Youth Department releases video spot and “Youtube Challenge” videos

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In line with the Orthodox Church in America’s Strategic Plan, as embraced by delegates to the 16th All-American Council in 2011, a small group of volunteers has been working on the Youth Department’s approach to social media. The group, led by Priest Christopher Rowe, has produced a short video spot now available for viewing. Filming and editing services were offered by Matthew Andrews of Holy Assumption Church, Philedelphia, PA, with … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Studies Center Earns NEH Challenge Grant

George Demacopoulos, Ph.D. (left) and Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., are the co-founding directors of Fordham’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center. 

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Source: Fordham University By Joanna Klimaski In the United States, less than 1 percent of people identify as Orthodox Christians—however, with an estimated population in excess of 260 million worldwide, Orthodox Christianity represents the second largest Christian tradition in the world. Now, a grant secured by two Fordham scholars will help bridge the gap between the U.S. population and this important segment of Christians living in some of the most significant global … [Read more...]

Christian rivals scrap Orthodox plan

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Source: The Daily Star By Wassim Mroueh BEIRUT: Following a surprise meeting chaired by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Rai Friday, rival Christian leaders called for adopting an electoral law that provides fair representation for all sects, in an apparent retreat from agreeing to the controversial Orthodox electoral proposal. “It was agreed and stressed that it is necessary to adopt an electoral law that provides the best and fairest representation for all Lebanese sects,” said a … [Read more...]

Sofia Bishopric Claims Patriarch’s Election Is Sabotaged

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Source: Sofia News Agency The Sofia Bishopric has labeled the Friday refusal of the Diocesan Council of prelates and vicars to sign the list of representatives from the Sofia Diocese to elect a new patriarch a "sabotage." The list was prepared by interim Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan Kiril. The Bishopric admits that there have been disagreements in the process of preparing the list, but their escalation, they say, was a clear sign that the story aims at sabotaging the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian clergy ask lawmakers to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman

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Source: Providence Journal By Richard C. Dujardin PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's Orthodox Christian clergy are urging the rejection of any proposals that would redefine marriage as anything other than as a union between a man and woman. In a statement signed by 18 of its member priests and issued Friday, the Rhode Island Orthodox Clergy Fellowship said, "We must remember that God Himself is the author of marriage and that the well being of the individual person and human society at … [Read more...]

Orthodox leader meets with would-be papal assassin Agca

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Source: Catholic World News Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, met this week with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. The January 7 conversation took place at Agca’s request. Agca reportedly told the Ecumenical Patriarch that he had spent many hours reading the Bible while in prison. After his conviction in an Italian court for the attempted murder of the Pontiff, Agca spent 19 years in prison in Rome before he was released in 2000, … [Read more...]

Chrysostomos Says Government is to Blame for Cyprus’ Economic Crisis

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Source: The National Herald Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus told TNH that he blamed the current Cypriot government of Demetris Christofias for the economic crisis as well as the political dead ends. “I believe that the government didn’t do its duty. It let things to roll over on their own.” Chrysostomos added that “I can tell you that the government worked negatively and that is why we have come to this point. At any rate now, it’s leaving in … [Read more...]

Archons’ Historic Journey to Cathedral in Cuba

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff HAVANA, CUBA – More than 80 Archons and Greek Orthodox faithful journeyed to Havana, Cuba for a 6-day pilgrimage to visit Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from December 5 to 10. The pilgrimage was sponsored by the Order of St Andrew and led by its spiritual advisor, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The trip culminated in a celebration of the Feast of Saint Nicholas and took place under the auspices … [Read more...]

190 Hectares of Forest Given Back to Halki Seminary

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Source: The National Herald CONSTANTINOPLE (From the website of Today's Zaman) - Following a meeting held on Friday, the Council of Foundations -- part of Turkey's Directorate General for Foundations (VGM) -- returned 190 hectares of forest to the Greek Orthodox Halki (Heybeliada) Seminary in Istanbul. According to the decision, 190 hectares of woodlands near the Halki Seminary will be given to the seminary's owner, the Aya Triada Monastery Foundation. This is the biggest property return … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon attends reception at NY’s Russian Consulate

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Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was among numerous guests who attended a reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation here on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, marking the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord on the Julian Calendar. The reception was hosted by the Honorable Igor L. Golubovskiy, Consul General, and His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the … [Read more...]