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...]

Coptic Bishop Escapes Assassination Attempt in Egypt

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Source: Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) By Mary Abdelmassih (AINA) -- Bishop Anba Makarios of Minya was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempted this morning. The Bishop was driving into the town of el-Sario in Abou Qorqas, Minya province, when his car came under a hail of bullets from several unidentified persons. The Bishop's driver was able to drive away and he brought the Bishop to the home of a local Copt, where the Bishop took refuge. But the gunmen followed, … [Read more...]

Martyrdom vs. Flabby Christianity

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Source: Kenneth E Hines Blog Rasha called her fiance Atef on his cell phone. A rebel answered and told her that they captured Atef and had given him the option of converting to Islam. He refused. So they slit his throat. Atef was engaged to be married to Rasha. They are Christians and they lived in the ancient Christian village of Maaloula in Syria where the residents still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Earlier this month the village was attacked by rebels of the Free Syrian … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council approves balanced 2014 budget, recommends Atlanta as AAC site

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The fall session of theMetropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America drew to a close on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Metropolitan Council members participated in a full-day retreat led by Priest Nicholas Solak and Dr. Al Rossi on the topic of conflict resolution on Monday, September 23.  Council members were presented with a variety of techniques and methods to enhance communication and to identify and work through conflicts … [Read more...]

Parish council chief ousted after seeking suspension of priest

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Source: Chicago Tribune By Lisa Black and Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune reporters  A request by a Glenview church to suspend its priest until the conclusion of a criminal investigation that involves him has prompted a sharp rebuke from the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, who then ordered the removal of the parish council president who made the request. James Gottreich, council president at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, wrote last week to Metropolitan Iakovos, the … [Read more...]

Fresh Hope For Families In Greece

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Athens, Greece (IOCC) — Nick, a 61-year-old unemployed construction worker, stands silently in line at a modest storefront in Kallithea, Greece. Doing his best not to be noticed, he and his wife Theodora wait with scores of other people to receive parcels filled with staples from the food bank established by Apostoli, the social service agency of the Archdiocese of Athens, with support from International Orthodox Christian Charities … [Read more...]

Liturgizing Orthodox Choir: About Faith, not Just Music

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos One of the many issues revealed in TNH’s interview with Dean Poll, President of the Parish Council of the Archdiocesan Holy Trinity Cathedral of New York (Sept. 14), was that of the $1.9 million annual budget, $200,000 of it goes toward the choir – which includes expenses to hire professional singers, many of which are not Orthodox, or even Christian. Every Sunday they are paid, as professionals, to partake in the Holy Eucharist which is … [Read more...]

Memorial Service in Brooklyn For 1922 Smyrna Holocaust

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Source: The National Herald by Katherine Boulukos Special to The National Herald BROOKLYN – On September 22, a memorial service was held at the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, under the leadership of Very Reverend Archimandrite Eugene Pappas and His Grace, Bishop Sevastianos of Zela. The service commemorated the Smyrna Holocaust of 1922, honoring the blessed memory of the millions who were lost during that painful period. This particular recognition is coordinated … [Read more...]

Report: What Are Orthodox Priests Paid?

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – A newly-assigned priest that has just graduated from the Seminary should make an annual salary of $49,128-$66,528 plus extra benefits such as insurance, an automobile, a house (or an allowance for one) retirement contributions, seminars expenses, among other ones. A priest with 35 years of ministry and more will earn $113,856-$120,144, according to the Clergy Compensation Plan for 2013. The priests’ salaries are the biggest … [Read more...]