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Romanian church sets up financial institution to lend believers money

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Source: Business Review - Romania The Metropolitan Church of Moldova and Bucovina funded a Credit Union for Clerics and Laity (CARCM) where priests and Christian followers can take out loans with an interest rate of 6 percent, writes Mediafax. Priest Grigore Timoftescu, president of CARCM, believes that the institution will receive many loan solicitations, given the low interest rates. 14 people have already signed up to CARCM to receive their credits of a maximum of RON 5,000, which … [Read more...]

OCA Secretary speaks at international missions gathering

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Source: Orthodox Church in America DURRES, ALBANIA [OCA] - At the invitation of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, Archpriest Eric G Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a presentation at the organization’s gathering at the Saint Vlash Monastery here on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The gathering, which concludes on September 19, is being hosted by His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church.  Representatives of Orthodox and Evangelical … [Read more...]

Regensburg Vindicated

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Source: First Things by George Weigel On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media … [Read more...]

The Middle East’s Friendless Christians

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Source: The New York Times by Ross Douthat WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole. For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world. And … [Read more...]

Future of Greek minority in Turkey in the hands of the youth

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Source: Today's Zaman The youth of Turkey's Greek minority are facing critical demographic and educational problems which are complicating their ability to maintain their historical tradition in Turkey. Aug. 22 was the last day of the second biannual Greek reunion on the island of Burgazada. Turks and Greeks were reunited accompanied by the tune of Greek and Turkish songs in a celebration of their friendship that dates back many years. “In Burgazada, we're all one family,” said Vasilis, a … [Read more...]

Ukraine is flowing with blood, say bishops, warning worse could come

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Source: Ecumenical News by Peter Kenny Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lviv for their annual Holy Synod, have appealed to the international community to help restore peace in Ukraine. "Ukraine is flowing with blood!" the bishops began, noting the "direct military intervention" in Ukraine by Russia, Vatican Radio reported Friday. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to "eliminate" his country and restore the … [Read more...]

Moldovan Newspaper Threatened Over Orthodox Metropolitan’s Vacation Pics

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Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson A Moldovan newspaper says it was threatened after publishing two scandalous investigative reports on the assets and personal life of the head of Moldova's Orthodox Church. The Chisinau weekly "Ziarul de Garda" says it received the telephone threats on September 11 after publishing photos of Vladimir, metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova, vacationing in Turkey with a woman named Nelli Tcaciuc. According to an … [Read more...]

Five Christian Patriarchs meet with President Obama at the White House

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Source: Syriac International News Agency (SINA) by Hirutho WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in history, five Christian Patriarchs representing Christian communities in the Middle East visited the White House to discuss the protection of Christians in theMiddle East with President Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklinisaid, “We want to thank President Obama at this critical moment in … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church cancels Lutheran dialogue over gay rights

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Source: Yle The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality. Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that … [Read more...]

JESUS RELICS, SILVER BOX STOLEN FROM GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

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Source: NL Times by Maxime Zech A silver reliquary belonging to the Greek orthodox church in Rotterdam was stolen on Saturday afternoon. According to the church, the box contained pieces of the very cross where Jesus Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, along with other items, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.  Priest Christos Sidiropoulos had the box in a bag on the back seat of his car, which was parked at the church on the Westzeedijk in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. Someone broke a … [Read more...]