S. Calatrava Gets Nod for St. Nicholas

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Source: The National Herald Sara Polsky - Curbed.com NEW YORK - A Greek-American newspaper (The National Herald) earlier this year reported that Santiago Calatrava was the frontrunner to design the rebuilt Church of St. Nicholas downtown. The Post hears from multiple sources that the rumors are indeed true: out of a dozen finalists, Calatrava has been chosen for the project—though he hasn't yet signed a contract, so it's certainly possible that he'll be out of the Archdiocese's price … [Read more...]

A Coptic Monument to Survival, Destroyed

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Source: The Wall Street Journal By SAMUEL TADROS No one knows exactly when the Virgin Mary Church was built, but the fourth and fifth centuries are both possible options. In both cases, it was the time of the Byzantines. Egypt's Coptic Church—to which this church in modern-day Delga belonged—had refused to bow to imperial power and Rome's leadership over the nature of Christ. Constantinople was adamant it would force its will on the Copts. Two lines of popes claimed the Seat of Alexandria. … [Read more...]

Letter from Susan W. Haikalis, President of OCL regarding the Angel Fund and the upcoming Annual Meeting and Community Forum

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August 20, 2013 Dear Orthodox Christian Laity Supporters, It is a blessing and responsibility to serve as the twelfth president of Orthodox Christian Laity. August is the time of the year that we invite you to participate in our Annual Angel Fund Program which supports the newly revamped OCL website (http://www.ocl.org) and the expenses of our Annual Meeting and Program.  The focus of this year’s meeting is putting the work of the Assembly of Bishops into a context and perspective. The … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary seeks feedback for accreditation process

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - “Every ten years Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is visited by a team that decides whether to renew the seminary’s accreditation, and we are inviting all our constituents to participate in the process,” said Dr. Peter Bouteneff, faculty member at the Seminary and Director of Institutional Assessment. Dr. Bouteneff explained that Saint Vladimir’s Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological … [Read more...]

Australian Christian Egyptians Mourn Deaths and Injured During Country’s Violent Rampage

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Source: Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney As the death toll from recent violent clashes in Egypt continues to climb with 556 now reported dead and thousands more injured Australia's Egyptian community remains in shock. "We who stand for 80,000 Christian Egyptians in Australia are deeply saddened by events and the tragic loss of life in Egypt on Wednesday. No matter the difference in our political or religious stance, it is unacceptable to see such bloodshed and the destruction of public … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops to Convene Annual Meeting in September; Agenda Includes Proposals for Canonical Restructuring & National Youth Conference

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Source: Assembly of Bishops The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will hold its annual meeting September 17-19, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Illinois. This is the fourth Annual Meeting of the Assembly. The agenda, which includes discussion of the Assembly’s vision, proposals for canonical restructuring, and an Assembly-sponsored national youth conference, can be found here. The Assembly requests the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and … [Read more...]

Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops Meets in NY

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Source: Assembly of Bishops The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held an official meeting at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on Tuesday, August 13. Under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Executive Committee made final preparations for the fourth general Assembly of Bishops meeting in September. The members of the Executive Committee also reviewed the process by which the Assembly … [Read more...]

DA asked to review possible theft from church by former priest

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Source: Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Leaders at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church cite financial discrepancies  By John Diedrich of the Journal Sentinel The Milwaukee County district attorney's office has been asked to investigate possible theft from theAnnunciation Greek Orthodox Church by a former priest. Assistant District Attorney David Feiss confirmed Monday that he was reviewing documents sent to the office by Annunciation's Parish Council. Feiss declined to comment … [Read more...]

Rising Christian Enlistment in IDF Condemned by Anti-Israel Christian Group Kairos Palestine

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Source: The Algemeiner The Palestinian Christian Initiative, an anti-Israel Christian group in Israel, said it condemned an Israel Defense Force program aimed at recruiting Christian cadets. While Christians around the world praised the increased Christian enlistment in the Israeli Army, the group, known as Kairos Palestine, denounced the news. A statement from the group was posted by Palestinian site International Middle East Center, and highlighted on Sunday by anonymousblogger Elder of … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church metropolitan objects to plan for Pope John XXIII monument in Nessebur

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Source: Sofia Globe by The Sofia Globe staff The Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Sliven, Yoanikii, has issued a statement objecting to reported plans for a monument to Roman Catholic Pope John XXIII in the seaside town of Nessebur, saying that John XXIII did not deserve this and the move would create tensions between Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics. John XXIII, Pope from October 1958 to June 1963, was Papal Nuncio to Bulgaria from 1925 to 1935. The plan for a statue … [Read more...]