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We thank Bishop Philip Huggins for the following prayer for the victims of the bombing in Boston. May we also see in it a prayer for others who have died violently this week in many other places.

 

A prayer tonight for all those innocents who die violently and unprepared. Including that little boy in Boston, waiting to give his dad a hug ...
Heaven and earth both weep.

Attack on the Heart of Christianity in the Middle East

8th April, 2013

St. Mark Cathedral in Abbassiya, Cairo is the international headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church and it is where the Coptic Pope resides. Hence it has a great symbolic meaning in the hearts of all Copts worldwide. Today a red line has been crossed[...]

For the full Statement, please follow this link.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:32

The announcement early this morning that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina has been elected the 266th pope for the Roman Catholic Church has been welcomed by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).  He has taken the pontifical name of Francis I.

 

Read the full media release at the NCCA website

 

 

It is with sadness that we report the death of His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and leader of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. On behalf of the VCC community we express our condolences.

http://www.antiochian.org/content/his-beatitude-ignatius-iv-1920-2012-memory-eternal

Please find attached a media release from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council regarding asylum seekers by clicking on this link.

 

MEDIA RELEASE – 12 November 2012

For Immediate Release
from the National Council of Churches in Australia

Churches to Unite in Prayer and Fasting for Syria

The current plight of the Syrian people was a point of concern for the church leaders as the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) met in Sydney last week. Archbishop Malki Malki of the Syrian Orthodox Church told the council that many Christians have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and peace.

The NCCA Executive, representing 19 Australian Churches issued a statement of support recognising the presence and witness of indigenous Christians in Syria, their contributions to Syrian society and their desire for a society based on mutual respect, justice and peace.

The Reverend Tara Curlewis, NCCA general secretary said “We have real concern for the people of Syria in light of the current violence, increasing loss of life and the destruction of places of worship”

“We are very concerned for those who have sought refuge in Syria as they have fled other areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

As an act of solidarity with and support for the Syrian people the member churches of the NCCA are requested to consider a time of prayer and fasting for peace and reconciliation. They are also asked to pray for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians in Syria and among the members of the Australian Churches whose heritage is from Syria.


Rev Tara Curlewis is available for Interview
Media Enquiries: (02) 9299 2215

 

Read here for an expression of sadness over the events in Syria, by Catholicos-Patriarch Khanania MARDINKHA IV, of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.

Click Here to read homily on the refugees issue delivered by the General Secretary of the VCC, Mr Theo Mackaay at the Refugee Rally, on Sunday, 21st October.

Media Release Immediate

Monday 24 September 2012
From the National Council of Churches in Australia.

NCCA Expresses sorrow over the death of Archbishop Aghan Baliozian OAM.

Renowned Christian leader, ecumenist and former president of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian OAM, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand died on Saturday 22 September 2012 in Sydney.

 


 

Archbishop Baliozian was held in high esteem both in Australia and around the world for his wisdom and commitment to Christian unity, interreligious dialogue and peace building. He arrived in Australia in 1975 to serve as Vicar General of the diocese before being appointed as Primate of Australia and New Zealand in 1982.

As an active and passionate ecumenist he served as the first president of the NCCA (1994-97) and later as president of the NSW Ecumenical Council (2005-07). Archbishop Baliozian represented the Armenian Church within the World Council of Churches participating in the Assemblies of Canberra (1991), Harare (1998) and Porto Alegre (2006).

NCCA general secretary Rev. Tara Curlewis expressed deep sorrow over the Archbishop’s death. She said; “Archbishop Baliozian will be remembered for his outstanding commitment to ecumenism.”

“His role in promoting Christian unity, the participation of the orthodox churches both in the NCCA and WCC, and the importance of interfaith dialogue is a continuing legacy for the churches. Alongside his work with the churches he worked with the wider community where he was held in high esteem by both local community and political leaders.”

For his significant contribution and service to Australia and the Armenian community he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1995 and in 2001 the Centenary Medal.

Ms Curlewis concluded saying; “As a fellowship of churches we have all been touched by his leadership, passion for ecumenism, his encouragement of the youth and his love for people. Let us keep the Armenian Apostolic Church and its leadership in our prayers during this time of loss, mourning and transition.”

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