Race and religion are included in the national identity card. The religious choices and practices of Muslims are subject to most restrictions. Other religions are not allowed to proselytise. Mixed couples have three choices: convert, leave the country or live together outside marriage.
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Double rainbow in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska, by Eric Rolph - Catholic institutions from around the world are making new commitments to divest from fossil fuels.
A group of 19 institutions, led by Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, announced its divestment today.
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Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, left, leads a procession Sept. 9 during Mass at the restored Our Lady of the Assumption Syriac Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo. During the inauguration and rededication of the cathedral, Patriarch Younan said, "We will always be people of hope and life." (Credit: CNS photo/courtesy Syriac Catholic Patriarchate.)
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The research project “Voices of 9/11” is a collection of the stories of the 2,977 people killed in the Twin Tower terror attacks. It includes personal video testimonies of victims’ families, survivors, and responders, preserved in a digital archive. “Voices of 9/11” is not only
 
In an interview with SIR Metropolitan Emmanuel Admakis of France spoke about the meeting between the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the Phanar. “I can confirm that the ecumenical Patriarchate –mindful of its responsibility as
 
Within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed as its Exarchs in Kiev His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of
 
Possibly with Ukraine, Macedonia and even Montenegro in mind, the Serbian Orthodox Patriarch has written to the global head of Orthodoxy, saying new countries should not necessarily have their own independent churches.
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Moscow, August 31, Interfax - The chief of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion, called for questioning Ukrainian media reports on the outcomes of a meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
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Cette session était prévue pour le 10 septembre et devait trouver une solution au problème de la situation de l'Eglise ukrainienne. Désormais la date de cette session a été reportée aux et 9 et 10 octobre.
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LONDON (AP) — The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found,
 
Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) is actively considering a special meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops with Kosovo and Metohija as the main topic.
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople have discussed the establishment of a unified local Orthodox church in Ukraine in a telephone conversation.
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In a letter the Chaldean primate recalls the sufferings and persecutions of community in the last decade. He calls for future "guarantees" and a "common foundation" based on equal citizenship. The challenge of emigration, can only be defeated by restoring a social and political fabric on which to rebuild life.
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No delegation from Iraq will be present at the global event being held in Ireland. About 20 families were ready to leave from Erbil, Baghdad and Basra. But the embassies rejected their visa applications. Auxiliary of Baghdad: "We are not fanatics or terrorists". Even today in Iraq the family plays a central role, but government and political aid is lacking.
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Se référant au site ukrainien LB.ua l’agence russe Interfax a publié une information selon laquelle l’examen de la « question ukrainienne » qui devait avoir lieu lors de la session de septembre du Saint-Synode du Patriarcat de Constantinople, serait reporté au mois d’octobre. « Il convient maintenant d’attendre son règlement au minimum jusqu’au mois d’octobre » est-il mentionné sur le site ukrainien.
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«The crisis of the family is devastating, we need to go back to the origin, to God's project, to the model of the Holy Family. That's why so many families come to Medjugorje». These are the words of archbishop Henryk Hoser, Permanent Apostolic Visitor to the
 
A new painting of the Coptic martyrs in Libya hung in their home church in Minya, Egypt. (not my photo)
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Ufa, August 21, Interfax - Central Muslim Spiritual Board chairman and Russian Chief Mufti Talgat Tajuddin has called on the international community to provide humanitarian aid to Syria.
 
Egypt’s Public Prosecution office in Alexandria referred on Sunday two monks to criminal trial over the murder of Bishop Epiphanius, head of the Saint Macarius Monastery at Wadi al-Natroun.
 
CAIRO - Two Christian monks have been sent to trial over the killing of a bishop in an Egyptian desert monastery last month, Alexandria's public prosecutor said on Sunday.
 
An editorial in the state newspaper praises the repressive policies implemented in the region against the Uyghurs. Xinjiang has avoided becoming like "the Syria or Libya of China". Un Commission Report denounces a million Muslims locked up in internment camps.  ...  read more
 
In the month of September the Pope will be visiting the three Baltic States: his first destination is Lithuania, followed by Latvia and Estonia. The director of the department for relations with the media of the Estonian Apostolic Administration spoke with SIR about the expectations and preparations in view of the meeting with Francis:...  read more
 
The essay on Christian-Jewish relations by Pope Emeritus Benedict that was published in Communio magazine last month has continued to provoke the anger of Jewish leaders.
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UGCC head on pastoral visit to USA

The visit of, the Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, to the United States began on August 6. The Hierarch will hold a series of important meetings in Baltimore, Stamford, Stockton, and Philadelphia. The visit will end on August 22, the Department of Information of the UGCC reports.
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The move has prompted speculation over the monk's connection to the death of Bishop Epiphanius, who was an ally of Pope Tawadros II. Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, has defrocked a monk following investigations into the suspicious murder of a prominent bishop in a monastery northwest of Cairo last week.
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Moscow, August 6, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will hold a meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in Istanbul on August 31, the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations said on Monday.
 
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will hold a meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in Istanbul on August 31, the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations said
 
After several days of tension in the north of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic held a session of the National Security Council and talked to Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
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PARIS (RNS) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013, is being accused of fostering anti-Semitism after publishing a controversial essay in a German-language theological journal.
 
A session of the Episcopate Assembly of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to be held on September 1-3, reports fanarion.blogspot. The reason for the meeting is indicated as “the issues concerning the Mother Church and Orthodoxy will be considered.”
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