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Volume 45, Number 2
  
6 November 2012
Greg Kandra




In this 9 January 2001 photo, then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri meets with Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarch Maxim in Sofia, Bulgaria. (photo: CNS from Reuters)

Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dies at age 98 (ABC News) Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country’s Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, has died. He was 98. The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had been for a month, the Holy Synod said in a statement. The Holy Synod of 13 senior clergy will meet to make funeral arrangements and choose an interim patriarch until a larger Church Council is held within the next four months to pick Maxim’s successor, church officials said. Orthodox Christianity is Bulgaria’s dominant religion, followed by more than 80 percent of the country’s 7.4 million people…

Egypt’s Coptic pope says he will reject constitution imposing religious state (AFP) Egypt’s new Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II has said he would reject a constitution still in the making if it imposed a religious state in the Muslim-majority country, newspapers reported on Tuesday. The Coptic pope, whose minority community has become increasingly fearful of the rise of Islamists to power in Egypt, also urged Christians not to leave the country, stressing that they have coexisted with Muslims for centuries. “A constitution that hints at imposing a religious state in Egypt is absolutely rejected,” he told journalists on Monday, a day after he was chosen pope, the independent al Watan newspaper reported…

Christians seek release of kidnapped Armenian and others in Syria (Fides) Sam Ghannoum is a 28-year-old Christian Armenian songwriter. He comes from an Armenian family that lives in a suburb of Aleppo. He is known in the community for his eastern classical compositions and for songs that present the Christian message of love and peace. Sam is also one of the young Syrians who recently criticized the government on Facebook, voicing support for the original ideals of the Syrian revolution: democracy, freedom and human rights. He received threats in response. About twenty days ago, on 15 October, Sam was abducted by the Syrian secret services. According to the group “Syrian Non-Violence Movement,” his family is in pain and in fear for his life. They reaffirm “the good faith and the purity of Sam’s ideals” and ask for his immediate release…

Catholic groups in India expand presence on web (Times of India) Recently, the pope had asked all clergymen to expand their presence in the virtual world to reach out to youth who have been found to stray away from the path of the church. Further decision on the synod’s deliberations would be taken only after the pope prepares the ‘apostolic exhortation’ on the topic, a compilation of all the deliberations. “Many priests are already active in the cyber world. Once the apostolic exhortation comes, we will have motivational workshops and other deliberations on this topic. It is through these measures that the church can be one of today,” said Archbishop Francis Kallarakkal of the Latin Church. The synod of 260 bishops from around the world was deliberating on ‘new evangelisation,’ to stem the hemorrhaging of the faithful...



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