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The Orthodox Church of Ukraine allows worshippers to celebrate Christmas on 25 December

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine had already broken away from the Russian Orthodox Church, but now it is going one step further. The Church is allowing its congregations for the first time to no longer celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern calander, as in Russia, on 7 January, but on 25 December.

The decision is a historic new step away from Moscow and closer to the West. The Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches used to celebrate Christmas at the same time. Orthodox Christians thus follow the old, Julian calendar, according to which Jesus was born on 7 January.

Maximiliaan va… Mon, 11/07/2022 - 16:45 Opinion: An alternative vision for Yemen’s way to salvation

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patrickn97 Thu, 10/13/2022 - 12:19

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The Orthodox Church of Ukraine allows worshippers to celebrate Christmas on 25 December

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine had already broken away from the Russian Orthodox Church, but now it is going one step further. The Church is allowing its congregations for the first time to no longer celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern calander, as in Russia, on 7 January, but on 25 December.

The decision is a historic new step away from Moscow and closer to the West. The Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches used to celebrate Christmas at the same time. Orthodox Christians thus follow the old, Julian calendar, according to which Jesus was born on 7 January.

Maximiliaan va… Mon, 11/07/2022 - 16:45
Opinion: An alternative vision for Yemen’s way to salvation

Click here to read this article in the original Arabic.

patrickn97 Thu, 10/13/2022 - 12:19
Pope urges Putin to stop "spiral of violence and death"
Pope Francis on Sunday (2 October) expressed concern over the nuclear threat and military escalation in the war in Ukraine, dedicating his entire Angelus address to the situation and issuing a powerful appeal for an immediate ceasefire. He deplored the annexation of Ukrainian territory by Russia, called for respect for the territorial integrity of every country and the rights of minorities. He expressed his saddness for the thousands of victims, especially children. "How much blood must still flow for us to realize that war is never a solution, only destruction? In the name of God and in the name of the sense of humanity that dwells in every heart, I renew my call for an immediate ceasefire. Let there be a halt to arms, and let us seek the conditions for negotiations that will lead to solutions that are not imposed by force, but consensual, just and stable. And they will be so if they are based on respect for the sacrosanct value of human life, as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, and the rights of minorities and legitimate concerns", the Pope said. Pope Francis appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, imploring him to “stop this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine and denounced the “absurd” risk to humanity of catastrophic nuclear war as tensions escalate.
dennis2020 Sun, 10/02/2022 - 13:34
Erdogan says there is no problem between Turkey and the US that the two strategic partners cannot solve
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey and the United States are be able to resolve bilateral problems and develop cooperation based on common interests. Erdogan is in New York to address this year's UN General Assembly. “There is no problem between Turkey and the U.S. that they, as two strategic partners and 70-year-long allies, cannot resolve. Although we have some differences of opinion over the issues concerning our national security, we share similar attitudes in many regional and global matters,” Erdogan said on Sunday (18 September) at a dinner event organized by the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC). Stating that Turkey is one of the countries most affected by terrorism and at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, Erdogan said they would continue to resolutely fight against all terrorist organizations, including PKK-YPG, ISIL and FETO, without making any distinction. “We will definitely remove the bloody and dark shadow of terrorism from our region,” he said.
dennis2020 Tue, 09/20/2022 - 06:36
Analysis: Origins of the Houthi supremacist ideology
One of the several, often overlooked, challenges facing Yemen is the supremacist and divisive ideological basis of the Houthi movement. The movement’s ideology has rebellion and violence at its core, a recipe that can perpetuate crises within a society. In this analysis for commonspace.eu, Noman Ahmed and Mahmoud Shamsan shed light on the ideological fault lines that fuel the current conflict in Yemen, highlighting the nature of this ideology, which suggests that Ahl al-Bayt — descendants from the family of the Islamic Prophet — are, by divine decree, considered to be more deserving of the right to greater political and religious rule than other socio-political components. The analysis then looks into the background of the Houthis and argues that the ideology is a catalyst for conflict rather than peaceful political competition, and that so long as the Houthi political goal of Hashemite dominance remains unrealised, Houthi desire for conflict will not recede.
patrickn97 Tue, 08/23/2022 - 15:21
Millions of Muslims around the world celebrate Eid
Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid - the feast that follows the fasting month of Ramadan. Thousands of Muslims gathered in Makkah and Madinah to perform the Eid Al-Fitr prayers in the early hours of Monday morning, the Saudi Press Agency reported. In Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Imam Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid led the prayer. The editorial team of commonspace.eu wishes Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim readers across the world.
dennis2020 Mon, 05/02/2022 - 13:08
Russian Patriarchate follows in the Kremlin's footsteps in Africa

Following in the footsteps of the Kremlin to expand its influence in Africa, the Russian Orthodox Church has been making approaches to Orthodox communities across the continent, with Ethiopia among the countries being targeted.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) has welcomed the overtures of its Russian counterpart, according to news site Africa Intelligence.  

dennis2020 Mon, 03/14/2022 - 15:51
Pope Francis speaks to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about 'tragic events' in Ukraine

In a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Pope Francis expressed his sympathy for "the tragic events" in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon (26 February). 

The Ukrainian embassy in Vatican City reported this in a message on Twitter. The tweet said (in Italian): "Today, Pope Francis had a telephone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Holy Father expressed his profound sorrow at the tragic events that are happening in our country."

Maximiliaan va… Sat, 02/26/2022 - 23:37
Clashes in Montenegro over the inauguration of new Serbian Orthodox Patriarch
The Balkan country of Montenegro seceded from neighbouring Serbia in 2006 after a referendum. However, around 30 per cent of the country's 620,000 inhabitants still consider themselves Serb. The main Montenegrin church also remained attached to the Serbian Orthodox tradition. The Serbian Orthodox Church is still the dominant religious institution in the Balkan country, with 70 per cent of Christians affiliated with it. This connection with Serbia regularly leads to tensions within the country.
Maximiliaan va… Sun, 09/05/2021 - 13:11