Religious leaders welcome FBI hate crimes reporting

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Source: Religion News Service by Corrie Mitchell (RNS) For Raed Jarrar, the FBI’s decision Wednesday (June 5)  to begin tracking hate crimes against Arabs is a battle won in a larger war. “This is just one part of fixing the system, because unfortunately many hate crimes against Arab Americans have not been noticed,” said Jarrar, spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In addition to its decision on tracking anti-Arab hate crimes, the FBI has agreed to track … [Read more...]

Christians caught in middle of Syrian conflict

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Source: Deseret News Compiled by Matthew Brown, Deseret News The uprising in Syria began as a peaceful protest for diversity and democracy during the Arab Spring of 2011. But it has turned into a holy war between Shiite and Sunni sects of Islam — with Christians and other minorities caught in the middle. The highest profile Christian victims of the civil war are two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in late April, and there is still no official word as to the whereabouts or fate of the two … [Read more...]

“There’s more unity than differences with Catholics”

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Source: B92 / Tanjug NIŠ -- Serbian Patriarch Irinej has said that there was "much more that unites us with the Roman Catholic Church," compared to that which stands in between. "We've always been close and lately it is even intensified, and we want to move away those the moments that keep us apart," the Serbian Orthodox Church head told reporters at the opening of the exhibition "Naisus - Medians", organized by the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Niš. According to … [Read more...]

Cardinal Koch visits Ukraine to deepen Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

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Source: Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) The head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, heads off to Ukraine on Wednesday for a visit aimed at deepening the dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox in the former Soviet state. The Cardinal will spend two days in the capital Kiev, meeting with the small Greek and Latin Catholic communities there. He’ll also hold talks with the Ukrainian Orthodox leader, Metropolitan Volodymyr, of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to host 30th National Oratorial Festival

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Source: Your Collierville Submitted by Andrew Douglas The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Memphis is hosting the 30th National Oratorical Festival for teenagers June 7 - 9, 2013. This year the festival will be coming to Memphis for the first time and will be held at the church facility. The event is called the "St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival" and is sponsored by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The parishioners are … [Read more...]

The Stones Cry Out – The Story of the Palestinian Christians

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By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. I stared out my kitchen window one more time and simply saw too many lights across the mountainside. They belong to the new illegal Israeli settlement that has been going up during the past few years regardless of the results of any negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. I was reminded of the film I saw the other night. The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians was screened at Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center to a full house packed with an … [Read more...]

In Jordan a silent march for the bishops of Aleppo

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Source:  Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem AMMAN – On Tuesday, May 21, about 2000 Christians marched through the Jordanian capital with candles in hand, in a silent march to demand the release of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo – the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop al-Boulos Yazigi – one month after their abduction. H.E. Bishop Maroun Laham, Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem told Fides “that all the … [Read more...]

Continuing Clergy Development credits available to July 10-13 Parish Ministries Conference participants

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ARLINGTON, VA [OCA] - Clergy of the Orthodox Church in America who participate in the OCA’s 2013 Parish Ministries Conference, slated to be held at Marymount University here July 10-13, 2013, will receive Continuing Clergy Development credits [CCD], according to Archpriest Ian Pac-Urar, chair of the Department of Continuing Education. “All conference sessions will be credited hour-for-hour as CCD units,” said Father Ian.  “That is, a one-hour session is … [Read more...]

Church of Cyprus unveils large-scale construction projects

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Source: Cyprus Property News The head of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, has unveiled plans to build a major hotel in Paphos with Russian investors, an English-speaking school in Nicosia and a geothermal park. THE Church of Cyprus has begun the process of implementing large-scale works aimed at bringing investors and thousands of jobs to the island. Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said that the goal is to find work for as many unemployed Cypriots as possible. He … [Read more...]

Help stop the persecution of Christians in the military

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  15 events that highlight the growing hostility towards Christians in the military May 15, 2013 |  | Share with Friends |Permalink The aggressive anti-Christian actions of the Obama administration are real, documented and escalating. We must STOP anti-Christian actions like these: 1. January 2010 -- Department of Defense orders removal of tiny Bible references on military scopes and gunsights. 2. June 2011 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and … [Read more...]