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New university combines science and spirituality

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Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Frank Papatheofanis founded Saint Katherine College in San Marcos By Nina Garin Saint Katherine College is a new liberal arts school that was founded in 2010 by physician and scientist, Frank Papatheofanis. The San Marcos-based school is a four-year, nonprofit Christian college with a curriculum that blends arts and science. For example, students learn about 19th century British literature at the same time they’re being taught about European monetary … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christianity in China – A comb worth fighting for

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Source: The Economist BY B.C As A colleague has written in this week's print edition, Christianity in China is experiencing spectacular, but turbulent, growth; by one estimate, the number of Chinese Christians could by 2030 have reached 250m—the largest Christian population of any country in the world. Unless something extra-ordinary happens, only a tiny fraction (less than 0.1%) of those Christians will be of followers the eastern Orthodox church, which you might have expected, on … [Read more...]

OCF announces 2015 “Real Break” destinations, dates

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCA]  The Orthodox Christian Fellowship[OCF] recently announced that it will be sponsoring 11 “Real Break” opportunities in the spring of 2015. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides an alternative to “Spring Break” for Orthodox Christian college students.  It offers the possibility to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those in need, and cultivating … [Read more...]

How Can I deal With my Sinful Condition?

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Source: Pravmir.com No one can live without sin, few know how to repent in such a way that their sins are washed as white as fleece, out there is one thing which we all can do; when we can neither avoid sin, nor repent truly, we can then bear the burden of sin, bear it patiently, bear it with pain. by METROPOLITAN ANTHONY OF SOUROZH In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. So often we ask ourselves and one another a very tormenting question: How can I deal with my … [Read more...]

Ground Blessing for Saint Nicholas at WTC, a place of prayer and peace, a place of hope and love

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – More than 2,000 people gathered yesterday Oct. 18, 2014 at 130 Liberty Street, the new site for Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, for the historic event of the Blessing of the Ground and the symbolic “laying of the corner stone.” The small and humble church of Saint Nicholas was the only house of worship destroyed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The new Greek Orthodox Saint Nicholas National … [Read more...]

Muslims raid, demand jizya from ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery on Sinai

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Source: Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer UPDATE October 22: It seems that the report below from Pravoslavie is inaccurate. I have just received this from Moustafa Elqabbany, Assistant Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan: I am in communication with people who personally know the monks in Sinai. Fr. Justin writes: “Thank you for your e-mail. Many have written us about the recent reports that have been appearing in the news. Everything remains peaceful … [Read more...]

A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Designed by Santiago Calatrava Source: The Wall Street Journal By RALPH GARDNER JR. Renderings of the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church designed by Santiago Calatrava, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial, in a video provided by his architecture firm. Photo: Santiago Calatrava It took two hours of talking with architect Santiago Calatrava —we touched on rock climbing, the Swiss cheese dish raclette, Rembrandt’s self-portraits and New York City’s … [Read more...]

Video Discussion of Orthodox Christian Author Deacon Dr Stephen Muse’s book, “When Hearts Become Flame”

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Source: Book Talk with Dr Richard Long   Dr. Long discusses Stephen Muse's book, When Hearts Become Flame. Chaplain Hart gives his perspective on the pastoral counseling work. Rev. Dn. Stephen Muse, PhD is a pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist who serves as Director of the Pastoral Counselor Training program and Clinical Services for the D. A. & Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia where he directs a … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios’ Invitation to Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas Shrine

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Source: St Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center   His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America extends an invitation to all of the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to join him along with the Holy Eparchial Synod in New York on October 18 to bless the hallowed and sacred ground upon which St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center will be built.   … [Read more...]

War on religion: Orthodox Christian priests, churchgoers face threats in Ukraine

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Source: RT Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has been receiving threats, including that of violence against the clergy, as radical nationalist movements try to take over churches and force them under the Kiev Patriarchate. READ MORE: Unique church shelled, burnt to ashes in E. Ukraine (VIDEO) Using both the years-long strife between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its breakaway Kiev branch, as well as allegations of the Moscow-tied Orthodox priests particularly … [Read more...]