Metropolitan Hilarion addresses Orthodox participants in 13th session of Joint Commission for Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue22. September 2014 - 13:35
On September 16, 2014, participants in the 13th session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches gathered together at Amman, Jordan.
On Wednesday, the 4th/17th of September 2014, the theological dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church officially opened at the “Conference Center” of the Jordan Government, near the Lord’s Baptismal Site in the East Bank of the river Jordan.
On 3 September, following the initiative of His Grace Bishop Angaelos, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury invited leaders and representatives of the Middle East Churches in the UK to gather “in Solidarity with Christians in the Middle East: Rejoicing in their Faith and Sharing in their Collective Pain”at Lambeth Palace on 3 September.
One way to stop being in a house divided is to leave, and that’s what nearly 200 Greek Orthodox residents did Saturday in creating their own parish.
Formal approval of their action in the Hillcrest Junior High School auditorium came from Rev. Luke Uhl, for the last 21 years the chancellor to Metropolitan Isaiah, the Denver-based prelate whose region includes fractious Utah.
The “Jabhat al-Nusra” extremist terrorist group has already for a month been besieging the Syrian village of Muhradah also known as Mhardeh, 25 kilometres from the city of Hamah—the majority of its population being Orthodox Christian, report the news agencies.
The Christian village in central Syria, surrounded by takfirist militants on three sides, has been living under threat of physical destruction for a month now. The village was deprived of electricity by the extremists as early as July 24 when an “al-Nusra” shell hit the local thermal power-station. 43 people, including women and children, fell victim to the subsequent shellings. Should there be another siege, the village is threatened with a local humanitarian catastrophe, experts are convinced.
According to the results of a poll conducted by the Research Center for Study of Public Opinion (SKDS), every fourth Latvian resident considers him or herself Orthodox (25.6%), reports Blagovest.info. In addition, the survey shows that another 22.6% consider themselves Catholics, 18.4% - Lutherans, 3.3% - Old Believers, 0.9% - Baptists, 0.3% - Seventh-Day Adventists, 0.1% - Jews.