Israel Seizes Lands from Russian Orthodox Monastery

Israel Seizes Lands from Russian Orthodox Monastery

Orthodox Monastery at the Sea of Tiberias Partially Appropriated The Russian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, located in Tiberias (Northern Israel) on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has lost part of its land because the Israeli authorities have decided to develop a recreation area there. This monastery...

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We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

We ask your prayers for peace and healing in the Middle East

Almighty God and Creator, You are the Father of all people on the earth. Guide, I pray, all the nations and their leaders in the ways of justice and peace. Protect us from the evils of injustice, prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war. Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and...

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The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The embattled Christian communities in Bethlehem and Nazareth, which even those with ambivalent attitudes towards Israel are deeply concerned about By Inna Lazareva For a few days this May, the little town of Bethlehem faced a publicity onslaught. Quiet alleyways and subdued streets became a bustle of activity. Seemingly every...

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IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing...

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What language did Jesus speak?

What language did Jesus speak?

During the recent Apostolic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the western media seemed to lose sight of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s role in this historic event. Instead, it focused on Pope Francis and political leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. An article by Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou, “Pilgrimage or...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Joins Pope Francis at a Vatican Invocation for Peace

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Joins Pope Francis at a Vatican Invocation for Peace

From left, Israel’s President Shimon Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pose for photographers at the end of an evening of peace prayers in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian...

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Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

During his recent visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis surprised many people by inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to a prayer summit at his home in the Vatican. This morning, the Washington Post reports that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew may also attend this...

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The Horns of Hattin

The Horns of Hattin

On a July 4 almost a thousand years ago, in the year of our Lord 1187, a multitude of men clad in the Cross died in despair on a hill in Palestine. Their death began a long night for the Christians of Jerusalem, for the battle fought on this hill...

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