Posts Tagged ‘Orthodox’

Pope Francis wants full communion with Orthodox Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis, Sunday wished Patriarch Bartholomew a blessed feast of Saint Andrew and praised their shared friendship. He then went further, expressing his desire for full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Following a long-standing custom, the Holy See sent a delegation to Istanbul to celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew, the patron saint Read more

Orthodox not interested in reunion with Rome Comments 0

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

When it comes to theology, the Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches are very close. We accept the same Nicene Creed, we recognize each other’s priestly and episcopal ordinations, as well as the sacraments of baptism, confession and Eucharist. Catholic and Orthodox teaching on morals are also quite compatible, with both being more conservative than Read more

Church fires in three nations linked to canonisation row Comments 0

Friday, May 6th, 2016

There are fears that fires in Orthodox churches in Australia, the United States and Russia at Easter are part of a row over a dead Croatian cardinal. Fires occurred at the churches in New York, Melbourne, Sydney and in Russia during the Orthodox Easter last month. Officials fear the fires may have been started in Read more

Catholic-Orthodox couple set out liturgy concerns Comments 1

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A married couple from Australia have set out points of concern about the liturgies in their respective Catholic and Greek Orthodox traditions. Writing in Italy’s L’Espresso, Aniello Iannuzzi (Catholic) and Paraskevi Tsironis (Orthodox) say it is impossible for them to receive communion together. “With many families like our own, we cannot wait for unification,” the Read more

Virtue of eating less meat Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Abstaining from animal products during a period of fasting is a practice that dates back to early Christian monastic tradition. This tradition persists in the Orthodox Churches where even today fasting is characterised by abstinence from all animal products. But while abstaining from meat in the Roman tradition is mainly associated with the sacrifice of Read more

Bishops kidnapped in Syria reported to be alive Comments 0

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria by rebel forces in April are alive, and the head of the Lebanese secret services says negotiations are under way for their release, according to media reports. The Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Hassoun Badreddin — the spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, said the bishops are now being held Read more

100-plus religious leaders oppose US contraception mandate Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The leaders of dozens of religious groups have joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention in signing an open letter opposing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. They highlighted the threat to conscience posed by the mandate requiring almost all employers to cover contraception, sterilisation and abortifacient drugs and devices Read more

Enhancing Orthodox-Catholic relationships Comments 0

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The April 22nd kidnapping of Syrian archbishops Mar Gregorios Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, and the killing of their driver, has reminded us once again of the vulnerability of ancient Christian peoples living in the Middle East. More than 1,000 Christians have been killed Read more

Orthodox and Catholic patriarchs to tackle Middle East issues Comments 0

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church has announced plans for a meeting of all Orthodox and Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, one of the four leaders of Eastern Catholic Churches who will be taking part in the conclave to elect the new pope, said the aim would be “to Read more

Easter will come late in the Holy Land Comments 2

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Easter will be five weeks late for Catholics in the Holy Land. Easter Sunday will be on May 5 because the Catholic Church will celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. For pastoral and ecumenical reasons, the Latin Patriarchate of the Holy Land has decided from this year onwards to follow the Orthodox liturgical schedule. Read more