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Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and All Moldova personally to baptize every fourth child in a family

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Source: Pravmir Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and All Moldova encouraged Christians to give birth to as many children as possible, promising personally to baptize every fourth child in a family. According to the RIA News agency, Metropolitan Vladimir spoke about this during a major campaign for family values. The campaign was designed to demonstrate “the defense of holy values,” and its participants responded negatively to a LGBT parade that had taken place the week before. “I … [Read more...]

MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE: CHINA AUTHORIZES THE ORDINATION OF CHINESE ORTHODOX PRIESTS ON ITS TERRITORY

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Source: AsiaNews by Marta Allevato Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognizing the latter’s 'political' role in … [Read more...]

CLOSED COMMUNION

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Source: Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain by Ilias Levy People who are interested in knowing more about the Orthodox Church frequently ask about the practice of closed communion - that is, allowing only Orthodox Christians to receive Holy Communion in our churches. To some Orthodox it may seem that this is a somewhat bizarre issue to think worthy of an article. Indeed, perhaps it ought to be. Unfortunately, however, it is something about which there appears to be a certain … [Read more...]

Ecclesiology and Nationalism in the Postmodern Era

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology and the editor of the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly journal, about a 2012 conference on Orthodox ecclesiology and nationalism that took place at the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, the papers from which have just been published in St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly. Direct link Play in Popup Download Transcript Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press launches Coptic Studies Series

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Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, the publishing house of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, has launched a new series highlighting the history and spirituality of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The first book in the “Coptic Studies Series,” titled, The Life of Repentance and Purity, was authored by His Holiness, Pope Shenouda III and is scheduled for release by December 2015.  His Grace, … [Read more...]

111th annual Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery scheduled Memorial Day Weekend

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Source: The Times-Tribune The healing Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon from Hawaii will be greeted by thousands when it arrives for the 111th annual Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 to 25. “Hundreds of pilgrims from across the United States are scheduled to make the annual spiritual journey,” said monastery spokesman the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk. “This pilgrimage is the largest gathering of Orthodox Christians in America.” An estimated 5,000 people are … [Read more...]

Serbian Orthodox Church One of the Most Successful “Companies” in Serbia

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Source: InSerbia News BELGRADE – Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) is one the most successful “companies” in Serbia, and according to revenue is in third place, just behind NIS (Oil Industry of Serbia) and EPS (Electric Industry of Serbia), writes Serbian daily “Blic”. Of course, SPC is not registered as a company, but 40 dioceses annually collect about 140 million euros, according to a survey conducted by “Blic”. The Church is unaccountable for its financial statements, not even to the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion: Terrorism And Extremism in the Middle East Continue Growing And Spreading Like a Plague

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department for External Church Relations (DECR) On May 2, 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion as presenter of the Church and the World TV program had as his guest the chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergey Stepashin. Metropolitan Hilarion: Good afternoon, dear brothers and sisters. Christ is Risen! In these Paschal days, the mental eyes of many Orthodox faithful are directed to the Holy Land, the places where our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ … [Read more...]

First Divine Liturgy in 93 Years Held in Historic Greek Orthodox Church in Izmir, Turkey

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Source: The Pappas Post BY GREGORY PAPPAS The St. Constantine Greek Orthodox Church in the western Turkish province of İzmir has reopened following renovations. A Divine Liturgy for first time in 93 years took place on May 11, 2015, with the participation of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Bartholomew and Menemen Mayor Tahir Şahin reopened the church with a ceremony where they threw white doves and planted an olive tree in the garden as symbols of peace. Bartholomew, who … [Read more...]

Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

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Source: The Catholic World Report Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II … [Read more...]