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Pope Francis to visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem

The Holy Father will meet twice the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, hold an ecumenical meeting in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, and sign a joint declaration. The pilgrimage will also mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras.

The pope will hold two meetings with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as an ecumenical meeting in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. He will also sign a joint declaration.

The Polish Orthodox Church Will Return to the Old Calendar in June

The Polish  Orthodox Church will return to the Julian calendar. This decision was taken  during the spring session of the Council of Bishops, which took place on March  18 at the residence of Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland.

The decision was taken due to the fact that most of parishes of the Polish  Orthodox Church (96%) celebrate church holidays on the Old Calendar. Thus, the  Council canceled the decree of April 12, 1924, that introduced the New Calendar  into the Polish Church.

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).

The Orthodox Monastery of Saints Ninian and Cuthbert to become the first Orthodox Monastery in the Hebrides

Mull Historical Society describes Kilninian, built in 1755, as ‘one of the oldest (churches), and until very recently, still used for worship. Possibly standing on the site of an earlier medieval church, it first appears in the records of 1561, where it is stated that the parsonage of ‘Keilnoening’ had formerly belonged to the Abbot of Iona.’

The more recent history of the church includes the few years when Fr Stephen and his small community tried to found a Catholic monastery around Kilninian. When they changed their plans and moved instead to mainland Scotland, they very generously donated the church to the Orthodox Church, under condition that Kilninian would still be used as the home of a monastic community.

Ten years since March pogrom against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija

It is ten years today since a pogrom was committed against Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) and its order-givers and organizers from Albanian political and paramilitary structures have still remained unnamed and unpunished.

Lavrov: Ideas calling for revision of moral values are dangerous

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is concerned about the intensification in some countries of activities by ultra-liberal activists who preach permissiveness and a revision of moral values, adding that such actions are destructive to modern society.

"Supporters of ultra-liberal ideas, who promote permissiveness and hedonism and demand a revision of moral values, which are common for all religions, have recently become very aggressive in some countries," Lavrov said at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Lavrov reiterated that "such actions are destructive to society and are extremely bad for the education of the younger generation." "Children should be protected from information that harms their mental health and belittles their dignity," he said.