Russian Orthodox bell returned to Kodiak

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Source: San Jose Mercury News By NICOLE KLAUSS Kodiak Daily Mirror KODIAK, Alaska—A 200-year-old Russian Orthodox bell has been returned to Alaska after being held by Catholics for more than a century in Southern California. The bell, known as the San Fernando bell, was returned to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Oct. 1 and is waiting to be placed in a permanent outside display. Rev. Innocent Dresdow, dean of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, said repatriation of the bell … [Read more...]

Local kids helping Syrian refugees with care packages

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WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports | Source: WXOW.com - ABC News 19 By Pete Zervakis, MMJ The United Nations estimates the continued tensions between the government and rebel forces will have displaced 3.5-million people by the end of 2013. Kids at La Crosse's St. Elias Orthodox Church are seeking to help the refugees displaced by the conflict. Children from the church's Sunday school program Sunday put together what teacher Stacey Kalas called "hygiene … [Read more...]

Readers: Orthodox Should Not Unite with all Churches

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Source: The National Herald Constantinos E. Scaros Special to The National Herald In our September 30 edition we unveiled our new “Question of the Week” format, which the readers, given the number of total votes, received favorably. The question was whether the Greek Orthodox Church should remain independent, combine only with the Catholic Church, or whether all Christian churches ought to unite. In last week’s issue (Oct. 5), we published the results: 52% (slightly more than half) … [Read more...]

Independent audit for 2012 now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2012, conducted by the auditors Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, has been completed and is available on-line. “For the third consecutive year the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion,” said Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer.  “The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the … [Read more...]

Mosaic Constructed At Church In Shinnecock Hills

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Source: The Southampton Press (27east.com) By Dana Shaw Work on the mosaic that will grace the entrance to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Shinnecock Hills began last week. Artisans from Tuscany began assembling the mosaic, which was constructed in Italy and brought over in pieces. According to Father Constantine Lazarakis, the mosaic depicts the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, sometimes translated as the “Falling Asleep of the Theotokos.” … [Read more...]

Priest Smacked Her Around for Years, Woman Says

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By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN Source: Courthouse News Service (CN) - An Antiochian priest kicked, bit, slapped, hit with a baseball bat and sexually abused a parishioner during her so-called therapy sessions, she claims in court. Susan Manter, of Holden, Mass., sued the Rev. Michael Abdelahad, St. George's Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral of Worcester; three Antiochian Orthodox Christian archdioceses; and 13 individuals associated with those organizations in Worcester Superior Court. From 2007 to … [Read more...]

Headteacher praises new St Andrew the Apostle Greek Orthodox School’s ‘fantastic’ start [in the UK]

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Source: Newsquest Times By Chris Hewett A headteacher has praised the “fantastic” start made by students and staff at the UK’s first Greek Orthodox state school. St Andrew the Apostle became the first faith school of its kind when it opened its doors at the former Barnet College buildings in the North London Business Park in September. Headteacher Robert Ahearn took the Times Series on a tour of the school in Oakleigh Road South, Brunswick Park, this week to speak about its progress … [Read more...]

Vatican analyst warns of global ‘war’ against Christians

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Source: Catholic News Agency By Carl Bunderson Denver, Colo., Oct 6, 2013 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- In his new book “The Global War on Christians,” Vatican analyst John Allen, Jr. details anti-Christian abuse worldwide, drawing light to the tremendous scale of violence against the world’s most persecuted religion. “I don't think it takes any religious convictions or confessional interests at all to see that defense of persecuted Christians deserves to be the world’s number one human rights … [Read more...]

Disgruntled academic sabotaged study course after unholy row at Cambridge Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies

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Source: Cambridge News Written by GARETH MCPHERSON Trainee priests were among the students plunged into crisis when an embittered director of a religious studies institute brought down its distance learning programme, a tribunal heard. Decorated academic Dr Constantinos Athanasopoulos, who was director of distance learning at The Institute For Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS), pulled the plug on the online course after he was made redundant, the Bury St Edmunds hearing was told. The … [Read more...]

Belgrade: Final Part Of Edict Of Milan Celebrations Begins

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Source: InSerbia [TANJUG] Welcoming the guests, the SPC head conducted a doxology prayer service and pointed to the importance of the Edict of Milan, issued by Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, who was born in today’s Nis, southern Serbia. Patriarch Irinej said that the Edict of Milan is the foundation of the civilization as we know it. The prayer service in the Belgrade cathedral was also attended by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. The celebrations of 1,700 years … [Read more...]