’ Middle East Christians

    08/16/2017 8:41:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    "We've been not only abandoned by the Western countries, we have been betrayed"The West has failed to do enough to protect Christian minorities in the Middle East, the Syriac Catholic Patriarch has said. “I can tell you, we’ve been not only abandoned by the Western countries, but even we have been betrayed,” Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told The Southern Cross, newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego. He made the comments in a recent interview at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Syriac Catholic Parish in El Cajon. While the Christian minority in Syria and Iraq is composed of “peaceful...
  • The Invisible Poems Hidden in One of the World's Oldest Libraries

    08/15/2017 8:38:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/9/17 | Richard Gray
    A new technique is revealing traces of lost languages that have been erased from ancient parchments.For centuries they have gathered dust on the shelves of a library marooned in a rocky patch of Egyptian desert, their secrets lost in time. But now a collection of enigmatic manuscripts, carefully stored behind the walls of a 1,500-year-old monastery on the Sinai Peninsula, are giving up their treasures. The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Among its thousands of ancient parchments are at least 160 palimpsests—manuscripts that bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath...
  • Hungarian Leader: ‘It Is a Duty to Help Our Christian Brothers’

    08/15/2017 8:29:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/14/17 | Daniel Blackman
    Tamás Török, head of Hungary’s groundbreaking new department for persecuted Christians, explains to the Register what spurred his government into action.Governments in many developed countries have been reluctant to acknowledge the widespread persecution directed against Christians in many parts of the world. But Hungary is a singular exception in this regard: Last year, it created a new government department specifically mandated to assist persecuted Christians. Tamás Török, the former Hungarian ambassador to Italy and current head of the Hungarian government’s sub-secretariat for persecuted Christians, spoke exclusively with the Register recently about the latest activities of this unique department. He also...
  • Mideast Patriarchs Call on Pope Francis to ‘Scold’ World Leaders Over Christian Exodus

    08/12/2017 7:01:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs said only the 'Rock of Peter' could helpMideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs decried the desperate situation they face as shepherds of churches “whose existence is in real danger.” They categorized the continued displacement of Christians from the Middle East as “a genocidal project, a humanitarian catastrophe and a plague of the earth’s civilization.” “The time has come to make a prophetic cry” and to speak “the truth that frees us in the spirit of the Gospel,” the Council of the Eastern Patriarchs said in a statement Aug. 11, after an Aug. 9-10 meeting in Diman, Lebanon....
  • Aid Groups Rush to Repair Iraqi Christian Homes in Nineveh Plains Before School Opens

    08/10/2017 9:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Christian families and relief agencies are rushing to rebuild homes in Iraq’s Nineveh Valley region, to allow families to return in time for the opening of the school year. In the town of Qaraqosh, for example, 5,000 Catholic families fled to escape the offensive of the Islamic State in 2014. Only about 600 of those families have been able to return. Led by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), humanitarian groups have helped to repair churches and school buildings in Qaraqosh. But family homes remain in rubble. Father George Jahola tells ACN that families are willing to return, but...
  • Russian Patriarch: Soviet Persecution was ‘Hardest Page’ in Church’s History

    08/10/2017 9:34:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, paid tribute to his predecessor, Patriarch Sergius I, who governed the Church from 1925 to 1944. Ninety years ago, Patriarch Sergius controversially declared his “absolute loyalty” to the Communist regime in an attempt to ensure the Church’s survival. “Metropolitan Sergius took that step without violating by any means either the dogmata or canons,” his current successor said. “His did it to create prerequisites for possible development of relations with the state and for consolidating the situation of the Church in the then Soviet Union.” Nonetheless, the Church entered “an...
  • “To live the time of our lives in peace, and repose in repentance…”

    08/08/2017 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-08-2017 | Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol
         The Orthodox Church ascribes enormous significance to time as the instrument of our salvation. Therefore the Church continually prays: “To live the time of our lives in peace, and repose in repentance, let us ask of the Lord.” How important it is that we should live the rest of our days in “peace and repentance”! But in what kind of peace? The “peace” with which our relationship to Christ is bound. This is not just any peace, with no wars or cataclysms, nor is it a certain peaceful state in the soul. Here the Person of Jesus Christ...
  • Turkey taking stones from ancient Armenian church to make mosque

    08/08/2017 9:06:10 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-08-2017 | Staff
    Photo:      Turks are gradually dismantling an ancient Armenian church of the Varagavank monastic complex on the slopes of Mt. Varag, in Yukarı Bakraçlı in Eastern Turkey, using its stones to construct a mosque, reports the newspaper Yeni Özgür Politika. The church was initially constructed in the 7th-8th centuries. During the period of the Armenian Kingdom, it was the place of residence of the Archbishop of Van. The monastery was abandoned after the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Kingdom in 1915. The head of the Union for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural and Historical Monuments of...
  • Pilgrims See Cross in Sky at End of International Cross Procession in Ukraine

    08/04/2017 7:04:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/4/17
    A 5-day international cross procession to the Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra in Western Ukraine ended on August 3, with the Pochaev Mother of God Icon to be celebrated on Saturday, August 5. Pilgrims report that upon the entrance to the lavra, at the end of the trek, they saw a cross in the sky, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists. A similar phenomenon took place on May 19, when believers gathered outside the Verkhnova Rada in Kiev to protest two religious bills that were to be considered by the Ukrainian parliament. A cross was seen in the sky, and a...
  • “Our Nation Still Lives According to the Values of the Regicides” [Russia]

    08/03/2017 6:28:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/3/17
    A talk with Fr. Job (Gumerov) on the new martyrs of the Russian ChurchFather Job, an experienced confessor of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery, speaks about the factors preventing some faithful from recognizing Nicholas II as a saint, the relationship between the Tsar’s abdication and the Russian people’s renunciation of the Church, how mass unbelief impedes the comprehension of the podvig [spiritual exploit] of the new martyrs, and the proper understanding of the people’s repentance for the sins of their ancestors.The Russian Revolution, with its “Red Terror” that ruined the lives of millions of families, is still an uninteresting event of...
  • Why no Christian should attend a "gay wedding"

    07/31/2017 7:06:58 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 161 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7-31-17 |
    July 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — This article is intended for anyone contemplating buckling under to the pressure of the radical homosexual agenda by either participating as a vendor (e.g. wedding cake baker, florist, photographer) or as an attendee at a same-sex "marriage" ceremony. From the vantage point of Holy Scripture, this is a no brainer. Multiple books in both the Old and New Testaments condemn homosexual behavior as gravely sinful. Even more to the point, the Bible is very clear that true marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman. This begins with Genesis in which man...
  • Monument to Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and Tsarevich Alexey Consecrated in Novosibirsk

    07/30/2017 6:33:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/17/17
    On Sunday, the day before the 99th anniversary of the brutal murder of the holy Royal Martyrs which the Church celebrates today July 17, a monument to Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarevich Alexey was consecrated on the territory of the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Novosibirsk, according to the site of the Novosibirsk Diocese. The entire square in front of the cathedral was filled with Orthodox Christians. People were also gathered across the street for the youth cross procession, dedicated to the holy Right-Believing Peter and Febronia and the Day of Family, Love, and Loyalty, which was to begin...
  • Moscow Celebrates Baptism of Rus’ with Procession from Kremlin to St. Vladimir

    07/28/2017 6:19:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/28/17
    On the day of the Baptism of Rus’ and the commemoration of the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles St. Vladimir a religious procession was held to the new Moscow monument to St. Vladimir on Borovitskaya Square, reports the Russian Military-Historical Society. The day began with a Divine Liturgy in Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin celebrated by Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsky and Kolomna. After the Liturgy, the procession to the monument to St. Vladimir began, at the foot of which a moleben was held. The prayerful joy was shared by several hundreds of residents and guests of the capital, as well as representatives...
  • Ukrainian Lawmakers Propose Beginning Sessions with Lord’s Prayer

    07/27/2017 8:07:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Some Ukrainian lawmakers have proposed that legislative sessions each day include the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. Protestant leaders quoted by the Religious Information of Ukraine expressed support for the proposal, while Orthodox leaders were more hesitant. (No Catholic leaders were quoted.) “The desire of MPs to pray indicates the awareness of the fact that without hope of God it is impossible to get out of the situation, said Metropolitan Anthony Pakanych of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). “But we live in a state that declares equal attitude to religions, therefore, immediately the question arises of what should be...
  • Exercises in Orthodox Catechism in Moscow

    07/26/2017 7:28:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 7/25/17 | Stefano Caprio
    The Biblical-Theological Commission of the Patriarchate of Moscow releases plans for official catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church. The idea of ​​catechism comes from the wisdom experienced by Russian martyrs of the faith last century. Its drafting began in the 1990s.Moscow (AsiaNews) – The Biblical-Theological Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate has released plans for the official catechism of the Russian Orthodox Church. This comes after a long period of development and follows the release of previews. The plan is the first "modern" attempt to put in a single text the whole of Orthodox doctrine for both clergy and believers. It...
  • Poll: Atheists drop from 26 to 13% in Russia in 3 years

    07/26/2017 9:00:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-26-2017 | Staff
    Photo:      The percentage of Russians identifying themselves as atheists has fallen from 26 to 13% in the past three years, while those identifying themselves as “religious people” has risen from 35 to 53%, according to new research from the Moscow-based Levada Analytical Center. The survey was conducted June 23-26 with a sample of 1,600 urban and rural 18-years and older Russians in 137 localities of the country’s 48 regions. Christianity remains the dominant religion in Russia, and the vast majority of Russians—92-93%—have respect and goodwill for Orthodox Christians in the country. Only 1% expressed a dislike for...
  • Pochaev Lavra [monastery] in Ukraine prays for salvation of Russia and restoration of monarchy

    07/25/2017 10:44:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-21-2017 | staff
    Along with the entire Russian and broader Orthodox Church, the Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate celebrated the memory of the holy Royal Martyrs, killed by the Bolsheviks 99 years ago in 1918, on July 17. In a message posted on the monastery’s site for the feast of All Saints of the Russian Land, the fathers of the monastery speak of their hope in the restoration of the Orthodox monarchy and the importance of venerating all the Russian New Martyrs who suffered under Soviet rule, and especially the Royal Martyrs, and urged the faithful to pray...
  • France currently home to 500-700,000 Orthodox Christians and growing

    07/25/2017 10:35:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-24-2017 | Staff
    Paris, July 24, 2017 Photo:     The Handbook of the Orthodox Church has been published in France, providing comprehensive information and practical information about Orthodox life in France. It presents a detailed map showing the location of all Orthodox parishes, monasteries, and dioceses in France by region, and provides information about Orthodox bishops (members of the Association of Orthodox Bishops), priests, and deacons, and also about clergy who have reposed in recent years. The new publication also contains information on icon workshops, Orthodox choirs, Orthodox periodicals, documentaries and art publications, candle and bookstores, and Orthodox movements in France, reports Sedmitza....
  • 340,000 already venerate relics of St. Nicholas in St. Petersburg

    07/25/2017 10:31:04 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-25-2017 | Staff
    More than 340,000 pilgrims have made their way to St. Petersburg to venerate the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the twelve days since they arrived from Moscow, reports RIA-Novosti. 1,807,600 pilgrims venerated the holy hierarch in Moscow from May 21 to July 12, thus more than 2 million have venerated St. Nicholas in Russia so far. The relics were brought from Moscow to St. Petersburg on July 13 and placed in the Holy Trinity Cathedral at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, where they will remain until July 28. According to the City committee for press and cooperation with...
  • Day of Baptism of Rus’ to be celebrated with wave of bell ringing throughout Russia and abroad

    07/25/2017 10:26:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-25-2017 | Staff
    July 28, 2017, the day of the Baptism of Rus’, when the Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, will be celebrated with a wave of bell ringing in churches and monasteries throughout Russia and abroad. At noon local time, by the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, bells will ring out in every church and monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church as part of the “Glory to Thee, O God!” event, reports All parishes of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are also encouraged to participate in the...