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Source: Commentary Magazine | David Aikman February 2012 Abstract On October 2011, when the so-called Arab Spring took a dark turn in Cairo, Egypt, the social media and smartphone technologies that had aided protesters in their fight for freedom captured new and dangerous developments. On video-hosting websites such as YouTube, one can see footage of the Muslim mobs that began throwing rocks at Coptic Christians on October 8. These young Copts had been protesting the burning of a Coptic church in Aswan and the failure of the Egyptian authorities to respond satisfactorily. Frustrated with the traditional Coptic adoption of a…

Source: News24 Saidnaya – Divine intervention prevented a shell that pierced the walls of a Syrian convent from detonating, swears the mother superior of Our Lady of Saidnaya, a spiritual retreat near Damascus. “The Virgin Mary stopped the shell from exploding with her own hands,” said Mother Verone, who interpreted the close call as a divine message that “God is watching over sacred places” amid the unprecedented unrest rocking Syria. The sound of explosions and gunfire from nearby towns echoes around the normally tranquil convent. The nuns say the blasts come from the neighbouring towns of Rankus and Talfita, focal…

Orthodox Christian Laity Winter Board Meeting – February 23-25, 2012 Hilton Garden Inn Columbus, Georgia Local Contact Person: Robert Poydasheff 706-317-3224 Thursday evening: Hilton Garden Inn. Board Meeting Overview – 6:30 pm in Dining Room. Friday morning: 9:00 am Board Meeting in Conference Room. 25th Anniversary Update. Principles of Charter for a Unified Orthodox Church. Friday evening: If a priest is available, Vesper at Holy Transfiguration Mission. Dinner at Local Club. Saturday morning: 10:00am Meet and Greet Faithful. OCL 25 Years of service. Holy Transfiguration Mission, 4612 Gilbert Avenue, Columbus, GA 31904. Interested faithful from Atlanta including: Annunciation…

Source: Orthodox Church in America LOS ANGELES, CA [Huffington Institute] The Huffington Ecumenical Institute, in collaboration with the Henry Luce Foundation, will host its annual symposium, “Pan-Orthodoxy in North America: Towards a Local Church,” at Loyola Marymount University here March 16-17, 2012. A variety of presentations by Orthodox Christian and Catholic experts will explore the “complex mosaic of historical circumstances, struggles for self-identity, and intriguing people” that make up Orthodox Christianity in North America. The symposium will be held at University Hall 1000, Ahmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University. Friday’s program begins at 9:00 a.m., while Saturday’s program opens at 9:30…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] The Eternal Word Television Network [EWTN] is providing live coverage of today’s March for Life in the US Capital, according to Archpriest John Kowalczyk, a pro-life activist and co-founder of the Orthodox Presence at the annual gathering. Live and complete coverage begins today — Monday, January 23 — at 10:00 a.m. ET, with a rebroadcast tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET. A rebroadcast will also be aired on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET. As reported on oca.org, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, will speak at the pre-March program and offer prayers for…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Saturday, January 21, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America released the following statement concerning His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim [Storheim]. “The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has been made aware that His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim, the suspended Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, appeared in a Winnipeg criminal court on January 18, 2012. Archbishop Seraphim is a defendant in a matter involving allegations of sexual abuse toward a minor or minors. The case has been committed for trial. “Archbishop Seraphim originally was…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, addressed students at two separate conferences sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] during the last week of December 2011. Metropolitan Jonah joined nearly 60 college students at the west coast conference December 27-30 at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. He explored the conference theme, “Raise Me Above This World’s Confusion,” in a series of three lectures. He addressed the confusion that stems from “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride…

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas ALBANY, NY – The New York State Court of Appeals on January 5 ruled against St. Basil Academy on its long standing dispute with the Garrison school district regarding tuition fees for those of St. Basil children that are not Garrison residents. The unanimous opinion, delivered by Judge Pigott, described that “this appeal presents the question of whether a school district is obligated to pay for the educational costs of the children living in a child care institution located within district boundaries,” and, in affirming the lower court’s opinion, concluded that “a school…

Source: The National Herald ISTANBUL (AMNA) – The Ecumenical Patriarchate criticized the “intervention” by the Patriarch of Moscow in its affairs through statements and demarches made in favor of Vatopedi Monastery abbot Ephraim, reiterating that Mt. Athos belongs under the Church of Constantinople’s jurisdiction. An announcement issued at the Phanar after Tuesday’s meeting of the Synod stresses that Mount Athos is “normal territory” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. “It is comprised indeed of Orthodox monks of various nationalities, this however in no way attributes to it a pan-Orthodox character, allowing intervention of any kind in it by other Autocephalous Churches”. The…

Source: Orthodox Church in America MEXICO CITY, MEXICO [OCA] Faithful arrived early at the Cathedral of the Ascension here on Sunday, January 8, 2012, as His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presided at the Divine Liturgy and celebrated the Great Blessing of Water marking the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Concelebrating with Metropolitan Jonah were Bishop Alejo of Mexico; diocesan clergy from as far as Monterrey and Guadalajara; priests from the US who offer assistance to the diocese, including Archpriest Ernesto Rios of Port St. Lucie, FL and Priest Antonio Perdomo of McAllen, TX; a priest of the Patriarchate of Moscow; and Protodeacon Joseph…

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