Have the courage to marry, start a family, pope tells youths in Assisi [Advice for all Christians]

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Source: Catholic News Service By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In societies that trumpet individual rights, see everything as fleeting and see no value in sticking to something that's difficult, deciding to get married today takes courage, Pope Francis told young people in Assisi. "Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told thousands of young adults and teenagers who flocked to see him Oct. 4 in the square outside Assisi's Basilica of St. Mary … [Read more...]

Fire at New York’s St. Nicholas Cathedral

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Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA] - Shortly after midnight on Friday, October 4, 2013, a two-alarm fire broke out at Saint Nicholas Cathedral on East 97th Street. The historic cathedral serves as the cathedra of His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the [Moscow] Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. According to New York’s WABC Eyewitness News, two firefighters were hurt battling the blaze, which was contained to the cathedral’s basement and … [Read more...]

An Extraordinary Session of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops is Held

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, an extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was held, presided over by its First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York. Participating in the meeting were permanent members of the Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America; His … [Read more...]

“Operation Princeton” – Building a New Orthodox Church in Princeton NJ

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Source: OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey On Saturday, 21 September, approximately 70 people gathered at a construction site located on Cherry Hill Road in Princeton NJ for “OPERATION PRINCETON” to help establish a new place of worship for the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Christian community. The day was beautiful, the sun shined and the air was filled with the voices of people sharing, laughing, and conversing about their common work effort. The task was simple, the … [Read more...]

THE FUTURE THREATENED FOR SYRIA’S SCHOOL CHILDREN

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities October 4, 2013 (Baltimore, MD) – A generation of school children is at risk as the education of Syrian youth threatens to become another casualty of the prolonged conflict.  Over the past year, two million youngsters inside Syria were forced to drop out of school according to UNICEF.  Many schools inside Syria now serve as emergency shelters for displaced families and the one million child refugees who fled Syria empty-handed lack the … [Read more...]

Pope Assails Bureaucracy of Church as Insular

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Editor's Note: Are there lessons here for all clerical assemblies, no matter what background?   Source: The New York Times By LAURIE GOODSTEIN As Pope Francis convened a closed meeting on Tuesday with eight cardinals he appointed to overhaul the Vatican, he used his second revealing interview in two weeks to make a barbed indictment of the failings of the Roman Catholic Church, calling it overly clerical and insular, interested in temporal power and often led by “narcissists.” “Heads … [Read more...]