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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO JERUSALEM The meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the City of Jerusalem May 23-27, 2014 A Historic Meeting Learn about the purpose of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem. On Sunday, May 25. 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will meet at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land fifty years ago by their revered predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.   The historic meeting in 1964 marked the beginning of a new era in the relations between…

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 the natural environment, and defense of the traditional family. “We hope that this will not just be a meeting like others, but we hope…

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 to descend from the moment the Patriarch enters the Holy Sepulcher can vary from year to year. In…

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 as Kosovo is in our hearts, minds and songs, it will be ours, because hope dies last,”…

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 1,200 years. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The Ukraine crisis overshadowed their talks. As the prelates left a special…

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 prepared during the year 2013 over meetings between delegations of the two Patriarchates in Jerusalem, upon the peacemaking mediation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. For the completion of the said agreement, His Beatitude Theophilos,…

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 born is undergoing a major renovation. The project, which will see the entire church restored, began…

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 Jerusalem. Both local Churches consider the state of Qatar to be their canonical territory. The conflict happened…

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 the Al-Maghribi family, in Sheikh Jarrah, were injured after the settlers burnt the family’s land near their home, and the fire…

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 Maan news agency reported. “This sit-in is to tell them that we don’t forget them and we reject Israeli brutality against detainees.” Thousands of mourners on Thursday attended…

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