Patriarchs decry Christian exodus, demand UN act

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Source: The Daily Star by Samar Kadi BEIRUT: The heads of Eastern churches expressed outrage Thursday over the displacement of Christians in north Iraq, appealing to the international community, and Arab and Islamic states in particular, to take swift action to stop the onslaught at the hands of jihadist groups. The patriarchs’ call came at the end of a meeting, held at the summer seat of the Maronite Church in Diman in north Lebanon, overshadowed by news of a fresh exodus of Iraqi … [Read more...]

Gaza archbishop says rockets were fired from church

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Source: The Times of Israel BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church compound, a site that sheltered hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes during IDF shelling in the area, was used by members of Hamas to launch rockets at Israeli territory, a prominent Christian leader in the Strip said Wednesday. When the Israeli army expanded its offensive in the Palestinian enclave several weeks ago, Archbishop Alexios of the Saint Porphyrios church made the decision to open … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress Viewed from Greece – The Spun Spin: The Reek of Tweak

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By C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. "Would an event ‒ let's say a baseball game ‒ played in a 50,000-seat stadium, attended by 30,000 ticket holders, be a 'successful' one?" "That would depend on how the game ends." "What if, in the bottom of the second inning, the electronic billboard is flashing, 'Success'?" "The franchise-owned concessionaire is trying to get people to drink more beer." "What's wrong with drinking more beer?" "It has nothing to do with what's flashing when the … [Read more...]

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 – DALLAS, TX – OPEN FORUM with Assembly of Bishops

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm at  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road, DALLAS, TX, there will be an OPEN FORUM with the Assembly of Bishops.  Check the Assembly of Bishops website and the OCL website for more details as they develop.  Plan to attend and discuss the Unity Blueprint with the Bishops. … [Read more...]

The Moving Icon

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network The Moving Icon is hosted by Chris Vlahonasios, media writer and founder of the Orthodox Filmmakers & Artists blog. This series discusses issues relating to media, social trends, the arts, and all aspects of human expression and creativity from an Orthodox perspective. Chris also interviews various Orthodox artists about their work, inspiration, and Faith. The show’s title refers to the fact that we are all living icons of God, in His image and likeness. … [Read more...]

How Many Mothers Will It Take?

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by Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. As we enter August 2014, my Church will enter a very special time of fasting and prayer for the Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos for the Holy Dormition, the Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary (Aug 15/28). “You gave birth to the Salvation of the world, through which we were uplifted from earth to heights…Hail! O Ever-Blessed, Pure One, shelter and strength; rampart and fortress to those who sing: “Praise the Lord all His works and exalt Him in all the ages.” … [Read more...]

Letter to President of Chicago Area Brotherhood regarding the persecution of Fr. Angelo Artemas

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July 22, 2014 Rev. Fr. James Greanias, President Metropolis of Chicago Clergy Syndesmos c/o St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church 602 E. Monroe Street Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 Fr. Jim, You are listed as the current leader of the Clergy Brotherhood of our Metropolis.  I have been a steward of the Parish of Saints Peter & Paul for almost 40 years.  Twenty years on the Council, three of them as President.  I served as a delegate to several Diocesan Assemblies and ten Clergy-Laity … [Read more...]

Challenges and Opportunities for the Ancient Faith Today

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio By Kevin Allen Direct link Play in Popup Download Transcript Mr. Kevin Allen: As you see, I was asked to speak about “Challenges and Opportunities of the Ancient Faith Today,” and we are witnessing major changes in the religious landscape, both in the world—we can see that certainly in the Middle East—but [also] in Western Europe and especially in America, which is where I’ll tend to be focusing, and these changes give rise to many challenges and opportunities … [Read more...]

The 79th Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas discusses establishment of a North American Romanian Orthodox Metropolia

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Source: Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas The 79th Congress of our Archdiocese took place at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, on July 3 to July 6, 2014. The Congress sessions were structured in the same way that was already used before and was appreciated and very efficient in the pastoral work of our Archdiocese. The first part was organized around working groups constituted on the basis of the committees and auxiliary organizations of the Archdiocese; … [Read more...]

Local Ukrainian community reacts to Malaysian Plane crash

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Source: WHEC News 10 Rochester By: Rebecca Fath The news of the plane crash is forcing many in the local Ukrainian community to take action and help those in need overseas. At the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, they say they have strong opinions about what is going on. They are collecting money to help people.   Nicholas Sztanko is the vice president at St. Mary’s Ukraine Orthodox Church. Sztanko says the Ukrainian community is shocked and saddened to hear about the plane being … [Read more...]