#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – April 19 – The Holy Fire, described by Orthodox Christians as an annual miracle, was lit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter.
Thousands of Orthodox Christians filled Jerusalem’s ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre and spilled out into the narrow streets on Saturday for the “Holy Fire” ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter, reports AFP.
Believers hold that the fire is miraculously sent from heaven to ignite candles held by the Greek Orthodox patriarch in an annual rite dating back to the 4th century that symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.
Israeli public radio said around 10,000 faithful attended this year’s ceremony, fewer than in recent years, as police were deployed around the church and in the streets of the surrounding Old City to keep the jubilation from getting out of hand. Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/52945.htm
The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, has passed the Holy Fire to the pilgrims, including the Russian delegation, which will deliver it to Moscow.
The Holy Fire, which symbolizes the miraculous light of the Resurrection, has been brought to Russia from Israel every year since 2003.
This year it will be taken for the first time to Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that became part of Russia in March.
Ace Related News:
1. #History2Research on The Holy Fire http://wp.me/p48Dp0-ej
#AceWorldNews – EUROPEAN – April 15 – (Nova) – Bulgarian Konstantina Kuneva will run for a Member of the European Parliament from the left-wing Greek party Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as SYRIZA.
Kuneva, who tragically became known after being splashed with acid in December 2008 in Athens, will run sixth in the party’s elections list, Bulgarian Nova Tv reports.
Besides Kuneva, who is a trade union leader, among the 14 non-party candidates who will run on a SYRIZA ticket in next month’s elections to the European Parliament are a Roma activist, as well as journalists.
Among the 20 party officials running are MPs Dimitris Papadimoulis, Sofia Sakorafa and Yiannis Milios.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 11 – (Neonline) – The Greek government is about to use a drone to oversee its sea borders in the Aegean, one the of main avenues for immigration into the EU, in a pilot project. Athens’ Ministry of Shipping has issues a competition call for a drone that, according to the competition rules, has to be handed over to the authorities by the end of June.
Greece’s Shipping Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis recently revealed that the country is receiving around 1,000 immigrants a month through the eastern Aegean Sea. Immigration flows have intensified in the Aegean since Greece put up a fence to close off its land border with Turkey alongside the river Evros in the north-east of the country. Immigration flows have also been affected by the deterioration of conditions in Syria.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 09 – Greek labour unions staged a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest against austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors, Reuters reported.
The strike comes as Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Athens this week.
Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports and hospitals operated on emergency staff.
Transport in Athens was disrupted due to the walkout called by private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY.
The disruption could be most keenly felt in maritime transport such as the ferry services and also on the railways.
#AceBreakingNews The new authorities in Kiev have decided to quit the CIS, the organization of former Soviet Republics, the security chief said. Ukraine is also ready to impose a visa regime with Russia and is to ask the UN to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone.
The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine has instructed the Foreign Ministry to introduce visas for Russian citizens entering the country, according to a statement by department secretary Andrey Parubiy.
Russians and Ukrainians have been able to travel freely between the two nations since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
In recent weeks, Ukrainian officials have turned back some Russian citizens entering their territory over ostensible concerns that they may take part in protests against the coup-imposed government in Kiev.
Parubiy, who was speaking to the media in Kiev, also said that Ukraine would appeal to the UN to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone.
Similar UN-mandated zones exist between North and South Korea, and Turkish and Greek Cyprus, as well as in several territories adjacent to Israel.
Russian and Media News Services
#AceWorldNews says that Greek dock workers have started a 24-hour strike to protest plans to sell stakes in the Piraeus Port Authority, AP said.
Wednesday’s strike over the country’s largest port is expected to affect ports across the country.
Dock workers were also planning a protest rally and demonstration in Athens.
Privatizing state-held assets is a critical part of Greece’s international bailout agreement.
#AceWorldNews says ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday he will not support any candidate for president in spring 2015, in the hope of forcing a parliamentary election.