Crowds Attend Funeral of Murdered Priest in Russia’s Pskov

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Source: RIA Novosti MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti) – The funeral of Pavel Adelgeim, the Orthodox priest stabbed to death in the northwest Russian city of Pskov earlier this week, took place Thursday in the presence of about 1,000 mourners at the Church of the Myrrh Bearers, where he served for the last decades of his life. A religious dissident who lost a leg during a three-year stint in a Soviet prison camp, Adelgeim was one of only a handful of priests willing to publicly criticize the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Isaiah Closes Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos Salt Lake City, UT – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver has closed the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Salt Lake City in Utah by prohibiting its three priests to celebrate the Liturgy, the Sacraments and any of the Sacred Services because the parish council was forced to reduce the salaries of the clergy due to lack of funds of the parish. In a letter dated July 31 to Parish Council President Dimitrios Tsagaris and its members … [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda leader: US government, Coptic Orthodox leader conspired to oust Morsi

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Source: Catholic World News Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian who has led Al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden, said in a video that the United States and the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church were part of a conspiracy to oust President Mohamed Morsi, according to a report in an Egyptian newspaper. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II “supported the crusaders in toppling the government of Mohamed Morsi,” said al-Zawahiri, because Tawadros wishes to establish a “Coptic state in southern … [Read more...]

Pilgrims gather in Kodiak to honor St. Herman

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Source: Orthodox Church in America KODIAK, AK [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will preside at the annual pilgrimage here August 7-9, 2013 marking the 43rd Anniversary of the Glorification of Saint Herman of Alaska, one of the first Orthodox Christian missionaries who began his ministry in North America in 1794. Saint Herman was glorified by the Church on August 9, 1970 and is universally recognized as a saint of the Orthodox Church and the protector of the Church in North … [Read more...]

Why Is Poverty-Stricken Romania Building So Many Churches?

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Source: International Business Times By Palash Ghosh The Eastern European nation of Romania, one of the poorest states in the European Union, takes its religious faith very seriously. An overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox nation (which claims at least 86 percent of the population as adherents), Romania has undertaken an aggressive campaign to build an extraordinary number of churches across the country, regardless of expense. According to a BBC report, about 10 new churches are built every … [Read more...]

Worries Grow About Fate Of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

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Source: ALMONITOR By: Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse Summary: The fate of the two bishops kidnapped in Syria on April 22 is still unknown, but they are feared to have been abducted and killed by Chechen jihadists, according to a Lebanese official.  A multitude of grim indications have surfaced about the tragic kidnapping of two bishops at the hands of armed factions in Syria. This most heinous of kidnappings in the ongoing Syrian conflict began on April 22, when news spread that … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Greek Orthodox Clergy End Church Services

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Source: City Weekly (Salt Lake City, UT) by Stephen Dark The Metropolitian Isaiah, head of the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake City (which is a single parish with two churches -- the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City and Prophet Elias Church in Holladay) has ordered that both churches discontinue offering sacrament, liturgy, weddings and baptisms indefinitely as of Sunday, August 4, 2013. The surprise decision marks a bitter climax in a power struggle for the … [Read more...]

World leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution, Vladimir Putin says

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Source: Life Site News by Hilary White MOSCOW, August 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have erupted in many Middle Eastern countries. Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week, the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional tensions are … [Read more...]

A “first” for Orthodox Christian military chaplains

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - On Friday, July 26, 2013, history was made as Priest Peter Baktis Ch (COL) USA became the first Orthodox Christian Chaplain to graduate from the US Army War College, at which time he was awarded a Master Degree in Strategic Studies and was certified for Joint Professional Military Education Level 1. Father Peter also received a new assignment as Command Chaplain for the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, a Direct Reporting Unit … [Read more...]