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Volume 43, Number 4
  
29 January 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro




Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria visits Egyptian General Fattah al Sisi on 26 January, accompanied by a delegation of Coptic Orthodox Bishops. (photo: Coptic Orthodox Church)

Egyptian Christian leaders pay visit to General al Sisi (Fides) On Sunday, 26 January, the Coptic Pope Tawadros II paid visit to General Abdel Fattah al Sisi, deputy prime minister and commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. During the visit Pope Tawadros expressed his congratulations to the Egyptian Armed Forces on the occasion of the third anniversary since the beginning of the revolution that led to the fall of the regime of Hosni Mubarak. The large delegation that accompanied the patriarch included six other Coptic Orthodox bishops. The following day, similar gestures of appreciation towards the strong man of the Egyptian army — and likely future candidate for the next presidential election — came from Catholic leaders in Egypt, including Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak…

Patriarch attributes extremism to poor religious education (Interfax) Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said the best way to prevent extremism and radicalism is to increase the level of religious education. “The religious feelings of people … are now exploited to cause these people to commit radical actions. Many people indeed genuinely take the horrible path of terrorism, thinking that by doing so they serve God,” the patriarch said at the opening ceremony of the Christmas parliamentary sessions in the Federation Council on Tuesday…

Masses and vigils for missing Jesuit in Syria (Fides) On 29 July 2013, the Italian Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio was kidnapped in Raqqa, Syria’s largest city controlled by the militia known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since then, no word has emerged about his status. Masses and vigils praying for the gift of his release, along with that of others who have been kidnapped in the war-torn nation, have been announced in different cities around the world…

Canada bars Ukraine officials behind crackdown (AFP) Canada will refuse entry to any Ukraine government officials linked to a crackdown on protestors, the immigration minister announced Tuesday, while condemning violence there. “Effective immediately, our government will be restricting the entry to Canada of key officials of the Ukrainian government who are responsible for the oppression of citizens and the opposition as they defiantly and courageously speak out in support of freedom and democracy,” the minister, Chris Alexander, told reporters. The move follows the United States last week revoking of visas of several Ukrainian nationals linked to violence in Kiev…

Syrian government backs away from U.N. plan on humanitarian relief for Homs (Washington Post) Hopes faded Monday for a quick win at peace talks between Syria’s warring factions after the Syrian government declined to authorize a convoy of food to enter a besieged neighborhood in the center of the city of Homs under the terms of an agreement brokered by the United Nations. There was no sign, either, that a promise to allow women and children to leave was moving forward, calling into question whether progress would be possible on the far more momentous issues that will have to be discussed if the conference is to end Syria’s brutal civil war…

Heads of all canonical Orthodox churches to meet (InSerbia) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has invited the heads of all canonical Orthodox churches to a meeting in Istanbul on 9 March 2014 for the planning of the organization of the Pan-Orthodox Council for the next year. The meeting is slated to be a serious effort toward the unity of the Christian world and closer cooperation between Orthodox churches…

Georgian authorities to finance another four religions (Interfax) In addition to the Orthodox Church, Georgia will provide funds to the Armenian Church, the Catholic Church and Jewish and Islamic faith communities from the state budget, Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili told a government meeting on Monday. “Various statements have recently been made stating that religious conflicts became frequent under our rule. I believe that is not true,” he said. “We respect all religions and the fact that we are now considering the issue of state financing of another four religions in addition to the Orthodox Church confirms that…”



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