His All-Holiness Bartholomew receives Patriarch John of Antioch

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (right) with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, meeting at the Phanar.

Οn Saturday, June 1, 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, together with members of the Holy and Sacred Synod and other Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne, welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch to the Phanar. Patriarch John of Antioch was making his first stop in his Irenic Visitations following his election last December. Patriarch John and his entourage were received in a spirit of warm fraternal love and honor. The members of the delegation from the Church … [Read more...]

OCA Treasurer’s report for first quarter of 2013 available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The report of Ms. Melanie Ringa, Treasurer of the Orthodox Church in America, for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 is now available on-line. In her introductory notes, Ms. Ringa noted that “the operating budget that was passed last fall was a deficit budget,” adding that “several additional expenses were added at the spring Metropolitan Council meeting held in February [2013].” While the budgeted operating deficit for Q1-2013 was … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon, Holy Synod members meet with Metropolitan Jonah

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - A brief statement with regard to the retirement of His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah was issued by the Office of Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, on Monday, May 27, 2013. The text of the statement reads as follows. “At the invitation of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah met with a number of members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America … [Read more...]

OCA Lesser Synod members receive updates from OCA officers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America received updates from the Church’s officers during their meeting at the Chancery here May 21-22, 2013. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the purpose of the meeting was to continue the work of the Holy Synod between sessions, address critical concerns, and plan for upcoming meetings.” The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan … [Read more...]

A Reflection: Orthodox Christian Unity is Proper Response for Global and Fragmented World

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by George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Church is in the Paschal Season.  Having attended the many services of preparation for the Resurrection of Christ and as we await Pentecost, we know that the Holy Spirit is present everywhere and that brothers and sisters must dwell together in unity, which is the Christian norm.   During this season, we must continue to pray that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops finds the humility to move … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon hosted by Antiochian Metropolitan Philip

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ENGLEWOOD, NJ [OCA] - For the first time since his election as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America in November 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was the guest of His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip at the offices of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America here on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  Metropolitan Tikhon was accompanied by Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, OCA Director of External … [Read more...]

[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...]