Christian world

CROCEU meeting with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the E.U.

A delegation of CROCEU (Committee of the Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union) met with Her Excellency, Dr. Karin Kneissl, Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, in Vienna, on the 13 July 2018, romorth.eu reports. During the meeting opinions were exchanged on the priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency and other issues of common interest. CROCEU’s delegation was formed by the Very Rev. Archimandrite Aimilianos Bogiannou (Ecumenical Patriarchate), the Very Rev. Hegumen Philip Ryabykh (Patriarchate of Moscow), and the Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Ioannou (Church of Cyprus).

Arrival of the Ethiopian Orthodox Delegation in Washington DC for Peace Talks : Hierarch’s Embrace Each Other

On Wednesday July 18, 2018, Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia received the delegation of the Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church in Ethiopia that departed later that evening for Washington D.C. to meet with the delegation of the Exile Synod there to achieve reconciliation between the two groups and end the schism that has lasted for two decades. The delegation that met with the Prime Minister is headed by three Archbishops of the church and includes several prominent lay members of the faith as well.

Orthodoxy has become second biggest religion in Monaco

The Western European city-state of Monaco is overwhelmingly Christian, with 83.2% of the population confessing some form of Christianity according to 2012 statistics. Of this group, the vast majority identifies with Catholicism, the official religion of Monaco.  While the city-state remains strongly Catholic, Hello Monaco reports that Orthodoxy has become the second biggest religion there, overtaking Protestantism, which was the second largest according to Monacos’ 2012 International Religious Freedom Report.

The Duke of Cambridge visits The All-Holy Shrines

On Thursday morning, June 15/28, 2018, His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge Prince William, firstborn son of Prince Charles of Wales and of Princess Diana, and Grandson of Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while on a trip to the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. His Royal Highness was escorted by the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem Most Reverend Souhel Dawani, members of the Consulate of Great Britain in Jerusalem and of the Israeli Police force.

The Alexandrian Primate in Bari, Italy

The Alexandrian Primate in Bari, Italy
The Alexandrian Primate in Bari, Italy
The Alexandrian Primate in Bari, Italy
The Alexandrian Primate in Bari, Italy

On 7th July 2018, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, following an invitation from His Holiness Francis, Pope of Rome, arrived in Bari, in Italy, to participate in the “day of prayer” for the Middle East. Bari in Italy is considered to be the gateway of the East and has St Nicholas as its Patron Saint.

Prayer Meeting for Peace in the Middle East – Bari, Italy

Prayer Meeting for Peace in the Middle East – Bari, Italy
Prayer Meeting for Peace in the Middle East – Bari, Italy
Prayer Meeting for Peace in the Middle East – Bari, Italy
Prayer Meeting for Peace in the Middle East – Bari, Italy

On July 7th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the Prayer Meeting hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis in the city of Bari – Italy, along with the Heads of Middle Eastern Churches.

Official Inauguration of the New Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh

Official Inauguration of the New Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh
Official Inauguration of the New Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh
Official Inauguration of the New Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh
Official Inauguration of the New Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh

In the presence of His Excellency General Michel Aoun, President of the Lebanese Republic, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, their Holinesses Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia, celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Virgin Mary Church.