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  • ‘Life After ISIS’: Christians Are Leaving Iraq Due to Ongoing Security Concerns

    07/11/2020 4:54:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/7/20 | Courtney Mares
    Rome Newsroom, Jul 7, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in northern Iraq, according to a recently published report by Aid to the Church in Need. The report, “Life after ISIS: New challenges to Christianity in Iraq,” documents how Iraqi Christians’ worries over Iran-backed militias operating in their region drive emigration and economic insecurity. “Christians who have returned to their homes still feel unsafe, and substantially more insecure than other groups in the region mostly because of the violent activity of local...
  • Hagia Sophia, a continuous story of schisms

    07/10/2020 3:25:12 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) ^ | Jul 10, 2020 | Ariana Ferentinou
    ...The decision of the High Administrative Court opens the way for Hagia Sophia to become a mosque again, that will fill many Turkish Muslims with joy; after all, they have been waiting for so long to “break the chains” of Hagia Sophia and enter the place for free as they do with any other place of their faith. ...That, however, is not the view from outside Turkey. As the issue started gathering momentum this year, especially following the special celebrations organized in front of the monument for the 567th anniversary of its conquest. Christians around the world, Byzantine scholars or...
  • A miracle in Georgia: We did not have an epidemic although churches never closed, says Georgian hierarch

    07/09/2020 8:26:00 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 6 July A.D. 2020 | Staff
    A nation that is faithful to God and its fatherland will be miraculously blessed by God, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere of the Georgian Orthodox Church said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A miracle was seen in Georgia, where there was no eruption of the coronavirus epidemic despite the fact that the churches were never closed, as in many other countries, Met. Daniel emphasized, reports “The Georgian ethos is one of the first,” Met. Daniel said. “Someone may ask how it survived. It survived for two reasons: it was dedicated to the...
  • [Turkey's] Top Court Declares Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    07/09/2020 5:54:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/9/20 | Jules Gomes
    Vatican silent as verdict triggers geopolitical tremorsISTANBUL ( - In a historic verdict, Turkey's top court has returned the world's greatest Byzantine basilica to its previous status as a mosque after it abolished President Atatürk's 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum. Turkey's highest administrative court, the Council of State, reached a unanimous verdict declaring that president Kemal Atatürk's cabinet had no right to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum as part of his secularist reforms and has rendered the decision unlawful. The court is expected to deliver its judgment Friday, but Turkish journalist Mehmet Ardıç, a close...
  • Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

    07/09/2020 7:41:00 AM PDT · by JoanSmith · 4 replies
    Open Letter to The Honourable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California from His Eminence Kyrill Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America in light of the decree issued by the Governor of California that forbids choral singing in churches. Your Excellency, I hereby express my protest against the recent prohibition of liturgical singing in houses of worship, which is an infringement of the rights and religious freedoms of the clergy and faithful of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Diaspora, the other Local Orthodox Churches, performing their ministry in this state, as well as other religious bodies. During the years...
  • Patriarch Kirill: A Threat to Hagia Sophia is a Threat to the Entire Christian Civilisation

    07/08/2020 6:21:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a “resounding” intervention with multidimensional nuances on the issue of Hagia Sophia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow called not to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. In a statement, Patriarch Kirill stressed his deep concern over the calls of certain Turkish politicians to reconsider the status of Hagia Sophia as a museum, “one of the greatest monuments of Christian culture.” He highlighted that there have been different, sometimes rather difficult periods in the history of relations between Rus’ and Constantinople. But “the Russian people responded in the past and respond now with bitterness and indignation to any attempt to degrade...
  • A Miracle in [Republic of] Georgia: We Did Not Have an Epidemic Although Churches Never Closed, Says Georgian Hierarch

    07/08/2020 6:16:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/6/20
    A nation that is faithful to God and its fatherland will be miraculously blessed by God, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Chiatura and Sachkhere of the Georgian Orthodox Church said during his Sunday sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. A miracle was seen in Georgia, where there was no eruption of the coronavirus epidemic despite the fact that the churches were never closed, as in many other countries, Met. Daniel emphasized, reports “The Georgian ethos is one of the first,” Met. Daniel said. “Someone may ask how it survived. It survived for two reasons: it was dedicated to the...
  • Kremlin Hopes Hagia Sophia's Global Significance, Sacred Value to be Accounted for in Determining its Status in Turkey

    07/07/2020 6:38:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/6/20
    Moscow, July 6, Interfax - Moscow expects the Turkish authorities to take into account the fact that the Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece of global art and has sacred value when making a decision as to its status, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. "Undoubtedly, we hope that the Hagia Sophia's status as a world heritage site will be taken into account. Of course, it's a favorite international masterpiece for tourists from all countries visiting Turkey, including tourists coming from Russia. And in addition to its tourism value, the Hagia Sophia has a very profound sacred value," Peskov told...
  • Montenegro Becomes First Balkan State to Legalize Gay Civil Unions

    07/07/2020 6:34:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/2/20
    With a 42-5 vote in Parliament on Wednesday, Montenegro became the first European country outside Western Europe and the EU to legalize gay civil partnerships. The new bill gives same-sex couples equal rights to traditional couples except for the right to adopt children, reports euronews. The move was hailed by the nation’s top authorities and the LGBT community. “By adopting the Law on Same Sex Life Partnership, Montenegro is for the first time regulating the legal rights of same-sex couples!” President Milo Đukanović tweeted. “A confirmation that our society is maturing, accepting and living the differences. Born free and equal...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Calls Hagia Sophia's Transformation into Mosque Inadmissible

    07/06/2020 6:49:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/6/20
    Moscow, July 6, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has spoken against transformation of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul, which currently has the museum status, into a mosque. "There must be no return to the Medieval Period. We live in a multipolar world, a multi-confessional world, and feelings of believers must be respected," head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said in the Church and the World program of the television channel Rossiya 24. He admitted that modern Turkey had a predominantly Muslim population but said "there is no deficit of mosques" in Istanbul,...
  • Services to Resume After 40 years in Famous Transfiguration Church on Kizhi Island [Russia]

    07/05/2020 3:42:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/30/20
    For the first time in 40 years, Divine services will soon be held in the world-famous Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island in the northern Russian Republic of Karelia. The church will reopen after restoration in July, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernishenko stated on Monday at a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, reports TASS. Restoration work was completed earlier this year, though the planned reopening in June was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The island reopened for tourists on June 10, though without the possibility of visiting architectural monuments. “Our ‘8th wonder of the world’ in...
  • Black Lives Matter is 'Anti-Christian' & 'Anti-Civilizational' – Outspoken Senior Russian Orthodox Bishop

    07/04/2020 6:37:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 7/1/20 | Jonny Tickle
    A prominent Russian cleric believes the 'Black Lives Matter' movement isn't a battle for human rights, but rather a "struggle for who is most important in humanity.” He says its true nature is "becoming increasingly apparent." Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, the deputy administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate says the campaign is "anti-Christian and anti-civilizational." The churchman was reacting to news that the statue of Emperor Constantine the Great, located next to York Cathedral in England, may be taken down due to his links with slavery. Statues around the world began to be removed and demolished during the recent Black Lives...
  • Greek Supreme Court Rejects Metropolitan’s Appeal of Hate Speech-Homophobia Conviction

    07/04/2020 6:33:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/30/20
    The Supreme Court of Greece has rejected the appeal of retired Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta regarding his conviction for “hate speech and incitement to violence” against homosexuals. “This is an historic decision for Greece, as it is the first time that the Supreme Court has set a limit to the inflammatory, racist discourse that incites hatred and violence,” commented Kleio Papapantoleon, a lawyer in the civil lawsuit, reports Romfea. His Eminence was initially acquitted in March 2018, with the Greek court declaring that it did not find any incitements to violence in a controversial 2015 blog post in which the...
  • Orthodox Faithful Protest LGBT Flags at U.S. and British Embassies in Moscow

    06/30/2020 6:55:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/30/20
    Despite the Trump administration’s stance against flying LGBT flags on embassy flag poles and despite a Russian law that bans LGBT propaganda that can or will be seen by children, the U.S. embassy in Moscow decided to fly the LGBT rainbow flag on its building last Thursday in honor of LGBT Pride Month. The British embassy in Moscow did the same two days later, just days before Russians are to vote on a number of constitutional amendments, including to constitutionally define marriage as between one man and one woman. “Today, the US Embassy in Russia is honoring THE LGBTI...
  • Consecration of New Bishop for Archdiocese of Western Europe (Full liturgy appx 3 hrs)

    06/30/2020 12:11:04 PM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 06-28-2020 | Cathedral of St. Aleksandre Nevsky
    (ROC) - On June 28, 2020, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Metropolitan John of Dubna, head of the Archdiocese of Western European Parishes of Russian Tradition, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Rue Daru in Paris. Concelebrating with Metropolitan John were Metropolitan Antony of Chersonesus and Western Europe, Archbishop Nestor of Madrid and Lisbon, and Bishop Symeon of Domodedovo, vicar of the Archdiocese of Western European Parishes of Russian Tradition. During the Liturgy Archimandrite Elisée (Germain), rector of the French-speaking community of the Holy Trinity at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, was consecrated Bishop...
  • [Russian Orthodox] Church Hopes to Hold Annual Royal Martyrs’ Procession in Ekaterinburg Despite Coronavirus

    06/27/2020 7:28:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/24/20
    Preparations are underway in the Ekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church for the annual Royal Days celebrations in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs, who were brutally murdered in Ekaterinburg on the night of July 16-17, 1918. Tens of thousands of Orthodox faithful flock to Ekaterinburg every year to show their love and devotion to the Royal Martyrs, with celebrations culminating with the nighttime Liturgy in the Church on the Blood, built on the site of the Ipatiev House where Tsar Nicholas and his family were murdered, followed by a cross procession to the Monastery of the Royal Passion-Bearers,...
  • BLM EXCOMMUNICATED: Priest Denies Communion to All Members of Black Lives Matter

    06/25/2020 8:15:03 AM PDT · by NRx · 48 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 06-22-2020 | Fr. Joseph Gleason
    "As a priest in the Orthodox Church, it is my duty to ban members of Black Lives Matter from receiving Communion. I will not desecrate the precious Body and Blood of Christ, by allowing it to touch the unclean lips of those who are members of that satanic organization. If they want to take communion, they will have to find some other church." "Members of Black Lives Matter need to get on their knees, and ask forgiveness for their participation in this godless movement." Black Lives Matter is a terrorist, Marxist organization which promotes abortion and homosexuality. This wicked group...
  • Constantinople’s Archons Appeal to President Trump Concerning Fate of Agia Sophia

    06/22/2020 6:04:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 6/22/20
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again upset the Christian world with his plans to reconvert the world-famous Agia Sophia in Istanbul, currently functioning as a museum, back into a mosque. Agia Sophia was built in the 6th century as an Orthodox Christian cathedral and served in the capacity until the fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman invaders in 1453, after which it was converted into a mosque. A 1934 presidential decree secularized the building and turned it into a state museum. But now, on July 2, the State Council of Turkey will review the possibility of changing the status...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Toppling of Statues to American Slave Holders

    06/22/2020 5:57:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/22/20
    Moscow, June 20, Interfax - Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion believes that toppling of statues in the USA is an attempt to rewrite the history. "We certainly should not project modern standards to the past. People of the past lived according to other rules, they spoke a different language, they acted in a different way, and just automatically transfer all acting standards, especially the existing in the West so-called liberal standards, to the past of humanity - it means to rewrite history permanently," the metropolitan said on air Church and the...
  • Russian Orthodox Church May Revise Its Approach to In Vitro Fertilization

    06/19/2020 7:24:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/17/20
    Moscow, June 17, Interfax - Attitude of the Russian Orthodox Church to in vitro fertilization can be changed, Bishop Savva (Tutunov), the Patriarchate's deputy property manager, believes. "One of the main, but not the only, problem of the in vitro fertilization was that several embryos were picked up and then their excess was eliminated. It is unacceptable for church approach. As I understand, today the new techniques allow avoiding such a situation, so the theme of in vitro fertilization is widely discussed in the Church and some new texts are being prepared," the bishop said in his interview with NG-Religii...