Can We Finally Start Talking About The Global Persecution Of Christians?

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Source: The Federalist After yet another bloody weekend, it's time to speak frankly about who's killing Christians and why  By Mollie Hemingway Wealthy Kenyans and Westerners bustled about Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday. Families ate lunch in the food court. A radio station targeting Kenyan Asians was hosting a children’s event on the roof of the parking lot. Around noon, armed gunmen stormed the mall and exploded grenades. Thousands of terrified people dropped to the … [Read more...]

Greek and Turkish musicians give historic concert at Halki

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Source: Hurriyet Daily News ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary becomes the stage for Greek and Turkish musicians amid growing expectations over the school’s opening as part of the much-awaited democratization package Vercihan Ziflioğlu (vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr) The Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary symbolically opened its doors for a historic concert on Istanbul’s Heybeliada Island on Sept. 22. The concert, titled “A Cultural Trip from Greece to … [Read more...]

Of God and Caesar

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Source: The Economist IT IS not every day that a publication of America's foreign-policy establishment, which generally reflects the liberal sensibilities of think-tanks, law practices and college faculties, publishes a sort of defence of the public role of Russian Orthodoxy. Yet that, with a big qualification, is the position taken by Nadieszda Kizenko, a history professor at the State University of New York, in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign … [Read more...]

Protests erupted in cities across Pakistan, as anger about the bombings swelled

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Source: BBC Protests and vigils have taken place across Pakistan as Christians demand better protection after suicide blasts killed at least 80 people at a church. Sunday's double suicide bombing is thought to be Pakistan's deadliest attack against Christians. Many burials have taken place and candlelight vigils have also been held in memory of the victims. Two Islamist militant groups with Taliban links said they ordered the attack to hit back at US drone strikes. Political and … [Read more...]

The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

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Source: The Spectator by Ed West The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and … [Read more...]

Assembly IV Concludes; Assembly Issues Statements to the Faithful

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV. The three statements can be found here: statement on marriage; statement on violence in the Middle East; … [Read more...]

Diaconal Vocations Program offers on-line Church history course

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - As part of its mission to train late vocation candidates for ordination to the the Holy Diaconate of the Orthodox Church in America, an on-line course in Church History is being offered beginning September 27, 2013. This course is being offered with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and at the direction of the Board of Theological Education of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Archpriest John H. Erickson, the Peter N. … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council retreat, fall session opens September 23

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will gather at the Chancery here for their fall session September 23-26, 2-13. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the session will begin with a one-day retreat at which Priest Nicholas Solak, Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Stroudsburg, PA, and Dr. Albert S. Rossi, Director of Field Education at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will address … [Read more...]

A divinely written icon: Orthodox theology can lead to new Christian thinking on creation

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Source: National Catholic Reporter By Melissa Jones TOWARD AN ECOLOGY OF TRANSFIGURATION: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT, NATURE, AND CREATION Edited by John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz Published by Fordham University Press, $125 hardback, $35 paperback Every year on or around Epiphany, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christian faithful from Denver forms a carpool caravan and drives three hours to the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, Colo. They make this trek to … [Read more...]

Parliamentary committee proposes subsidy for Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria

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Source: The Sofia Globe Members of Bulgaria’s parliamentary committee on religious affairs are proposing for the first time to include the Roman Catholic church in the country in the list of religious bodies to receive state subsidies. This emerged after a meeting between the chairperson of the committee, Plamen Slavov, and the head of the bishops’ conference of the Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria, Hristo Proykov. “So far, we have been self-supporting, and if we get this grant, it … [Read more...]