If the oldest Church in Ukraine - Saint Sophia in Kyiv - is open for worship services, no Church should not get the exclusive right for it.  --  read moreThe head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav has said about it in an interview for Tsenzor.NET, the Ukrainian news portal.

read more
 
Ukrainian Parish of St. Archangel Michael, Florence, September 13-15, invites to participate in a Church-wide pilgrimage to the Florentine Cathedral to honor the relics of St. John Chrysostom. The pilgrimage will be led by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, accompanied by the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC.

read more
 
Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus
 
CAIRO - 2 August 2019: Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of Alexandria, is set to hold a meeting on Friday with board members of the Coptic churches in the Arab Gulf states on the sidelines of the conference of the priests of the Arabian Gulf, hosted by the monastery of Bishop Bishoy in Wadi Natroun over the past three days.

read more
 
Moscow, August 1, Interfax - The Vatican embassy to Russia has denied online reports alleging that Pope Francis will attend celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the victory in WWII in Moscow next year.  -  "The Apostolic Nunciature in the Russian Federation is unaware of such rumors," a source in the Nunciature secretariat told Interfax on Thursday.

read more
 
The crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has galvanized some American religious communities. Many congregations have thrown themselves into sheltering and advocating for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. But the issue has also divided some churches.

read more
 
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional rabbinic leaders in matters of public policy, today said statements of support for Rev. Al Sharpton from Senators (and Presidential candidates) Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren reflected “great insensitivity” towards the Jewish community. Following an attack on Sharpton from President Donald Trump, Harris claimed that Sharpton “has spent his life fighting for what’s right and working to improve our nation,” while Warren said he “has dedicated his life to the fight for justice for all.”   
read more
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pax Christi International has two new co-presidents and while they hail from different continents, they share the view that rampant violence is posing ever-growing danger to the world.
 
Tout comme l’Église orthodoxe, la petite Église catholique d’Érythrée est dans le viseur du régime totalitaire du président Issayas Afeworki. En juin, ses 29 hôpitaux ont été confisqués et nationalisés.
 
In Nigeria, a ban on a Shiite Muslim group came after a court ruled the government could classify it as a "terrorist organization." Cardinal Onaiyekan of Abuja decries the move saying it sets a dangerous precedent for all religious minorities.
 
Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and the policies that led to the Holocaust all began with words, including words that targeted “the other,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago wrote in a July 24 commentary in the Chicago Catholic, the archdiocesan newspaper.

read more
 
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria on Monday led a Mass to commemorate the first death anniversary of bishop Epiphanius of St. Macarius Monastery who was killed on 29 July 2018.  ---  Pope Tawadros II said in his speech that Epiphanius was known for his moderate thoughts, and he was admired by all the people he knew.
read more
 
SERGIEV POSAD, Russia — Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims recite prayers and cross themselves as the melodious sound of church bells fills the air at the 14th century Trinity Lavra monastery in Sergiev Posad, a small town near Moscow.  Women, their heads covered in accordance with Orthodox tradition, sell religious icons and Bible literature, while a bearded monk dressed in a long black cassock walks slowly toward the white walls that encircle the monastery.
read more
 
ST.  MATTHEW’S MONASTERY, Iraq—Some 20 miles from Mosul in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, this Christian monastery has stood high on the slopes of Mount Alfaf since the year 363. Once home to about 7,000 monks in the ninth century, it’s among the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. 
 
On 25 July 2019, session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in the Supreme Church Council’s Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
read more
 
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided over by Patriarch Theophilos III, during the meeting concluded on July 25, decided to remove the canonical sanctions concerning the previous Patriarch, Ireneos I, which the same Synod had removed from the patriarchal office in 2005. Ireneos, thanks to the new disposition of the Synod, regains the episcopal office - which had been taken away from him - and was given the title of "Patriarch Emeritus".
read more 
 
Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Chaldean Church officially reaffirms its disapproval and its clear distancing from the formation and work of armed groups of the so-called "Christian militias". With an official declaration by the Chaldean Patriarchate sent to Agenzia Fides, it is stressed that the very idea of forming "Christian" armed militias "contradicts Christian spirituality" aimed at nourishing feelings of love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace.
read more
 
(RNS) — Just weeks into President Trump’s first term, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network asked the businessman-turned-politician whether he would make the plight of Christians facing religious persecution abroad a priority of his administration.  “Yes,” Trump said. “They’ve been horribly treated.”  
read more
 
Persian Gulf crisis: “What is happening in Hormuz is the predictable escalation of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal of May 8 2018”, said Matteo Bressan, Professor of International Relations at LUMSA University. The United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy on Iran is aimed at a new agreement the Islamic country will find hard to accept

read more
 
Persian Gulf crisis: “What is happening in Hormuz is the predictable escalation of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal of May 8 2018”, said Matteo Bressan, Professor of International Relations at LUMSA University. The United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy on Iran is aimed at a new agreement the Islamic country will find hard to accept

read more
 
Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2019 / 01:21 pm (CNA).- As some Christian genocide victims rebuild their homes in Northern Iraq, a tenuous security situation still threatens their future in the region.

read more
 
(Peter Anderson) Most of the results are now known for the expedited parliamentary elections that were held in Ukraine last Sunday, July 21.  There is, of course, much information available in the secular media concerning the results.  The following are two short articles in English giving a general overview.

raed more
 
Moscow, July 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church official believes that the trade war between China and the USA will negatively reflect on availability of Bible in the United States and English-speaking world in general.  --  
"The taxes introduced by President Trump will hit not only Chinese economy, but also the Christian mission and not only in China, but in the United States," Metropolitan Hilarion said on air Church and the World program on Rossiya-24 TV-channel.
read more
 
Government restrictions on religion have increased across the globe — and Christians and Muslims are persecuted in more countries than any other religious group, Pew Research Center has found.   --   Pew's report, titled "A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World," covered a 10-year span, from 2007 to 2017, and studied 198 countries.
read more
 
They are sowing “seeds of resilience and peaceful coexistence”; they assist the poor, promote equal rights, foster citizens’ participation in civil society: they are the members of the “Volunteers and Peace Building Programme” promoted by Caritas Iraq with the support of Caritas Italy and Missio Germany, to help Iraq recover from the war that broke out in 2003, followed by ISIS occupation.
read more - leggi tutto
 
YEREVAN, JULY 17, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on July 17 received Holy See Apostolic Nuncio to Armenia, Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt.
 
By Vatican News
 
In 2018, more than 820 million people did not have enough food, according to the latest UN report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world. Msgr. Fernando Chica Arellano, Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN food and agriculture organizations in Rome commented on the report.
 
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The rabbi of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, site of an October mass shooting, tries to avoid using the word “hate” and wishes others would do the same. -- A Muslim man who lost his wife in the March attack on his New Zealand mosque urges love for every human being. --  A Christian woman from Sri Lanka hopes religious leaders will remain compassionate even in the wake of terrorist bombings that killed Christians attending Easter services in the spring.
read more