IOCC Receives $1.5 Million Gift To Advance Clean Water Access In Africa [Katherine Valone: True to her Missionary Vision]

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announced the establishment of the Katherine Valone "St. Photini" Water Program to advance projects that provide safe, healthy and reliable water resources to communities in need in Africa. The $1.5 million gift, the largest single private donation in the history of IOCC, was a bequest from the late Katherine Valone, a retired Chicago schoolteacher with a lifelong … [Read more...]

“They Gather Here No More” Video

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The story of St. Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church in Terre Haute, Indiana and its closing. Related Stories Where Have Our Orthodox Youth Gone? - Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT … [Read more...]

2013 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday Encyclical

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Dr. & Mrs. George J. Farha Receive Certificate of Appreciation from Assembly of Bishops

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On Sunday, April 21st, Bishop Basil of Wichita, in his capacity as Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. and Mrs. George J. Farha, members of St George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Bishops. The Certificate of Appreciation was issued to the Farhas in recognition of their exceptional … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy in Korea

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Pyongyang - Korean Orthodox Christian Chant - O Virgin Pure After General Kim Jong Il's visit to Russia, he admired Orthodox Church of Russia, the oldest branch of Christianity, so he decided to build Orthodox Church in Pyongyang, capital of DPRK. Russian Orthodox Church trained Korean priests and Orthodox bishop came to Pyongyang and blessed the Church, now Russian Orthodox Christian minority that lives in Pyongyang along with Korean Orthodox Christians have place of worship to … [Read more...]

Joint Communique on the Abduction of Bishop Paul and Bishop John

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The following official joint statement has been released by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. (Original PDF here.) On Monday, 22.04.2013, we were surprised by the news that our brothers Bishop Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta and Bishop John (Ibrahim) Syriac Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, have been kidnapped on their way back to … [Read more...]

Peter and Andrew: Brother Pilgrims to Jerusalem

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Source: The Catholic World Report Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew continue the 50-year legacy of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue begun by Paul VI and Athenagoras. by Christopher B. Warner Pope Francis met with fraternal delegates of the Orthodox Churches, other Christian churches, and world religions on Wednesday, March 20. These representatives had come to Rome for Francis’ inauguration Mass on Tuesday. Prior to the Wednesday’s meeting, the Holy Father and the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

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Dear Faithful Members, Friends and Supporters of Orthodox Christian Laity, The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) brand has had a makeover.  We have developed a state-of-the-art, interactive and cost-effective website.  We encourage you to comment on the content and invite you to add your point of view.  OCL also has a new logo.  Its colors and symbolism signify that Orthodoxy in America is Christ-centered, unified, diverse and cooperative. By means of its conciliar governance ethos, Orthodoxy is … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Bylaws and 2012 Financial Statement Available Online

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America The Bylaws of the Assembly of Bishops are now posted on the website. These Bylaws were drafted over the course of 2012 with the help of a number of Orthodox attorneys who are a part of the Assembly’s Legal Affairs Committee, to whom the Assembly is deeply appreciative. They were finalized and approved by consensus at the last Assembly meeting in September 2012. They are now being made available to the public. The … [Read more...]

Vandalism of Christian sites in Palestine inspires London art show

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Source: The Electronic Intifada by Sarah Irving (London) Around the walls of the main gallery at London’s Mosaic Rooms hang images of broken graves, bearing inscriptions in Arabic. On some, the headstones have been smashed to pieces; on others, the covers of tombs have been removed or cracked so that skulls, limb bones and ribcages are visible. This is the destruction left by one of several incidents of vandalism at the Christian Palestinian cemetery in Lod in present-day Israel. This … [Read more...]