Church says it has no information on kidnapped bishops, after group claims they have been freed

  Details:  Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archdiocese said Wednesday it had no news on two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria, a day after a Christian association said the two men had been released. “We have no new information,” Ghassan Ward, a priest at the archdiocese, told AFP. “We can say that (as far as we know) they [Read More...]

Historic: for first time since schism, Ecumenical Patriarch will attend pope’s installation Mass

This is a pretty big deal, folks:  The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I will attend Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass. The Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office informed AsiaNews about the decision, noting that this is the first time such an event occurs since the Catholic-Orthodox split in 1054, an important sign for Christian unity. The ecumenical patriarch will [Read More...]

Catholics, Orthodox prepare to observe one date for Easter in Holy Land

We first reported on this development last year.  Now, it’s closer to becoming a reality. From CNS: For the past 15 years, Catholic parishes throughout the Palestinian territories and many in Israel have been celebrating Easter on the Greek Orthodox date. Now, following a directive from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, [Read More...]

Catholic and Orthodox leaders sign appeal for mutual forgiveness

Details:  The heads of Russia’s Orthodox church and Poland’s Catholic church signed an appeal Friday to their nations to forgive each other for past historical wrongs. The signing in Warsaw during the first visit to Poland by Russia’s Patriarch Kirill has been described by the churches as a historical act of reconciliation. The two nations [Read More...]