[UPDATED] Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican

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Source: Vatican Information Service [UPDATED - See Related Story at bottom of article] Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) - From 9 to 13 May, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, will come to Rome to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has about ten million faithful. This large membership makes the Coptic Church one of the most important elements in the … [Read more...]

Resurrection Pastoral Letter – Archbishop Nathaniel

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Grace, Mercy and Peace from God, and from us our fatherly love and hierarchal blessing. CHRIST IS RISEN! “We believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him; Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead, will never die again. Death has no power over him anymore. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so His life now is life in God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6: … [Read more...]

2013 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday Encyclical

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Dr. & Mrs. George J. Farha Receive Certificate of Appreciation from Assembly of Bishops

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On Sunday, April 21st, Bishop Basil of Wichita, in his capacity as Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. and Mrs. George J. Farha, members of St George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas, on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Bishops. The Certificate of Appreciation was issued to the Farhas in recognition of their exceptional … [Read more...]

Peter and Andrew: Brother Pilgrims to Jerusalem

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Source: The Catholic World Report Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew continue the 50-year legacy of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue begun by Paul VI and Athenagoras. by Christopher B. Warner Pope Francis met with fraternal delegates of the Orthodox Churches, other Christian churches, and world religions on Wednesday, March 20. These representatives had come to Rome for Francis’ inauguration Mass on Tuesday. Prior to the Wednesday’s meeting, the Holy Father and the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Bylaws and 2012 Financial Statement Available Online

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America The Bylaws of the Assembly of Bishops are now posted on the website. These Bylaws were drafted over the course of 2012 with the help of a number of Orthodox attorneys who are a part of the Assembly’s Legal Affairs Committee, to whom the Assembly is deeply appreciative. They were finalized and approved by consensus at the last Assembly meeting in September 2012. They are now being made available to the public. The … [Read more...]

A Patriarch’s complaint

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Source: The National Herald by Antonis H. Diamataris - Publisher/Editor of The National Herald It is the first time, as far as I can recall, that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew allowed himself to publicly express a grievance. He must really be hurting. At the same time, he opened a small window into his soul, large enough to enable us to have a peak into the philosophical influences, apart from the Christian thought, that formed him as a person and set him on the course that shaped … [Read more...]

Assembly Committee Fosters Relationships, Unity of Purpose on Youth Programs

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America New relationships and unity among Orthodox Christian youth workers are the result of diligent efforts by the Committee for Youth, one of the very active committees of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The committee’s members are Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese),  Metropolitan Alexios (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) and Bishop Irineu (Orthodox Church in … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Committee Fosters Relationships, Unity of Purpose on Youth Programs

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America New relationships and unity among Orthodox Christian youth workers are the result of diligent efforts by the Committee for Youth, one of the very active committees of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The committee’s members are Bishop Thomas (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese),  Metropolitan Alexios (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) and Bishop Irineu (Orthodox Church in … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Priest Reflects on Pope Francis and Orthodox/Catholic Relations

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By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse Source:  Catholic Online Pope Francis is faithful to moral tradition and also appears to be courageous (these days there is no faithfulness without courage). He understands the moral crisis in Christendom and appears to be as committed to the restoration of the Christian foundations of culture as his predecessors were. This portends a good future for Orthodox-Catholic relations and will hopefully make more Orthodox aware of the grave crisis facing … [Read more...]