Repose of St Nicholas of Zhicha – March 18 [A modern saint who lived in America]

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Commemorated on March 18 Saint Nicholas of Zhicha, “the Serbian Chrysostom,” was born in Lelich in western Serbia on January 4, 1881 (December 23, 1880 O.S.). His parents were Dragomir and Katherine Velimirovich, who lived on a farm where they raised a large family. His pious mother was a major influence on his spiritual development, teaching him by word and especially by example. As a small child, Nicholas often walked three miles to the Chelije … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts and (Unsought) Advice on Holding Church Councils

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Source: The Catholic World Report How the Eastern Orthodox can benefit from the lessons of Vatican II and other Councils  By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille  The recent news out of Constantinople that the Orthodox Church has finally set a date (2016) for the holding of its much-promised but much-delayed “great and holy synod” is good news indeed. If it comes to pass, if it deals successfully with matters of substance, and if it doesn’t get bogged down in the usual jurisdictional … [Read more...]

The Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Great Church of Christ

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Source: The Huffington Post by Evagelos Sotiropoulos The Triumph of Orthodoxy, the celebration of true doctrine over heresy and the definitive restoration of the icons are joyously commemorated by the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on the first Sunday of Great Lent. This year's feast, celebrated on March 9, was made more magnificent as a Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches was held at the Great Church of Christ -- the Ecumenical Patriarchate of … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod to begin spring session March 18

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- The spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at the Chancery here Tuesday, March 18 through Friday, March 21, 2014. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the meeting will coincide with a meeting of the Pension Board, which is slated to present its current strategic plan.  The SMPAC also will be meeting and will brief the Holy Synod on its current work and review the … [Read more...]

Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (RS) president receives award in Moscow

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Source: B92 [TANJUG] Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has presented RS President Milorad Dodik with the award of the International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Nations. The leader of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (RS) received the accolade in Moscow on Tuesday. The award is given for outstanding contribution to improving the unity of Orthodox Christian peoples and consolidating and promoting Christian values ​​in society. The ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour … [Read more...]

Sioux City in Iowa urges Arabic Families to move to their community

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By Ray Hanania Source: The Arab Daily News JOBS – JOBS – AND MORE JOBS:  While many Arabs are facing discrimination, job losses, harassment and racial profiling in many communities throughout the United States, one American City is bucking the trend and encouraging Arabic Families to move to their city with the promise of potential jobs, cultural recognition and a better family life. It’s a lot to promise but lifelong residents of Sioux City, Iowa believe that Arabs will respond … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian patriarchs call for resolutions in Ukraine

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Source: Catholic Online By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) Conference will be the first in over 1,200 years Calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence which is driving Christians out of the Middle East, patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul this past weekend. At the summit, twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches also agreed to hold an ecumenical council of bishops in 2016, the first in over … [Read more...]

Patriarch of Bulgarian Orthodox Church in good health

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Source: FOCUS Information Agency Sofia. Patriarch Neophyte, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is in good health and complies successfully with his obligations. The press centre of the Holy Synod announced the news in connection with rumours concerning his health, which was said to have deteriorated. Yesterday Radio Darik reported he fainted away at the altar of a church in Istanbul while a divine liturgy, which closed the meeting of the heads of the local Orthodox Churches, was being … [Read more...]

Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Swirls of fragrant steam billow above large steel cauldrons as five middle-aged women stir thick, bubbling yellow lentil soup over gas burners. Six mornings a week, the three Lebanese women and two Syrian refugee women gather in the Akkar community kitchen created by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to prepare a hot and hearty soup or stew that will feed 240 Syrian refugee families scattered across … [Read more...]

World churches head joyous at freeing of Syrian nuns, prays for release of other clerics

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Source: Ecumenical News World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit says the fervent prayers of Christians throughout the world were answered with the release of Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula. News agencies reported that a group of nuns from the Convent of St Thecla, abducted in December 2013, had been freed as part of a prisoner exchange. In a letter sent to John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the … [Read more...]