Christian world

First complete Bible published in Uzbek language

The first complete Bible in the Uzbek language was presented in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on June 1, 2017, at the Tashkent and Uzbekistan diocesan center of the Russian Orthodox Church. Translators worked on the project for 23 years, reports the Institute for Biblical Translation. A whole international team of professional translators from the Institute for Biblical Translation, the Summer Institute for Linguistics, and the United Bible Societies worked on the translation, with the support and active involvement of the Bible Society of Uzbekistan.

“That we now have a full Biblical text in the Uzbek language is a great joy—the joy that we can learn the Word of God. The Bible is the Book of Books. It is God’s revelation about how man should live on earth,” Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan said at the presentation of the new publication. In the bishop’s words, the newly-translated Bible “has great potential to penetrate into the heart and minds of many for people and harmony in Uzbekistan and in the whole world.”

The Town of Zababdeh

The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh

To the north of the West Bank and 15 km to the south-east of the City of Jenin, lies the town of Zababdeh or al-Zababida. The history of this small town dates back to no longer than two centuries. The first people who inhabited this land had fled their countries due to the oppression they suffered at that time.

The city of Tubas

Tubas is a Palestinian city a few kilometers to the west of the Jordan River. Its history dates back to the Canaanite era, that`s when it was originally named ‘Tuba Syoys’ which translates ‘shining star’. Tubas is also mentioned in the Book of Judges (Chapter 9) in the Old Testament under the name ‘Thebez’, when the ruler of Shechem at that time King ‘Abimelech‘ fled from Shechem after destroying it and killed its citizens.

There is growing interest in Martin Luther in the Orthodox Church says Ecumenical Patriarch

The Orthodox Church has been taking an active and increasing interest in the person and works of Martin Luther lately, according to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The Constantinopolitan primate expressed this opinion during a speech at Germany's Tübingen University on May 30, the day after receiving an honorary doctorate for his work in promoting the Orthodox-Protestant dialogue, as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, reports the Catholic news agency The Tablet. The Patriarchate of Constantinople entered into a bilateral theological dialogue with the Evangelical Church of Germany in 1969.

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany

On May 29, 2017, His All-Holiness travelled to Stuttgart, Germany, to visit the Evangelical Church in Germany, which is celebrating the 500-year anniversary since the Reformation. The Patriarch was invited by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm to attend the celebrations.

Patriarch received members of the Executive Committee of CEC

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received members of the Executive Committee of the Conference of European Churches, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 1 June 2017.

The high representatives of the Conference of European Churches expressed their gratitude to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the cordial reception during which they discussed various issues that are to be deliberated upon at the meeting of this international body, which is being held in Belgrade from 31 May to 3 June 2017. The Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished guests for the visit and wished them all the best from the Lord in their highly responsible work. The reception was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana as a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops, and the General secretary of the Office of the  Serbian Patriarch, Deacon Dr. Aleksandar Prascevic.