IOCC Reaches Out To Philippines Typhoon Survivors In Hardest Hit Areas

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Source: IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The struggle to clear roads of debris and restore the lines of communication across the Philippines is slowing relief efforts for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. More than 11.8 million people have been affected by the deadly storm that has claimed 4,460 lives so far and left more than 920,000 people with no homes to return to. The need for food and medicine is critical, especially in hardest hit Tacloban city, where fuel is expected to run out in a … [Read more...]

Pan-Orthodox Festival – A Beginning in Farrell, Pennsylvania

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by Alan Rummel Farrell is a small town in western Pennsylvania which once thrived as a steel town and supported five very active Orthodox parishes.  Today, the steel mills are gone and the parishes are struggling.  This is a story of how they have made a beginning to work together so as to survive. It all started during a general assembly meeting of Annunciation (Evangelismos) Greek Orthodox Church. Our membership is now down to 28 families, and we needed some help from other parishes to … [Read more...]

Bartholomew: When Will We Choose to Live more Simply?

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The International Environmental 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) opened in Warsaw on November 11 and will conclude on November 22, 2013. His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has addressed a statement on the importance and implications of this convention. MESSAGE By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew To the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) Warsaw, November 2013 When will we choose … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and Saint Nicholas Church Establish National Shrine at Ground Zero

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – On Sunday, November 10, 2013, at a duly called parish assembly meeting of the St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero, a major step forward was taken. Under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, and with the full support of the parish priest, the Rev. Fr. John Romas, and the Parish Council, the community unanimously approved a resolution to make the community a national shrine of the Holy Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

Hilandar To Be Visited By Women Soon?

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Source: inSerbia A group of female MPs of the European Parliament asked Greece recently to abolish a regulation, according to which women are strictly forbidden to visit the Holy Mountain, its twenty monasteries and 2,500 monks. The request says that the law “violates gender equality and introduces discrimination against women, which is not consistent with democracy”. At the same time, ads appeared in Serbian media, offering to take women on the “pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain” at the … [Read more...]

If Kosovo Is The Price, Then We Say Thank You But No Thank You To EU – Irinej

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Source: inSerbia The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, said that Serbia can not give up on Kosovo, and if the price for the entry into Europe is losing Kosovo, then, he said, we would rather be out of Europe. “If the price of entry to Europe is to secede Kosovo then we have to say ‘thank you but no thank you’ to Europe. We prefer to stay alone without Europe, if it must be, but with our Kosovo,” said the Patriarch Irinej receiving, at the Patriarchate, the participants … [Read more...]

The Holy Synod proclaimed the year 2015 as “Solemn year of the parish and monastery mission today” in the Romanian Patriarchate

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Source: OCP Media Network November 2013 The working session of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church was held in the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Residence, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel during the last week of October 2013. We mention some of the decisions adopted: Approval of the text of the Pastoral letter of the Holy Synod at the end of the Solemn Year of Saints Emperors Constantine and Helen and of “Dumitru Staniloae” Commemorative Year, … [Read more...]

The state is right to listen to the Church

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Source: Cyprus Mail The views expressed in your Opinion section (Cyprus Mail, Saturday, November 2) regarding the Church and the formation of civil laws do not seem like very rational opinions to hold. It is rightfully stated that the Republic of Cyprus is a secular state. The opinion fails to admit, though, that there exists any kind of connection between the responsibilities of the elected representatives and the wishes of the people they represent, the majority of whom happen to be members … [Read more...]

New Executive Director at Project Mexico

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Source: Project Mexico   New Executive Director Announcement  November 8, 2013   A Message from Geoffrey Bray, Executive Director   Dear Friends,   It is with a profound sense of gratitude that I write you today. In the past five years, you have seen me arrive … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Two-Front War for Democracy

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Source: The New York Times By ALAA AL ASWANY [November 10, 2013] Cairo — Mariam Ashraf was an eight-year-old Coptic girl. On Oct. 20, she went with her family to the Church of the Virgin, in Cairo, for a relative’s wedding. She was thrilled with her new hairstyle and the new white dress her mother had bought for the occasion. She stood on the street outside the church with other guests waiting for the bride and groom to arrive. Then a motorbike sped by. On it were two men who opened fire … [Read more...]