How Churches in Germany will operate during Christmas

How Churches in Germany will operate during ChristmasThe continuation of the “partial lockdown” until the beginning of January, with some relaxation for the Christmas period, announced the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, emphasizing that “the situation does not allow us to lift the restrictions of November”.

Statement by Rabbi Arthur Schneier on the Repose of Patriarch Irinej

Serbian Patriarch visits Rabbi Arthur Schneier in New York | Serbian  Orthodox Church [Official web site]Appeal of Conscience Foundation mourns the death of His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, eminent religious leader of his people. On March 20th in the midst of the pandemic I was honored to welcome His Beatitude at Park East Synagogue to further our joint efforts for religious freedom, peaceful coexistence and inter-religious cooperation.

In his memory we will carry on. Sincere condolences to the Serbian people and the Orthodox Christian world.

Athens’ First New Mosque Since Ottoman Empire Officially Opens

Photo: ekathimerini.comThe first mosque in Athens since Greece was liberated from the Ottoman Empire in 1821 opened its doors on Monday.

“A long effort by successive governments since 2006, when Law 3512 was passed, has been completed. Greece sends a clear message inside and outside the country, of democracy, religious freedom and respect,” said General Secretary of Religions Giorgos Kalantzis, reports Ekathimerini.

Council of Europe: The magnificent beauty of Hagia Sophia transcends religions

Council of Europe: The magnificent beauty of Hagia Sophia transcends religionsHagia Sophia “is one of the most important world heritage sites and a legendary symbol of the interaction between cultures and the coexistence of cultures. The wonderful beauty of Hagia Sophia goes beyond religions”.

These phrases are included in today’s resolution that has been adopted by the relevant Committee on Culture, Science, Education and the Media of the Council of Europe, by a vote of 25 for, 2 against and 2 abstentions.

Pope appeals for peace in the Caucasus

Pope Francis appeals to leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a negotiated solution to the crisis in the region.

Pope Francis has appealed to conflicting parties in the Caucasus nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan to “accomplish concrete deeds of goodwill and fraternity” for a peaceful solution.