Etliche Staaten lockern Regelungen zu öffentlichen Gottesdiensten

Religions- und Versammlungsfreiheit contra Schutz der Gesundheit: In diesem Spannungsfeld der Corona-Pandemie lassen viele Staaten in Europa allmählich wieder öffentliche Gottesdienste zu – oder kündigen es zumindest an. Kathpress und die deutsche Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) haben eine kursorische Übersicht zum aktuellen Stand zusammengestellt.

Österreich: In Österreich sollen ab 15...

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Ökumenischer Patriarch ruft zu Zusammenhalt in Corona-Krise auf

Der Ökumenische Patriarch von Konstantinopel, Bartholomaios, hat die Menschen zu Zusammenhalt in der Corona-Krise aufgerufen. In einer vom Phanar in Istanbul veröffentlichten aktuellen Botschaft dankte der zugleich Pflegern, Medizinern, Wissenschaftlern und allen anderen, die im Kampf gegen das Virus tätig sind. Es handle sich um ein Opfer für die ganze Gesellschaft, „das jede Hochachtung und...

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Frankreich: Ehemaliges Pariser Exarchat wählt neue Bischöfe

Das Erzbistum der Gemeinden russischer Tradition in Westeuropa hat zwei Auxiliarbischöfe gewählt. Archimandrit Syméon (Cossec), Vorsteher des Klosters Saint Silouane in Saint-Mars-de-Locquenay, und Igumen Elisée (Germain), der Rektor der Gemeinde de la Sainte Trinité (Krypta der Kathedrale des Hl. Alexander Nevski in Paris), wurden am 24. Januar 2020 an der der ersten ordentlichen...

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Antiochien: Church to publicly celebrate Pascha on leavetaking of feast in May

If conditions allow, and with God’s mercy, the Antiochian Patriarchate will publicly celebrate the Paschal service on the leavetaking of the feast on May 27, according to a new statement from the Antiochian Holy Synod. The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church made the same announcement earlier last week. The Antiochian Synodal statement reads: We pray, when conditions allow, and by God's...

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Byzantine chant added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The ancient and sacred Orthodox art of Byzantine chant was honored on 11 December by being included in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The move was jointly proposed by Greece and Cyprus. The statement announcing the recognition notes that Byzantine chant has existed for more than 2 millennia and is intimately linked with the spiritual life of the Orthodox Church:
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Jerusalem: Holy Fire service will be held, though without pilgrims

The annual Holy Fire service on Holy Saturday will be held in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem this year, but without pilgrims, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Fire will also be delivered to other countries. The service, in which fire descends from Heaven and lights the Patriarch of Jerusalem’s candle as he prays in the Lord’s Tomb, is normally attended by thousands of pilgrims...

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Jerusalem: Concrete understandings with Antioch over Qatar

In the Holy Synod convened on Friday, February 21 2020, by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III various matters relating to the Patriarchate’s ministry were discussed, including the pending matter with the Patriarchate of Antioch relating to Qatar. It was asserted by Patriarch Theophilos that since the two Primates met together mid last year in Cyprus dialogue has been taking place between the...

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Frankreich: Constantinople bishop of France creates Russian vicariate

Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has announced the creation of a vicariate of Russian parishes in France and has promised them autonomy. The announcement can be read in the first edition of “The Letter of the Vicariate.” The new vicariate is meant to offer a home to the few parishes and clergy that did not remain with the Archdiocese of Russian Churches in...

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