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How the Supreme Court’s decision for gay marriage could affect religious institutions

Source: Pew Research Center BY DAVID MASCI Even before the Supreme Court’s decision granting same-sex couples a constitutional right to wed, legal scholars and others have been trying to determine how such a ruling might affect religious institutions. It has been a question on the minds of the justices, too. Indeed, during the April 28 oral arguments in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, most of the justices asked about or commented on this issue. Justice Samuel Alito drew a possible … [Read more...]

The 5 Most Important Points of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Encyclical / Patriarch Bartholomew’s Efforts on Environmental Issues by Comparison

Source: Time by Christopher J. Hale Christopher Hale is executive director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the co-founder of Millennial. We can and must make things better Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical letter on care for creation made its anticipated debut Thursday morning, and once again, the Bishop of Rome has delivered a masterpiece. The document will play a key role in United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference this November and will be a pivotal point … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to receive Syrian Orthodox Patriarch

Source: Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) From June 17-20, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, will be in Rome to meet with Pope Francis. Aphrem II was elected the 123rd Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch in 2014. The Syrian Orthodox Church traces its history to the first Christian communities established in Antioch. Both St Peter and St Paul resided in Antioch. It was from Antioch that the first missionaries went forth to evangelize Asia and … [Read more...]

Moscow Patriarchate to Pope: On Easter a gesture of goodwill, but we will not overturn old traditions

Source: Asia News by Nina Achmatova Russian Orthodox Church awaits greater detail of Pope Francis’ idea to celebrate Easter on a single date. But not basing Easter on the first full moon after the spring equinox, as established by the Council of Nicea, "unacceptable" for the Orthodox Russians. Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral dean leaves church, priesthood

Source: Tampa Bay Times by Laura C. Morel, Times Staff writer TARPON SPRINGS — The top religious leader at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral has disappeared, leaving behind only an email explaining that he is abandoning not only his job but also the priesthood. But the lengthy message from Father Anastasios Gounaris offers no answers to the questions being raised by puzzled parishioners: Why did Gounaris quit? Where is he now? Parish council president Nikitas Manias said he … [Read more...]

Ephraim Goes “PR”

Source: We Are Orthodox By A.P. Cromidas Monastics like to say that they are in this world, but not of this world.  But lo and behold, a key Orthodox Christian monk in the United States, the Elder Ephraim, has just taken a very worldly step.  He is the star in a public relations video extolling the monasteries he founded in America. The Russian-made film, with English sub-titles, was recently posted by the web-site, We Are Orthodox, a site, along with others, that has been critical toward … [Read more...]

Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral vandalized

Source: Orthodox Church in America At 8:19 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Archpriest Innocent Dresdow was startled to receive a call from Kodiak Police Dispatch.  Asked to meet police officers at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, he was told not to go into or near the church, as it was “an active crime scene.” “I arrived on scene at 8:25 p.m. and met up with responding officers across the street from the cathedral,” Father Innocent said in the initial report he sent to His … [Read more...]

Archbishop Ieronymos: ‘Migrants Leave Their Homelands Due to Western World’s Actions’

Source: Greek Reporter by Katerina Papathanasiou “The future of migrants arriving in the country must concern not only Greece but all the European countries,” said Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos during a meeting with a delegation of German members from local Parliaments, the General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and other officials, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church’s Refugee and Migrant Center. The Head of the Greek Orthodox Church … [Read more...]

Application for grants to further mission of Orthodoxy now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America WILLIAMSPORT, PA [OCA/GOF] The Ganister Orthodox Foundation is now accepting applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodox Christianity in the US.  The deadline for submitting grant applications is July 31, 2015.  Recipients will be announced in the fall. Founded in 2001, the Ganister Orthodox Foundation is a component of the Williamsport, PA-based First Community Foundation of … [Read more...]

Man attacks church in İstanbul with Molotov cocktail

Source: Today's Zaman A man attacked a church in the Kadıköy district of İstanbul with a Molotov cocktail on Tuesday, setting the building's door on fire. In a video purporting to show the attack, the man is seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “Revenge will be taken for Al-Aqsa Mosque” as he throws a bomb at the Aya Triada Orthodox Church in the Bahariye area of Kadıköy.       The door of the church caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished … [Read more...]