Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

Source: CatholicPhilly.com BY FRANCIS X. ROCCA Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The Orthodox bishop who is coordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch’s May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity. But he also said the two leaders are likely to discuss a range of common concerns, including the predicament of Christians in the Middle East, conservation of … [Read more...]

THE HOLY FIRE HAS DESCENDED IN THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Jerusalem, April 19, 2014 - The Holy Fire has descended on Holy Saturday in the Church of the Lord’s Sepulcher in Jerusalem. His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has passed on the Holy flame to the tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the church. Among them were representatives of the St. Andrew the First-Called foundation, who will bring the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Moscow by airplane, reports RIA Novosti. The time it takes for the Holy Fire … [Read more...]

Patriarch Irinej: Kosovo Is Serbian Jerusalem

Source: inSerbia Independent News BELGRADE [TANJUG] – Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej said on Monday at a forum commemorating the 10th anniversary of the March pogrom, destruction of Serbian holy sites and exodus of the Serbs from Kosovo, that it had been an attempt to destroy the root of the Serbian people and erase their existence in that area. Despite that attempt, the SPC remained as a spiritual oasis that brings hope to the Serbian people in Kosovo, he said. “As long … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian patriarchs call for resolutions in Ukraine

Source: Catholic Online By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) Conference will be the first in over 1,200 years Calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence which is driving Christians out of the Middle East, patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul this past weekend. At the summit, twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches also agreed to hold an ecumenical council of bishops in 2016, the first in over … [Read more...]

The Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Romania Restore Ecclesiastical Communion

Source: Jerusalem Patriarchate On Monday, the 21st of January/3rd of February 2014, the “Patriarchal decision on the agreement and restoration of the ecclesiastical communion” between the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Romania was completed and sealed. The decision had been interrupted because of the construction, on behalf of the Patriarchate of Romania, of a Church in Jericho without the approval of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The aforementioned agreement was … [Read more...]

Christian rivals find unity in Nativity church restoration

Source: Global Post Agence France-Presse When Pope Francis visits Bethlehem in May he will see scaffolding covering the roof of the Church of the Nativity. It may be an eyesore, but it symbolises a rare show of unity among rival Christian faiths that are working together to restore the ancient basilica. Built in the fourth century by the Roman Emperor Constantine and restored by Justinian after a fire in the sixth century, the shrine over the cave where Jesus is believed to have been … [Read more...]

Church of Antioch may Break off Relations with Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Damascus, October 24, 2013 The Greek Church news agency Romphea has reported the decision of the Synod of the Church of Antioch regarding the issue of jurisdiction over the state of Qatar, stated by the Patriarch of Antioch. Patriarch John X has warned the head of the Church of Jerusalem that if within two months he does not take steps to resolve the problem with Qatar, then the Church of Antioch will have to break off relations with the Church of … [Read more...]

Settlers Burn Greek Orthodox Church Land In Jerusalem

Source: International Middle East Media Center by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News Sunday evening April 28, 2013, a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt a land that belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that dozens of extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers gathered in the area, and that the armed settlers went on to burn the church land. On Saturday, three Palestinians, member of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Leads Jerusalem’s Sit-In for Prisoners

Source: FARS News Agency TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinian residents organized a sit-in in front of the Red Cross encouraging detainees on hunger strike and in solidarity with the loss of detainee Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh. erusalem figures and families of detainees participated in the demonstration. Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna said that "we are in the heart of Jerusalem expressing solidarity with all our detainees, especially our Hebron people who lost detainee Maysara, the Palestinian … [Read more...]

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

Source: International Business Times By Gabriele Barbati JERUSALEM -- Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was erected in 325, over the site where it is believed Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Yet, few know that it is a Muslim who opens and closes the only door to this holiest of Christian sites. In fact, it's two Muslims: one man from the Joudeh family and another man from … [Read more...]