By The Africom
President Mahmoud Abbas, attended the midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem for Christmas celebrated by the Orthodox Christian denominations that follow the Eastern calendar in Palestine.
Orthodox Christians in Russia celebrate Christmas on January 7. There is a 40-day Lent preceding Christmas Day. On the eve of the significant event, orthodox observers attend liturgies in churches all over the country that last well into the early hours of the morning.
The climate is heavy in the Archdiocese of America as Phanar sources a few weeks ago “leaked” the resignation of Archbishop Demetrios to journalistic circles in Athens.
In opinion piece published in UK Guardian newspaper, Theophilos III says Jewish takeover of two Old City buildings main threat to entire Christian population
By STUART WINER, Times of Israel
By Hurriyet Daily News
A Christmas Eve mass was held on Jan. 6 by the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul.
Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist "inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches."
Οι τρεις Μάγοι είναι μέρος κάθε ιστορίας των Χριστουγέννων. Αλλά στην πραγματικότητα στο κατά Ματθαίο Ευαγγέλιο αναφέρονται μόνο «μάγοι από την Ανατολή».
By Latin American Herald Tribune
ISTANBUL – Greek Orthodox swimmers took to chilly waters on Saturday in races to retrieve wooden crosses thrown into them by priests to mark the religious feast day of Epiphany.
Christian Chrysakis, 18, retrieved the cross during the 112th Annual Epiphany Celebration held Saturday in Tarpon Springs
By Don Johnson, Patch