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Source: adeiladenow RUSSIANS have queued to see one of the most treasured Greek Orthodox relics, believed to have miraculous powers to boost fertility, as the country struggles to reverse a population decline. The relic on loan from Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church, that believers venerate as the belt of the Virgin Mary, arrived overnight in Russia’s northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, where hundreds, mostly women, stood in line to pay their respects. Arriving in Russia for the first time in its history, the relic will remain in the Russian imperial capital until Tuesday, after being flown from its home…

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Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America [SYOSSET, NY] On October 6, 2011, during their Fall 2011 Session, the members of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America adopted and approved “Guidelines for Clergy Use of Online Social Networking.” Available in PDF format, the Guidelines recognize “the popularity of social networking and digital communications” and their exponential growth.  Acknowledging that “the Church should not shy away from these new forms of media, but should be actively present in them,” the hierarchs of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America emphasize the importance of maintaining “healthy…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces today an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey regarding the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo invited Archbishop Demetrios and the Hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, together with leadership of the St. Nicholas Parish and the Archdiocesan Council to his New York City office for the official signing of the agreement by Archdiocesan Council Vice-Chairman Michael…

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ann Rodgers Orthodox Christian Laity Remembers CEOYLA after 48 years Thousands packed Civic Arena in 1963 With work under way for the demolition of the Civic Arena, Orthodox Christians are gathering in Pittsburgh to remember a historic faith event that took place there in 1963. Nearly 14,000 Orthodox — including 12 bishops, 150 priests and a 1,000-voice choir from all ethnic backgrounds — packed the arena with the dome open. It remains the largest Orthodox gathering in America, according to organizers of this weekend’s conference. The organizers of the 1963 event, mostly veterans of World War…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Church in America Synod Concludes Fall Session SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on Thursday, October 6, 2011. The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America, and Canada.  In attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Grace, Bishop Tikhon Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Secretary; His Grace, Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West; His Grace, Bishop Alejo of Mexico City; His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek…

Source: National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas Clergy Compensation in Greek Orthodox Churches BOSTON – A newly-assigned priest who has just graduated from the Seminary should make an annual salary of $49,128 – $66,528 plus extras such as insurance, an automobile, a house (or an allowance for one) retirement contributions, seminars expenses, and many more. A priest with 35 years of ministry and more will earn $113,856 – $120,144, according to the Clergy Compensation Plan for 2012. The priests’ salaries are the biggest expense of the Parishes’ annual budget along with the annual monetary allocation they pay to the Archdiocese for…

Assistant of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston suddenly resigned By Theodore Kalmoukas Sophia Nibi, executive administrative assistant of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston suddenly resigned on September 1 after 27 years of service. She did not return a telephone message TNH left at her residence and her resignation was announced the same day a letter was sent to the clergy and faithful of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis by Metropolitan Methodios. Priests who spoke to TNH on the condition of anonymity said that “the departure of Sophia Nibi from the Metropolis creates a huge void [that will disrupt] the…

Source: Mystagogy Metropolitan John of Lagada and Exarch of Central Macedonia has called 2011 “the year of Saint Kyranna”, which was inaugurated on the feast of the Saint on 8 January 2011. The center of the festivities has been in the village of Ossa, near Thessaloniki, where the Saint lived and where a magnificent Greek Orthodox church exists in her honor. To read about the life and martyrdom of Saint Kyranna, see Following the heroic and martyric death of the young Saint Kyranna on 28 February 1751, the faithful took her precious relics and had her buried outside the city…

NEW YORK, NY [OCA] Orthodox Church in America at UN Opening Ceremony His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the leader of the Orthodox Church in America, was among the religious leaders invited to attend ceremonies marking the opening of the 66th session of the United Nations’ General Assembly at the Church of the Holy Family here Monday, September 12, 2011. The ceremony was hosted by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. For many years, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as representatives of other Orthodox…

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