Church bells tolled in Belgrade and many people flocked to the capital’s main St Sava cathedral to mark the death of Irinej, a conservative who wielded considerable political influence in Serbia and maintained close ties with Russia.

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Serbian Patriarch Irinej reposed in the Lord

All other details regarding the funeral of His Holiness the Patriarch will be announced soon. Eternal memory and the Kingdom of Heaven! --  His pious parents Zdravko and MilijanaGavrilovic from the village of Vidova near Cacak - and with them the entire Serbian family - were blessed the by the Lord, on August 27, 1930, with the birth of a male child whose baptismal name was Miroslav. He finished elementary school in his native village and high school in Cacak and the Theological School in Prizren, Kosovo and Metohia. Thereupon he graduated from the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade.

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Mosсow, November 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church remembers Serbian Patriarch Irinej as their good friend and an amazing person, who was great and simple simultaneously.  --   "Elder-patriarch was a surprisingly well-rounded person, he always remained himself, he manifested true greatness in his meek simplicity and wisdom. He was a good friend and he always loved the Russian Church and Russia," Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax on Friday.    read more
 
CNA Staff, Nov 19, 2020 / 06:27 pm MT (CNA).- The reconstruction of a church in Beirut severely damaged by the massive explosion that rocked the city this summer is a sign of hope to the area’s inhabitants, said a local priest.  --   Fr. Nicolas Riachy is pastor of the Church of the Savior in Beirut, Lebanon. He told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in a recent interview that the blast not only damaged his church, but caused a local exodus.




















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The relevant team of medical experts examined His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, analysed the pertinent medical documents and concluded that in comparison with the previous day and worsening of chronic cardiac insufficiency, present day showed signs of improvement of Patriarch’s health condition, it is said in a statement of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
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In the announcement, these visits demonstrate the significance and standing of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as an institution with a history of many centuries, with an invaluable offering and contribution to global civilization.

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Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenians called on the Armenian government to provide the Armenian people with all necessary explanations regarding the signing of an agreement to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. --  “The decision upsets the souls of the Armenians. We call on the authorities of Armenia and Artsakh (editor’s note: Armenians’ name for Nagorno-Karabakh) to provide comprehensive and...
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Asian bishops welcome Biden’s election, but

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences welcomed the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States of America.  --  “We warmly send our prayerful wishes and congratulations to the people of America and the president-elect Joe Biden,” read a statement signed by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, president of the FABC.
 
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum initiates discussions to plan Libya’s political future on Monday. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hopes it is an opportunity to “forge a new era of peace and stability” for the conflict-ridden country.
 
Maronite Patriarch Beshara el-Rahi hit out again at Lebanon’s political leaders holding them responsible for the "destruction" of the State.  --  “We blame the officials who seek to destroy the State instead of seeking to build it,” said Rahi during a meeting with a delegation of “sovereign groups,” from the October 17 uprising, said LBCI.

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The 90-year-old patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been hospitalised after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, days after leading prayers at a large public funeral for the head of the church in Montenegro, who died after contracting the virus.  --  The Serbian Orthodox Church said late on Wednesday Patriarch Irinej was hospitalised but had no COVID-19 symptoms and was in “excellent general condition”.
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mondo - strong disagreements in cyprus

(Peter Anderson)  The last few days have witnessed strong words between Archbishop Chrysostomos, primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, and the four metropolitans who signed a joint appeal condemning the actions of the Archbishop in commemorating Metropolitan Epifany, the primate of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).  On November 1, the newspaper Kathimerini published an
 

Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Maximos dies at 85

Metropolitan Maximos Aghiorgoussis, the longest-serving spiritual leader of Pittsburgh’s Greek Orthodox community, with a 32-year tenure marked by growth and efforts toward unity among Orthodox churches and the wider Christian community, died Monday. He was 85.  --  The Greek-born son of a priest, he went on to become a prominent Orthodox theologian who in 1965 helped to engineer a historic breakthrough in Orthodox-Catholic relations.

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The unbearable toll of lives lost, and the impact on the affected communities and nations, must engage the concern, solidarity and action of the international community and all people of goodwill, to stem the bloodshed and to confront the brutal ideologies behind such atrocities.

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Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the massacre by Islamic militants at Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan reminded the faithful that "our martyrs are the torches of faith that illuminate our paths of life and ignite in us the fire of love toward everyone."

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MINSK, 2 November (BelTA) – The state will always be committed to interreligious peace in Belarus, President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, on 2 November, BelTA informs. --   The head of state and the leader of the Belarusian Orthodox Church agreed to meet in person to discuss pending issues at the beginning of October t the ceremony to open a new church in the agrotown of Shershuny, Minsk District.
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The Vatican’s Secretary of State has asked papal representatives to share with bishops some clarifications regarding comments on civil unions made by Pope Francis in a recently released documentary, according to the apostolic nuncio to Mexico.
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Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and Exarch of the Holy Throne of Pec, Amfilohije, after having received the Holy Sacrament of Communion, reposed in the Lord in the Clinical Hospital Center of Montenegro, on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 8.20 am, on the eve of the feast of St. Peter of Cetinje after a three-week battle with COVID-19.

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Moscow, October 29, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed condolences to President of the Republic of France Emmanuel Macron and to Bishop André Marceau of Nice over the death of people as a result of the armed attack in the Church of Notre Dame in Nice.

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The patriarch of Romania’s Orthodox Church, Daniel, suggested in his preach on Saint Dimitrie the New’s day (October 27), that the politicians who banned the pilgrimage in Bucharest on this occasion could be punished by God.  --  “God does not allow himself to be mocked!” patriarch Daniel said, quoting the words of Saint Paul. “He is patient but he is also just,” and “he sometimes uses bitter medicines” to bring people back to the right path, he added, according to Digi24

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In an exclusive interview with ZENIT, Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, has decried the tragic situation in ‘martyred,” “beloved Syria,” repeating a Syrian journalist’s chilling words: ‘I believe the hardest way to die is in silence.”  --  Recently, the Apostolic Nuncio was in Rome where he spoke to a gathering of Ambassadors to the Holy See in the Vatican, organized by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, about the enduring crisis and new threats facing the Middle Eastern nation.

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Pope Francis’ appointment of 55-year-old Italian archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as the 10th Patriarch of Jerusalem this week has produced mixed reactions, but one issue remains key: Will the spiritual leader of hundreds of thousands mostly Arab Catholics represent his diocese and reflect its aspirations and ambitions?

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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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