Eastern Orthodoxy

Interspiritual Calendar 2018

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere in the world. This inclusive interspiritual calendar provides dates for major feasts, celebrations and festivals for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page…

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Flying Orthodox Church-In-A-Box

The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month – an army of parachuting priests. The unit of chaplains, who have joined the Russian Airborne Force to train in parachute jumping and vehicle assembly, will operate out of flatpack churches that can be airlifted in to wherever soldiers may be stationed.…

The Spiritual Legacy of Patriarch Abune Paulos

The unexpected death of Abuna Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahado Church, Spiritual leader of 45 million followers, on the 16th of August at the age of 76. This has ushered in a period of uncertainty for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. His death, together with that of Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, four days later means that Ethiopia is without two of the key figures who have influenced its growth and development since the fall of the regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

Syrians in Fear of Sectarian War

Spirituaity Ireland is proud this week to add Rania Elmasry as a contributor to the site. A native Syrian and a blogger in Syria. Rania will be giving an unbiased blog about the fears of fellow country people during the turmoil occurring in her Country.

Arab Minorities in Fear of Arab Spring

Last week saw Coptic orthodox Christians in Ireland rallying outside the Dáil seeking to highlight the plight of Christians in Egypt after the killing of 25 people last weekend. They appealed to the Government to urge the Egyptian government to stop the persecution of Egyptian Christians and the burning of churches. Shortly afterwards I was emailed by an anonymous member from the Coptic community to highlight the worries of the Christian community due to recent events in the Middle East.

So I went to out to research the topic to get an unbiased and balanced article. However when I dipped further into the issue what I found was shocking.