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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Its Past, Present, and Future 15 Ιουλ. 15 (23:34) / WorldThe Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Its Past, Present, and Future Religions for Peace USA regularly spotlights member communities to be featured in The Interfaith Observer. This month, Suzy Lamoreaux interviews Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, who represents the Archdiocese on RfPUSA’s Executive Council. The Archimandrite was appointed director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in September 2013. Fr. Nathanael and his department work to spread interest in and knowledge of Church activities and teachings while “always respecting the sincerity of the religious convictions and spiritual sensitivities of others.”
A Christian Call in a Time of Crisis in Europe 10 Ιουλ. 15 (17:04) / WorldA Christian Call in a Time of Crisis in Europe In the spirit of the contemporary inter-Christian cooperation, churches have contributed to the development and establishment of a wider ecumenical spirit of reconciliation and collaboration – extremely necessary and significant for both Europe and the world. This spirit was particularly needed in challenging times, such as following the end of the World War ΙΙ and the rise of the divisive climate of the Cold War between the East and West. Since then, churches have worked to support a progressive, and sometimes even a radical Christian spiritual approach in addressing social, political, economic and environmental issues. In this spirit, as Christians and responsible citizens, we call the European churches, ecumenical organizations, religious institutions and various Christian movements in Europe to respond to our call to ensure a secure future of our common home by taking immediate actions.Historic church in Turkey’s Bursa for sale on Internet 09 Ιουλ. 15 (22:20) / WorldHistoric church in Turkey’s Bursa for sale on Internet The 700-year-old arched church in the northwestern province of Bursa’s Mudanya district has been put on sale on the Internet for $1 million, news website T24 has reported. Pope Francis says let Greeks have dignity, while urging responsible decisions 02 Ιουλ. 15 (18:58) / WorldPope Francis says let Greeks have dignity, while urging responsible decisions The Greek financial crisis strikes fear in Europe and the world it will trigger a contagion that could upset the global economy along with anger from people in the stricken nation that they are being humiliated.Could Christianity be driven from Middle East?15 Απρ. 15 (19:15) / WorldCould Christianity be driven from Middle East?Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew04 Απρ. 15 (14:43) / WorldInterview of the Ecumenical Patriarch BartholomewTo climb the narrow staircase, in their understated elegance, which connect the floors of the Building of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, gives rhythm to the clear perception that this place, in itself small, is the spiritual heart of millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide. Greece: Catholic Archbishop hopes for change in attitudes towards religious minorities29 Ιαν. 15 (21:42) / WorldGreece: Catholic Archbishop hopes for change in attitudes towards religious minorities"Although the interests and concerns of churches like ours will be secondary for the new government, I think we can be optimistic our possibilities will improve," said Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis, general secretary of Greece's six-member bishops' conference, Jonathan Luxmoore of the Catholic News Service writes in an article published by America magazine.Factory Gives Fighter Jet to Head of Russian Orthodox Church19 Σεπ. 14 (18:33) / WorldFactory Gives Fighter Jet to Head of Russian Orthodox ChurchMOSCOW — Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq20 Αυγ. 14 (09:43) / WorldStatement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in IraqThe recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility.Metropolitan Onufry elected primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church13 Αυγ. 14 (18:11) / WorldMetropolitan Onufry elected primate of Ukrainian Orthodox ChurchKiev, August 13, Interfax - The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina the new primate, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Zhanna Shevchenko told journalists.Message by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Opening of the FIFA World Cup13 Ιουν. 14 (17:59) / WorldMessage by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Opening of the FIFA World CupIt 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.”Why St George is a Palestinian hero23 Απρ. 14 (12:42) / WorldWhy St George is a Palestinian heroAs 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.Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth II: shared Christian heritage04 Απρ. 14 (00:32) / WorldPope Francis and Queen Elizabeth II: shared Christian heritage(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.Erdogan wants to convert Αgia Sophia into a mosque17 Μαρ. 14 (10:34) / WorldErdogan wants to convert Αgia Sophia into a mosqueIstanbul’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.Christians in Ukraine: Ecumenism in the Trenches06 Μαρ. 14 (19:57) / WorldChristians in Ukraine: Ecumenism in the TrenchesThe 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.Pope on Interreligious dialogue: Foster respect and friendship29 Νοε. 13 (16:56) / WorldPope on Interreligious dialogue: Foster respect and friendship(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. Forced Islamization of northern Cyprus continues unabated30 Οκτ. 13 (22:47) / WorldForced Islamization of northern Cyprus continues unabated 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.Cleric asks for Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosque16 Οκτ. 13 (15:18) / WorldCleric asks for Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosqueThe 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.WCC General Secretary celebrates the legacy of Constantine07 Οκτ. 13 (12:59) / WorldWCC General Secretary celebrates the legacy of ConstantineRev. 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.Hagia Sophia mosque conversion under fire05 Σεπ. 13 (12:51) / WorldHagia Sophia mosque conversion under fireThe 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. The Conference of European Churches urges Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for immediate release of Archbishop Jovan!09 Ιουλ. 13 (10:10) / WorldThe Conference of European Churches urges Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for immediate release of Archbishop Jovan!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.John XXIII Canonized For Sainthood 06 Ιουλ. 13 (19:34) / WorldJohn XXIII Canonized For Sainthood 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.Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint26 Ιουν. 13 (14:18) / WorldJews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saintA 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.