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Orthodox Christian Laity Members at the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Two members of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) attended / were part of the staff of the Holy and Great Council in Crete. Peter Marudas attended and was photographed with His Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Gayle E. Woloschak, Ph.D., was extremely busy working as of volunteer member of the Press Team for the Council.   … [Read more...]

Pope Tawadros urges Copts in US not to demonstrate over sectarian attacks in Egypt

Source: Ahram Online Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, called Tuesday on Egyptian Coptic expats in the US not to demonstrate in front of the White House hours before a planned protest over attacks against Christians in Egypt. "I oppose any demonstrations that might harm Egypt and cause conflict with higher authorities...Please, for Christ's sake, avoid this behaviour that is not acceptable in any of our churches in the USA," said the pope in statement published … [Read more...]

Pope Francis takes step towards ordination of women in the Catholic Church

Source: Christian Today Ruth Gledhill CHRISTIAN TODAY CONTRIBUTING EDITOR The Roman Catholic Church took the first tentative steps towards women's ordination today when Pope Francis announced a new commission to look at the possibility of women deacons. However, there are concerns among campaigners for women priests in the Catholic Church that women deacons will be ordained in an attempt to fob them off from expecting any further moves towards equality. In an indication that the Pope … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Delivers Invocation at the Democratic National Convention

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, offered the Prayer of Invocation today, Thursday July 28, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa. In the long established tradition of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to offer a prayer in both the Democratic and the Republican Conventions, Archbishop Demetrios was invited by the Democratic National Committee and was introduced by … [Read more...]

Violence Against Egypt’s Christians Escalates At Alarming Rate

Source: Breitbart by BREITBART JERUSALEM (AFP) – Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and politicians say the government has done little to stop it, despite Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah … [Read more...]

Around the world in 11 days: Russian Orthodox priest, 65, sets new record after flying non-stop in hot-air balloon

Source: Daily Mail Fedor Konyukhov flew around the world in a hot air balloon in 11 days - beating the last record by two days He began his trip from an airstrip near Northam, a town east of Perth, then headed east across South America   The 65-year-old battled with lack of sleep and freezing temperatures near the end of his historic trip  By ASSOCIATED PRESS and ASHLEIGH DAVIS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO A Russian Orthodox priest has entered the record books … [Read more...]

Christians in Russia Under Attack From Putin’s Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches

Source: The Christian Post BY BRANDON SHOWALTER , CP CONTRIBUTOR Russia's so-called "anti-extremism" law that restricts evangelism and missionary activities went into effect on Wednesday, and religious freedom advocacy groups say they are starting to assess the impact it will have on Christians in the country. "For Christian advocates inside the country, there are challenges and risks," the American Center for Law and Justice's Gene Kapp said in a statement to The Christian Post on … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Offers Prayer at the Republican National Convention

Source: Greek Reporter By Anastasios Papapostolou Archbishop Demetrios, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, offered a prayer at the the Republican National Convention. The benediction came after the remarks of Donald Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. … [Read more...]

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH RESPONDS TO WOMEN WHO ‘ARE NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK’

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Moscow - Thousands of women in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have taken to social media to share their experiences of sexual violence in an online flash mob under the hashtags #янебоюсьсказати and #янебоюсьсказать (I am not afraid to speak) started by Ukrainian social activist Anastasia Melnichenko. Russia has responded, with the Russian Orthodox Church at the forefront. Archpriest Dmitry Roschin, head of the synodal department for church governance with the … [Read more...]

New “Orthodoxy in America” app now available at no charge

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Priest John Parsells, Rector of Christ the Savior Mission, Berlin, MD, and his associates at Orthodox Web Solutions have developed a new free app—“Orthodoxy in America”—for smartphones and tablets. “This app is much more than just a church locator,” explains Father John. “It brings together news, social posts, daily audio, and trending photos, as well as video and 360 tours from the various jurisdictions, agencies, seminaries, … [Read more...]