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Greek-Orthodox priest shot in Lyon church, one arrest UPD

A Greek-Orthodox priest was shot and seriously wounded in the French city of Lyon, on Saturday afternoon. The assailant fled and the victim was transferred to the nearest hospital. The priest was preparing to close the church at 04:00 pm Saturday local time, when he was shot with what it …

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Prayer in primary schools and kindergartens is “constitutional”, rules CoS

Morning prayer and school religious services for kindergarten and primary school students are constitutional and legal, the plenary of the Council of State ruled on Friday. The court clarified that this ruling applies “exclusively to students who follow the Christian Orthodox dogma, not to students of other religions, other denominations …

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Construction work resumes on St Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

Work has started again on the moribund St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center although it likely won’t be visible for another month. The Minnesota company fabricating the exterior screen for the long-stalled project was paid $5.7 million and has resumed working on it, Michael …

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Council of State rules “religion courses in schools only for Greek-Orthodox students”

The Council of State ruled on Friday that religion courses in primary and secondary education schools are exclusively “Greek-Orthodox.” The ruling cancels the previous content of religious books as it was decided by SYRIZA Education Minister Kostas Gavroglou and leads to re-writing of thousands of books. The Plenary of the …

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urges US to “preserve the status quo of Jerusalem”

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his support to the preservation of the current status quo in Jerusalem and urged the United States to reverse its decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel. Speaking to the group of visitors at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on Christmas …

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Orthodox Christians, incl Greeks, want a strong Russia to counter the West

Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe but also in Greece express pro-Russia views and many would like to see Russia playing a stronger role in the area in order to balance the influence of the West. According to a survey conducted by PEW Research Center majorities in Orthodox countries …

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Good Friday: The Epitaph procession in Greek Orthodoxy VIDEO

Good Friday, the peak of the Passion Week. the day of absolute mourning for Christianity. The day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at the Calvary. I it is the most solemn day of Holy Week. The day ends with the candlelit Epitaph procession through the streets, …

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How to make an amazing Greek Orthodox Palm Cross VIDEO

Have you ever seen the Palm Sunday Cross? Have you ever wondered how a palm cross is made, how the palm leaves are folded?  The video below shows a specific type of Palm Cross. Papa Giorgis from Zaro, in South Crete, show show easy it is to make this specific …

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Priest refuses to baptize girl, 3, after she says “No”

A Greek Orthodox priest refused to baptize a 3-year-old girl after he asked her three times for her consent and she replied three times with “No”.  The obviously nervous priest took off his stole and refused to proceed with the holy baptizing procedure. He left despite the strong opposition by …

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Syria: Thriller with two abducted Christian Bishops – video with shot driver?

Despite news claiming the two bishops were released by their abductors on Tuesday afternoon, the reality is much more sober and frustrating: Greek Orthodox Archbishop Pavlos and Syriac-Orthodox bishop Yohanna apparently remain in the hands of their kidnappers also on Wednesday noon. News coming from the area through the official …

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Syria: Kidnappers apparently released two Orthodox bishops

Several media reported on Tuesday afternoon that the two Orthodox bishops were released on Tuesday afternoon. Greek media citing Christian organization “l’Œuvre d’Orient” report that Archbishop of Aleppo Pavlos  Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Syrian Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were released at 2:15 pm Tuesday. The brother of Pavlos, …

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UPD3: Syrian rebels kidnap Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo

Two Aleppian bishops were kidnapped reportedly by Syrian rebels in the outskirts of the city Monday evening, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported. The bishops are Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Pavlos (Pavlos Yazigi) and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Ioannis (Yohanna Ibrahim) are the victims of kidnapping. The two clerics were in the …

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Greek-Orthodox Priest Tortured and Killed in Damascus

 Bloodshed in Syria expands to what it seems also a religious conflict. A Greek-Orthodox Priest was killed in capital Damascus after being kidnapped. According to Greek media, the priest was mediator in a kidnap case of other community members. Below is the report posted by English speaking websites. Syria: Orthodox Christian …

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