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Islam, ecumenism and regional conflict on Pope’s agenda in Turkey

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Source: The Catholic Register BY  FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY - Almost every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. Given the country's crucial geographic position straddling Europe and Asia, its historic importance for both Christianity and Islam and the wars now raging in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis will have to address a variety of urgent topics during his … [Read more...]

Group forms new Greek Orthodox parish in Salt Lake area

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Source: KSL.com By Whitney Evans MURRAY — A group labeling itself "progressive" voted Saturday to create an additional parish in the Salt Lake Valley. A little more than 100 people gathered at Hillcrest Junior High, 156 E. 5600 South, to create the Greek Orthodox Mission Parish Saturday. The majority voted in the affirmative. "This is your chance to do it right, to do what you've learned over the years and to do it with a fresh start," Father Luke Uhl, chancellor for Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Religion can contribute to Cyprus peace, says Mufti

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Source: The Cyprus Weekly Saturday’s pilgrimage to the Hala Sultan Mosque in Larnaca by more than 1,000 Turkish Cypriots proves the island’s two communities can co-exist peacefully, Turkish Cypriot religious leader, the Mufti of Cyprus, Talip Atalay has said. Speaking after morning prayers at the mosque, he thanked everybody who helped make the pilgrimage possible, in particular the head of the Greek Orthodox church Archbishop Chrysostomos and the Swedish embassy here. “Today’s … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hanna Calls For International Recognition Of Palestinian Rights

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Source: IMEMC News by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine, Archbishop of Sebastia (Theodosius) Attallah Hanna, called on the world community to fully recognize all legitimate Palestinian rights of liberation and independence. Archbishop Hanna said what is happening in Jerusalem, the deadly escalation in the city, stems from Israel’s ongoing injustice, and violations, against the Palestinian people, their property and their holy … [Read more...]

Church and state in Greece: A new concordat?

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Source: The Economist BY B.C. | THESSALONIKI IN THE churches of this country's second city, some of which date from the Byzantine era, there was a decent turnout of worshippers this morning for one of the most enigmatic and mystical rites of the Greek church calendar: a service commemorating the moment when the Virgin Mary, as a young girl, is said to have gone to live in the Jerusalem Temple and prepared to become a new kind of "temple" herself by carrying a divine child in her … [Read more...]

Prince Charles tells Armenian church of his heartbreak over attacks on Middle Eastern Christians

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Source: The Tablet by James Roberts The Prince of Wales this week followed up his impassioned plea for religious freedom at the 4 November launch of an Aid to the Church in the Need report on persecution, with a visit to St Yeghichè’s Armenian church in South Kensington, London. April next year marks the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the genocide by the Ottoman Government against the Armenian population, in which 1.5 million were killed. Some of those who escaped fled to … [Read more...]

International Congress of Orthodox Youth

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Source: Christian Telegraph The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill led the opening of the International Congress of Orthodox Youth, organized by the Youth Department of Synod on November 18, 2014 in Moscow, reports The Christian Telegraph in reference to “Patriarhiya.ru.” With the support of the Government of Moscow in the framework of the Congress an extensive cultural and educational programs for youth were implemented, themed booths and stands dedicated to different periods of … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Priest Admits Comet Could’ve Created Life on Earth

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Source: The Moscow Times Boldly bridging the gap between faith and science, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman has voiced backing for the panspermia theory of life origin, which holds that life was transported here from elsewhere in the universe. "God could have created the world through various means," Moscow Patriarchate representative Vsevolod Chaplin was cited as saying Thursday by the TASS news agency. "This includes the primary material contained in the bowels of a comet," … [Read more...]

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life on Mt. Athos. Although such mainstream coverage is rare, it is not entirely without precedent. Decades earlier, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, the long-time dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and a major voice in 20th century Orthodox Christianity, used to appear on a CBS … [Read more...]

Editor-in-Chief of a Greek Newspaper Jailed for Defamation Against Head of the Church of Greece

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens - The editor-in-chief and the publisher of the Greek Akropolis newspaper have been sentenced to several months imprisonment, reports Romfea. The charge of the trial court sounds unambiguous: for repeated defamatory publications against head of the Church of Greece, the Archbishop of Athens, and other hierarchs. After the hours-long hearings the court found the editor-in-chief and the publishing editor guilty of the libelous publications that had allegedly … [Read more...]