The outrages of radical Islamists on Iraqi and Syrian territory have not only deprived Christians who live under the yoke of the takfirists of the joy of Christmas, but also alarmed neighboring regions that for the moment are free of the terrorists, reports Linga with reference to news agencies.
According to the eyewitnesses’ evidence, on the territories occupied by “the Islamic State” the very utterance of the word “Christmas” is equated with the public preaching of Christianity and is punishable by death.
Department of Islamic Studies to be established at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki—Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos opposed30. December 2014 - 8:11
The Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos has sent an open letter to the dean of the School of Theology of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.
AgionOros.ru has published extracts from this message.
In connection with the opening of the Department of Islamic Studies at the School of Theology the Athonite Monks are expressing their “dismay and distress”. They are “raising alarm in the spirit of love, responsibility before history and posterity.”
In the Holy Kinot’s view, the initiative of studying Islam within the scope of the School of Theology, formerly oriented exclusively towards the Orthodox tradition, “is a serious mistake and clearly contradicts the teaching of the Holy Fathers… This step is directed against theology and against the Orthodox Church Itself.”
21 December 2014. On Sunday, the Armenian Chatholicosate of Cilicia celebrated the feast of the Deacon and Protomartyr St. Stephen. Archbishop Norayr Ashekian celebrated the Holy Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias.
The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church congratulates the feast of the birth of the Divine God-Child to believers and prelates of the Christian churches which celebrate Christmas on December 25.
CHRIST IS BORN! - HE IS BORN INDEED!
President Basahr-al-Assad of Syria receives Orthodox Patriarch’s of Antioch & Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun22. December 2014 - 11:14
His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II along with Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop and Dr Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun (Grand Mufti of Syria) visited His Excellency Dr. Bashar Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic, who received the Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Syria after the conference organized by the Syrian Ministry of Endowments. Th meeting was held on 21 December 2014.
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II receives Syriac Orthodox Delegation from Malankara : Apostolic Visit to India Scheduled for February 201522. December 2014 - 11:10
His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with a delegation of Metropolitan’s from the Syriac Orthodox Church in India . The delegation discussed internal affairs of the church in Malankara (Kerala). The delegation was led by Metropolitan Gregorious Joseph ( Secretary to Holy Synod of the Church in India).
The Patriarchal visit to India will be in the month of February 2015. The Primate of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church will take part in the annual feast of St Ignatius Elias III (late lamented Patriarch of Antioch and Ll East) whose mortal remains are kept at the Manjanikkara Monastery in Kerala. Patriarch will also take part in various programmes during the Apostolic visit.