Church leaders: Restoration on Jesus’ tomb signals new cooperation

TheBostonPilot.com  By Judith Sudilovsky  Posted: 3/22/2017   The restored Edicule is seen during a ceremony marking the end of restoration work on the site of Jesus’s tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher March 22. (CNS photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Reuters) JERUSALEM (CNS) — Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the […]

Western saints names included on Moscow Patriarchate Calendar

Inclusion of western saints’ names on Moscow Patriarchate calendar aims to remind of times of undivided Church – Russian Orthodox Church Source: Interfax-religion admin | 13 March 2017 Moscow, March 13, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church hopes that its official commemoration of the western saints, who were glorified before the division of the Church, […]

Why Russia had two St. Patrick’s days this year

By Adam Taylor March 17 The Washington Post The dome of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is seen behind the monument of Saint George in Moscow on March 17. (Yur Kadobnov/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Informally, Russia has long marked St. Patrick’s Day, joining the rest of the world in the March 17 celebration of […]

Pope Francis will visit Egypt

(Vatican Radio) A statement from Greg Burke, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Egypt at the end of April. Here is the full text of Greg Burke’s statement: “In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His […]

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer

Changing canon law, pope brings Latin and Eastern practices closer (National Catholic Reporter) Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Sep. 15, 2016 Vatican City In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The […]

Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch meeting in Cuba

  After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba   Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in Cuba, Vatican announces By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service 2.5.2016 8:09 AM ET VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12 in […]

Synaxis – day two

A video of Patriarch Kirill’s address to the synaxis may now be viewed on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LumwJEqmmkg Even if you cannot understand Russian, the 15-minute video is very interesting in that it also includes views of the opening of synaxis and many views of the various delegates. The Patriarch’s remarks are summarized in Russian at https://mospat.ru/ru/2016/01/22/news127085/. […]

Council to be held in Crete

The Romanian Patriarchate continues to be the best source of information about the developments at the synaxis. The following link conveys some very exciting news. http://basilica.ro/sfantul-si-marele-sinod-panortodox-se-va-intruni-in-creta-grecia–111604.html I have pasted the Google translation below: His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church said Sunday, January 24, 2016, that the Holy Great Pan-Orthodox Synod in June […]

Pope: September 1, day of prayer for the environment

Link to news article: Pope creates day of prayer for the environment

Coptic Church recognizes martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians

The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar. Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This […]

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