Russians approve of priests in elections but won’t vote for them

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Source: Russia Today The majority of Russians would be happy to see churchmen run for posts in government bodies. However, far fewer citizens are actually ready to vote for priests, a poll has revealed. Some 43 per cent of Russians believe that clerics can take part in elections since they have the same rights as all other citizens, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) revealed. At the same time, 38 per cent of Russians insist that priests should do their own business and … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bartholomew I to ‘continue towards communion’

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Thanks to patriarch's support 'much progress' has been made Source: ANSA.it (ANSA) - Vatican City, November 30 - Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to "continue with confidence along the path that leads to the recovery of full communion" between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. In a message conveyed by a papal delegation to Istanbul for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle, the pontiff said "much progress" had been made "on this … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Consecrates and Enthrones Bishop Gregory of Nyssa as the Fourth Ruling Hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa was consecrated and enthroned Nov. 27, as the fourth ruling hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, at the Christ The Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, Pa., with more than 500 clergy and faithful in attendance. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who served as Locum Tenens of the Diocese, since the falling asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos in March … [Read more...]

In Memory of Katherine “Kay” Valone

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Source: The Chicago Tribune (February 16, 1932 - November 27, 2012)Katherine (Kay) Valone, age 80, fell asleep to the Lord Jesus Christ on November 27, 2012. The loving daughter of the late Constantine (Gus) and Gianoula (nee Ladas) Valone; beloved sister of Harry (late Marjorie) and the late Victoria (late Sam) Kalas, late Louis, late George (late Mercedes), and the late James (late Lucille); loving aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. Katherine will be missed by her dear cousins, … [Read more...]

“Update on Assembly of Bishops” – By Protodeacon Peter Danilchick

Return to Video Archives Index We invite Clergy and Laity to: 1) Learn about the Assembly of Bishops by viewing the following videos 2) Share the  information with friends 3) Discuss the new Church order in small, local discussion groups Recorded at OCL's 25th Anniversary Meeting in Washington, DC - October 2012 Part 1 of 3 Part 2 of 3 Part 3 of 3   … [Read more...]

Gramota Presented to OCL by Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

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Click on the image to the left to view the Gramota given by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to Orthodox Christian Laity in recognition of OCL's 25th Anniversary. The text of the Gramota reads:  By the Grace of God, We wish to express our Archpastoral Love and Gratitude by invoking God's blessings upon the founders, officers and members of Orthodox Christian Laity Organization in recognition of twenty five years of dedicated service to Christ's Church in North … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon addresses the Church in video address; photo available for downloading

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] A video address to the Church, featuring His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is now available for viewing on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The address was recorded on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the OCA Chancery in Syosset, NY. “I have chosen to first address you in this direct way because it is important for Christians to communicate with one another with honesty and with clarity,” Metropolitan Tikhon said in … [Read more...]

Registration still open for tonight’s webinar on incorporating new members

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CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] Last-minute registration is open for the fifth in the popular series of one-hour on-line webinars on reaching the unchurched, facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, and Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, will be held tonight—Wednesday, November 28, 2012—at 8:00 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, log on to http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/666562520. Registrants will receive a confirmation … [Read more...]

Tense atmosphere, the meeting between Patriarch Tawadros II and leaders of the Egyptian Catholic Churches has also been postponed

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Source: Agenzia Fides Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The meeting announced by the new Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II with a qualified Egyptian delegation of the Catholic Churches - which would have also provided the opportunity to agree on a common position before the emergency which the Country is crossing - has been postponed to December 11. A reason for postponing is due to the tension that reigns throughout Egypt and especially in the capital, after the constitutional decrees with which … [Read more...]

Ecclesiology of Community and the Need for Tangible Unity in North America

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Keynote Address by Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America at OCL’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Washington DC – October 27, 2012 I take this paper as an opportunity to clarify the question of ecclesiology of community, which can provide more tangible unity in the Orthodox Church in North America. But before I begin, I must take a moment to express my gratitude to the OCL for inviting me and for its energetic input … [Read more...]