OCA Holy Synod holds summer meeting

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Source: Orthodox Church in America OTTAWA, ON, CANADA [OCA] - The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held a summer meeting at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Canada, in conjunction with a spiritual retreat for the hierarchs.  The gathering took place at Annunciation Cathedral in Ottawa, ON, beginning on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the OCA, on the Feast of the Nativity … [Read more...]

The 42nd Biennial GOA Clergy-Laity Congress Convenes in Philadelphia July 6-10

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The 42nd  Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will convene in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 6- 10, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel and it will focus on the theme of this Congress “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel.” Concurrently with the Clergy-Laity Congress, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will convene its Biennial … [Read more...]

18th AAC plans underway; dedicated web site to debut July 20

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Plans are proceeding on schedule for the18th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America, which will convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. “The AAC theme—‘How to Expand the Mission’—is inspired by the address Saint Tikhon of Moscow delivered at the First All-American Sobor held in Mayfield, PA in 1907, during his tenure as Archbishop of North America,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The official logo … [Read more...]

Committee Chairmen Meet to Discuss Assembly of Bishops Priorities

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America As part of the ongoing work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, a meeting of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in New York. Eleven of the Assembly’s fourteen committees were represented. Bishop Maxim, the Coordinator for Committees, convened the meeting. In his opening remarks, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the … [Read more...]

Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis’s Masterstroke

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Source: The Daily Beast by Candida Moss Meeting the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, the pope set a date for a third historic meeting of Christian factions—a savvy move to control how his successors lead. After all the speculation surrounding Pope Francis’s ability to engineer peace on his big Middle East trip, the biggest news from the visit came from his visit with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the primary leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not to gloat, but we … [Read more...]

3 bishops nominated to fill archdiocese post

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Source: The Blade (Toledo) Saliba led Antiochian Orthodox church since ’66 BY PETER SMITH BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE CHICAGO — Three bishops have been nominated to be the first new leader in half a century of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The candidates were chosen Thursday at a special assembly in Chicago, called to recommend a successor to the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who died March 19 at age 82 after leading the growing denomination since … [Read more...]

Vatican: Too early to confirm 2025 Orthodox-Catholic summit

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Source: National Catholic Reporter by Josephine McKenna  Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first church council held in Nicea in 325 A.D. Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem in May, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis conclude meetings in Jerusalem

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Source: Orthodox Church in America His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with Pope Francis for the final time on the Mount of Olives on Monday, May 26, 2014. At the site known as Viri Galilaei—mentioned in Acts 1.11—the Patriarch and the Pontiff met for the third and final time during their joint pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With the echo of Paschal hymns in the distance, they conferred on a variety of issues, including ecumenical dialogue, environmental … [Read more...]

Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

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Source: Catholic Herald (UK) By STAFF REPORTER 1. Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, … [Read more...]

Russian church the absent player at pope-patriarch summit

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Source: Reuters (Reuters) - When Pope Francis meets the spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians next week, the speeches and symbolism will focus on how these ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity want to come closer together. After almost a millennium apart, however, the key to the elusive unity they seek does not lie in Jerusalem, where the Catholic pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will embrace on May 25. If anywhere, that key lies in Moscow. The Russian … [Read more...]