Split archbishop and Serb Orthodox Church head call for unity of Christians

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Source: Dalje.com The Archbishop of Split and chairman of the Croatian Bishops Conference (HBK) council for dialogue with the Serb Orthodox Church, Marin Barisic, on Thursday met at Split's Cathedral of St. Domnius with the head of the Serb Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, and both dignitaries supported the unity of Christians and overcoming the differences between Roman Catholics and Orthodox believers, saying they have Jesus Christ in common. "I would not want anyone to misunderstand … [Read more...]

Torrential rains threaten Sitka’s historic Archangel Michael Cathedral

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SITKA, AK [OCA] For two weeks, Archpriest Michael Boyle and the faithful of Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral here have been praying for relief from the torrential rains that have pounded the region and flooded the historic structure’s basement. “While the cathedral, which stands in the middle of the downtown district, has been spared from mudslides, it has been significantly affected by rain—especially over the past 48 hours during which at times up … [Read more...]

High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church

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Source: Crux By Michael O'Loughlin National reporter A high-ranking US Jesuit says he wouldn’t be surprised if Pope Francis ushers in an era of married priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and says having the conversation would be “healthy” for the Church. “I used to say, ‘Well, it will change but probably not in my lifetime.’ And then Pope Francis came along, and what I see him doing is opening the avenues for discussion,” the Rev. Michael Garanzini, chancellor of Loyola University … [Read more...]

SVOTS Scripture Professor is Main Contributor to New Study Bible

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Source: St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary The Very Reverend Eugen J. Pentiuc, St. Vladimir's professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages, was invited by École biblique et archéologique française to spend six weeks in Jerusalem in the summer of 2015 completing his work for La Bible en ses traditions / The Bible in Its Traditions (or B.E.S.T). His contribution, "The Book of Hosea: A New Translation with Notes," once finished, will be published along with other contributions thus far … [Read more...]

First American Orthodox chaplain attends World Scout Jamboree

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Chaplains representing many different faith traditions—including Orthodox Christianity—ministered to an estimated 40,000 scouts from 160 countries at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan in mid-August 2015. For the first time, the American contingent of over 1,900 scouts included an Orthodox Christian chaplain—Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America and member of the Boy Scout’s Religious Relations Task Force.  A … [Read more...]

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia to Deliver Address at St Vladimir’s Seminary on September 11

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Source: St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will bestow a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, upon His Holiness Irinej (Gavrilovic), archbishop of Peć, metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, and patriarch of Serbia. Patriarch Irinej will also deliver a presentation titled "Theology as a Hope for the Future of the Church." The patriarch will arrive on the seminary … [Read more...]

Vladivostok ‘to get tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world’

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Source: The Siberian Times By Antonina Koshcheeva Towering 80 metre monument to 'Christ the Teacher' by Zurab Tsereteli to find home in Russia's Pacific capital. The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such as a statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and 'The Tear of Grief' in the United States, dedicated to the struggle against world terrorism. The monument stands 50 metres taller than the world famous 'Christ the … [Read more...]

Deadline for Planting Grant applications is August 31, 2015

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The deadline to apply for 2016 Church Planting Grants, available from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization, is August 31, 2015. Detailed information on the grants may be found here.  Applications may be downloaded here. Fledgling mission communities may apply for first-year grants of up to $24,000.00 for the exclusive purpose of providing a salary for a full-time resident priest.  Qualifying missions, … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Plovdiv Metropolitan continues campaign for mayoral candidate

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Source: The Sofia Globe The controversial Metropolitan of Plovdiv, Nikolai, has continued his campaign for a candidate in Bulgaria’s forthcoming mayoral elections, issuing an endorsement on one of the holiest days in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church calendar – and again attacking incumbent mayor Ivan Totev. Open support for an election candidate is unprecedented in Bulgarian Orthodox Church history. Nikolai, who recently endorsed Zdravko Dimitrov – who has been expelled from the … [Read more...]

Is Orthodoxy in Decline?


Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Alarming statistics are reported on the decline of Christianity (-8% in seven years) across all denominations in the U.S.; as well as significant data on the Orthodox Church in the U.S. Be the Bee's Steven Christoforou and Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff, the director of the Orthodox Natural Church Development program, join Kevin Allen to discuss. Click here to listen. … [Read more...]