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South Korean president to meet Pope with message from North Korea

Pope Francis will receive South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Vatican on 18 October, Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office said in a brief statement on Tuesday.   

He also said that the previous day, Wednesday October 17, Vatican Secretary of State, CardinalPietro Parolin will preside over a “Mass for Peace” on the Korean Peninsula in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, in which President Moon will participate. 

Patriarch Kirill: It was a talk of Primates aware of their responsibility for the state of Universal Orthodoxy

His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia have met at the Throne Hall of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Phanar quarter in Istanbul.

Participating in the meeting were Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, and members of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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New rules implemented following murder of Coptic Bishop

With the motive behind the murder of Bishop Epiphanius of the Monastery of Saint Macarius appearing to be money, Pope Tawadros II has put in place new rules to enforce discipline within the Coptic Orthodox Church.

After the murder of Bishop Epiphanius on July 29th in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II has implemented new rules for Coptic Orthodox communities in an attempt to protect discipline in monasteries.

Turkey planning to open Islamic studies center on island of Halki

The Turkish government made an announcement on August 2 that is likely to increase tensions between the state and its Orthodox Christians.

While the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s seminary on the island of Halki has remained closed since 1971, Turkey has announced that it intends to open an Islamic studies center on the same island. Moreover, building plans have the Global Center for Islamic Studies situated right in front of the Orthodox seminary building, reports Sedmitza.

Human rights group created to protect Orthodox Communities in Eastern Europe

A new advocacy group aiming to protect the interests of Orthodox Christians throughout Eastern Europe has been created.

The NGO “Public Rights Protection,” a co-founder of the new “Eastern European Rights Protection Group,” reports that it includes representatives of human rights and public organizations from Balkan nations.

73 years on, Hiroshima remembers

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan opened the “Ten Days for Peace, 2018” on the 6th of August – 73 years after the USA dropped the first ever atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima.

This ten-day period opened with an Ecumenical prayer and marks a period dedicated to a “Concern with the Problem of Peace”. Like every year, the City of Hiroshima will mark the event with the tolling of the Peace Bell. At the monument commemorating the victims, the mayor will add the names of survivors who have passed away since 6 August of last year.