Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Leads Celebrations Marking 200th Anniversary of Fort Ross

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations On August 25, 2012, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Fort Ross, the place of the first Russian settlement in California. The liturgy was celebrated in the open, next to the reconstructed Russian Church of the Holy … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Marks the Ecclesiastical New Year with a Statement on the Environment

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: Orthodox Church in America For many years, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, has issued a statement on the protection of the environment in conjunction with his annual message marking the beginning of the ecclesiastical year on September 1. “Our God, who created the universe and formed the earth as a perfect dwelling place for humanity, granted us the commandment and possibility to increase, multiply and fulfill creation, with dominion over all animals and plants,” … [Read more...]

A Vision of A Unified Church In North America – Metropolitan Christopher

Met. Christopher (Kovacevich)

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orthodox Christian Laity, we present to you a two part interview: A Vision of A Unified Church In North America - with Metropolitan Christopher. Recorded at the 20th Annual Meeting of OCL, November 2007. Part 1. Why is Unity in the United States Important? Part 2. What is the Role of the Laity in Helping to Create Unity? … [Read more...]

Georgia: Orthodox Church Looks Askance at Proliferation of Yoga Studies

Yoga is growing in popularity in Georgia, particularly among Georgians who have traveled abroad - or those who are seeking help with back pain. But the growing interest has also provoked some concern from Georgian Orthodox priests, who think the practice could lead churchgoers astray

Source: Eurasianet | Molly Corso A growing number of Georgians are turning to yoga to shake off the stress of daily life. But their quest for inner calm and smaller waists is generating hostility from the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church. Over the past two years, yoga has gone from a largely unknown Eastern tradition to a popular fitness routine in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Georgian National Yoga Federation President Giorgi Berdzenishvili, a passionate practitioner for the past 15 … [Read more...]

Bishop of Orthodox Church Placed on Leave Pending Investigation

Bishop Matthias

Source: Chicago Tribune The local bishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of "inappropriate" behavior with a woman. The action comes more than a month after the church's national leader, from Chicago, was forced to resign. In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Matthias, 63, denied the accusations, which he said came to light in a formal complaint submitted to the church last week. "The allegations are that I made unwelcome … [Read more...]

IOCC Assesses Short, Long-Term Needs in Haiti, Gulf Coast States

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] Temporary shelters like this tent encampment located on a former nine-hole golf course in Port-au-Prince offered little protection against the torrential rains and wind brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac this past weekend. Two and a half years after the devastating earthquake, nearly 400,000 Haitians still live in makeshift shelters like these. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/IOCC Tropical storm Isaac’s unleashing of wind and water on Haiti on … [Read more...]

Bell Tower of Armenian Church in Turkey Back After 97 Years

Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakır, Turkey

Source: PanARMENIAN.Net The bell-tower of Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakır, Turkey, is set to return to use after a 97-year interval, with a new bell made in Russia, Hurriyet Daily News reported. As part of repair and restoration work at the Surp Giragos Church a new bell was made in Moscow, and has been delivered to Diyarbakır. The bronze bell weighs 100 kilograms, and will ring from the bell-tower beginning at its reopening ceremony on November 4. The church’s bell-tower … [Read more...]

17th All-American Council to be Held in Ohio in November

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, will be the site of the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, a one-day gathering on Tuesday, November 13, 2012—the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom—at which a new Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be elected. “The Holy Synod of Bishops met in Detroit on August 13, 2012 and decided that they needed to hold the special Council as soon as possible so the work of the Church … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Giving Benediction at GOP Convention

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Source: Newsmax Archbishop Demetrios will deliver benediction on the third night of the Republican National Convention Wednesday, August 29. The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will anchor a night of speeches and other events that includes an address by GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan along with 2008 standard bearer Sen. John McCain. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that "we will devote Wednesday night to … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Bishop: Surrogacy Equals Prostitution

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay, known for his radical Orthodox rhetoric, has lashed out against surrogacy. Photo by Darik Plovdiv

Source: Sofia News Agency Surrogate motherhood is no different from prostitution, according to Bishop Nikolay, the radical Bulgarian Orthodox Bishop of Plovdiv. Speaking after a service in Plovdiv on Wednesday on the occasion of the arrival of holy relics of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of Virgin Mary, Nikolay mentioned surrogacy while commenting on a recent case in which Bulgarian heroin-addicts offered their newborn baby "on sale" in an online forum for EUR 5 000. "Two … [Read more...]