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Ecumenical Patriarch to attend liturgy at historic Armenian church

(ARMENPRESS) — His Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, will also attend the annual liturgy in St. Cross Armenian Church…

Sep 03, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: OCN and Pemptousia Announce Strategic Partnership

ATHENS and FT LAUDERDALE (September 3, 2014) — On Wednesday, Pemptousia and the Orthodox Christian Network announced a strategic partnership to begin…

Sep 03, 2014

Save the Date: New Live-Stream Bible Study Starts Tomorrow!

Welcome to our online Bible study!  Fr. Athanasios Haros, host of “Be Transfigured!”, will be leading us in “The Church of the Holy…

Sep 02, 2014

NewsNow: Romanian Christians Facing Persecution in California

By Charlie Butts Romanian Christians are familiar with persecution in their home country but they didn’t expect to encounter it in America. The Holy…

Sep 02, 2014

Ecumenical Patriarch Declares Day of Prayer for the Environment

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year Prot. No. 907 + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical…

Sep 02, 2014

World Bulletin: Turkey’s Erdogan says Greek Orthodox school may reopen

(World Bulletin / News Desk) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the Halki seminary could be opened, but simultaneous steps should…

Sep 02, 2014

AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

(AINA) — Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her family as they were leaving Baghdede. ISIS escorted the family,…

Sep 01, 2014

B92: Serbian Church Bringing Canonical Charges Against Macedonian Bishop

BELGRADE — The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) announced Tuesday its decision to bring ecclesiastical charges against Archbishop…

Aug 31, 2014

Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) – Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began…

Aug 30, 2014

Living with EBOLA

Paradise4Kids, the organization supporting Fr. Themi in his fight against EBOLA, just published a telephone interview with volunteer Eleni McDermott….

Aug 29, 2014

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs…

Aug 28, 2014

NPR: Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary to Ghost Town in 2 Months

By Peter Kenyon The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qosh was humming with activity — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian…

Aug 28, 2014