What lies beneath: Sinai’s hidden texts

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Source: The Financial Times By Clive Cookson A scientific effort is under way to reveal and record palimpsests at the world’s oldest continuously operating library The Greek Orthodox monks of St Catherine’s monastery in Sinai have been accumulating manuscripts and books since the sixth century, making their library the world’s greatest repository of early medieval writing after the Vatican. The collection is even richer than it first appears, because many of the 3,300 ancient … [Read more...]

Pope Recalls ‘Authentic Spirit’ of Vatican II on Anniversary

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Source:  AmericanCatholic.org By FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the start of a special Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI called on Catholics to revive the "authentic spirit" of Vatican II by re-proposing the church's ancient teachings to an increasingly Godless modern world. The pope spoke at a special Mass in St. Peter's Square Oct. 11, half a century to the day after the opening ceremonies of Vatican … [Read more...]

FINLAND: Call for papers for the Fifth International Orthodox Music Conference

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Source: International Society for Orthodox Church Music [ISOCM] The Fifth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, "Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven," will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 3 - 9 June 2013. The conference will take place at the School of Theology (Agora Building), Philosophical Faculty, University of Eastern Finland (Yliopistokatu 4, 80101 Joensuu). The conference programme will include a panel discussions, … [Read more...]

Turkey strongly condemns Jerusalem church vandalism

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Source: Trend Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Turkey is closely monitoring increasing attacks of Israeli extremists against sacred sites of Muslims and Christians. Vandals damaged the door of St. George Romanian Orthodox church and tossed garbage at its entrance. A tiny fringe group of pro-settler extremists are suspected in the vandalism. They have conducted similar attacks on churches, mosques and Israeli army property. The statement said Turkey strongly condemns any … [Read more...]

Christians ‘emptied from Middle East’

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Source: The Australian BY: ROWAN CALLICK THE mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked by foreign Islamist mercenaries, with strong support from Western countries. Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix was forced to flee to neighbouring Lebanon in June when she was warned of a plot to abduct her, after she revealed that about 80,000 Christians had been "cleared" by rebel forces … [Read more...]

Ecumenical prayer meeting held in Cairo

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Source: OCP News Service by Amir Ramzi (OCP Correspondent in Egypt) Egypt/Cairo: Heads of Egyptian Christian Churches (Oriental and Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Church) gathered at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo for a joint prayer meeting. Numerous faithful, Priest, Bishops of various denominations attended the prayer meeting. The purpose was to pray for the Divine choice of a new Shepherd for the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa. The Papal … [Read more...]

Orthodox Priest Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Source: Romfea / MYSTAGOGY by Nikos Pitsiakides Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, among great personalities from around the world, is an Orthodox priest known as the "saint" of prisoners. Father Gervasios from Thessaloniki has dedicated his life to offer assistance to needy prisoners. The last 35 years he has contributed to the release of 15,200 needy prisoners, who come from 90 countries, having raised more than 4,100,000 euros! People of the arts and many scientists from five … [Read more...]

Illegal diggings reveal ancient church, mosaics in Isparta, Turkey

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Source: Anatolia News Agency ISPARTA - The ruins of a church and mosaics discovered in illegal excavations in Isparta will be prepared for visitors. The remains are believed to be from the late Roman and Byzantine period and expected to attract faith tourism Excavations are being competed on an early basilica and mosaics that were discovered two months ago during an illegal excavation in the southern province of Isparta’s Kaletepe region. Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Abdullah … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim Leaves Hospital

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Source: Sofia News Agency  Bulgarian Christian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim has left the Lozenets Hospital, where he was for a second prolonged treatment during 2012. Patriarch Maxim was hospitalized in early August and left the hospital for a short stint at Dormition of Mary (August 15), with doctors requesting him to return promptly. In early September doctors at Lozenets Hospital head informed that the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is in a much better … [Read more...]

Japanese Fighter Baptized Orthodox Christian

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Source: MYSTAGOGY / Romfea by Aimilios Polygenis (translated by John Sanidopoulos) From his childhood years he focused on the martial arts, which led him to study traditional Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. After a period of many years, Tokashi Kishi came to know Christianity, the result of having read very many books. Christianity for Tokashi was another ethical teaching and appeared to him something like Buddhism. After a visit to Russia he felt an inner desire to learn … [Read more...]