Islamists occupy church land in Egypt to protest Coptic pope’s comments

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Source: Catholic World News With police looking on, a crowd of 100 Muslim extremists occupied land belonging to a Coptic Orthodox diocese after Pope Tawadros II, the church’s new head, announced his opposition to the imposition of Islamic law in Egypt. The occupation lasted for over a day. “By seizing land that belongs to the Diocese of Shubra al-Kheima, Salafists are sending a warning to the new Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II," said Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church … [Read more...]

First Greek Orthodox Church to be built in London in 134 years

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Source: The Harrow Times By Emma Innes A new Greek orthodox church was officially opened in Harrow on Saturday. The Church of St Panteleimon and St Paraskevi, in Kenton Road, is the first Greek orthodox church to be built in London in 134 years. It was formally blessed and opened by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain and there was a reception following the service. Bob Blackman MP, who attended the opening, said: “It was an honour to be asked to attend this … [Read more...]

Blood and tears in the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia

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Source: Daily Times [Pakistan] by I Razi Azmi In the light of the conspicuous pervasiveness of Christianity in Ethiopia, it is somewhat of a surprise to learn that one Ethiopian out of three is a Muslim The military coup of 1974 that overthrew the famine-stricken Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie unfolded slowly, just as famines do, after army officers bundled His Majesty out of the royal palace in the back seat of an old two-door VW Beatle and imprisoned him. To these officers with … [Read more...]

Appeal for Hurricane Sandy Relief from Metropolitan Philip

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes: Beloved in Christ: Greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. I write to you today with a heavy heart as we continue to endure the effects of the massive storm “Sandy” that engulfed the Northeast last week. In fact, I had hoped to communicate with all of you earlier, but we just received our electricity back at the archdiocese and … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Establishes Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS VISITS STORM RAVAGED AREAS IN STATEN ISLAND, NY NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America establishes the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and designates Sunday November 11, 2012 as a day of prayer and offering on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Archbishop Demetrios of America, on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod, issued today an Encyclical (click here) in which he calls upon all the faithful throughout … [Read more...]

In Memoriam – Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [and various sources] SOFIA, BULGARIA His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, fell asleep in the Lord as a result of heart failure on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012. He had been hospitalized for the past month. According to an announcement issued by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the 13-member Holy Synod will meet to make funeral arrangements and choose a locum tenens until the convocation of a Church Council within the next … [Read more...]

Bishop Tawadrous Elected new Pope-Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church

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Source: The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK The 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark was announced on 4 November 2012. Bishop Tawadrous was chosen in an altar ballot, concluding the Papal Selection Process for the Coptic Orthodox Church. Bishop Tawadrous succeeds the late Pope Shenouda III, who departed on 17 March 2012. In a process that has taken nine months, the new Pope was selected in an altar ballot during a Liturgical service … [Read more...]

Church of Holy Sepulcher owes NIS 9m. water bill

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Source: The Jerusalem Post By REUTERS Church threatens to shut its doors after Jerusalem water company freezes the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate's bank account. This week the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has extensive and valuable property holdings in the Holy Land and maintains a headquarters in the ancient church, had its bank account frozen, said an official at water company Hagihon. A report in Ma'ariv on Friday said the Patriarchate was threatening to shut the … [Read more...]

Child’s Ballot Will Determine November Election—Of Next Coptic Pope

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Egypt's Orthodox cast lots Sunday to find God's choice for who succeeds Pope Shenouda III. by Jayson Casper Source: Christianity Today While Americans prepare to elect their next president on Tuesday, Egyptian Christians are leaving this Sunday's choice for their highest leader up to a higher power: God. On November 4, one of three final candidates will succeed Pope Shenouda III, the beloved "pope of the Bible" who died in March, as the 118th patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox … [Read more...]

How parishes can help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA CSHA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid (CSHA) is encouraging all parishes to assist International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing emergency assistance to those suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mrs. Donna Karabin, department chair, IOCC has received initial requests for anticipated shipments of emergency relief items from its ecumenical partners … [Read more...]