The Vatican and Catholic Church is appealing to the International Community to help respond to the “new threat” and “new bomb” in Syria. --  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, expressed  this to ZENIT when its Senior Vatican Correspondent asked him about Syria.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Rome to take part in an Interfaith Meeting organized by the Community of Sant ‘Egidio on October 20, 2020, with the central theme: “No one is saved alone – Peace and fraternity”. 
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Ecumenical Patriarch welcomed the delegation accompanying the president of Ukraine in the Audience Hall of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America  -  The Future of Orthodox-Catholic Relations in the U.S.A.  -  Orthodoxy in America Lecture, Fordham University
 
Together with the World Council of Churches (WCC) the Conference of European Churches (CEC) shares “deep concern about the violations of the humanitarian ceasefire agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” 
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On 10 October we mark the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva reaffirms the Church’s commitment to upholding its deep belief that life is sacred and that the death penalty represents a failure for states and for humanity.
 
(Interfax) Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the coronavirus pandemic may be God's last warning to humanity that has lost its way. "Perhaps the human race has reached a certain point, and so that it does not turn out to be a point of no return, the Lord plunges us into such a situation where we can see the futility of what the best years of life, all the strength, all the tension of the mind and will are given to. Therefore, the main conclusion that we must draw from the misfortune that has befallen the entire human race is that such events cannot occur without Divine providence," the patriarch said after the liturgy at St. Alexander of Neva Church in Peredelkino near Moscow. (...)

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Patriarch of Moscow had gone into isolation

As reported by RIA news agency, the 73-year-old Patriarch of Moscow stated that he could not participate in the prayers with his congregation due to medical instructions to remain isolated.

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The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II has met with Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Georgia Faig Guliyev today, as reported by 1tv.ge citing information from the Patriarchate of Georgia.

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The campaign is part of activities for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country
 
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The top spiritual leader of the Yezidi (Ezidi) religious minority passed away while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the Kurdistan Region's capital of Erbil at age 87 on Thursday.  --   Sheikh Khartu Hajji Ismael, commonly known as Baba Sheikh, had a “remarkable role in developing religious coexistence,” said Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani in a statement of condolence released shortly afterward.

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A Russian court has abruptly handed Yury Dmitriev, a historian of Stalin-era crimes, a 13-year jail term after overturning an earlier sentence on charges that his supporters say were fabricated to punish him for his work.  Dmitriev, 64, was found guilty in July of sexually abusing his adopted daughter and sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Petrozavodsk city court in Russia’s north-western Karelia region.

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Vatican: new MoU on the fight against corruption

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General: the two offices will collaborate even more closely to better implement law regarding transparency and the granting of public contracts by the Holy See and the Vatican.
 
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, addressing the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday says, "water is the most essential element for life, and the future of humanity depends on our capacity to guard it and share it."
 
Patriarch Filaret has got infected with the coronavirus. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.
 
As stated by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the Ecumenical Patriarch in his letter to the Order thanked the Archons for their support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the aftermath of the conversion of the Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church into a mosque and said “Christian church architecture is an unsurpassed theological language.”

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The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has issued a message to Orthodox bishops and faithful, calling for a renewed commitment to protecting the environment.
 
Belarusian border authorities deny Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk Mogilev entry into the country. Appealing to the faithful, he urges them not to let this latest development “aggravate tensions” currently rocking the nation.
 
The Archdiocese of America has decided to scrupulously follow the equidistance line. However, the presence of Archbishop Elpidophoros at the 2020 Democratic National Convention has given rise to much comment.  --   According to sources from the USA, the presence of the Archbishop does not mean endorsement. He was invited as a religious leader (among others) and a representative of the Greek community to address a greeting.

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As racial unrest continues in parts of the United States, the Archbishop of Milwaukee appeals for peace and respect for the common good. US Bishops also urge people of faith to participate in a day of prayer and fasting.
 
Catholic communities in a northwestern Vietnamese province which refused to accept religions have had their legal status approved by the government after a decades-long wait. On Aug. 21, Lai Chau provincial authorities announced that they had officially allowed Hung Hoa Diocese to establish Lai Chau Parish based in San Thang commune in Lai Chau city. The parish’s chapel is now based at the house of Nguyen Van Le, a layman.
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Lebanese Broadcasting Channel (LBC) reported that the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi called for the resignation of the Lebanese government and the holding of early parliamentary elections, against the backdrop of the Beirut Port explosion last Tuesday.
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Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai has called for an international investigation into Tuesday’s Beirut port explosion. -- 
 
The Ecumenical Patriarch was at the metochion of the Athonite St. Panteleimon’s monastery in Galatas, where,  according to the Julian calendar, they commemorated the saint. He said, “There is no danger of contracting the coronavirus in receiving Holy Communion.” He also recalled that the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not change the way Holy Communion is being offered to the faithful.
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For Turkey's Christians, the country's decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque represents yet another blow to their already marginalized community.

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He was born in Paris on February 25, 1925, to Russian parents who immigrated to France after the 1917 Russian Revolution.

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Le patriarche grec-orthodoxe d'Antioche, Youhanna X Yazigi, s'est rendu vendredi à Beyrouth, où il a rencontré le métropolite de la capitale, Mgr Élias Audi, et effectué une tournée à l'hôpital Saint-Georges des grecs-orthodoxes, en signe de solidarité après les explosions meurtrières du 4 août, qui ont dévasté la ville.  En compagnie du métropolite Élias Audi et d’un groupe de prêtres de l’archevêché, il a effectué une tournée à l'hôpital Saint-Georges des grecs-orthodoxes et au Collège de l’Annonciation. Les deux bâtiments ont fortement été abîmés par l’explosion de mardi.
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By Gina Christian • Posted August 6, 2020      Following Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanese Catholics in the Philadelphia area gathered Wednesday evening to pray for victims of what one priest called “an apocalypse.”

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