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Libby Lane: First female bishop to be consecrated

The Church of England will consecrate its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster later.

The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport, in what she says will be a "profound and remarkable moment". The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops.

Assyrians March in Sweden for Genocide Recognition

More than two thousand Assyrians marched for genocide recognition on Sunday in six cities in Sweden. The marchers held torches and Assyrian flags as they walked silently in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Norrkoping, Linkoping, Jonköping and Orebro.

The march was organized by the Assyrian Federation of Sweden and its affiliated organizations to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Turkish and Kurdish genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks. The genocide occurred between 1915 and 1918 and claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks.

Historic Orthodox church for sale in central Turkey

The owner hopes that someone will renovate the historic building.

A historic 18th century Orthodox Church in Kayseri — ancient Caesarea — was put up for sale by a local man, Ömer Sicimoğlu, who bought the abandoned church building in 2013. He told the Anadolu Agency that the church is “an important cultural asset” that can be restored. Mr. Sicimoğlu said that, ideally, he would like the church to be bought by someone who would renovate it.

Sicimoğlu, who works in real estate, posted an ad for the property on an online shopping site with a price tag of 450,000 euros.

Statement on the situation in Libya by Bishop Angaelos

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom regarding escalating attacks on Coptic Christians in Libya.

It is deeply concerning to witness the unprovoked, targeted and escalating attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, particularly but not exclusively in Sirte.

The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music to be held at the University of Eastern Finland in June 2015

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The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, “Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music,” will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 7 – 13 June 2015.

The Conference takes place at the School of Theology at the University of Eastern Finland.

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is proud to announce the call for papers at this time.

Kosovo Farmers Reap The Benefits Of IOCC Greenhouse Project

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Winter came early to Kosovo, with snow capping mountains above the villages of Brestovik and Siga by mid-October. That hasn’t stopped Miodrag from being able to provide his family of six a bounty of fresh, organically grown produce using the greenhouse that he built last year with assistance from IOCC. Kosovo is mainly rural with about half of the population small-scale farmers eking out a living in remote villages. During the armed conflict in 1999, all 1,000 residents from Brestovik and Siga fled their homes to seek refuge in Serbia and Montenegro. Only 58 families, approximately 135 people, have returned to their homes in the two villages and now live in isolation and uncertainty.