The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine. Our ongoing advocacy for a just peace is informed by an annual pilgrimage to meet with our sisters and brothers, listen to them, and witness the challenges they face.
 
"Our millennial history will help us". Between street mosaics, archaeological assets to be restored, photovoltaic energy for reconstruction, and agriculture that calls for peace ---   Finding a place in the Guinness for making the largest wall mosaic in the world with recycled materials deserves vivid eco-artistic compliments.  read more-- leggi tutto
 
Russia could become the protector of the country and of Christians. But in the meantime international powers - such as Britain and France - and regional powers - like Turkey and Israel - are claiming areas of influence, opening up new fronts of
 
As soon as he receives the Tomos of autocephaly, the new Church will address various themes: the governing bodies, the date of Christmas (25 December and / or 7 January); the situation in the Crimea; relations with other Orthodox Churches. The patriarch of Moscow, Kirill, pushes for the isolation of the Ukrainian Church.     read more
 
(Peter Anderson) The Holy Synod of the UOC-KP on December 6 decided that a council of all of the bishops of the UOC-KP would be held on December 13, two days before the unifying council.  Yesterday, the UOC-KP council was held. The official website of the UOC-KP has posted only a brief statement of the decisions made at the meeting. The statement reads as follows:   read more
 
MOSCOW: The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to the Pope, the U.N. and others in the West to defend a Moscow-aligned Church in Ukraine from "persecution", his office said Friday.  read more
 
Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has welcomed the Morrison Government’s release of the Religious Freedom Review and its response, which he says will be a focal point for the ongoing debate about religious liberty in Australia.
 
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will hand over a Tomos -- a decree granting independence, or autocephaly -- to the future head of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine on January 6, Archbishop Yevstratiy, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate said on December 13. read more
 
The heads of the Churches in Jordan have followed the issue relevant to a posting that insulted an image depicting the Last Supper. This posting is strongly rejected since this image has a holy status in the Church and
 
On the eve of the “Unification Council” in Ukraine, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk published the following reflections: -  “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to
 
Msgr. Bruno-Marie Duffé - secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and coordinator of the Holy See delegation led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State - at a
 
(Peter Anderson) On the road to the unifying council in Kyiv next Saturday, one must fasten one’s seatbelt because of the many twists and turns.  Today, Monday, was a good example.  In the morning, Filaret, the head of the UOC-KP, was
 
Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today? --  Merton, the famous Trappist monk and best-selling author, has now been dead for almost as long as he had lived. When he died unexpectedly on Dec. 10, 1968, at the age of 53 while in Asia on
 
ROME (Reuters) - Twenty cobblestones commemorating members of two Italian Jewish families who were deported to Auschwitz or killed in Rome were dug up and stolen in the early hours of Monday in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.
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Below is the statement from Pax Christi International issued on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
A Russian Orthodox priest will be punished for his Instagram posts flaunting extravagant items from Gucci and Louis Vuitton, a senior church official has said.
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Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza  --  Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See
Side Event on  “Leaders for Peace: Rondine Youth Appeal for Human Rights”  -  United Nations Headquarters, New York, 10 December 2018
 
Nineteen martyrs killed in Algeria in the years 1994 -1996 will be beatified on Saturday 8 December at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran. Pope Francis has nominated Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for
 
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Brother Yesudas lives in a centre that houses 60 people with mental disorders. Here there is always laughter. Patients “don’t have an attitude of accumulating but they live their life as a presence of Joy.”
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11/28/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Mosul was once a beautiful city. Today, piles of rubble are everywhere. Buildings are completely demolished; cars are riddled with bullet holes. Despite all the ruin and destruction, life in Mosul continues. But Christians, as much as possible, are trying to keep their distance.
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By Christine Rousselle    Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2018 / 05:01 pm - The US House of Representatives passed Tuesday H.R. 390, a bill titled “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act,” which seeks to assist with the rebuilding of the Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.
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If you’ve ever attended a Catholic wedding, you know the Church does weddings a little differently than other traditions- there are certain things we do and don’t do. However, if you are a ....  read more
 
For Esmail Nasr Al Deen, the reference violates the principle of equal rights and opportunities. Employers hire on the basis of religion.          The proposal meets resistance in Parliament, among Muslims and even among Orthodox Copts.                Spokesman Catholic Church: "The parliamentary debate will not be quick, there are many obstacles".  read more
 
From informed sources, we learned that the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate gathered today at the Phanar. They have just decided to dissolve the Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe by
 
Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios sent a letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras last year to protest potential changes to Article 3 of the country’s Constitution, according to reports.    read more
 
Saturday night, a chlorine mortar attack hit the city’s western neighbourhood. Shelling is taking place every evening, the prelate notes. This time, “we saw yellow smoke rise, different from the black and dense columns”. Residents now fear an escalation. Damascus and Moscow call on the UN to condemn the attack. The West is silent.
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TEL SKUF, Iraq — After being destroyed in the ISIS conflict, Saint Jacob’s Church once again can be seen as part of the cityscape in Tel Skuf.  --  Most of its residents fled when the area was a frontline between Peshmerga and ISIS until mid-2017 when the militants were pushed out. The town 30 kilometers north of Mosul city is the security responsibility of Baghdad.   read more
 
It is an honor and privilege for me to welcome you, on behalf of Iraqi Christians. I see Baghdad, the capital city of our beloved country, delight and bright for embracing you, who seek peace and love. Such an overwhelming joy that
 
On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Patriarch Bartholomew concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Daniel, members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and many more concelebrants, for the inauguration of the new National Cathedral in Bucharest.
 
Researchers, police, coroners and an imam in Sicily work hard to identify dead refugees and give them a proper burial.   ---  by Stefania D'Ignoti
Catania, Sicily - On All Soul's Day, around three kilometres from