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Message by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Opening of the FIFA World Cup

13 Ιουν '14, 17:59

It is with great joy that we respond to the gracious invitation of Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, the honorable President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, to offer a brief message on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in the beautiful country once known as “the land of the holy cross.”

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Why St George is a Palestinian hero

23 Απρ '14, 12:42

As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own forthcoming celebrations of the figure they also regard as a hero. A familiar flag flaps in the wind above a Palestinian church in the West Bank village of al-Khadr. The red cross on a white background has been associated with Saint George since the time of the Crusades.

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Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth II: shared Christian heritage

4 Απρ '14, 00:32

(Vatican Radio) A focus on the shared roots of Christian faith was a theme which emerged from the meeting Pope Francis had with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip on Thursday afternoon. Also attending the private encounter in a small study beside the Paul VI hall was Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former archbishop of Westminster and the first Catholic bishop to preach for the Royal Family since the Church of England broke from Rome in the 16th century.

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Erdogan wants to convert Αgia Sophia into a mosque

17 Μαρ '14, 10:34

Istanbul’s Αgia Sophia, one of the most famous landmarks in the world and a powerful religious symbol for both Christians and Muslims, will be turned into a mosque if Turkey’s Islamic-conservative government has its way.

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Christians in Ukraine: Ecumenism in the Trenches

6 Μαρ '14, 19:57

The religious map of Ukraine on the eve of the protests that began in November 2013 looked like a mosaic of military camps. The troops did not conduct active maneuvers nor openly attack each other. They just stayed in their tranches, while their generals occasionally met on the neutral ground to imitate negotiations on truce, which none of them really wanted. The situation changed, however, when the civil protests began in November 2013 at the central square of Kiev, the Maidan of Independence.

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Pope on Interreligious dialogue: Foster respect and friendship

29 Νοε '13, 16:56

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with participants from the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, who are exploring the theme, “Members of different religious traditions in civil society”. Lydia O’Kane reports.

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Forced Islamization of northern Cyprus continues unabated

30 Οκτ '13, 22:47

Istanbul (AsiaNews) - News of an exchange of visits between Metropolitan Christoforos of Karpasia and the Grand Mufti of Cyprus after 18 months has met with positive reactions worldwide.

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Cleric asks for Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosque

16 Οκτ '13, 15:18

The chief cleric of Istanbul’s historical Sultanahmet Mosque requested the transformation of the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque during Eid prayers on Oct. 15, saying that his own mosque was becoming increasingly crowded.

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WCC General Secretary celebrates the legacy of Constantine

7 Οκτ '13, 12:59

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) honoured the legacy of the 4th-century Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, saying that Constantine promoted the values of religious freedom, peace and fruitful collaboration between the church and the state.

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Hagia Sophia mosque conversion under fire

5 Σεπτ '13, 12:51

The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate released a statement criticizing the possible reconversion of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul into a mosque.

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The Conference of European Churches urges Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for immediate release of Archbishop Jovan!

9 Ιουλ '13, 10:10

The Conference of European Churches, which from 3rd to 8th July held its 14th General Assembly in Budapest, at the end of its work issued an announcement in regard to the arresting and the imprisonment of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, by the authorities of FYROM.

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John XXIII Canonized For Sainthood

6 Ιουλ '13, 19:34

Pope Francis announced the canonization of Pope John XXIII today alongside the announcement of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. The announcement that the beloved John XXIII, who is associated with Vatican Council II,was approved for sainthood came as a surprise as he had not been associated with a second miracle; something that is normally part of the sainthood process.

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Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint

26 Ιουν '13, 14:18

A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.

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1700 years of the Edict of Milan – There is still to be done to improve freedom of religion

26 Ιουν '13, 09:00

Upon the initiative of László Surján, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Jan Olbrycht, EPP Group Vice-Chairman a conference was organised today in the EP to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The meeting reflected on the very essence of this utmost important declaration that brought peace to Europe and allowed people to enjoy their faith without fear 1700 years ago in the Roman Empire. During the meeting the high level participants also discussed the contemporary stage of freedom of religion in Europe and across the world.

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Belarusian Orthodox Church wants death penalty to be abolished

24 Ιουν '13, 11:08

Minsk, June 24, Interfax - The Belarusian Orthodox Church said the death penalty must be abolished. But it also said that this problem should not be politicized. "The Belarusian Orthodox Church drew citizens' attention to the problem of the death penalty back in the 1990s. In 1996, on the eve of a national referendum which dealt with the death penalty among other issues, we urged the Belarusian people to give up this punishment," Metropolitan of Minsk and Sluzk and Patriarchal Exarch to all Belarus Filaret said in a message of greetings to a roundtable conference on religion and the death penalty in Minsk.

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