His Beatitude Daniel, five years since enthroned as BOR Patriarch

Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church

Source: Nine O'Clock.ro His Beatitude Daniel yesterday celebrated five years since he was enthroned as Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR). His five-year patriarchal reign so far  has been dominated by his steadfast resolve to get the National Salvation Cathedral built, as well as the construction of new churches both in Romania and abroad, breathing fresh air into theological education, recovery and capitalization on the church asset fund and development of own services, … [Read more...]

Project for Orthodox Renewal

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Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) presents the Project for Orthodox Renewal: Seven studies of Key Issues Facing Orthodox Christians in America. This publication enables OCL to fulfill its mission of providing the “royal priesthood” of believers, clergy, hierarchy, and other Christians with information that fosters meaningful discussion on renewal of the Orthodox Church in the United States. Originally published in 1993. Edited by Steven J. Sfekas and George E. Matsoukas. … [Read more...]

October is Orthodox Awareness Month on college campuses

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Source:  Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] has designated October as Orthodox Awareness Month in an effort to foster an understanding of Orthodox Christianity and educate students on college campuses across North America. Throughout the month of October, OCF chapters are being encouraged to organize activities and programs on their campuses to share the Orthodox Christian Faith with their communities at large. Events include setting up … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council meets, passes budget, lowers 2013 assessments

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Source:  Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Metropolitan Council and the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held their fall session at the Chancery here Tuesday through Thursday, September 25-27, 2012. The meeting was chaired by His Grace, Bishop Michael as the Administrator of the OCA. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following were among the highlights of the meeting. On Monday, September 24, the Finance … [Read more...]

St. Elias of Makeevka – A New Saint of the Orthodox Church

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By John Sanidopoulos The canonization of the Great-Schema Monk Elias (born Ilya Yakovlevich Ganja) took place in Makeevka, Ukraine on September 22, 2012. As a young monk St. Elias had spent a short time at the Skete of the Prophet Elias on Mount Athos then at Kiev Caves Monastery in Ukraine, from which he was was forced to leave by the communists. Having no monastery, the holy Elder also had no shelter. He was often seen following the Divine Liturgy sitting on a … [Read more...]

MEMBERS OF THE ARMENIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH ATTEND THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES’ CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING IN CRETE (GREECE)

The 60th session of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches held from 28 August to 5 September 2012 at the Orthodox Academy, Crete - Greece

Source: Armenian News Network / Groong At the invitation of His All Holiness Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches met in Crete (Greece) to prepare for the next Assembly The Armenian Orthodox Church was represented by Archbishop Vicken Aykazian and Ms Paula Der Matoyan from the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, and Archbishop Nareg Aykazian and Ms Teny Pirri-Simonian from the Holy See of Cilicia. The Central Committee members focused on the … [Read more...]

The Empty Chair: A Dangerous Leadership Syndrome

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Source: Frankly Speaking by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice.” - Max Depree Award-winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood, set Twitter afire after conversing with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. The 82-year old thespian used a wooden stool as a stage prop to conduct a controversial … [Read more...]

Syria’s archaeological heritage in danger

A general view of an old Byzantine church in the Druze village of Loza, in Idlib province. (AFP, File)

Source: News24 Reyhanli - Syria's extraordinary archaeological heritage has fallen prey to the fighting ravaging the country for more than 18 months, with destruction, theft and systematic looting on the rise. In a country where corruption and trafficking of archaeological artefacts and treasures was already a chronic problem, widespread clashes and a power vacuum in some areas have led to an explosion of looting and illicit excavations. "It is obvious that in such situations there is … [Read more...]

Russian lawmakers call for jail for “blasphemous acts”

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Source: Reuters By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers are calling for jail sentences for people guilty of offending religious feelings, in a move that could tighten the bonds between President Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Orthodox Church. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted a declaration on Tuesday saying the killing of spiritual leaders, vandalism against church property and "blasphemous acts of hooliganism" posed a threat to Russia and must … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council begins fall session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the OCA Chancery here on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Administrator of the OCA, will chair the meeting. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops will also be in attendance. On Monday, September 24, Finance Committee … [Read more...]