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 […]

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain canonized

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain (1924-1994), a monk of of Mt. Athos who was renowned for his holiness and the wisdom of his spiritual writings was recently canonized by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Note: Cononizations by the Ecumenical Patriarchate are significantly less frequent than those by the Roman Pontiff.

Maronites ordain married priest

Submitted on February 25, 2014 By Jennifer Brinker | Pope Francis has granted permission for a married deacon to be ordained to the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. Father Wissam Akiki was ordained Feb. 27 at St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis. He is […]

Pope Francis Meets with Russian Orthodox Representative

by Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez Rome, Nov 12, 2013 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today received  Metropolitan Hilarion, head of Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, who is visiting this capital. The meeting is considered an important sign of an eventual rapprochement between the two churches, which have been strained in the past […]

Divorce, Pope refers to Orthodox practice

MARRIAGE-ORTHODOX Aug-5-2013 (480 words) xxxi Speaking of divorce, pope refers to practice of Orthodox churches By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox […]

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican VATICAN CITY, May 10 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East. “We must prepare our people for this very real and needed unity that we know and live, […]

Catholic – Greek Orthodox Bishops Support Children’s Online Privacy Act

Prelates Release Joint Statement on Revisions to Legislation WASHINGTON, D.C., December 28, 2012 ( The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Communications and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America issued the following statement in support of the Federal Trade Commission’s revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that were announced […]

New Patriarch of Antioch

You may have already heard today’s (Monday’s) news that Metropolitan John (Yazigi) of Central and Western Europe has been elected the new Patriarch of Antioch.  However, you may not be aware of the Metropolitan’s English-language website which is a very extensive source of information about him.   His biography and lists of his publications […]

Patristic Symposium held in Saint Patricks, Maynooth

The Beauty of God’s Presence in the Fathers of the Church Patristic Symposium held in Saint Patricks, Maynooth By William A. Thomas DUBLIN, DEC. 19, 2012 ( Described as spectacular and the most international and ecumenical Patristic conference ever held in Ireland, the ‘Eighth International Patristic Conference’ recently concluded at Saint Patricks College in Maynooth. […]

Working together for the defense of Christian values

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, has sent a letter to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, president of the Bishops’ Conference in France, expressing support and readiness of the Moscow Patriarchate to work together for the defense of Christian values. Link to full article (in English) […]

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