Orthodox Christian Community – UAOC http://uaoc.net/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 13:18:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://uaoc.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Orthodox Christian Community – UAOC http://uaoc.net/ 32 32 Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas amid virus concerns https://uaoc.net/orthodox-christians-celebrate-christmas-amid-virus-concerns/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 13:18:45 +0000 https://uaoc.net/orthodox-christians-celebrate-christmas-amid-virus-concerns/ Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries celebrate Christmas amid restrictions aimed at curbing spread of coronavirus Through Associated press JIM HEINTZ 7 January 2022, 13:26 • 3 minutes to read Share on FacebookShare on twitterEmail this article MOSCOW – Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries celebrated Christmas on Friday amid restrictions […]]]>

Orthodox Christians in Russia, Serbia and other countries celebrate Christmas amid restrictions aimed at curbing spread of coronavirus

The majority of Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas on January 7, with particularly popular midnight services. Churches in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece celebrate the Nativity of Jesus on December 25 with other Christian denominations.

The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest Orthodox congregation, said celebrants should wear masks and observe social distancing during Christmas services. In Moscow’s huge Christ the Savior Cathedral, the head of the church, Patriarch Kirill, and other gold-clad priests chanted prayers and waved steaming incense vessels during a midnight service .

A live broadcast from the service said about half of the worshipers in attendance were without masks or had them pulled up to their chin as they watched the pageantry.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, also without a mask, attended a church service with the image of the Savior made without hands in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow.

The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Russia fell by about half over the past month, to around 15,000 on Thursday. But there are strong concerns that the highly contagious variant of omicron could take hold in the country.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Thursday that officials had detected omicron infections in people who had not traveled outside of Russia.

In Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, hundreds of worshipers gathered in front of the Temple of St. Sava, the largest Serbian Orthodox church, for the traditional burning of dried oak branches that symbolize the Yule log. The church has also scheduled a liturgy for Christmas Eve at midnight.

No specific anti-virus measures have been announced for religious ceremonies in Serbia despite a huge increase in infections apparently fueled by the omicron variant. Serbia reported more than 9,000 new cases daily on Thursday, the most in a day since the start of the pandemic.

Sanitary measures in Serbia include the mandatory use of a face mask indoors and limits on gatherings, but the rules have not been fully observed. Vaccination passes are required for bars, restaurants, and clubs at night, but not for churches or other indoor locations.

“The Church therefore calls during the pandemic to respect the reasonable measures and recommendations of the governments and other authorities of the states and regions in which our people live, but also reminds everyone to avoid exclusion and respect for human freedom. as the highest and most precious gift from God to men, ”added Porfirije.

In Kazakhstan, the large Orthodox community was unable to observe Christmas in churches. All religious services have been canceled as part of a national state of emergency imposed after violent clashes between protesters and police in several towns. About 20% of the inhabitants of this predominantly Muslim country identify as Orthodox.

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Associated Press writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report.


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United Arab Emirates: death of the vicar of the Syro-Orthodox Church of Al Ain https://uaoc.net/united-arab-emirates-death-of-the-vicar-of-the-syro-orthodox-church-of-al-ain/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 12:05:45 +0000 https://uaoc.net/united-arab-emirates-death-of-the-vicar-of-the-syro-orthodox-church-of-al-ain/ Father Seby Eldhose is survived by his wife and three children, all in India Image Credit: Provided Al Ain: Father Seby Eldhose, vicar of the Saint-Georges Simhasana Syro-Orthodox Jacobite Cathedral in Al Ain, died Wednesday morning in a hospital in Kerala, India, from cancer. He was 42 years old. Church members described Father Eldhose “as […]]]>

Father Seby Eldhose is survived by his wife and three children, all in India
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Al Ain: Father Seby Eldhose, vicar of the Saint-Georges Simhasana Syro-Orthodox Jacobite Cathedral in Al Ain, died Wednesday morning in a hospital in Kerala, India, from cancer. He was 42 years old.

Church members described Father Eldhose “as a very good leader in the spiritual and social activities of the church. He was also a good scholar ”.

Father Eldhose is survived by his wife and three children, all in India. A funeral service for Father Eldhose will be held Thursday at the Syrian Jacobite St. John’s Pindimana Church in Kothamangalam while a condolence meeting and Holy Qurbana will be held at the St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Al Ain on Wednesday evening .

Scholar of the Church

Originally from Kothamangalam in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, Father Eldhose was appointed vicar of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Al Ain in January 2021 after serving for 12 years in various Syrian Orthodox churches in Kerala.

Father Basil P Jacob, new vicar of Saint George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, said that Father Eldhose was a very good priest and an excellent scholar who received the first rank in theological studies at a theological seminary in Kochi. He was also secretary of Catholicose His Beatitude Dr Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I.

Father Eldhose was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November of last year. He was sent to Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, for treatment, but the cancer had already spread to his liver and other organs. He died in the same hospital in the early morning hours of January 5.

message from the vicar

On the church’s website, Father Eldhose noted that St. George was the largest Syrian Jacobite Orthodox church outside of India.

“Our church was established 30 years ago to serve the spiritual growth of the Syrian Jacobite community from Malankara to Al Ain… The continued commitment, goodwill and support of the members of this church is reflected in their active participation in all the spiritual and social activities of this parish. This church, from its humble beginnings to the present day, has never strayed from our tradition of a rich Christian spirit, religious affiliation and fraternal concern for others… May God bless you all ”, he said. he writes.


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Narendra Modi’s government is not anti-Christian, says Union Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and BJP leader V. Muraleedharan https://uaoc.net/narendra-modis-government-is-not-anti-christian-says-union-minister-of-state-for-foreign-affairs-and-bjp-leader-v-muraleedharan/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 14:01:03 +0000 https://uaoc.net/narendra-modis-government-is-not-anti-christian-says-union-minister-of-state-for-foreign-affairs-and-bjp-leader-v-muraleedharan/ Muraleedharan points out that Narendra Modi’s invitation to Pope Francis to visit India was part of the central government’s commitment to the Church Amid reports of a sour relationship between the Catholic Church and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following recent attacks on members of the Christian community in Karnataka, the Minister of State for […]]]>

Muraleedharan points out that Narendra Modi’s invitation to Pope Francis to visit India was part of the central government’s commitment to the Church

Amid reports of a sour relationship between the Catholic Church and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following recent attacks on members of the Christian community in Karnataka, the Minister of State for External Affairs of Karnataka Union and BJP leader V. Muraleedharan said on Monday the Narendra Modi government was not anti-Christian.

Speaking at a ceremony on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias in Mannanam on Monday, Mr. Muraleedharan stressed that the invitation addressed by Mr. Modi to Pope Francis to visit India made part of the central government’s commitment to the Church. Likewise, the Union government has postponed the release of the final notification of the K. Kasturirangan report due to concerns expressed by Church leaders.

“It is so unfortunate that attempts are being made to portray the Modi government as anti-Christian by citing some isolated incidents and exaggerating fake news,” he noted.

Regarding the Missionaries of Charity, the Union minister said that a clarification from the agency that his bank account was not frozen by the central government but by the agency itself was never taken seriously. “There are attempts to even exaggerate local issues and hold Narendra Modi responsible for everything,” he added.

On this occasion, the Minister announced that the Ministry of Culture under the Union government had already started work to raise the St. Chavara Kuriakos Elias pilgrimage center in Mannanam in Kottayam to the status of nationally recognized cultural center. . Based on a request from the Church leadership, the Union Minister of Culture was briefed on the matter, he said.

Mr. Muraleedharan then held a meeting with Catholicos of the East and Metropolitan of Malankara Mar Thoma Mathews III, head of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Malankara, at the Syrian Orthodox Mar Kuriakose Dayara, in Pampady.


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Revision of 2021: the fate of migrants was the leitmotif of the Pope’s visit https://uaoc.net/revision-of-2021-the-fate-of-migrants-was-the-leitmotif-of-the-popes-visit/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 14:29:08 +0000 https://uaoc.net/revision-of-2021-the-fate-of-migrants-was-the-leitmotif-of-the-popes-visit/ What are cookies As is common practice with almost all professional websites, https://cyprus-mail.com (our “Site“) uses cookies, which are small files downloaded to your device, to improve your experience. This document describes what information they collect, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you […]]]>

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Religious holidays 2022: Complete list of Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish celebrations https://uaoc.net/religious-holidays-2022-complete-list-of-christian-muslim-hindu-and-jewish-celebrations/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:29:04 +0000 https://uaoc.net/religious-holidays-2022-complete-list-of-christian-muslim-hindu-and-jewish-celebrations/ New Years Eve will be celebrated around the world with people of different faiths ready to commemorate the event. As we replace the old calendars with new pages for 2022, many festivals and religious holidays will be scheduled throughout the year. From Memorial Days to Christmas, the coming year will be filled with events celebrated […]]]>

New Years Eve will be celebrated around the world with people of different faiths ready to commemorate the event. As we replace the old calendars with new pages for 2022, many festivals and religious holidays will be scheduled throughout the year. From Memorial Days to Christmas, the coming year will be filled with events celebrated by many different religions – and here is a full list of what to expect.

January

The New Year will be greeted with the widely observed New Year’s Day celebration, also known as Hogmanay.

This national celebration is a widespread event and has special significance in Scotland where bagpipes, haggis and the ‘first foot’ will mark the event on Saturday January 1st.

The Jewish community recognizes this day as the celebration of circumcision and the name of Jesus.

Other key religious dates in January include:

  • January 6 – The Baptism of Christ will be celebrated by Orthodox Christians and Epiphany is celebrated by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
  • January 9 – Roman Catholics will celebrate the baptism of Christ.
  • January 13-14 – Makar Sankranti is celebrated by the Hindu community
  • January 18 to 25 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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February

The second day of February is recognized by Christians as Candlemas, celebrating the Jewish tradition of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus to the Temple after his birth.

  • February 4 – Vasant Panchami is celebrated by the Hindu community to mark the start of spring and is widely recognized in northern India.
  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day is celebrated by Christian and the nation at large.
  • February 28 – March 1 – The great night of Shiva is recognized in Hindu culture as the night when Shiva performed the cosmic dance and is celebrated with nightly prayers and a fast.

March

Saint David’s Day is commemorated on March 1 by the Christian community and the nation at large to remember the death of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales in the 6th century.

Mardi Gras is also marked on the first day of the month by the British “Pancake Day” or worldwide “Mardi Gras” to commemorate absolution from sin before the Christian celebration of Lent.

  • March 1 – The Muslim community will mark the prophet’s nocturnal journey and ascension
  • March 2 – Ash Wednesday by the Christian community
  • March 2 – start of Lent for Orthodox Christians, this 40-day fasting period ends on April 15
  • March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Christians and the nation at large
  • March 17 to 18 – Hindu festival of Holi and Jewish holiday of Purim
  • March 19 – Muslims celebrate the Night of Pardon through prayer, charity, fireworks and fasting
  • March 27 – Mother’s Sunday is celebrated by Christians and Mother’s Day is celebrated by the whole nation

April

The second day of April marks the start of Ramadan for Muslims, which signifies the time at which the Prophet received the first verses of the Quran – Ramadan is from April 2 to May 1.

  • April 10 to 16 – Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus with Palm Sunday followed by the Saint
  • April 15 – Good Friday is celebrated by Christians before Easter
  • April 16 to 17 – Hindu festival known as Hanuman Jayanti
  • April 16 – The Jewish people celebrate the Passover (eight-day feast)
  • April 17 – Easter Sunday (Christian and national holiday)
  • April 24 – Easter Day is when Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus
  • April 28 – Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day

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  • May 2 – Eid-ul-Fitr is “the feast of breaking the fast” for Muslims to celebrate the end of Ramadan
  • May 19 – Jewish Omer Celebration – lasts 49 days and is a time of sorrow
  • May 26 – Ascension Day is celebrated by Christians (40th day after Easter)
  • May 30 – Trinity Sunday is celebrated by Christians

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September

The harvest festival begins in September for some Western, Anglican and Free Christian Churches.

  • September 26-27 – Jewish people to celebrate Rosh Hashanah
  • September 27 – October 2 – The Hindu festival of Navaratri takes place

October

  • October 2 – Hindus celebrate the birthday of Gandhi Jayanti “father of the nation”
  • October 5 – Jewish celebration of the last ten days of repentance
  • October 10 to 18 – Sukkot is celebrated by the Jewish people
  • October 24 – Hindu festival of Diwali (a New Year celebration lasting one to five days)

November

The first of the month is celebrated by Christians to commemorate All Saints’ Day.

November 2 marks the Christian celebration of the feast of the dead and of prayer for the dead.

November 27 is Advent Sunday which marks the beginning of the Christian year.

December

December 8 is commemorated by the Roman Catholic community as the day of the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

December 19 is observed by Jews as the start of Chanukah, which is celebrated with a lighted candle on the menorah every night for nine days (until December 26).

December 24 is recognized by Christians and the nation at large as Christmas Eve.

December 25 – more commonly known as Christmas Day, it is celebrated by Christians as the day of Jesus’ birth.

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Despite global silence, senior Qatari official condemns Israeli crimes – Doha News https://uaoc.net/despite-global-silence-senior-qatari-official-condemns-israeli-crimes-doha-news/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 09:26:21 +0000 https://uaoc.net/despite-global-silence-senior-qatari-official-condemns-israeli-crimes-doha-news/ Human rights groups say Israel continues to commit crimes against Palestinians without accountability. Qatar’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah Al Khater called on world leaders to take action to end the illegal Israeli occupation as part of New Year’s resolutions for 2022. “2021 World leaders – and rightly so – have fought to preserve Afghan women […]]]>

Human rights groups say Israel continues to commit crimes against Palestinians without accountability.

Qatar’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah Al Khater called on world leaders to take action to end the illegal Israeli occupation as part of New Year’s resolutions for 2022.

“2021 World leaders – and rightly so – have fought to preserve Afghan women rights. Will they devote 10% of this effort to Palestinian women and Cchildren after 70 years of: ethnic cleansing, murders, paralysis and arbitrary detentions, use of prohibited weapons, targeting of journalists, ”Al Khater said in a statement. series of tweets Tuesday.

The Qatari official shared a video by the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, in which he reminded the international Christian community that “celebrating Christmas without paying attention to Palestine would make no sense”.

Along with the video, Al Khater added poetic phrases from the famous Lebanese poet Rachid Salim El Khoury, widely known as the “village poet”, in which he expressed the importance of “brotherly love” in the region.

“Only our brotherly love will rise in the East .. if you mention the Messenger of God kindly, convey the greetings of the poetic villager to him,” read the verses shared by Al Khater.

The senior Qatari official then targeted the illegal demolition of Palestinian homes, with recent videos showing Israeli forces holding unarmed homeowners at gunpoint as they helplessly watched their homes demolished.

Choose the right answer, Israeli 70 years old [of] the profession is: vviolate women’s / human rights? The last colonial apartheid system on earth? Yet, NO heroic calls for women’s rights / boycott because: it is above the intentional law before demolishing / killing they don’t say Allah Akbar so it’s [okay]”Al Khater said, commenting on recent videos.

Al Khater’s comments come amid a notable silence from the international community on Palestinian suffering, as the Zionist state continues to act with impunity without any clear action being taken to end the crisis. illegal occupation.

Critics from the international community point to the “soft language” used by world leaders whenever they comment on Israeli crimes, especially when compared to exposing other states. The wording issue has become crucial in recent months, with activists insisting that terms such as “apartheid”, “settler colonialism” and “forced dispossession” are used to accurately describe what is happening on the land. Palestinian stolen.

Over 70 years of land theft

For more than seven decades, Palestinians have witnessed their own ethnic cleansing as Israel continues to make way for Jewish settlers from abroad.

Between 1947 and 1949, at least 750,000 Palestinians from an indigenous population of 1.9 million were forced to become refugees in what became known as the Nakba (disaster), with more mass displacement during the Naksa from 1967.

‘They had no mercy’: Palestinian remembers when he was made a refugee in 1948

To this day, the Nakba continues as Israel demolishes more and more homes and continues to forcibly displace the indigenous Arab population from their lands.

According to the UN, July recorded the second highest number of demolitions in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. In the first seven months of this year, there has been a 40% increase in demolitions and 87 % of displacements in the occupied West Bank.

The mobility of Palestinians is also severely restricted, with more than 700 obstacles placed around the West Bank, including 140 checkpoints.

To get from one area to another, Palestinians wait hours at military checkpoints and are often assaulted by Israeli soldiers, according to human rights groups, including Israelis like B’Tselem.

More than 140,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem have also been physically separated from the West Bank by a 700 km concrete wall built by Israel in violation of all international laws.

Under what Human Rights Watch has described as an apartheid state, Palestinians are denied access to basic resources such as water and electricity without Israel’s permission as farmers struggle to harvest the crops in their own villages.

This was seen during the olive harvest season in October, when at least 900 olive and apricot seedlings were uprooted by Jewish settlers in the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus. Palestine’s olive trees are over 4,000 years old, making them one of the oldest in the world.

Meanwhile, mass arrests of Palestinians continue to take place on a daily basis.

According to the Association for the Support of Palestinian Prisoners and Human Rights, Addameer, there are at least 170 child prisoners, 500 administrative detainees and 32 female prisoners.

In total, at least 4,550 Palestinians are currently behind bars.


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Syria: Christians in Aleppo mobilize for the poorest https://uaoc.net/syria-christians-in-aleppo-mobilize-for-the-poorest/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 14:24:35 +0000 https://uaoc.net/syria-christians-in-aleppo-mobilize-for-the-poorest/ In many parishes in Aleppo, Christians of different faiths have organized themselves so that no one is left behind. The solidarity of Christian communities allows thousands of people to survive and to regain a little hope. Vatican News Aleppo was the most populous city in Syria before the war, followed by Damascus. This is no […]]]>

In many parishes in Aleppo, Christians of different faiths have organized themselves so that no one is left behind. The solidarity of Christian communities allows thousands of people to survive and to regain a little hope.

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Aleppo was the most populous city in Syria before the war, followed by Damascus. This is no longer the case today. Syrians who went abroad in search of a better future left around 1.8 million people behind. They were 4.6 million in 2010. One only needs to look at the windows to realize how many houses are empty and have been abandoned.

Visible and invisible scars

The war will leave deep, visible and less visible scars in the heart of the city for years to come. Coming from the south, you may not realize the extent of the destruction caused by the bombardments. During the war, the Syrian army occupied the south of the city, while “rebels” and “terrorists” occupied the northern quarters.

“We don’t see the destruction in the south,” explains an Aleppo. “The terrorists were less equipped than the regular army. They didn’t have heavy weapons, so the damage is more limited. On the other hand, “he continues,” if you go to the northern part, you can see the consequences of the aerial bombardments of the Russian air forces supporting the Syrian army. “He further explains that it is quite easy to tell if a house was bombarded from the sky: “Bombs falling from planes completely flatten buildings, like a mille-feuille,” he said.

The Carmelite Sisters of Aleppo have firsthand experience of the weapons used: on the evening of October 22, 2016, they heard a whistle in the air. The superior, Sister Anne-Françoise, still remembers the six-meter missile which crashed in the convent garden but did not explode. She never knew where it came from: the Syrian deminers who came to extract the machine would not say it. But she claims to have been protected by Saint John Paul II, who is celebrated on this day.





Ruins of Aleppo

The most affected part of Aleppo is in the Old Town, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: hardly anything remains. In fact, it was the epicenter of the fighting between the two camps. Nothing has been rebuilt since. The rubble is still there, pushed to the edge of the streets to let the cars pass. The narrow streets of the historic center have become paths lined with mounds of debris and waste of all kinds.

Fratelli tutti before Laudato Sì

The situation of the inhabitants of Aleppo today is such that the only way out is fraternal mutual aid: between Christians, between Christians and Muslims, between everyone in the city. Unfortunately, cleaning up the waste will have to wait.

Father Hugo Fabian Alaniz, an Argentinian priest, settled four years ago in the poorest district of Aleppo. During the siege, it was the red zone from which no one could enter or leave, because of the roadblocks and, above all, because of the snipers who fired from the buildings.

He rebuilt his church and little by little he enlarged his parish, not out of folly of grandeur, but to come to the aid of a growing number of families in need. Every day, student volunteers organize tutoring classes for children in the converted basement of the parish. There are sewing and cooking laboratories, and all kinds of activities for the 1,200 families supported by the parish. The kitchen laboratory prepares meals delivered to your home. The sewing laboratory recycles second-hand clothes. Nothing is thrown away.

How he gets along with so little is a daily miracle. When he moved here four years ago, he took in 24 children. There are over 500 today. “Families get to know us through ‘word of mouth’, and it never stops,” he says.

His parish also welcomes the deaf and hard of hearing. It’s a swarm of people who come in all day. A place of life, and of faith.

Father Hugo Fabian Alaniz

A drop of milk

In a small street in Aleppo, we find a store with two young volunteers dressed in light blue sweaters who distribute powdered milk to families. It is called “A Drop of Milk” and is run by the Marist Brothers. The association provides one kilo of powdered milk per month to 3,000 families with young children, and condensed milk for newborns. It is unique in its kind: it is indeed the only association in the whole city to offer such a service.

Milk is a luxury here. At 12,000 Syrian liras per kilogram, with an average salary of 65 to 70,000 liras, milk is inaccessible to most people. The volunteers who distribute the milk make sure each family does not get more than they need and open each package so that the milk is not sold on the black market. At this price, powdered milk is like gold.

A volunteer from "A drop of milk"




A volunteer of “Une Goutte de Lait”

The Armenian orphanage

Among the Christian communities involved in the aid, there is also the Armenian apostolic community. Every day, Orthodox Armenians distribute hot meals to the elderly in front of their cathedral. Most of those served are from the Armenian community, but here too the poor are helped regardless of their religion. In the premises of the parish, volunteers prepare Armenian dishes, wrap them and distribute the food pack to retirees who queue outside. These are all people who look very dignified: there is nothing to indicate that they are in a situation of great poverty.

“The poor never ask,” one clerk tells us. “They accept what we give them, but they don’t come begging,” he says, explaining that all these people were well off before the war, as their clothing and education testify. But after 10 years of war and 5 years of economic crisis, they have nothing left.

On the first floor of the building, the Armenian community opened an orphanage for 38 boys and girls aged 8 to 22. Everyone has a different story to tell. Marina, 21, arrived here after fleeing Hassakah to the north, where her father and brother were killed by Islamist militiamen. Marina has two sisters: one lives in Jordan and the other in Damascus, but cannot accommodate her. They also lost their mother, who died from a serious illness.

Very strong links have been created within the orphanage: the children consider themselves as brothers and sisters, and call the supervisory staff “tata” (aunt). Those who have left the institution and who are still in Syria often return for their holidays. Former residents who have gone to live abroad send money to support it.

The Armenian Orthodox Orphanage in Aleppo




The Armenian Orthodox Orphanage in Aleppo

The Greek Orthodox Relief Center

Not far from the Armenian Cathedral, the Greek Orthodox Church has also established a relief center. The queue starts on the sidewalk. Inside, needy families receive vouchers. The volunteers have also just received a delivery of warm shoes for the winter.

“Everything that can be done is done,” said an official at the center, opening an envelope containing 47,000 Syrian lire for an elderly person. Not much, given that a kilogram of meat costs more than that, and the electricity supplied by private collective generators costs 15,000 Syrian liras per ampere per week, which is about enough to light a few. light bulbs, but not for lighting an oven. or a running washing machine.

Greek Orthodox Church distributes money to the needy




Greek Orthodox Church distributes money to the needy

800 meals are also served each day and seventy percent of those assisted are over seventy. The young are already gone, the old people are just trying to survive.

Aleppo had 300,000 Christians before the war, only 20,000 remain. The help of the Churches is crucial for these people.

Aleppo destroyed by war


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Royal Navy ship on ‘very high’ alert for Russian submarines returning home for Orthodox Christmas https://uaoc.net/royal-navy-ship-on-very-high-alert-for-russian-submarines-returning-home-for-orthodox-christmas/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 14:13:00 +0000 https://uaoc.net/royal-navy-ship-on-very-high-alert-for-russian-submarines-returning-home-for-orthodox-christmas/ A Royal Navy ship keeps watch in the North Sea as Russian submarines return home for Orthodox Christmas Day in January. HMS Westminster is currently being held in “very high readiness” in the Shetland Islands. The Type 23 frigate is on hand to follow all Russian ships and submarines returning home for Orthodox Christian Christmas […]]]>

A Royal Navy ship keeps watch in the North Sea as Russian submarines return home for Orthodox Christmas Day in January.

HMS Westminster is currently being held in “very high readiness” in the Shetland Islands.

The Type 23 frigate is on hand to follow all Russian ships and submarines returning home for Orthodox Christian Christmas Day on January 7, 2022.

HMS Westminster, known throughout the Royal Navy as the ‘Capital Ship’ and launched in 1992, was modernized in 2014. She is now equipped with the Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile system, which has twice the range of old weapon.

The ship’s primary role at Christmas will be to use its towed array sonar, a hydrophone system dragged along a long cable behind the ship, to listen to the submarines.

Russian naval forces often pass close to British waters at this time of year when they return to Severomorsk, the main administrative base of the Russian Northern Fleet, located on the Barents Sea coast.

Orthodox Christians follow a different calendar from the Gregorian calendar generally used in Western countries.

Many countries celebrate Christmas on January 7, including Russia, which is home to more than a third of the world’s Christians.

The news comes as a second Royal Navy nuclear submarine was seen leaving its base in Faslane, Scotland on December 23.

The Telegraph understands that the Vanguard-class submarine is not yet deployed, but is undergoing training before assuming the role of British nuclear deterrent.

This means that there will be two crews, each of around 120 submariners, as well as around 30 trainers who will be working during the holiday season.

Thousands of military personnel on standby during Christmas time

They join HMS Westminster’s crew of 185 sailors and around 6,000 other members of the armed forces away from their families and homes this Christmas.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of the Defense Staff, said: “We are all indebted to the thousands of members of the armed forces who will spend Christmases deployed overseas or work hard in the UK away from home. families.

“On Christmas Day and all year round, our armed forces sacrifice a lot to protect the UK and its partners, and to support our national interests.

“I want to thank all of our military personnel for their vital work this year and wish them and the entire Armed Forces community a very Merry Christmas.”

In Estonia, more than 650 British troops continue to lead a multinational battle group as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission to deter Russia.


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Jerusalem religious leaders accuse Israel of anti-Christian bias https://uaoc.net/jerusalem-religious-leaders-accuse-israel-of-anti-christian-bias/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 19:16:19 +0000 https://uaoc.net/jerusalem-religious-leaders-accuse-israel-of-anti-christian-bias/ They are frustrated that Christian pilgrims have not been granted an exemption to enter the locked country for Christmas, while Jewish groups have been allowed to enter Church leaders in Jerusalem accused Israel of partiality against Christians and apathy in the face of attacks on holy places and Christian clergy. The statement by the patriarchs […]]]>

They are frustrated that Christian pilgrims have not been granted an exemption to enter the locked country for Christmas, while Jewish groups have been allowed to enter

Church leaders in Jerusalem accused Israel of partiality against Christians and apathy in the face of attacks on holy places and Christian clergy. The statement by the patriarchs and church leaders of the city of Jerusalem warned of the “current threat to the Christian presence in the Holy Land”. He also denounced extremist groups which seize property in the Christian quarter “in order to curb the Christian presence”.

The statement released last week said that since 2012 there have been “countless incidents of physical and verbal assaults on priests and other clergy, attacks on Christian churches – with holy places regularly vandalized and desecrated, and continued intimidation of local Christians who simply seek to worship freely and go about their daily business. These tactics are used by such radical groups in a systematic attempt to drive the Christian community out of Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land.

While the statement “gratefully acknowledges the Israeli government’s stated commitment to maintaining a safe and secure home for Christians in the Holy Land,” it notes that this has not translated into action on the ground. “It is therefore a matter of serious concern when this national commitment is betrayed by the failure of local politicians, officials and law enforcement to curb the activities of radical groups who regularly intimidate local Christians, attack priests and the clergy, and desecrate the holy sites and properties of churches, ”the statement said.

The Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem in a 2011 photo. (Ricardo Tulio Gandelman via Wikimedia Commons)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has denied the existence of religious prejudices against Christians.

“These unfounded allegations of discriminatory conduct are scandalous, false and dangerous,” the ministry said in a statement, adding: anti-Semitism fires and can lead to violence and harm innocent people.

The recent ban on foreigners entering Israel due to the spread of the new variant of COVID-19 made an exemption for “Jewish tourism,” including Birthright groups, but not for Christian groups wishing to visit for Christmas, The Times of Israel reported.

The foreign ministry denied the accusation, saying that “the exemptions were granted without any connection to religion”.

All of these actions have caused a reduction in the Christian presence but those of us who remain in the city are unwavering and our roots run deep in the city.

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, told The Media Line that Palestinian Christians and in particular the people of Jerusalem feel targeted and “this goes to both Christian and Muslim sites as well. only Palestinian Christians and Muslims, “he said.

Atallah said Christian clergy are sometimes verbally attacked or spit on, and other times the attacks are physical. This is evident in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem where Jewish radicals often attack and spit on Christian clergy. “All of these actions have resulted in a reduction in the Christian presence, but those of us who remain in the city are unwavering and our roots run deep in the city,” he said.

Yusef Daher, coordinator of the World Council of Churches office in Jerusalem, told The Media Line that Israeli actions at the Jaffa Gate and the New Old City Gate are extremely worrying. “They are applying the divide-and-rule formula by separating shopkeepers from the public in an attempt to force Christian Palestinians in the Old City to leave while being careful not to allow such commercialization and chaos in the Jewish Quarter,” he explained.

Hatem Abdel Qader, head of the Christian-Muslim Coalition in Jerusalem, told The Media Line that the Patriarchs’ statement reflects the racist attitude of the Israeli occupier towards the Christian presence in Jerusalem and aims to weaken the Palestinian Christian community. , which is an integral part of the Arab identity of Jerusalem. “A perfect example of this is the fact that Israel has given a waiver for Jewish tourists to enter the country despite the pandemic while also banning the entry of pilgrims and Christian tourists,” he said. Abdel Qader says that attempts to weaken the Palestinian Muslim community are now being practiced “against our Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters”.

Expressing solidarity with the Patriarchs and Church leaders of Jerusalem, the Acting Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr. Ioan Sauca, in a statement offered his organization’s support to the churches and Christian communities of the Holy Land. “In their uninterrupted continuous ministry and witness in the land of Christ’s birth.

“The WCC strongly supports the call of religious leaders for an urgent dialogue with the political authorities of Israel, Palestine and Jordan in order to address the challenges posed by radical groups and to protect and support the Christian community,” said the press release.

Dimitri Diliani, chairman of the National Christian Coalition in Jerusalem, told The Media Line that the recent statement issued by patriarchs and church leaders in Jerusalem sounded “a strong and unprecedented alarm” to attract the attention of Christians around the world on “hate crimes” against Palestinian Christians committed by radical Jews. “The Israeli government’s denial of hate crimes committed by its citizens against Palestinian Christians is a dangerous indication that the government will continue to protect and support racist Israeli criminals,” he said.

Diliani said now is the time for the world “to act quickly to protect Christians, clergy, churches and the Christian heritage in Jerusalem.”

The Old City of Jerusalem has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is protected by international resolutions.


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Learn Greek to Escape Poverty: The Story of St. Nicholas Preparatory School in Ghana https://uaoc.net/learn-greek-to-escape-poverty-the-story-of-st-nicholas-preparatory-school-in-ghana/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 02:03:58 +0000 https://uaoc.net/learn-greek-to-escape-poverty-the-story-of-st-nicholas-preparatory-school-in-ghana/ By Panagiotis Dalatariof. In 2006, the Tsakos group initiated the construction of an Orthodox Christian church in Tema New Town, Ghana. This was completed in 2008 and consecrated with the name of Saint Nicholas, after the patron saint of sailors. After the church was built, it became evident that a nearby school to accommodate members […]]]>

By Panagiotis Dalatariof.

In 2006, the Tsakos group initiated the construction of an Orthodox Christian church in Tema New Town, Ghana. This was completed in 2008 and consecrated with the name of Saint Nicholas, after the patron saint of sailors.

After the church was built, it became evident that a nearby school to accommodate members of the local community and support children living in disadvantaged conditions in the area was needed.

The Saint-Nicolas preparatory school was therefore created with the motto: “Every child has the right to education. “

Education within the school goes beyond the traditional Ghanaian education norm as well as the standard compulsory curriculum. Children also learn Greek and French, and the school operates a children’s sea cadet corps.

To find out more about the school, The Greek Herald spoke with the founder of St Nicholas School and the former director and CEO of Tsakos Shipping, Deborah Eleazar.

1. How did the idea for the Greek school in Ghana come about?

The Tsakos Foundation had business with Ghana for many years. Saint Nicholas being the patron saint of the sea, was a church that would inspire sailors because they can see the lights of the Church of Anchorage στη ράδα. The foundation therefore decided to give the community a small kindergarten for 20 children between 3 and 5 years old.

2. When did your vision start to come true?

In 2009, a plot of land next to St. Nicholas Church was donated by the Maria Tsakos Foundation for this purpose.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited the school this year.

3. Who supports you so that you can offer all of this to the children?

We are a UK registered charity which operates the school with an NGO. The Maria Tsakos Foundation supports Mytilineos SA, sailors on board ships and their families, individual donors who sponsor children from the UK, Greece and the US, and the administrators themselves.

4. How many children are there at school?

Currently we have 162 children, and every year we take 15 more children and open an upper class and promote the children already in school.

5. What courses are taught?

The school follows the Ghanaian education system and additional lessons are given in Greek and French language, cultural traditions and Greek dance, music including singing and orchestra. We also have a sea cadet corps. With the support of former Ghanaian Olympic athletes, we have also developed a strong athletics and sports program.

6. Is there a plan for your students to come to Greece to explore the country?

We are mainly interested in introducing children to Greek culture, language and history, believing that Greek culture has a lot to teach, broadening their view of the world.

7. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited the school this year. What was the result of his visit?

We were shocked when, on his whirlwind visit to Ghana, he visited our school and was able to see our progress. He expressed extreme interest in what we have achieved and promised to help expand the knowledge of our school in Greece.

Mr. Dendias presented us with reading material and two magnificent Greek paintings which now have pride of place in our canteen. He was very warm towards the children.

8. How is Christmas going there? Are there any special events?

We celebrate Christmas in the different churches of the establishment. However, poverty does not allow any particular event. Our children will have a Christmas party at school. They have already celebrated Saint-Nicolas and they will receive gifts from our sponsors.

9. How does this school change the lives of children and teachers?

The aim of our school is that, as the school motto is, “Every child deserves an education” and we try to stop the recurring circle of poverty in which children are born and to be repeated generation after generation. These children, if given a chance, have tremendous potential in so many ways.

Therefore, apart from education, we try to give them a full experience with many diverse interests, which will help them in their future employment and personal life. Teachers are experimenting with many new interests with tours and collaboration with the international community through volunteers and sponsors.

In the last 18 months we have had to build more classrooms, which can accommodate children up to 16 years old. This, and the global COVID-19 situation, has brought us a great need for sponsors and help. We provide two meals a day and clothing to all of our students. Maintenance costs, teaching staff and materials are essential to be financed in a transparent manner. We cannot stress enough how important it is for children to finish school and start life without fear.


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