International News

Melbourne Coptic Church prays for Lebanon

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne 
The Coptic Church in Melbourne has sent prayers and sympathies to the people of Lebanon as thousands of Copts prayed for loved ones at services across the state this weekend. Already grappling with Coronavirus and economic hardship, the people of Lebanon were shaken by  two huge port explosions last Tuesday evening in the capital city, Beirut, that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands more.

Catholic community expresses deep regret over Hagia Sofia conversion

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Communications Office 
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and Archbishop Makarios, Archbishop of Australia and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church have expressed ‘deep regret’ in a joint statement, saying Hagia Sophia’s revised status as a mosque with sow division in an already divided world. From the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, the Chair of the Commission and Episcopal Vicar Fr Denis Stanley also joined in expressing disappointment at the change of status from museum to mosque.