BYZANTINE & OTHER EASTERN CHRISTIAN

RESOURCES AND LINKS

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The original mission of this page was to provide our visitors with avenues to explore the many facets of Eastern Christianity.  Since the  founding of this site in 2000, the Internet has exploded  to contain many more websites concerning Eastern Christianity and the Eastern Catholic Churches.  In the process several older sites have also gone off-line.  Rather than continue to attempt to provide a comprehensive listing of all the best sites, and in the interest of keeping our Links and Resources page to a manageable size, we are launching a new name and format which will integrate the best of our existing sites, incorporate some of the better new sites, and organize their presentation in such a way as to offer visitors a more focused and less cumbersome way  of learning more about the Christian East .  We hope you will enjoy and be edified by our new approach. 

 


I - Sister Churches and Parishes

The Greek Catholic Church:

Our sister church in Athens, the Apostolic Exarchate,  now has a wonderful website which we encourage you to visit.  More information about the Church in Greece can be found at the site for the Greek Conference of Catholic Bishops.  See also the basic history of our Church as recounted by Fr. Ron Roberson on the Catholic Near East Welfare Association site.  We are pleased also that you can read about the November 2004 pilgrimage from our sister parish in Giannitsa to our Ayatriada and the Phanar.

You may visit here a webpage featuring the Greek Catholic Church in Cargese on Corsica, and while there go to the History page for some additional background information and photos. In nearby Marseilles, France you can find information about the Greek Catholic parish of St. Nicholas of Myra and there is also information about it on the Diocese of Marseilles website (click on "Paroisses" and then select "Paroisses de rite Oriental")

After Sicily and Corsica, another Mediterranean island community worth visiting is Our Lady of Damascus Greek Catholic Church of Malta (scroll down the page to read about this parish).

Information about liturgies and the address for the other Greek Catholic parish in Livorno can be found on the Livorno Diocesan site.  For further information about this parish, its history, and its artwork, a Google search is recommended as the unofficial parish site migrates without notice; one may also find information about its sister Greek Orthodox parish this way as well.

The Church of S. Atanasio dei Greci in Rome serves the Greek Catholics of the Eternal City and is lauded on this personal website which also provides some liturgical texts and many interesting historical views of this church.

We of course pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope to achieve reconciliation and and communion during the upcoming encounter on the Feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30, 2006)  and are pleased to see the special website established by Patriarch Bartolomeos in connection with this historic meeting.

The Italo-Greek and Italo-Albanian Church:

For some information about our brothers and sisters of the Italo-Greek-Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church here in the United States as well as links to sites about their Greek and Arberesh heritage and homelands, visit  the site for the Our Lady of Grace Society Mission.  And don't miss the site of  Our Lady of Wisdom Italo-Greek Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We have found a multilingual site about the Monastery of Grottaferrata along with some nice photos and don't miss our links about the Monastery of Grottaferrata on our "Monasticism in the Christian East" Page.

The Italian Catholic Bishops' Conference site provides some basic information about the Italo-Greek-Albanian epachies of Lungro Calabrese and Piana degli Albanese in Southern Italy; the latter's site is well worth the visit!

The Melkite Catholic Church:

The Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Newton site is a good beginning to learn of this venerable Byzantine Catholic Church.

The Byzantine Slavonic Tradition:

The Russian, Georgian, and Belarussian Byzantine Catholic Churches:

The websites for  Our Lady of Fatima Byzantine Catholic Church in San Francisco, CA, Sts. Cyril & Methodius Russian Catholic Community  in Denver CO,  and St. Michael's Russian Catholic Church in New York are  essential visits for all interested in the Russian Catholic tradition, and see the Unofficial Directory cited above for more information.

A brief history of the near defunct Georgian Byzantine Catholic Church makes sad, but inspiring reading.

The Belarussian Byzantine Catholic Church is cautiously emerging from the shadows of suppression in a difficult political environment.  See the Belarussian Byzantine Catholic Church Pages in the Unofficial Directory elsewhere on this website.  Also there you can read about the Catholic Churches of the Byzantine-Slavonic tradition that existed in East Central Poland, which gave us the Holy Pratulin martyrs, beatified by Pope John Paul II.  Their shrine is at the Church of St. Nikita, the only one of these parishes to survive to the present.

That survivor was the beacon of faith that gave hope to the Belarusssian Catholics, the heroic and venerable Byzantine-Slavonic Catholic Church of St. Nikita, just across the Bug River in Poland.  St. Nikita's, one of the parishes under the Administration of Bl. Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky between the two world wars, has survived in the path of passing armies for over 400 years, and survived both Nazi and Communist oppression.  St. Nikita's parish website contains many great photos of this beautiful old church and of the vibrant faith life which is still inspires both in its corner of Poland and across the river still.

For specifically Russian Byzantine Catholic and Byzantine Slavonic sites and addresses, please go to the Unofficial Directory Page on this site. 

The Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church:

The (recently redesigned) site of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in L'viv, whose Metropolitan Andrew Sheptitsky, inter alia, played a crucial role in the origins and organization of the Russian Byzantine Catholic Church is well worth a visit.  There is also a wonderful  English version of this site.

A site dedicated to Metropolitan Andrew.

See the excellent and expanding site for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford.

Another informative site is that of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Warsaw-Przemysl 

In your Webservant's humble opinion, the finest  Ukrainian Catholic parish in North America also has an excellent  webpage -- the parish of St Elias in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.   We also recommend a visit to the delightful site for the Ukrainian Catholic parish in Western Austria .   One of the Byzantine Catholic sites that has pioneered the Church's mission in cyberspace is that of the beautiful church of St Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore MD.

For information about the Catholics, Byzantine or Latin, in Kazakhstan, see Credo, the Kazakhstan Diocesan Newsletter site. There is now an article in Credo about the Greek Catholics in Kazakstan and we look forward to more news of their growth and development in future. Please also refer to our Unofficial Directory page on Kazakstan. The Byzantine Catholic Bishop Alexander Khira, a confessor of the faith during the Soviet era, lived in internal exile in Karaganda for about a decade and helped build and then consecrated the Catholic cathedral in that city.

The Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church:

The Romanian Catholic Diocese of St. George has a wealth of information about the Romanian Greek Catholic Church.

There is now an excellent site that provides comprehensive information about the Romanian Greek Catholic Church in Romania.

The Bulgarian Byzantine Catholic Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church in the Former Yugoslavia:

The site for the Bulgarian Byzantine Catholic Church provides basic information.

The Eparchy of Krizevci has two webpages which hopefully will expand to provide more information about this fascinating multi-ethnic eparchy covering the area of the former Yugoslavia.  A related page discusses this eparchy's relationship with the other Catholic Churches in Croatia.  Those interested in ecumenical contacts between the Orthodox and Catholic churches in Croatia may wish to visit the Croatian Bishops' Conference ecumenical page.

A brief history of the Croatian Byzantine Catholics in America.

The Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church:

A beautifully executed site for the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, with lots of links, can be found at Byzantine Catholic Church in America.

Information about the Slovak Byzantine Catholic Church can be found at that Church's official site  and at the site of  Exarchate of Kosice.

The Czech Byzantine Catholic Church has its own informative website.

Fr. Chris Zugger has established the Our Lady of Boronyavo Mission Society supporting our churches in Slovakia and Ukraine, with its fine website.

The Armenian Catholic Church:

Information about our Armenian Catholic brethren, who like us Byzantines are much influenced by the early liturgical traditions of Cappadocia, can be found on the Armenian Catholic Church website. Read also about Bishop Ignatios Maloyan and other Armenian Catholic martyrs in the Armenian Genocide; from this page you can access more information on the Armenian Catholic Church in Russian today.  And don't miss the website for the Mekhitarist monks.

The Syriac Traditions:

 The Syriac Tradition consists of two main branches, the West Syriac and the East Syriac, both of which have Orthodox and Catholic adherents.  The West Syriac includes the Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic Churches, as weel as the Syro-Malankara Churches (Orthodox and Catholic) and the Maronite Catholic Church.  The East Syriac includes the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Apostolic Church of the East, as well as the Syro-Malabarese Churches (Orthodox and Catholic).  Of course, their common language of liturgy and centuries of scholarship led to some sharing over time, and this is exemplifies by the Maronite Church, which has long used some of the East Syriac anaphorae in its praxis. Borrowings and influences from the the West Syriac tradition can also be found in  the Coptic and Ethiopian/Eritrean traditions.

For an overview of recent activity among all the churches of the Syriac Tradition, please visit the site of Pro Oriente.

Another useful aid in learning about this Tradition is Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies whose many articles reflect the lively scholarship which this Tradition has engendered.  For general information about the peoples of the Syriac Traditions and the plight of many in their respective homelands, a visit to AINA is indispensible.

Visit to several monasteries from both the East and West Syriac traditions located in war-torn Iraq.  A good source of general information for those who read French, together with many useful links, is the CRDA page.

To learn about the important role of the Syriac Christians in the transmission of Hellenic philosophy and science to the West via the Moslem presence in Spain, see the work "How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs" by Dr. De Lacy O'Leary and a perceptive Commentary on this work by Peter BetBasoo on the AINA site.

 

West Syriac:                                                                                               

The Syriac Catholic Church

Syriac Cross    For those interested in the West Syriac Tradition of Eastern Christianity, which was an important source of prayer texts and music for the Byzantine tradition, visit the site of the Syrian Catholic Exarchate , and its related sites, the parish website for St. Ephrem's in Quebec and the Club Syriaque, as well as the sites for the Patriarchal residence and seminary at Sharfeh , the Monastery of St. Moses the Ethiopian  (for more dramatic photos and info on Mar Musa see Prof.  Michael Fuller's splendid pages as well as the Mar Musa al-Habashi Archaeology Project site; for more detailed discussion of the important spiritual and ecumenical  initiatives undertaken by  Fr. Paolo and Mar Musa, see the article in Company Magazine), and Turabdin and see the "The Catholic Churches of the Middle East "site below.  We look forward to the day when our friend and brother in Christ, His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III (Younan) will be able to have the Charfet (patriarchal)site updated.

 

The Maronite Catholic Church  

                                

And to glean some of the immense riches of the Maronite variation on the West Syriac Tradition, there is the site of the Eparchy of St Maron in Brooklyn NY.  See, too, the Maronite Patriarchal Site  and the offerings from The Maronite Research Center which includes the fascinating articles in The Journal of Maronite Studies.  Also worthwhile is a visit to the site of the University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik, Lebanon.

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

        The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is also part of the West Syriac Tradition and has an excellent website.  From this website you can explore this Church's presence in India as well as in diaspora. 

East Syriac:

The Chaldean Catholic Church:

Only one unofficial site gives "current" information about this embattled Patriarchate, and generally reliable information is available on the CNEWA and Opus Libani sites elsewhere on this list.  The Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle for the Chaldeans' website (this is a relatively new, second Chaldean Catholic eparchy based in the western part of the US) is most useful with current information about this dynamic group of Catholics both in the US and in their homelands.  Our facilities at Ayatriada are currently shared with the Chaldean Catholic community in Istanbul, and occasionally may be used by the Syriac Catholic community as well.

The Archdiocese of Ernakulam–AngamalyThe Syro-Malabarese Catholic Church:

The Syro-Malabarese Catholic Church also derives from the East Syriac tradition and now has a fine website, as does its diocese in the US, the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

The Alexandrine Tradition:

The Coptic Catholic Church:

Coptic Orthodox cross See the opuslibani site of an overview of this church, or the AsiaNews article for an informative interview with retired Coptic Catholic Patriach Stephanos II Ghattos.  "Many years!!" to the new Patriarch Antonios Naguib.

The Ethiopian and Eritrean Catholic Churches:

For an overview of these two churches, see the CNEWA article, "The Ethiopian Catholic Church"  or visit the Ethiopian Catholic Church's website. Another informative site is the Ethiopian Catholic Encounter .  The Kebena Kidane Meheret parish in Addis Ababa maintains regular contact with its diaspora members in the New York City area.  The Ethiopian Catholic Eparchy of Adrigat's website gives a good perspective of the life of this Church today in Ethiopia.  Also illuminating are the articles about the 75th Anniversary of the Pontifical Ethiopian College in Rome. Cardinal Emeritus Tzadua has written an enlightening article about the Ge'ez liturgical tradition.

The Eritrean Catholic Church does not as yet have its own website, but  organizational information about this Church is available from GCatholic.The Eritrean Catholic Eparchy of Keren's former site is no longer available,  but the Ge'ez Catholic missons site remains on-line; we hope that the political and economic conditions in these two nations will improve so that the Eritrean Catholic Church can also establish  its own website.  See also Fr. Wolfgang Schonecke, WF's report on the First Eparchial Assembly of the Eparchy of Asmara.

 There are several Ethiopian and Eritrean Catholic communities in the US, such as the site for the Kidane Meheret parish in Washington, D.C. where you can find news about this community and informative articles about the unique and beautiful Ge'ez liturgical tradition.  That community was recently featured in a Youtube video made by the Knights of Columbus, which also features video clips of the Divine Liturgy.  The Daughters of St. Ann are actively assisting this community. At the other end of the US, Eritrean Catholics are active in the Bay Area, as well as in Seattle (see link on the above sites).

Joint Eastern Catholic Churches Sites:

For a treasure chest of information about our Eastern Catholic sister churches from the lands of the Middle East, visit the joint site of "The Catholic Churches of the Middle East."

The 1999 Joint Paschal Message on Ecumenism from the Patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches to their flocks around the world is especially edifying (in French).  And not to be forgotten are the important statements about these Churches made during the Jubilee 2000 celebrations.

Some links to many Eastern Catholic pages with twenty different Eastern Catholic Churches represented, can be found on the Eastern Catholicism Link Page of Rosemarie's Mystical Rose Page.

If you are unfamiliar with the Eastern Catholic Churches in general and are unaware of their geographic breadth, a short virtual trip around the globe may be in order. For this trip we are confining ourselves to Byzantine Catholic Churches ---

---Our francophone readers and those who like beautiful icons and frescoes will want to visit the parish website of St. John the Baptist. From Belgium we move to our next stop at St. Rosalia's Greek Catholic Chapel in Szeged, Hungary.  Next we travel to visit Fr Rafic Greiche and St. Cyril's Greek Catholic Church in Heliopolis, Egypt.  Leaving Egypt, we now visit the Melkite communities of Australia. Then, we leap over the Pacific Ocean to  Argentina  to visit the page for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Protection of the Virgin Mary of Buenos Aires .  Finally, we can return to Europe to the Russian Catholic parish of St. Irenaeus of Lyons  in Lyons, France.  While we Eastern Catholics may not number in the hundreds of millions, we certainly are found in most corners of the world.

Our brothers in Christ and fellow workers in the cause of Church Unity, the Monks of Chevetogne, have a wonderful site about their monastery and their work in French, and hopefully soon in English as well.

Francophone visitors will want to visit the lovely site of the Emmaus Centre in Montreal, where a dedicated staff works to educate Western Christians about the spiritual treasures of the Eastern Christian Churches. 


II - Eastern Christian Devotional Sites

russcrux.jpg (18128 bytes)We Eastern Catholics have a great affinity for the experience of the early Christians; one can get a good idea of their love of Christ and their neighbors, their faith and joy in the face of persecution and hardships at the site The Christian Catacombs of Rome.

Concerning  the Holy City of Jerusalem in the Roman and Byzantine periods, visit The Jerusalem Mosaic.

Our love and devotion to Mary, Our Lady Theotokos, in the Russian Byzantine tradition is linked in a special way to the site of one of Our Lady's most notable apparitions in this century: the Byzantine Chapel at the Domus Pacis in Fatima, Portugal.

Concerning Our Lady's reported apparitions in Soufanieh, Syria, and her plea for Christian Unity in the celebration of Pascha/Easter see the Our Lady of Soufanieh site.  A moving collection of testimony concerning these apparitions is also available.

The site dedicated to the new Basilica, Notre-Dame de Mantara, (Our Lady of the Awaiting) at  Maghedouche, Lebanon, where Mary awaited in a cave for the return of her Son during his sojourn in Tyre and Sidon (Mt 15:21; Mk 7:24), speaks to the importance of the Marian tradition and of miraculous events in the Christian East. 

The apparitions of Our Lady at the Coptic Church in Zeitun, Egypt, which was witnessed by thousands of Christians and Muslims alike, are still of special importance to Eastern Christians.

For information about the Servant of God Fr. Walter Ciszek and the cause for his canonization at the Fr. Walter Ciszek Prayer League page.

Be inspired by the newly beatified "Apostle to the Untouchables", Fr. Augustine of the Syro-Malabarese Catholic Church, known as Blessed Kunjachan in India. 

The Mother Maria Skobtsova page offers many prayers for use and much information about this twentieth-century martyr's life of Christian witness and oblation.

An important article about  a married Ukrainian Catholic priest who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

The official site for the cause of the Russian New Martyrs (with a link to a page in Russian).

At Jim Forest's Orthodox Peace Fellowship site, you can read read about how Eastern Christians put their theology into action in addressing contemporary problems.

The St. Irenaeus Mission Society is brotherhood of Catholic clergy and lay men dedicated to evangelization according to the spirit of the Byzantine fathers and is wonderful resource and compliment to rumkatkilise.org

 


III - Institutions, Organizations, Sources of Information

For information about Monasticism, please see The Monasticism Page on this site.

ldmon.jpg (24839 bytes)One of the great centers of learning and scholarship for the Eastern Christian Tradition is found in Rome at Pontifical Oriental Institute which has a newly revamped website. 

Another important center of scholarship is The Pontifical Biblical Institute (this site is emerging from construction).

There is a delightful site about L'Istituto di Teologia Ecumenico-Patristica Greco-Byzantina "San Nicola" in Bari, Italy (where the relics of St Nicholas are venerated!).  And it is good to know that at the Basilica of St Nicholas there is, on the level of prayer and devotion, a genuine contribution to the holy cause of ecumenism between east and west!

Probably the most comprehensive site for all things Byzantine was the Fordham University site of Byzantine Studies of Prof. Paul Halsall. This site, however, has not been updated for some time now.

Important work in Early Christian studies is now done at Catholic University of America's  Center for the Study of Early Christianity ,  to say nothing of the work being done at this university's Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Institute for Christian Oriental Research neither of which has its own web presence at this time.  CUA is also to be commended for its work with the Syriac Orthodox Church in providing the Margoneetho: Syriac Orthodox Resources  and Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies websites.

At the University of St Paul in Ottawa, Canada, there is a center for Eastern Christian  studies named for the venerable Metropolitan Andrew: The Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Institute for Eastern Christian Studies.

At the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, visit the site dedicated to The Center for Eastern Christian Studies.

A unique institution for the study of history of East-Central Europe including its religious diversity, an institution that, like its university, draws its faculties from throughout the region, is the Medieval Studies Department of Central European University in Budapest.

For a capsule history of the Byzantine Empire, Explore Byzantium !

To plumb the depths of Byzantine scholarship, look in the Suda.

Intrigued by the languages of the Churches of the Mystic East??  You will find useful information about those languages and passing references (not always accurate) to their ecclesial use at the  Ancient Scripts website.


IV - Eastern Christian Studies - Patristics

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For Patristics, the section so entitled in the Fordham University site of Byzantine Studies of Prof. Halsall,may still be of some use, and also try the University of Fribourg site.

A website for the North American Patristic Society.

A site dedicated to one of the great Fathers of the Church,  St Gregory of Nyssa.

A site for Evagrius Ponticus.

A Cyril of Alexandria site.   Concerning St. Cyril of Alexandria, see Pope Pius XII's Encyclical, Orientalis Ecclesiae.

Not to be missed is the excellent site dedicated to St. Gregory Nazianzen at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, which has excellent links for those interested in or working in Patristics.

A wonderful site is dedicated to that holy deacon, the Harp of the Spirit, who because of his times and place of activity has directly inspired all the Eastern Christian Churches--St. Ephrem the Syrian

An indispensible source for patristics, particularly from the Syriac, Alexandrine, and Armenian traditions, is Sources Chretiennes.

There is also a well done site dedicated to St John Chrysostom that brings together most of his texts in translation that are available on the Web.

An Exact Exposition on the Orthodox Faith by St. John Damascene.

For the standard English translations of the two Eerdman's series, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, and The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, visit the Early Church Fathers page.


V - Eastern Christian Culture

A page dedicated to Fr Alexander Men, the martyred Russianzenon.jpg (24910 bytes) Orthodox priest who was one of this century's most brilliant Christian thinkers, is well worth visiting.

to right -- an icon written by one of the best known contemporary iconographers of Russia, the monk Zenon

Those interested in icons, especially their writing, may find something of interest on the iconofile site, which also arranges tours of traditional centers for this work.

An Old Ritualist Link helps one come to know this unique movement.

The leading site about Byzantine music is Monumenta Musicae Byzantinae.  From MMB's links one can access the Russian Znamenny Chant Page, which also has good links to other music sites.

You may wish to visit the Monastery of Solovki -- formerly used in the Gulag system as the prison where the Russian Byzantine Catholic, Georgian Byzantine Catholic, and Armenian Catholic clergy and laity were held along with clergy from the Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church and clergy from other denominations of believers in the 1920s and 1930s. Here is a site for more views of Solovki.

To see what can be done to continue the tradition of Byzantine-Slav church architecture, music, and other aspects of spiritual culture, visit St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario: see also the link listed above in the Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church section.
 

One of the hallmarks of Byzantine art is the mosaic. One can get some idea of the richness of this art form by taking a making a  visit to the cathedral of San Vitale in Ravenna

Afficionados of Byzantine architecture will enjoy comparing the styles of several classic churches, such as the Cattolica in Stilo, Calabria, Italy with that of Kariye Camii (St. Savior in Chora) in Constantinople and that of the Katholikon at Hosios Loukas in Phocis, Greece, as well as that of the Katholikon at Daphni, Greece. One can see the Byzantine influence as it developed in the hands of Russian ecclesiastical architects in Moscow. And one can speculate about the Armenian and Georgian architectural and artistic genius and the influences upon them by comparing the foregoing to the church at Ateni.

Fortunately a site devoted to the earliest authentically Byzantine church architecture,  a new site dedicated to the study of the church of  St. Polyeuktos the Martyr , is once again available on-line.  It contains photos, recreated views and architectural drawings of the church dedicated in this Saint's name, commissioned by the imperial princess, Anicia Juliana, great-grand-daughter of Emperor Theodosios I; this church was and is widely regarded as the precursor and inspiration for Haghia Sophia. Some of the columns of this church were removed by the brigands of the so-called Fourth Crusade and are now found in San Marco in Venice.  Prof. Thomas Mathews is to be commended for making this site available.

While it is still on the net, for a panoramic glimpse of Russia under the Romanovs, visit the on-line exhibit at the New York Public Library.

Our friend from one of the Old Russian Catholic families, Fr. Hal Stockert, provides important advice for preparing a traditional Russian Easter basket.

You may enjoy a refreshing visit to a Oriental Churches' wine tasting.


VI - News, Current Events, Other Catholic and Ecumenical Links

When accessing the links below, you may wish to keep in mind the explanation and clear advice given by one of our Russian Catholic priests, Fr. John Mowatt, on behalf of our Melkite Catholic brothers.

russchint1.jpg (18905 bytes)For current events particularly concerning the universal human right to freedom of religion and related religious issues, there are several.  Among them are: 

Stetson University's News About Religion in Russia,  

The Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty site.

Emphasizing issues of religious freedom is the site of the Keston Institute.

Religious News from Ukraine.

International Coalition for Religious Freedom .

For more on Religious Freedom in Turkey. (follow the links there for the articles) and how legal institutions such as the Turkish Law of Foundations,  perpetuate the second-class status of Christians.

For more background on the nearly two millennia presence of Christians in Turkey, see Cappadocia.

On Religious Freedom and Rights for Byzantine Catholics in Greece.

The charitable organization "Aid to the Church in Need" which has given much aid to Catholic and Orthodox  churches has recently established an informative website.

The  beautifully appointed site of Oriente Cristiano hosts a very focused news page entitled," World News of the Eastern Churches" which is very informative.

From here you may also visit the site of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and read about the people they help in the on-line version of their award-winning magazine.

The Holy See (The Vatican) has an official website that is offering more and more resources and news--in several languages!

An important organization that works to achieve the gospel standard in social justice causes, and has active contacts with all the Eastern Christian Churches is the Community of St. Egidio.

 Another lovely site which also has good general Catholic and Ecumenical links is the webhome of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Vaxjo, Sweden (this is the English language version).

A rich resource for things Catholic, including many resources about Eastern Christians, can be found on the pioneering mega-site of Christus Rex.

 


VII - Bookstores, Religious Objects, Links and Addresses

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The Icon and Book Service       (for one stop shopping on all things Eastern Christian)
1217 Quincy Street, NE
Washington DC 20017
Tel:   202-526-6061
1-800-ASK-IKON
Fax: 202-526-3316


Eastern Christian Publications                                                                                                            
Madonna House Publications
 

Light & Life Publishing                                                                                                     Dumbarton Oaks Publications

    For an excellent source of books and music

                             from the Churches of the West and East Syriac Traditions

                                                                                                          visit Gorgias Press

God With Us Publictions
(Publishing arm of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the U.S. providing  a full range of instructional and catechetical works)
Service Provided Through:
Theological Book Service
7373 S. Lovers Lane Road
Franklin, WI, 53132
Tel.: 1-800-558-0580 or 1-414-529-6400
Fax : 1-800-369-4448 or 1-414-529-6419
email : tbs@execpc.com

TBS also provides titles from select foreign publishers of Catholic
works.

Holy Resurrection Monastery Gift Shop
45704 Valley Center Road,
Newberry Springs, CA 92365
U. S. A.
PH: (760) 257-4008,
FAX: (760) 257-3362

Don't miss the lovely site of Gallery Byzantium!

Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Vatican Publishing House
00 120 Vatican City
Tel.: 011-3906-698-85003
Fax : 011-3906-698-84176
(Don't miss the Catalog section on "Oriental Churches")


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