Two Orthodox Hierarchs from the Southern USA Concelebrate Theophany in SE Florida

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios - Atlanta, GA (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese - GOA) and His Grace Bishop Antoun - Miami, FL (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese - AOCA) celebrated the Feast of Theophany in an Inter-Orthodox Service ON January 11 at Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL. Clergy and Laity from South East Florida gathered together with the Hierarchs for the celebration.  This is the first time a … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon congratulates new Primate of the Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - In response to a letter from the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia, dated January 13, 2014, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a congratulatory message to Sister Church’s newly elected Primate, Metropolitan-elect Rastislav, Archbishop of Presov and Slovakia. Metropolitan-elect Rastislav was elected at the 13th General Assembly of the Church in the Czech Lands and Slovakia on January 11, 2014. “I accept this … [Read more...]

Duck! Elderly patriarchs preaching doctrine!

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Source: Press Republican By Terry Mattingly, On Religion  This elderly patriarch's image is striking, with his stern face and a gray beard that flows over his chest, contrasting with the colorful clothing typical of his flock and his unique line of work. Just before Christmas, he created a stir with a blunt statement on a very controversial issue. No, this wasn't the Duck Commander in Louisiana. This patriarch resides in the city his followers formally refer to as Constantinople-New … [Read more...]

Bartholomew convokes the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

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Source: Asia News by NAT da Polis (January 7, 2014) Meeting to set guidelines and time frame for Preparatory Commission of the Pan-Orthodox Synod . But also to highlight the need to go beyond "localisms" and undertake joint initiatives . Zizioulas: self-marginalization the greatest danger of the Christian world today. Istanbul (AsiaNews ) - The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has convoked the patriarchs and archbishops of all the Orthodox Churches to a meeting in Istanbul, next March, … [Read more...]

A Miracle by Elder Paisios

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Source: St Peter Orthodox Church, Ft. Myers FL DECEMBER 23, 2013 I held off talking about this miracle by Elder Paisios publicly until the miracle was complete, which it nearly is. I was asked to write an account of the miracle to be included in the papers sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where a decision will be made soon on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a Saint. I offer it here for the glory of God and the edification of the reader. December 18, 2013 Naples, Florida … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal! + Dr. George J. Farha

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America MEMORY ETERNAL! Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of the newly-departed servant of God Dr. George J. Farha of St. George Cathedral in Wichita, KS, immediate past Vice Chairman of the Antiochian Archdiocese Board of Trustees and the Antiochian Heritage Foundation's "Man of the Year" for 2013. Dr. Farha quietly fell asleep in Christ surrounded by his family at his home, shortly before nine o'clock on January … [Read more...]

Number of Christians killed for their faith doubled in 2013

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Source: The Globe and Mail by TOM HENEGHAN [LONDON — Reuters] Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last … [Read more...]

Patriarchs arrive in Bethlehem for Orthodox Christmas

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Source: Ma'an News Agency BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian patriarchs arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to commence the celebration of Eastern Orthodox Christmas, which takes place on Tuesday. The Assyrian patriarch was first to arrive, followed by the Coptic Patriarch and Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, while the Ethiopian patriarch is expected to arrive later. Most Eastern Orthodox Christian denominations celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to travel to Holy Land in May aims to boost Orthodox Christian relations

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Source: ABC News January 5, 2014 (Associated Press - VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis says his upcoming trip to the Holy Land aims to boost relations with Orthodox Christians. But the three-day visit in May also underscores Francis' close ties to the Jewish community, his outreach to Muslims and the Vatican's longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement was made Sunday just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up three days of talks with Israeli … [Read more...]

Middle East Christians seek prayers for peace

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In Egypt, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, survival is greatest gift they can hope for this Christmas Source: Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly by Judith Sudilovsky In years past, Christmas was a time of festive decorations, warm family gatherings and traditional worship services, but now, the only hope for many Christians in the Middle East this season is that they may be remembered in the Christmas prayers of Christians around the world; that they pray for peace and an end to the violence that … [Read more...]