The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

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Source: The Spectator by Ed West The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and … [Read more...]

Diaconal Vocations Program offers on-line Church history course

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - As part of its mission to train late vocation candidates for ordination to the the Holy Diaconate of the Orthodox Church in America, an on-line course in Church History is being offered beginning September 27, 2013. This course is being offered with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and at the direction of the Board of Theological Education of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Archpriest John H. Erickson, the Peter N. … [Read more...]

A divinely written icon: Orthodox theology can lead to new Christian thinking on creation

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Source: National Catholic Reporter By Melissa Jones TOWARD AN ECOLOGY OF TRANSFIGURATION: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT, NATURE, AND CREATION Edited by John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz Published by Fordham University Press, $125 hardback, $35 paperback Every year on or around Epiphany, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christian faithful from Denver forms a carpool caravan and drives three hours to the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, Colo. They make this trek to … [Read more...]

Parliamentary committee proposes subsidy for Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria

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Source: The Sofia Globe Members of Bulgaria’s parliamentary committee on religious affairs are proposing for the first time to include the Roman Catholic church in the country in the list of religious bodies to receive state subsidies. This emerged after a meeting between the chairperson of the committee, Plamen Slavov, and the head of the bishops’ conference of the Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria, Hristo Proykov. “So far, we have been self-supporting, and if we get this grant, it … [Read more...]

A Big Heart Open to God – The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis

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Source: America – The National Catholic Review Antonio Spadaro, S.J. The exclusive interview with Pope Francis  Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, America and several other major Jesuit journals … [Read more...]

Getting Married at the Bottom of the World: Trinity Church in Antarctica

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Source: Slate By Atlas Obscura From the scorching deserts of Sinai to the frozen tundras of Siberia, Orthodox Christianity has a history of building its churches and monasteries in inhospitable places. But only a few can rival Trinity Church on King George Island. The southernmost Orthodox church in the world, Trinity was built near Bellingshausen Station, Russia's permanent outpost in Antarctica. In the mid-1990s Patriarch Alexius II of Moscow gave his blessing for this audacious … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Leader Decries Syrian Rebel Attacks Near Monasteries

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Source: Here & Now Syrian military forces continue to battle Islamic rebels near the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, where some residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. Most Maaloula residents have fled, but nuns and orphans remain holed up in Mar Tekla, one of the town’s two early Christian monasteries. They are members of the eastern orthodox Church of Antioch. Its leader in the U.S., Metropolitan Philip Saliba, is concerned about their … [Read more...]

Church shows mercy by upholding truth about marriage, speakers say

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Source: Catholic News Service By Carol Glatz ROME (CNS) -- Recent remarks by Pope Francis about the need for a stronger pastoral approach to marriage and divorced couples, do not signal the church is overturning its laws or practice of denying communion to Catholics who divorce and remarry, said two canon law experts. When Pope Francis made parenthetical reference to the Orthodox churches permitting, in some cases, a second marriage, he was referring to an issue that has been under … [Read more...]

Parishes celebrate College Student Sunday

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Source: Orthodox Church in America PRINCETON, NJ [OCA] - Sunday, September 15, 2013 marked the observance of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s “College Student Sunday” in parishes across the US through special services, programs, and other activities.  [See related article.] Among them was a celebration, at which His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York presided, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the campus of Princeton University. Bishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy, as … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Christian from Syria: “I lived in Romania for 7 years and I tell you honestly that I do not think that the Romanian Christians have more freedom than the Syrian Christians”

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by Alexandru Cautis Source: Drum european He is Syrian, he is Orthodox Christian and he just finished his studies in Romania. S.M. lives through the war in Syria as an eye-witness and views it completely different than it is presented to us in Romania. (The Syrian asked me not to give his name; I guarantee that the following interview is an honest one, that S.M. is not forced by the Syrian authorities to talk nice about Bashar Al Assad)   How does a Christian living in Syria … [Read more...]