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    Contents: 1. Russia should not copy model of Western democracy - Ñhurch 2. Vatican s envoy to Russia urges broader ties between Catholic dioceses, local
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      1. Russia should not copy model of Western democracy - Ñhurch
      2. Vatican's envoy to Russia urges broader ties between Catholic dioceses, local authorities
      3. St. Petersburg masters to make over 100 relief icons for the blind to be exhibited in Louvre
      4. Attempt to seize Orthodox Church during public worship prevented in Ukraine
      5. Port Chester Indian Orthodox church celebrates new building
      6. 1,700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine
      7. Lebanon crisis (Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) responses)
      8. Elsewhere...
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      01 August 2006, 12:08
      Russia should not copy model of Western democracy - Ñhurch
      Moscow, August 1, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church says it does not want the country to copy the model of Western democracy.

      "The main aim of any democracy is to help harmonize various interests. Each country should follow a democratic path in accordance with its own specifics," Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, who is head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published on Tuesday.

      Regrettably, Russia has been repeatedly told not to take its specifics into consideration, but "simply to replicate some other country's model - desirably, the model of the United States of America," he said.

      "We argue that our history, culture and traditions are different. But they tell us: "No, you must stick to these common parameters. If you do not, we will scold you for that. But it is not the right way to do things!" he said.

      "We in Russia frequently associate democracy with some ideological invasion by the West," Metropolitan Kirill said.

      01 August 2006, 10:20
      Vatican's envoy to Russia urges broader ties between Catholic dioceses, local authorities
      Moscow, August 1, Interfax - Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Vatican's envoy to Russia, has called for expanding cooperation between Catholic dioceses and parishes in Russia and local authorities.

      Speaking at the 22nd session of the Russian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mennini said that he had had numerous meetings with representatives of local governments during his visits to Catholic dioceses and parishes in the country's regions, Priest Igor Kovalevsky, the conference's general secretary, told Interfax.

      "I am increasingly pleased to say that relations between local authorities and our structures are generally good. Doubtlessly, it benefits the situation as a whole," Kovalevsky quoted the Vatican's envoy as saying.

      Ties with regional governments have been developing positively largely thanks to "the good level of relations between the Holy See and the government of the Russian Federation and improved relations between the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches," Mennini said.

      The conference's next session is due to take place in Saratov on October 19-20.


      31 July 2006, 18:06
      St. Petersburg masters to make over 100 relief icons for the blind to be exhibited in Louvre
      St. Petersburg, July 31, Interfax – Masters of the St. Petersburg-based Naslediye studio will produce within a year and a half over 100 relief copies of old icons to be exhibited next to their originals at the Holy Russia exhibition in Louvre.

      The studio’s leader Alexander Sofinsky informed Interfax that the exhibition planned for 2008 in Paris will feature icons from the collections in the Hermitage, Tretyakov Gallery and Novgorod museum preserve.

      ‘In old times, relief copies of icons were made in many Orthodox monasteries and churches so that not only sighted people but also the blind could feel the image of God’, Sofinsky said.

      Today, relief icons produced by the Naslediye studio are found in many Orthodox churches, monasteries and museums in Russia, Jerusalem, Finland, Norway, Germany, USA, France, Switzerland, and Great Britain, including the royal collection at the Buckingham Palace.

      Attempt to seize Orthodox Church during public worship prevented in Ukraine Read it in Russian
      On July 30, Ukrainian Orthodox Believers Union (UOBU) beat off another attempt to seize Orthodox church in Rovno region, committed by Kiev Patriarchy and headed by dissenter and unfrocked priest Philaret, a REGNUM correspondent was informed by UOBU regional branch head, Volyn Orthodox Cossack brotherhood ataman Valery Vasilishin, who has been gaining experience to defend churches for the last year and a half.
      According to Mr. Vasilishin, parishioners of Orthodox Church in Grushvitsa village addressed to the UOBU, requesting to defend them because they had learned the church would be seized during a public worship. When the UOBU members arrived in the village, they made certain of Philaret people’s impudence. The latter really tried to seize the church during the worship. Thanks to the UOBU, the Philaret people, headed by the pseudo-priest, did not succeeded in getting into the church. “You should build your own church; we will see, whether many people will visit it,” Mr. Vasilishin stated, addressing to Kiev patriarchy’s activists.
      According to UOBU Chairman Valery Kaurov, “such attitude to Moscow Patriarchy Ukrainian Orthodox Church believers and churches has become typical one. They stop at nothing. Churches are being seized during public worships. Believers are beaten; religious processions are attacked. Priests are threatened. Orange authorities support both Kiev Patriarchy and its activities. Pseudo-Patriarch Philaret sued to General Public Prosecutor’s Office and personally President Yushchenko against UOBU, which defends its churches and canonical Orthodoxy.”
      “We realize very well, repressions against our activists will follow the complaints; however, it will not force us to refuse to protect our sacred objects and, moreover, to give up Orthodox faith,” Valery Kaurov stated.


      Port Chester Indian Orthodox church celebrates new building By LIZ SADLER
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      (Original publication: July 29, 2006)
      PORT CHESTER — Parishioners from St. George Indian Orthodox Church kicked off two days of worship and festivities yesterday to mark the completion of a months-long renovation of their new building on Irving Avenue.
      The church raised some $2 million to buy and renovate the 14,000-square-foot brick building, a former Masonic Temple. The parishioners — about 70 families — are mostly first- and second-generation Indian-Americans from the southern Indian state of Kerala.
      "This was built almost as if it was built for us," said Thomas Koshy, a member of the church's Board of Trustees. Many of the parishioners live nearby in Port Chester, New Rochelle and Connecticut.
      They have been temporarily worshiping since November in the building's ground-floor auditorium after moving from a rented church in New Rochelle. The church was founded 21 years ago and had never owned its own building, said the Rev. Dr. George Koshy, the church's pastor, who is not related to Thomas Koshy.
      Workers this week put the finishing touches on an elaborate gold, pink and green altar with a rounded roof that resembles the Taj Mahal. Parishioners will gather for the first time in the new worship hall this morning to complete the consecration of the altar and say Mass.
      The auditorium will now be used for meetings. A catering hall in the basement will be used for post-worship receptions and events.
      "This building will almost accommodate all our needs," Rev. Koshy said.

      http://www.indcatholicnews.com/york123.html
      YORK - 21 July 2006 - 470 words
      York to celebrate 1,700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine
      The City of York will commemorate the 1,700th anniversary of the proclamation
      of Constantine as Roman Emperor next Tuesday, July 25.
      A service will take place at York Minster, hosted by the Chapter, and it will
      be attended by the Archbishop of York and representatives of the other Christian
      traditions. They will give thanks for Constantine, and pray for the unity of the
      Church.
      The public service will be followed by a colourful and noisy procession
      through the city by more than 100 students and school children with a chariot
      pulled by a goose, panther dancers and giant puppets. Roman soldiers will lead
      the way to the Museum Gardens where more events will take place including the
      flight of a golden eagle.
      The event has been organised by York St John University College, York Museum
      Trust and York Minster.
      The Dean of York, the Very Revd Keith Jones said, "Here under the central
      tower of York Minster we will celebrate an event of momentous importance. When
      the troops proclaimed Constantine as their Augustus, possibly at this very
      place, they cannot have known that this young leader would within a few years
      have made Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. Still less can they
      have suspected how from this date the Christian faith would leave its mark on
      the institutions, monuments, and lifestyle of the world. Constantine is one of
      the most intriguing people in history, and his story can be said to have started
      in York."
      The service is at 3pm and will be attended by the Most Reverend & Right
      Honourable Dr John Sentamu, and the Orthodox Archbishop of Thyateira and Great
      Britain, His Eminence Gregorios the Episcopal Vicar of the Roman Catholic
      Diocese of Middlesborough, the Chairman of Churches Together in the North
      Yorkshire Moors and Chairman of York and Hull Methodist District along with the
      Chairman of Churches Together in York, the United Reformed Church and Ampleforth
      Abbey. It will last around 20 minutes and the procession will commence from the
      Minster shortly afterwards. The Archbishop will start off proceedings to the
      sound of horns and with Roman soldiers standing guard.
      The procession will then make its way to the Museum Gardens, changing as it
      passes staging posts and performance areas. The street performers will be doing
      a combination of dance, physical theatre and puppetry, drawing on Pre Roman
      English and Pagan traditions. It will be colourful, noisy and have an inclusive
      carnival feel, bringing replicas of artefacts from the Yorkshire Museum's
      exhibition on Constantine into the streets.
      Once in the Museum Gardens the celebrations will continue with a grand finale
      which will be a thought provoking event looking at Constantine's legacy.
      Postcard coins, that the public have written on to respond to Constantine, will
      be displayed as part of the final performance.
      Source: York Minster
      © Independent Catholic News 2006

      Lebanon
      See also: http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6859
      and http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6848
      Agency Sends Initial Aid Shipment, Issues U.S. Fundraising Appeal as Attacks Continue

      New York -- Going into a third week of violent attacks between Israel and Hezbullah in Lebanon, international humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) is voicing increasing concern over the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon. The agency announced today that it is responding in the region and has issued an initial $1 million fundraising appeal.

      CWS is also alarmed at the lack of safe passage, needed to deliver humanitarian aid to affected populations. "The UN has been asking for opening of humanitarian corridors," says Church World Service Emergency Response Program Director Donna Derr, "but so far those corridors haven't materialized and transport routes and communication in the damaged Lebanese regions are severely hindered."

      Derr says, "It's an increasingly critical situation, with bridges destroyed, so many roads impassable, airports and power supplies bombed and inoperable."

      In a meeting in Rome on Wednesday, U.S., European, and Arab leaders failed to reach agreement on a ceasefire plan. "If Israel continues its attacks," says Derr, "we can only expect the situation for civilians in Lebanon to worsen."

      Derr says the agency's fundraising appeal will support the work of its partners in the region, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Church World Service has expedited a delivery to the region of food, water containers bedding, and hygiene parcels.

      Derr says, "We have initially shipped 5,000 Church World Service Health Kits, 500 water containers and a large supply of blankets, in support of current work on the ground by International Orthodox Christian Charities. IOCC is delivering food, water, bedding, hygiene parcels and medicines. "

      Church World Service's Derr says CWS is planning a shipment of food and non-food items to the Middle East Council of Churches. The Middle East Council of Churches is delivering food, non-food relief items, water and sanitation, and psychosocial attention and is responding through its Inter-church Network for Development in Lebanon (ICNDR) program and working in conjunction with the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network.

      International Orthodox Christian Charities is reporting that areas of Lebanon, particularly in the south, have been devastated.

      Church World Service states particular concern for the disproportionate number of children being affected, as civilian casualties continue to flood area hospitals. The Lebanese government and United Nations estimate that more than 500,000 people are displaced from their homes, needing shelter, food, safe drinking water, sanitation and medical assistance. At least 140,000 have fled to Syria and other neighboring countries for refuge.

      "People have fled their homes in various regions affected by the military operations in Lebanon and are sleeping in schools, monasteries and anywhere they can find shelter," said Linda Shaker, IOCC Program Coordinator for Lebanon based in Beirut.

      People are feeling the lack of food and medical supplies and prices are increasing dramatically, says the Middle East Council of Churches.

      In so-called safer areas Lebanese civilians are mobilizing and offering assistance to the displaced and hoping to receive rapid aid from local or international organizations.

      As of Wednesday, Israel was reporting that 51 Israelis have been killed in rocket attacks across the Lebanon-Israel border or in combat by the militia of Hezbullah, an Islamic political party in Lebanon, with hundreds more Israelis injured and homes and other buildings in Israel destroyed or damaged.

      Humanitarian Focus Continues on Gaza

      Church World Service's Derr says the agency is concerned also about the humanitarian situation in the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank/Gaza, which also continues to worsen.

      "Even as the crisis continues in Lebanon, the situation in Gaza in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) continues to be equally dire," reports Callie Long, Communications Officer with CWS partner international aid consortium Action by Churches Together.

      Poverty rates in the area now standing at 75 percent. In March CWS issued an appeal for emergency medical assistance to Palestinian civilians, for the work of the Lutheran World Federation-Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem and Middle East Council of Churches assistance to civilians in the West Bank/Gaza. Given escalating violence, CWS says OPT fundraising appeal will likely be increased soon.

      Church World Service has longstanding presence and partnerships in the Middle East. In 2005, CWS hosted a delegation to the U.S. of Christian, Muslim and Druze academics, policy advisors and religious leaders from Lebanon, Egypt and Syria to promote the positive Arab interfaith relationships that exist in the region and that proactively support peace.

      Those who wish to contribute to humanitarian work in Lebanon are urged to contribute cash to the supporting charity of their choice, rather than material goods, says CWS's Derr.

      Contributions to support humanitarian work in Lebanon may be made to Church World Service by credit card online or by calling (800) 297-1516, ext. 222; or by check to:

      Church World Service Lebanon Crisis Account #6820 P.O. Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515

      Media Contacts: Lesley Crosson, CWS/New York, 212-870-2676; lcrosson@... Jan Dragin (24/7), 781-925-1526; jdragin@...
      The humanitarian crisis in Lebanon remains critical after two weeks of bombing, report several Church World Service partners in the region.

      The most pressing concern is the lack of safe passage to deliver humanitarian aid to the affected population as communication and transport routes between the different Lebanese regions are hindered, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) reports. UN agencies have been advocating for the opening of humanitarian corridors but those have not yet materialized.

      Areas of Lebanon, particularly in the south, have been devastated, reports International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), another CWS partner.

      Bridges have been destroyed and many roads are impassable. Airports and power supplies have been bombarded. Civilian casualties have inundated hospitals; with children being disproportionately affected. Of particular concern to the humanitarian community are those displaced from their homes, estimated by the Lebanese government and United Nations to exceed 500,000 persons, who are in need of shelter, food, safe drinking water, sanitation, and medical assistance. Approximately 140,000 of these have taken refuge in Syria and other neighboring countries.

      "People have fled their homes in various regions that are affected by the military operations in Lebanon and are sleeping in schools, monasteries, and anywhere they can find shelter," said Linda Shaker, IOCC Program Coordinator for Lebanon based in Beirut.

      MECC reports that the lack of food and medical supplies is starting to be felt within Lebanon and that prices have increased significantly. Internally displaced families are now located in schools, public parks and even on street sidewalks. Lebanese civilians residing in so-called "safer areas," have mobilized themselves, volunteering to offer assistance to the displaced, and hoping to receive rapid aid from local or international organizations. Churches in Lebanon and their related organizations have opened their doors to assist the displaced and are responding to needs within their means.

      RESPONSE: Church World Service is issuing this appeal as support for efforts by both the MECC and IOCC.

      The MECC, as part of efforts by the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network, is responding through its Inter-church Network for Development in Lebanon (ICNDR) program. The MECC is responding by providing those affected with food, non-food relief items, water and sanitation and psychosocial attention. The MECC response is being supported by a planned shipment of food and non-food items by Church World Service to be distributed by the MECC. The water and sanitation component will be implemented by Norwegian Church Aid, another CWS partner.

      In support of the IOCC response, CWS is providing 5,000 CWS Health Kits, 500 water containers and a large supply of wool blankets. The IOCC response includes delivery of food, water, bedding, hygiene parcels and medicines. IOCC, through its field office in Beirut, is coordinating with the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and international partners.

      Contributions to support these efforts may be sent to your denomination or directly to:

      Church World Service LEBANON CRISIS Account #6820

      P.O. Box 968 Elkhart, IN 46515

      Contributions may also be made by credit card online, or by calling: (800) 297-1516, ext. 222.

      Media Contacts: Lesley Crosson, CWS/New York, 212-870-2676; lcrosson@... Jan Dragin (24/7), 781-925-1526; jdragin@...

      Elsewhere, Christian (not necessarily Orthodox Church) news:
      Indonesia http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6854
      China http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6847 and http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6856
      Archbishop of Canterbury and Israeli Chief Rabbis to launch dialogue http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_060728abrabbi.shtml



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