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Source: Sofia News Agency Surrogate motherhood is no different from prostitution, according to Bishop Nikolay, the radical Bulgarian Orthodox Bishop of Plovdiv. Speaking after a service in Plovdiv on Wednesday on the occasion of the arrival of holy relics of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of Virgin Mary, Nikolay mentioned surrogacy while commenting on a recent case in which Bulgarian heroin-addicts offered their newborn baby “on sale” in an online forum for EUR 5 000. “Two days after I reminded the position of the Holy Synod [of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church] about surrogate motherhood, and I was duly…

Source: The National Herald NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leader of Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church said Tuesday that senior clergy and staff earning over €2,000 ($2,460) a month are in for salary cuts as the island nation’s ongoing financial crisis has seen church revenue dwindle. Archbishop Chrysostomos II said the church’s top decision-making body, the Holy Synod, will convene early next month to enact the cuts. He said his own salary as well as that of bishops and other high-income church employees will be the first to be cut in order to “set the good example.” “Church income…has dropped and…

Source: The Wichita Eagle The first Orthodox Christian school in Kansas opened Monday in northeast Wichita. Christ the Savior Academy, a private school at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, is beginning its first year with 18 students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. “It’s just a dream come true,” said Jennifer Sebits, president of the school’s board of trustees. “The kids are so excited.” Sebits said the school is a project of the entire Orthodox community in Wichita, which includes St. George, St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Christian Church and St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church. Preparation began more than 16 years…

Source: St. George Publishing To honor Mr. Velon’s work and to preserve his musical contributions, a project was initiated at the request of the Velon family under the leadership of George Stefanidakis, PhD to preserve the Velon manuscripts in electronic form. John’s works are now preserved and available online! A special website has been constructed, Saint George Publishing, that enables you to order individual collections of transcriptions or the entire collection. Copies of the Velon manuscripts are no longer available in printed form, but on the website, they are assembled as PDF files or as a programmed interface to the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America MANTON, CA [OCA] The “Ponderosa Fire”—one of more than a dozen spawned as a result of lightning on Saturday, August 18, 2012 throughout this region some 170 miles north of Sacramento—continues to threaten Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Monastery here. [Read related story.] As of Monday morning, it had been reported that the blaze had already grown to 12,000 acres. Mixed reports have been received with regard to the monastery property, although many who wrote in to info@oca.org reported that, to their knowledge, the main monastery building has not been touched. Other news…

Source: Egypt Independent purred by what they see as an increasing tide of Islamization lead by the Muslim Brotherhood, 13 Coptic civil society and political activist groups decided to band together and create a coordinating body unattached to the church. Inaugurated last week, the Coptic Consultative Council is meant to work as a “unifying entity for all Christian groups, unions and institutions … aimed at reaching a common political and intellectual perspective on the big issues,” their mission statement reads. The council, which includes representatives from groups such as the Maspero Youth Union, Copts for Egypt, the Kalimah Center for…

Source: Orthodox Church in America The Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth [OCCHY], a national alliance offering communities an opportunity to heighten awareness of how to combat substance abuse, prevent bullying, encourage sexual abstinence outside of marriage, and encourage respect for the sanctity of the human body, recently established headquarters in Cicero, IL. Founded by the Department of Youth Ministries of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, in conjunction with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, OCCHY was awarded a five-year Drug Free Community matching grant of $125,000.00 per year, according to Archpriest Nicholas Dahdal, OCCHY Director. “Your respective…

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] His Holiness, Abune Paulos, Patriarch and Catholicos of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Teklehaimanot, fell asleep in the Lord in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, early on the morning of August 16, 2012, according to a BBC report. According to sources, His Holiness had been undergoing treatment for a serious illness for a long time, and that he reposed in Dejazmach Balcha Hospital. Details of memorial services for Patriarch Paulos have not yet been released. The 76-year old Patriarch was an alumnus…

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Primatial See of the Orthodox Church in America, held an extraordinary one-day session at Saint Andrew House here on Monday, August 13, 2012. During the meeting, the hierarchsheard reports from Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, and Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary, who reported that the interim situation of the Central Administration is proceeding in a calm and efficient manner. His Grace, Bishop Michael of…

Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Recognized for a lifetime dedicated to serving Jesus Christ in prison and among the homeless on the streets, Fr. Duane Pederson was presented with the Matthew 25:36 Award on July 26, 2012 by the board and the staff of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry at the OCPM Fourth Annual National Convocation. The award contains a piece of actual prison bar from Graterford State Prison, Philadelphia, PA with the simple inscription of Matthew 25:36 (“I was in Prison and you came to me…”). Father Duane Pederson was acknowledged for having served over 40 years in prison ministry…

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