Christian world

Syria: Joint statement issued in memory of abducted Aleppo bishops

A Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Patriarch John X at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus on April 22 on the 5th anniversary of the kidnapping of the Aleppo bishops, namely Bishop Youhanna Ibrahim and Bishop Paul Yazigi as well as for all the abducted people.The Liturgy was concelebrated by several bishops, priests and deacons as well as attended by a large number of priests, nuns and a large gathering of believers.At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a special prayer was held in the memory of the kidnapped hierarchs and was followed by a joint statement issued by Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East and Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.Following is the full text of the statement:

The Meeting of the co-chairmen of the dialogue between the Eeastern Orthodox Church And Oriental Orthodox Churches

Invited by the co-chairmen, HE Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and HE Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, of the Joint International Theological Commission of the two families of the Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and with the presence, blessings and gracious hospitality of His Holiness Aram I, a working group met in Antelias on April 12th, in order to discuss developments of the bilateral theological dialogue and prepare the upcoming meeting of the joint commission. The working group was composed of bishops of the two families.

OCP Secretary Visits the Serbian Patriarchate

OCP Secretary Visits the Serbian Patriarchate
OCP Secretary Visits the Serbian Patriarchate
OCP Secretary Visits the Serbian Patriarchate
OCP Secretary Visits the Serbian Patriarchate

George Alexander, Secretary of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Society) visited the Information Services department of the Serbian Orthodox Church on 12th April 2018.

Archdeacon Radomir Rarric, the chief of Dept. received OCP Secretary. The visit was part of strengthening the existing fraternal relations between the department of Information Services of Serbian Patriarchate and the Public Relations and Information Services dept. of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE. Archdeacon Radomir was presented with the icon of three saints, copy of Orthodox Dilemma, and traditional Kerala lamp. George was presented with a New Testament copy of the Serbian version of the Holy Bible. Vukica Pavicevic, aide to the Secretary in Belgrade was present for the occasion.

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic Damascus

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholic

Damascus, 14 April 2018  

God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!

We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:

Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Damascus

Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Damascus
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Damascus
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Damascus
Patriarchs of Antioch Meet in Damascus

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Beatitude Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus. During their meeting, His Holiness conveyed to His Beatitude Easter greetings and discussed several church issues.

Tens of Thousands of Iraqi Christians Still Living in Fear in Refugee Camps

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians who have fled their homes in the Nineveh Valley in northern Iraq are still living in refugee camps, and many of them are afraid to return to their hometowns, the Secretary for Inter-Christian Relations for the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov) related at a recent Russia Today press conference.

Washington DC: Bells tolls for Martin Luther King at National Catholic Shrine

Today, April 4th at 7.05pm (EDT), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops will join in solidarity with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in remembering the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, by tolling the Shrine's bells 39 times to honour the number of years Dr. King lived on earth.

At that time, the USCCB and the Shrine will join with numerous other churches and schools across the nation tolling bells in homage to Dr King's legacy and his many contributions including the principle of non-violent resistance. The moment is also an opportunity for us to pause and reflect individually on what we are doing to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us and to also ask ourselves how we seek to help our brothers and sisters still suffering under the weight of racism.