Funeral For Serbian King 70 Years After Death

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Source: Sky News Hundreds of mourners including Serbian government officials have attended a state funeral for deposed King Petar II Karadjordjevic decades after his death in exile. The reburial of the king and other members of the former royal family is seen as an important act of national reconciliation. The bodies of Petar, who went into exile in 1941, his wife Queen Aleksandra, mother Queen Maria and brother Prince Andrej, had been exhumed from cemeteries in the United States, … [Read more...]

Orthodox Churches Fight Back As Eastern Europe Pushes To Modernize, Secularize

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Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson Many were shocked on May 17 to see a phalanx of black-robed Orthodox clergy break into a trot and lead an angry mob in an attack on a gay-rights rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Although the official Orthodox hierarchy in Georgia denounced the violence that left 17 injured, Georgian Patriarch Illia II had called on authorities the day before to ban the rally as an "insult" to Georgian traditions. Across Eastern … [Read more...]

PAN ORTHODOX FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND

[nggallery id=1]Source: Pan Orthodox United More than two hundred youth and young adults from six states and one Canadian province gathered in Akron, Ohio, May 17-19, 2013, in the first Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend for Orthodox Christian youth and young adults. The Weekend’s activities included a round-robin soccer tournament, ethnic dance exhibition, and casual cornhole competitions. Pan Orthodox United, a committee of young adults representing Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Russian, … [Read more...]

Revered Russian icon makes Nanaimo appearance Monday

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Source: Nanaimo Daily News Julie Chadwick, Daily News Found at the root of a tree in 1298, a revered religious icon with a long and colourful history will make its first-ever local appearance. The Kursk-Root Icon is a religious painting considered to be one of the most ancient and holy icons in the Russian Orthodox church. Housed in the Russian Synodal Cathedral in New York, the icon is currently on a cross-Canada tour that makes a stop at the Russian Orthodox church in Nanaimo on … [Read more...]

Thousands attend mass Orthodox Church patriarch says in Moravia

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Source: Ceske Noviny Mikulcice - About 2000 people attended the liturgy the Orthodox Church Constantinople patriarch Bartholomew celebrated in Mikulcice, a place linked to the medieval Christian missionaries SS Cyril and Methodius, in spite of the rainy weather today. The organisers expected up to 10,000 visitors to come but a number of them were evidently discouraged by the adverse weather. The liturgy, in which a dozen of Orthodox Church dignitaries took part, was held to mark the … [Read more...]

Syria opposition says kidnapped bishops ‘in good health’

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon ISTANBUL: Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria last month are "in good health," though there is no news on their whereabouts, an opposition official told reporters Saturday in Istanbul. "Two or three days ago, a doctor visited the two bishops. They are in good health," said Abdul Ahad Steipho, member of the main opposition's National Coalition and of its committee established to follow up on the kidnappings. Steipho added that his committee's attempts … [Read more...]

Final preparations underway for 109th annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA]  Final preparations for the 109th Annual Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27, 2013, are underway. “It is always a joy to welcome hierarchs, clergy and faithful from the Orthodox Church in America, other Orthodox jurisdictions and guests from near and far,” said Igumen Sergius, the Monastery’s Abbot. A detailed schedule of the weekend’s divine services and other events is … [Read more...]

OCA Lesser Synod members receive updates from OCA officers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America received updates from the Church’s officers during their meeting at the Chancery here May 21-22, 2013. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the purpose of the meeting was to continue the work of the Holy Synod between sessions, address critical concerns, and plan for upcoming meetings.” The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan … [Read more...]

74 Members of U.S. House of Representatives Send Letter to Secretary of State on Behalf of Kidnapped Syrian Archbishops

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Not Even The Greek Flag?

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Antonis H. Diamataris - Publisher/Editor of The National Herald Special to The National Herald Source: The National Herald It might appear to be an innocent omission. It is not. Not only it is an important issue in itself, it reveals that the Church in America is on the wrong course. The National Herald revealed last week in its Greek edition that the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York no longer displays the Greek flag. The American flag and the flag of the … [Read more...]