Two pastors in China have been detained for re-erecting church crosses which the government had ordered taken down.
Huang Xiaoyuan, a deacon of Shangzhou Church and Zhang Zhi, a deacon of Zianqiao Church, were detained by police and charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb public order,” according to China Aid.
Last Sunday, Huang’s church re-erected their church’s cross which the government had ordered be taken down as part of the campaign to remove crosses from all Chinese churches.Government authorities cut off the church’s power after the cross was re-erected, but church members brought in a generator so that the church could have lighting.The government authorities then told church members to take the cross back down and detained Huang.
Evening worship last night marked the beginning of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) - 5776
The Editorial Board of the Information Service of the Serbian Patriarchate wishes its fellow citizens of the faith of the Covenant an abundance of divine blessings also in the New Year. May our fellow citizens feel happy and live in prosperity and every progress! We pray that every peace that comes from God, who is the Prince of Peace, dwells in the heart of each our fellow citizen of Abrahamic faith also during New Year 5776.
L'Shanah Tovah! L'Shanah Tovah U'Metuka!
The Archdiocese and Archbishop Habib Alnaufali Jajou are behind the project. The collection includes unique items, ranging from religious artifacts and documents to liturgical furnishings and photographs. For the prelate they are evidence of "the care our ancestors paid when they exercised their faith."
From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief.
Icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Brought to St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan9. September 2015 - 12:11
On September 8, at 10:30, on the feast of the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide will be placed in the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan for veneration and prayers of our faithful.
The icon of the Holy Martyrs was consecrated on April 23, during the Canonization service of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.
The icon will reside in the Mother Cathedral for a month.