Editorial: 20th Anniversary of Patriarch Bartholomew’s Enthronement

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: The National Herald | By Peter Marudas Like his predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his twenty year tenure has had to confront two fundamental challenges: the survival of the Patriarchate in a generally hostile Turkish environment, and his relations with the other independent Orthodox Churches including the administration of his own flock dispersed in Western Europe, parts of Greece, North and South America, and Australia. His All Holiness has certainly made progress … [Read more...]

Egypt Christians Urge Prayers Ahead Of Elections Amid Deadly Violence

Some 70,000 Christians have gathered for massive all-night prayer rally in Cairo, organizers said.

Source: BosNewsLife CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Egypt "request prayers" amid concerns about deadly violence and political uncertainty, ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. The call for prayer, monitored by BosNewsLife Sunday, November 27, came amid reports that 70,000 believers already gathered for an all-night prayer vigil in one of the poorest areas of Cairo, the capital. Organizers described the … [Read more...]

O Little Church in Bethlehem – Basilica Decays as Sects Squabble Over Who Pays

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Source: The Independent | Catrina Steward When it comes to fixing the church roof, rarely has it been so difficult to reach agreement as at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But, after a centuries-old stand-off between rival religious sects, it looks as if the reputed birthplace of Jesus may finally get the renovation it so badly needs. With Palestine's recent admission to Unesco, the body responsible for protecting historic sites, the Palestinian Authority hopes to win recognition … [Read more...]

Almost 300,000 People Venerated the Belt of the Mother of God in Moscow, over 2 Million People in Russia

Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, venerating the belt of the Mother of God

Source: Interfax Moscow, November 28, Interfax - About 285 thousand people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion. Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine. 691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for … [Read more...]

What Wasn’t Said

Vice President Joe Biden with Archbishop Demetrios (photo © Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)

Source: The National Herald Archbishop Demetrios and Vice President Biden had a lengthy discussion at the Archdiocese last week, as we reported. Oddly enough, they didn't go in front of the TV cameras to make a statement, as is customary. The main topic of discussion revolved around issues dealing with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. That's all well and good. The Greek-American community has a duty to do whatever possible to make sure that the Patriarchate is able to exist and operate … [Read more...]

Rev. George Papadeas Dead at 93

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Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON, MA – One of the most prominent Greek Orthodox priests in the United States, Protopresbyter George Papadeas, has died at the age of 93. Papadeas was a loving husband, a caring father and grandfather, a prolific writer and author, and a TNH contributor. In a phrase, he was the best of the best. Even at 93 he would drive halfway across Florida – from South Daytona to Ocala – to conduct liturgies and administer sacraments. He served at … [Read more...]

16th OCA All-American Minutes, Powerpoint Presentations Now Posted

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 16th OCA All-American Minutes, Powerpoint Presentations Now Posted … [Read more...]

Isaiah Censors Church Archons

Members of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Salt Lake City, UT wait to enter the Church hall for a parish general assembly meeting. Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver did not allow certain “excommunicated” members to participate on Nov. 20.

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukes BOSTON, MA – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver “excommunicated” Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a member of Leadership 100, as well as the father of a professor of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Isaiah placed them “outside of the Church.” He did not allow them to participate in the Holy Trinity Salt Lake Utah General Assembly on November 20. The general assembly voted 60% to 40% against Isaiah’s wish of Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Abp. Nathaniel Popp “The Servant of All”

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Polycarp Books “I believed, and so I spoke.” (2 Cor. 4:13) Recently, we received and included into the Heritage Center collection the book, “The Servant of All - Archbishop Nathaniel Popp: Thirty Years of Leadership, 1980-2010,” edited by Ian G. Pac-Urar, Polycarp Books, 2011, 388 pages. The book includes an “Editor’s Note” and a “Foreword” by the Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of all America, Jonah, and five Appendices. The book includes articles, letters and addresses … [Read more...]

Which is the Oldest Church?

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Note: This is a historical response to the recent declaration of Pope Benedict XVI who, in reference to his document “Dominus Iesus” written when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated that Christian denominations were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities. Pope Benedict referred to the Orthodox churches as having “many elements of sanctification and of truth” but were “wounded” because they did not recognize the primacy of the Pope. By V … [Read more...]