Future of Greek minority in Turkey in the hands of the youth

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Source: Today's Zaman The youth of Turkey's Greek minority are facing critical demographic and educational problems which are complicating their ability to maintain their historical tradition in Turkey. Aug. 22 was the last day of the second biannual Greek reunion on the island of Burgazada. Turks and Greeks were reunited accompanied by the tune of Greek and Turkish songs in a celebration of their friendship that dates back many years. “In Burgazada, we're all one family,” said Vasilis, a … [Read more...]

Ukraine is flowing with blood, say bishops, warning worse could come

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Source: Ecumenical News by Peter Kenny Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in Ukraine. "Ukraine is flowing with blood!" the bishops began, noting the "direct military intervention" in Ukraine by Russia, Vatican Radio reported Friday. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to "eliminate" his country and restore the … [Read more...]

Moldovan Newspaper Threatened Over Orthodox Metropolitan’s Vacation Pics

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Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson A Moldovan newspaper says it was threatened after publishing two scandalous investigative reports on the assets and personal life of the head of Moldova's Orthodox Church. The Chisinau weekly "Ziarul de Garda" says it received the telephone threats on September 11 after publishing photos of Vladimir, metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova, vacationing in Turkey with a woman named Nelli Tcaciuc. According to an … [Read more...]

Five Christian Patriarchs meet with President Obama at the White House

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Source: Syriac International News Agency (SINA) by Hirutho WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in history, five Christian Patriarchs representing Christian communities in the Middle East visited the White House to discuss the protection of Christians in theMiddle East with President Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklinisaid, “We want to thank President Obama at this critical moment in … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church cancels Lutheran dialogue over gay rights

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Source: Yle The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality. Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that … [Read more...]

JESUS RELICS, SILVER BOX STOLEN FROM GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

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Source: NL Times by Maxime Zech A silver reliquary belonging to the Greek orthodox church in Rotterdam was stolen on Saturday afternoon. According to the church, the box contained pieces of the very cross where Jesus Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, along with other items, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.  Priest Christos Sidiropoulos had the box in a bag on the back seat of his car, which was parked at the church on the Westzeedijk in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. Someone broke a … [Read more...]

Congratulatory Greetings to Metropolitan Joseph on his Election to Head the AOCA

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity July 21, 2014 The Most Reverend JOSEPH Metropolitan of New York and North America Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America P.O. Box 5238 Englewood, NJ 07631-5238 Your Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” The Members and Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Laity congratulate you on your election as Metropolitan of New York and North America of the … [Read more...]

On Mount Athos a Monk Falls Into a Precipice While Hurrying to Aid Victims of an Accident

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Source: Pravmir Rescuers soon extracted the two wounded firefighters, who were immediately transported by helicopter to General Military Hospital 424 in Thessaloniki. The monk was found dead. On Mount Athos, Monk Athanasius of Hilandar Monastery fell into a precipice while hurrying to aid firefighters that had gotten into a car crash. The tragedy occurred at about 8 AM, when a fire truck with two firefighters took the road on Mount Athos to complete their ordinary daily duties, Russian … [Read more...]

OCL Board and Annual Meeting: October 23-25, 2014 at St Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The OCL Board and Annual Meeting will be held on October 23-25, 2014, at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New  York.  An Open Forum on the work of the Assembly of Bishops will be presented  at 7:00 pm on October 24.  See and click on Program announcement below. The Unofficial Minutes of the May 30, 2014 meeting in Fairlawn, Ohio are available by CLICKING HERE. … [Read more...]

Letter from Dr. Maria C. Khoury to Archbishop Demetrios & Assembly of Bishops

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September 8, 2014 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America Chairman, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Your Eminence, Evlogeite! I pray and hope you will have a blessed new ecclesiastical year, and I respectfully request that you extend my best wishes to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops for a successful assembly gathering next week. I am also writing to ask the assembly to add the Holy Land Christians to their prayers and press … [Read more...]