Special Conference on the Issues at Stake at the Future Pan-Orthodox Council

Source: St. Sergius Institute of Orthodox Theology / Volos Academy for Theological Studies As it is well known, in recent years efforts have been intensified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Churches to overcome obstacles and to convene the Great Orthodox Synod. While it is still an open question whether the Great Pan-Orthodox Council, awaited and planned for more than fifty years, will finally be organized in the near future or later, an exceptional conference on the themes … [Read more...]

PLO, France to Jointly Repair Roof of Nativity Church

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Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) RAMALLAH, October 17, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestine Liberation Organization and France Wednesday signed an agreement to repair the roof of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. The 200.000 euors agreement was signed in the Muqata and in the presence of Palestinian and French officials. A presidential committee established on December 15, 2008 a special fund to repair the roof of the Church of Nativity in cooperation with the three Christian … [Read more...]

“OCA. We are a city on a hill” – Svetlana Vais interviews Mark Stokoe

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  Source: Portal-Credo.Ru 1. With your permission, Mark, tell me, based solely on your personal experience, to what extent can the internal life of the church can be presented for public discussion? I do not mean the parish meetings and Council -- the issue is specific to the press. Especially the Internet - with its almost instantaneous reaction. Do you personally have any criteria? St. Mark the Evangelist - not Mark Stokoe - said: "There is nothing hidden that will not be … [Read more...]

Holy Synod of Bishops concludes fall session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops met in plenary and closed sessions at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following decisions were made by the members of the Holy Synod during their gathering, which was chaired by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See. The Holy Synod was … [Read more...]

What lies beneath: Sinai’s hidden texts

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Source: The Financial Times By Clive Cookson A scientific effort is under way to reveal and record palimpsests at the world’s oldest continuously operating library The Greek Orthodox monks of St Catherine’s monastery in Sinai have been accumulating manuscripts and books since the sixth century, making their library the world’s greatest repository of early medieval writing after the Vatican. The collection is even richer than it first appears, because many of the 3,300 ancient … [Read more...]

Pope Recalls ‘Authentic Spirit’ of Vatican II on Anniversary

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Source:  AmericanCatholic.org By FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the start of a special Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI called on Catholics to revive the "authentic spirit" of Vatican II by re-proposing the church's ancient teachings to an increasingly Godless modern world. The pope spoke at a special Mass in St. Peter's Square Oct. 11, half a century to the day after the opening ceremonies of Vatican … [Read more...]

In Their Own Words: History of Orthodox Christian Laity – Reflections of the Presidents (1987-2012)

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Jim Koulogeorge, 1988 Jim Koulogeorge served as Orthodox Christian Laity’s first president. He had concerns regarding the concepts of accountability and oversight in matters of Church governance, based on events that occurred in 1987 within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He approached Andy Kopan, a close friend and a respected scholar and churchman, to discuss his concerns. Jim then held an initial brainstorming meeting at his home at 4019 Crestwood Drive in Northbrook, Illinois. This … [Read more...]

FINLAND: Call for papers for the Fifth International Orthodox Music Conference

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Source: International Society for Orthodox Church Music [ISOCM] The Fifth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, "Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven," will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 3 - 9 June 2013. The conference will take place at the School of Theology (Agora Building), Philosophical Faculty, University of Eastern Finland (Yliopistokatu 4, 80101 Joensuu). The conference programme will include a panel discussions, … [Read more...]

Turkey strongly condemns Jerusalem church vandalism

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Source: Trend Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Turkey is closely monitoring increasing attacks of Israeli extremists against sacred sites of Muslims and Christians. Vandals damaged the door of St. George Romanian Orthodox church and tossed garbage at its entrance. A tiny fringe group of pro-settler extremists are suspected in the vandalism. They have conducted similar attacks on churches, mosques and Israeli army property. The statement said Turkey strongly condemns any … [Read more...]

Search the Assembly of Bishops (North & Central America) Parish Directory

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America Directory of Orthodox Christian Parishes - Click Here … [Read more...]