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Who Was Patriarch Elias III : An Undercover story

Who Was Patriarch Elias III : An Undercover story Did you know that the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Elias III Shaker secretly got paid by Turkey to deny Seyfo and to stay loyal to the republic? New documents previously classified show that our church leaders played a bigger role than we have known, when the Assyrians were deprived of their

Some Thoughts On Bull E125/10 From HH Ignatius Zakka Iwas I

Some Thoughts On Bull E125/10 From HH Ignatius Zakka Iwas I On June 25, 2010 the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch HH Ignatius Zakka I issued a bull numbered E125/10 to all members of the Syrian Orthodox faithful of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church worldwide. The bull came out at a critical and pivotal situation in the history

Strict Discipline Is Not For Discipline’s Sake: Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip, Principal, STOTS

Strict Discipline Is Not For Discipline’s Sake: Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip, Principal, STOTS The Opening Address delivered at STOTS for the Academic Year 2010 by the Principal, STOTS Nagapur, Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip Wish you all a blessed feast day of our Patron Saint. As usual we begin the academic year of the Seminary this year also on St. Thomas Day. There are

Edinburgh 2010: Witnessing to Christ Today

Edinburgh 2010: Witnessing to Christ Today In our lives there are some defining moments in which we realize in a very unique way that we are uniting in Christ’s dream of uniting with one another. To be part of the Edinburgh 2010 Centenary Celebrations of World Missionary Conference was such a unique occasion. It was unfortunate

Evangelization And Social Justice Belong Together, Says WCC Representative

Evangelization And Social Justice Belong Together, Says WCC Representative The need to keep together evangelism and the quest for social justice was highlighted by a representative of an ecumenical mission body speaking at an international church conference in Edinburgh on 3 June. Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, from India, voiced a “growing concern that the prophetic voice [of the church]

“Hope And Humility” Shape Approaches To Contemporary Mission

“Hope And Humility” Shape Approaches To Contemporary Mission “The priority in Christian mission is to witness to the love of Jesus Christ for all the world,” Prof. Dana L. Robert of Boston University told a Friday press briefing at the Edinburgh 2010 Conference. “The mystery of salvation is not ours to know,” she added, yet Christians feel compelled

Dana Robert Calls For Common Witness To Christ Despite Divisions

Dana Robert Calls For Common Witness To Christ Despite Divisions “We must not allow difficult theological, socio-cultural and political issues, or disagreements over theologies of religion, to discourage us from sharing God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ with all the world.” With these words, keynote speaker Dana L. Robert encouraged

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”?

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”? Until 1993 there were only five Oriental Orthodox Churches. On May 3rd, 1993 Eritrea became an independent state and broke it ties with Ethiopia. Eritrea was part of the Ethiopian Kingdom from 8th Century and went under different powers. Ethiopians, under Coptic patronage became non-Chalcedonians during the Christological controversies when

Are We Really An Indian Church?

Are We Really An Indian Church? When E. M. Philip wrote his church history he titled it as : “Apostles Thomas’ Indian Church” (1951). In his book he tried to establish the identity of the Indian church with its affinity and obligation to the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. Today we affirm that Malankara Orthodox Syrian

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Adimali, Ernakulam District, Kerala was in the news! The Mangalam Daily reported a couple of days back on the funeral of a 60 year old individual, who committed suicide because he couldn’t afford treatment for his diabetes / kidney trouble. He left his family in deep
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