- May 10, 2021
As Muslims for the first time 86 years chant prayers from Istanbul’s famed Hagia Sophia Friday morning, Orthodox Christians worldwide will recite an ancient hymn in lamentation of what they see as a major blow to interreligious coexistence.
Pope Francis Sunday broke his silence on the decision to revert Turkey’s famed Hagia Sophia into a mosque, saying he is ‘pained’ by the ruling.
Turkey’s State Court ruled Friday to revert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the most iconic monuments for both Christianity and Islam, to a mosque – a decision that could have global repercussions in the Orthodox world.
Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained “a number of citizens” following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus outbreak.
On any list of intriguing Christian leaders, a slot somewhere near the top right now would have to be reserved for Theophilus III, officially “His Most Godly Beatitude, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Israel, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion.”
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has released a new agreed statement titled “The Vocation and Mission of the People of God: ‘A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation.'”
In the U.S. Capitol, between the House of Representatives and the Senate, members of Congress, priests, lobbyists, preachers, lay advocates and archbishops gathered together to pray July 15.
Catholic and Orthodox leaders condemned the bulldozing of memorial crosses at a site of communist-era mass executions.