Serbian Patriarch and President meet and urge “unity”

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SOURCE: B92 BELGRADE [Tanjug] -- Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej and President Tomislav Nikolić met on Monday and urged "absolute unity and responsibility". This is necessary "in the search for a solution to the Kosovo and Metohija issue as the most important national matter." “We wish to resolve the Kosovo and Metohija issue in a way that does not jeopardise the Constitution or Serbia's sovereignty, nor calls into question the lives and security of Kosovo-Metohija … [Read more...]

Turkey uncovers alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Istanbul, Turkey 5/10/2013 The Order of Saint Andrew expresses grave concern and outrage at the recently uncovered plot to assassinate His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on May 29th–the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople. The personal safety and security concerns of His All-Holiness have been conveyed to the highest levels of the U.S. Government, including the White House, State … [Read more...]

Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America & Orthodoxy Today In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. by Douglas Cramer The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred … [Read more...]

Church Leaders Welcome Climate Of Religious Tolerance In Kuwait

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Source: Arab Times By Paul Francis X. Fernandes (Arab Times Staff) Egyptian Orthodox Church Holds Reception On The Occasion Of Egyptian Easter Season KUWAIT CITY, May 9: The Egyptian Orthodox Church in Kuwait held a reception on the occasion of the Egyptian Easter Season in honor of Sheikha Fariha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah the President of the Kuwait Association for Ideal Family and the Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Sheikha Fariha was honored in the presence of Rev Emmanuel Garib, … [Read more...]

The Crushing of Middle Eastern Christianity

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by Richard L. Russell Source: The National Interest Americans of all political stripes have embraced the promotion of democracy as a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. But this American democracy crusade has caused huge, and largely overlooked, collateral damage since the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks against the United States in 2001. The fall of authoritarian regimes throughout the greater Middle East has fueled growing persecution of minority Christian communities. The Pew Research Center has … [Read more...]

Head of Russian Orthodox Church Arrives in China

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Source: RIA Novosti BEIJING, May 10 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on Friday arrived in China for an official visit during which he will carry out services in Orthodox Cathedrals and meet with senior Chinese officials. “The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet with government leaders in China, leaders of religious groups, and also with the Chinese officials responsible for religious affairs,” the Patriarch’s press service told RIA … [Read more...]

How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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And why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs. By Andrew Doran The recent dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Texas briefly rekindled debate about the defining event of his presidency, the Iraq War. The visceral hatred of many for the war and the man having substantially diminished, a more sober assessment of both seemed to prevail in the coverage. In the same news cycle there appeared a seemingly unrelated event, the abduction of … [Read more...]

Georgians Wrestle With Abortion Issue As Gender Imbalance Grows

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Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty By Temur Kiguradze and Robert Coalso TBILISI/PRAGUE -- Georgia faces a serious and growing demographic problem. According to the United Nations, the ratio of newborn boys to girls in 1991 was 105 to 100. By 2000, it was nearly 110 to 100. And in 2011, it was almost 114 to 100. Together with its neighbors in the South Caucasus -- Armenia and Azerbaijan -- Georgia is on a trajectory to develop a gender imbalance on par with what has been observed … [Read more...]

The Politics of Human Rights: Orthodox Christianity Gets the Short End

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Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou [Washington, D.C. - 5/5/2013] Today is Easter for the world’s 350 million Orthodox Christians, who just completed their Holy Week of prayer and fasting  which culminated in today’s message of transcendent hope.  But all last week and today, Orthodox Christians the world over have been reminded that politics trumps human rights.  There’s a cruel irony in the fact that Orthodox … [Read more...]

[UPDATED] Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican

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Source: Vatican Information Service [UPDATED - See Related Story at bottom of article] Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) - From 9 to 13 May, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, will come to Rome to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has about ten million faithful. This large membership makes the Coptic Church one of the most important elements in the … [Read more...]