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Hagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate Vandalized Again

The Hagia Sophia's historic Imperial Gate has been damaged again, as vandals appear to have pried out one of the metal plates on the 15th century oakwood door. It was the second time the door has been damaged in...

Syrian City Lays Cornerstone for New Hagia Sophia Cathedral

In war-torn Syria, as citizens try to deal with an almost total breakdown of their society after their country served as a battleground for many opposing forces, Orthodox Christians have decided to build a replica of the Hagia Sophia...

Australia’s Greek Orthodox Churches to Conduct Liturgies Behind Closed Doors

  Greek Orthodox churches will be conducting liturgies every Sunday and throughout the Orthodox Holy Week behind closed doors. This has been the practice already in place following the general rules implemented by Australia's government in its efforts to limit the...

Turkish Authorities Ban Christian Liturgy in Panagia Sumela Monastery

Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license for the yearly mass at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon is revoked. After five consecutive years during which it was allowed to have Orthodox Christian divine liturgy on August 15 at Panagia Sumela Monastery...

A Little Piece of Greece in Shanghai

Thousands of Greeks live abroad, with big communities in countries like Australia, United States, Canada, Britain and Germany. However, there are smaller communities in other parts of the world. Shanghai is a mega-city with a population of over 23 million,...

The ‘Mosaic’ of Holy Land’s Christian Communities

By Pat McCarthy* and Dan Woodin** BETHLEHEM/JERUSALEM (ANS) -- A snapshot of the Holy Land's Christian population was revealed after Pope Francis' and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's joint visit to Jordan and the West Bank last spring. It is fascinating to note that Christians...