Measuring the Assembly of Bishops’ Progress on Unity

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The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America sets out the vision of the goal of its work, when it states: "...the Assembly is a transitional body. If it achieves its goal, it will make itself obsolete by developing a proposal for the canonical organization of the Church in North and Central America. This proposal will in turn be presented to the forthcoming Great and Holy Council, which will consist of all canonical Orthodox bishops throughout the world. Should this … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary offers on-line Doctor of Ministry Program

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree online through a new program at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY.The hybrid program, which combines distance learning with one–week, on–campus intensives, is bridging a gap for students who cannot reside full time on campus. The program will begin in fall 2013, and applications … [Read more...]

Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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Source: Smithsonian.com In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga By Mike Dash Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon hosts Metropolitan Hilarion, Archbishop Justinian at Chancery

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian, Administrator of the [Moscow] Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ROCOR Metropolitan Hilarion presents Metropolitan Tikhon with panagia of the Kursk Icon of the Mother of … [Read more...]

Annual Assembly of Bishops Secretariat Meeting

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America On Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23, the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened for its annual face-to-face meeting. This year's meeting was hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (ROCOR) at his Holy Virgin Cathedral - Joy of All Who Sorrow in San Francisco, CA (http://sfsobor.com/). Present at the meeting were … [Read more...]

Holy Synod meets, establishes Department of Continuing Education for clergy

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Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met in conjunction with the Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at Saint Nicholas Cathedral here January 26-27, 2013. elected His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New York and New Jersey to serve as Secretary of the Holy Synod. established the composition of the Lesser Synod of Bishops, which will include Metropolitan Tikhon; Bishop Michael, … [Read more...]

GAY RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION TURNS VIOLENT

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Source: The St. Petersburg Times By Yekaterina Kravtsova MOSCOW – A demonstration outside the State Duma on Tuesday ended in fisticuffs as Orthodox activists clashed with opponents of a bill targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Police and at least one Duma deputy intervened to halt the violence. About 30 LGBT activists met at noon on Georgiyevsky Pereulok for an event they called "Kissing Day" to protest a proposed ban on "homosexual propaganda." Gay and lesbian … [Read more...]

New Jerusalem Armenian patriarch elected

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon JERUSALEM: Archbishop Nurhan Manougian has been elected the 97th Armenian Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, one of the five custodians of Christian religious sites in the Holy Land, sources told AFP on Thursday. Manougian, 65, replaces Torkom Manougian, who died aged 93 in October 2012, after falling into a coma following a stroke. The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as … [Read more...]

Healthy and Sick Monasticism – by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos [A lesson for North America?]

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Source: MYSTAGOGY The following essay was recently written by His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos in response to a scandal that has been occurring in his Metropolis which also recently brought him to break communion from one of his local monasteries, the well-known Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Nafpaktos. Yet it still provides an excellent template to distinguish generally what healthy and sick monasticism is according to Orthodox tradition. By Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Participated in the National Inaugural Prayer Service

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America WASHINGTON – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated today in the National Inaugural Prayer Service in the Capital’s National Cathedral with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Members of the U.S. Congress in attendance. As it has been the case in previous Presidential Inaugurations, the Archbishop was among the select national religious leaders participating in this service. The National Prayer Service is … [Read more...]