Al-Qaeda leader: US government, Coptic Orthodox leader conspired to oust Morsi

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Source: Catholic World News Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian who has led Al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden, said in a video that the United States and the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church were part of a conspiracy to oust President Mohamed Morsi, according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II “supported the crusaders in toppling the government of Mohamed Morsi,” said al-Zawahiri, because Tawadros wishes to establish a “Coptic state in southern … [Read more...]

Pilgrims gather in Kodiak to honor St. Herman

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Source: Orthodox Church in America KODIAK, AK [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will preside at the annual pilgrimage here August 7-9, 2013 marking the 43rd Anniversary of the Glorification of Saint Herman of Alaska, one of the first Orthodox Christian missionaries who began his ministry in North America in 1794. Saint Herman was glorified by the Church on August 9, 1970 and is universally recognized as a saint of the Orthodox Church and the protector of the Church in North … [Read more...]

Why Is Poverty-Stricken Romania Building So Many Churches?

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Source: International Business Times By Palash Ghosh The Eastern European nation of Romania, one of the poorest states in the European Union, takes its religious faith very seriously. An overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox nation (which claims at least 86 percent of the population as adherents), Romania has undertaken an aggressive campaign to build an extraordinary number of churches across the country, regardless of expense. According to a BBC report, about 10 new churches are built every … [Read more...]

Worries Grow About Fate Of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

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Source: ALMONITOR By: Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse Summary: The fate of the two bishops kidnapped in Syria on April 22 is still unknown, but they are feared to have been abducted and killed by Chechen jihadists, according to a Lebanese official.  A multitude of grim indications have surfaced about the tragic kidnapping of two bishops at the hands of armed factions in Syria. This most heinous of kidnappings in the ongoing Syrian conflict began on April 22, when news spread that … [Read more...]

World leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution, Vladimir Putin says

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Source: Life Site News by Hilary White MOSCOW, August 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have erupted in many Middle Eastern countries. Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week, the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional tensions are … [Read more...]

A “first” for Orthodox Christian military chaplains

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - On Friday, July 26, 2013, history was made as Priest Peter Baktis Ch (COL) USA became the first Orthodox Christian Chaplain to graduate from the US Army War College, at which time he was awarded a Master Degree in Strategic Studies and was certified for Joint Professional Military Education Level 1. Father Peter also received a new assignment as Command Chaplain for the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, a Direct Reporting Unit … [Read more...]

Official statement from the Committee of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate concerning the two Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulous Yazigi

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Source: Marthoman TV One hundred days since the abduction of the two Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulous Yazigi On Monday, April 22, 2013, which has become known to everyone, His Eminence Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox and Boulous Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox church were kidnapped at the hands of an unknown group near the Turkish-Syrian border between Aleppo and Antioch. The two sister churches have publicly and in private and continue today to exert … [Read more...]

Russian Navy Day Festivities to Nix Unchristian Characters

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Source: RIA Novosti MOSCOW, July 29 (RIA Novosti) – Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, will reportedly no longer be appearing at Russian Navy Day celebrations because the Orthodox Church, the strongest religion in the country, has protested against pagan characters at such events. Offending religious believers is a crime in Russia since last month. Violators face up to three years in prison. Pagan beings that were not aboard Noah’s Arc do not belong “at a celebration of an Orthodox … [Read more...]

Putin Stumps for the Orthodox Church in a Film Celebrating the Kievan Rus Anniversary

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Source: The Atlantic How recent documentaries show Russia's tilt toward Eurasianism and Byzantinism. PETER ELTSOV This week, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus celebrate the 1,025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, a medieval state that existed between the 9th and 13th centuries, which, depending on one's historical and political stance, is seen as the precursor of these three nations. In Russia, the celebration of this important anniversary included the release of a … [Read more...]

Greek monks hurl petrol bombs at bailiffs

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon THESSALONIKI, Greece: Civilian authorities on Greece's monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos said Monday a group of monks facing eviction attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs. No one was injured in the incident early Monday outside the Esphigmenou Monastery at the sanctuary in northern Greece, and no arrests were reported. The bailiffs retreated from the site. About 100 monks in the 1,000-year-old monastery have been involved in a years-old … [Read more...]