THE HOLY FIRE HAS DESCENDED IN THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Jerusalem, April 19, 2014 - The Holy Fire has descended on Holy Saturday in the Church of the Lord’s Sepulcher in Jerusalem. His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has passed on the Holy flame to the tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the church. Among them were representatives of the St. Andrew the First-Called foundation, who will bring the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Moscow by airplane, reports RIA Novosti. The time it takes for the Holy Fire … [Read more...]

Paschal Pastoral Letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel

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Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America CLICK HERE to view the letter.                   … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Weeping Icon of the Virgin Mary Tuesday, April 22

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Source: Illinois News Network online Religious leaders from the Orthodox Christian Churches will come together Tuesday night April 22 to commemorate the discovery of the Icon of the Virgin Mary that began tearing/weeping 20 years ago. Parishioners at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1220 S. 60th Court in Cicero, noticed that an Icon of the Virgin Mary began tearing, first with one tear and later by the end of the night with four separate tears. The tears were dabbed in with cotton … [Read more...]

Leader of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church vows to fight homosexuality ‘to the end’

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Source: LGBTQ Nation DAN LITTAUER | Special to LGBTQ Nation ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — In his Easter message this week, Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction to the world. Mathias warned that the “sin that burnt Sodom and Gomorrah in Ethiopia not only erodes the holiness that God has bestowed upon Ethiopians, but it will bring destruction and damage, rather than development and growth. “To prevent this … [Read more...]

Oregon priest busted for having child porn on home computer: police

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Source: New York Daily News Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore of Albany, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of encouraging child sex abuse after authorities said they were tipped off to his extremely disturbing material on his home computer. BY NINA GOLGOWSKI An Oregon priest has been jailed after a raid at his home uncovered child pornography on his computer, according to police. Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore of Albany, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of … [Read more...]

Teens sought in beating, robbery outside church

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Source: WBALTV11 by George Lettis Incident happened at Butchers Hill Russian Orthodox Church BALTIMORE —Baltimore City police are looking for a group of teens involved in a beating and armed robbery outside a Russian Orthodox church that left a priest and his son staring down the barrel of a gun. The incident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday as members of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church were cleaning up after a service. The church is located at the corner … [Read more...]

Retired army general wants Egypt’s St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished

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Source: Ahram Online Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a place for foreigners' by Sherry El-Gergawi A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative … [Read more...]

An Army of Fleas

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity By Roy Synder Recently, after the Patriarch of Antioch ordered that the American Clergy cease their involvement with the Assembly of Bishops, I took an action to voice my disagreement with this decree.  It was a small thing – no big oratory, grandstand or “snit.” Someone asked me what I thought I would accomplish and I replied: “I suppose it’s tantamount to a flea biting and elephant’s butt, I did not think that I should be silent.” Reflecting, I realized … [Read more...]

Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend: May 30 – June 1, 2014 / Akron OH

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90% of Americans with Greek Roots No Longer in Communion with Greek Orthodox Church

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Source: The Pappas Post An article published on the official website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America paints an alarming picture for the future of the Church in America. According to statistics cited by the story penned by Peter S Kehayes, 60% of Greek Orthodox families of the last generation and 90% of Americans with Greek roots are no longer in communion with the Church. The article affirms that the issue lies with the large number of mixed marriages that take place in the … [Read more...]