Bermuda to become first territory to restore traditional marriage

Just six months after a court ruling imposed same-sex marriages, the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda is to become the first territory in the world to restore traditional marriage, reports the Catholic Herald.

A referendum last year saw voters overwhelmingly voting against same-sex marriage, but a judge of the island’s Supreme Court later ruled that the Registrar General had to accept a gay couple’s marriage application, arguing that the traditional definition of marriage was “inconsistent with the provisions of the Human Rights Act as they constitute deliberate different treatment on the basis of sexual orientation.”

Pope Francis on need to respect all Myanmar's ethnic groups 0

Pope Francis began his first full day in Myanmar on Tuesday with an unscheduled encounter at the Archbishop’s House, meeting with a group of 17 leaders from the different religious traditions present in the country.

Following that encounter, he travelled by plane up to the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, where he met President Htin Kyaw and Burmese leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, before addressing diplomats and government leaders gathered at an international convention centre.

Armenia offers Germany to take part in renovation of church in Syria

Armenian lawmaker, head of the foreign relations committee Armen Ashotyan on Wednesday, November 22 met member of the German Bundestag Heribert Hirte and suggested that the German side participate in the renovation of the Armenian church of Deir ez-Zor, Syria. At a meeting in Yerevan, Ashotyan attached great importance to the interparliamentary cooperation with the Bundestag, adding that the Armenian side is ready for deeper ties.

Putin hails Armenian church as one of the world’s oldest spiritual centers

New Nakhichevan and Russian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church has served as a real spiritual center for thousands of people since 1717, Russian president Vladimir Putin said at an event marking the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese in Moscow on Wednesday, November 15.

Albania begins charging for entrance to Orthodox holy sites

Pilgrims and visitors must now purchase tickets for the privilege of entrance into several Orthodox monasteries and churches throughout Albania, according to a recent governmental decision, reports aktines.blogspot.ru.

Clergy have already called the decision another in a long line of restrictive measures directed against the Orthodox Church in Albania.