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Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music Announced

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) announced the theme for its 6th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music which will be held 7-13 June, 2015 on the campus of the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland.

The theme of the conference in 2015 will be Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music.” According to the Very Rev. Ivan Moody, chair of the ISOCM board, the conference is expected to be both jubilant and innovative. “2015 sees the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of ISOCM, and in celebration of this our Sixth Biennial International Conference, many exciting events are being discussed and planned, with an array of international speakers.”

Growing persecution of Christians by radical islamist in North Syria

Christians in the regions of north Syria, controlled by insurgents, are faced with growing persecution by radical islamists, reported Melkite (Greek Catholic) Archbishop Jean-Abdo Arbach of Homs.

"The Muslim rule must be applied, while all the Christian symbols displayed publicly must be destroyed," said the archbishop in his interview with the "Aid to Church in Need" aid organization, commenting on the islamists' agenda.

An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family

An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family
An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family
An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family
An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family

Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono) comes from an old family of priests of the Japanese Orthodox Church. His great-great grandfather’s name—Priest John Ono—is often mentioned in the diaries of St1. Nicholas of Japan. We talk with Fr. Nikolai about his family and Orthodox churches of Japan and Russia.

Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo

Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo
Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo
Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo
Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo

Interparlimentary Association on Orthodoxy- Febraury-March 2014

The I.A.O. delegation consisted by Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis, Member oΕthe Hellenic Parliament, I.A.O. Secretary General, Mr. Sergei Popov, Member of the Russian State Duma, President of the I.A.O. General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Iskander, Member of the Parliament of Sudan, Member of the I.A.O. International Secretariat, Mr. Fuad Kokaly, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Member of the I.A.O. Committee on Human Rights, and the I.A.O. advisors, Mr. Kostas Mygdalis and Mr. Valery Alexeev, realized a visit to Cairo (28 February – 2 March 2014).

Consecration of the Church of Pope Kyrillos VI

On Sunday, March 2, 2014, H.H. Pope Tawadros II, along with 22 venerable metropolitans and bishops, consecrated the altar of the Church of Pope Kyrillos VI in St. Mina Monastary in Maryout.  The other church altars were consecrated in the name of St. Mina and St. Antonious.

Pope Tawadros also ordained 5 monks to the priesthood. 

In attendance on this joyous and historic occasion were 22 venerable fathers. They are:  H.E. Metropolitan Pachomius, H.G. Bishop Metaos, H.G. Bishop Isaiah, H.G. Bishop Serapion, H.G. Bishop Bicenty, H.G. Bishop Morcos (Shubra Al Khaimah), H.G. Bishop Demetrius, H.G. Bishop Thomas, H.G. Bishop Yuannis, H.G. Bishop Cosmas, H.G. Bishop Armia, H.G. Bishop Kyrillos Ava Mina, H.G. Bishop Theodosius, H.G. Bishop Marteros, H.G. Bishop Salib, H.G. Bishop Daniel (Paula), H.G. Bishop Mina (Khatatba), H.G. Bishop Mina (Canada), H.G. Bishop Epiphanius , H.G. Bishop Julius, H.G. Bishop John (Giza).

Source: Patriarchate of Alexandria

Villagers in Turkey Urge Renovations for Armenian Church Used as Barn

An historical structure in the western Armenian province of Van, in modern day Turkey, which once was an Armenian church, has been converted into a hayloft after serving as a school for some time.

Villagers fill the former church in the Korlu village of the Çatak district, 18 miles from Van, with hay, grass, cowpat and wood, but they have personally appealed to authorities to renovate it.