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Source: The National Herald Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in an interview with The National Herald about Rev. Luke Melackrinos from St. Paul parish in Hempstead, NY did not rule out the latter’s appointment in a parish. Bishop Andonios said that “if the psychologist tells me that Fr. Melackrinos can minister as a priest and there is no danger to repeat the same things again, I will appoint him, why not?” Melackrinos – who is married and a father of three – was placed on suspension…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America New York, NY – The remarks this week by Turkish President Erdogan on the so-called lack of “freedom of religion” in the United States over a single Iftar-dinner at the US State Department have demonstrated once again the absurdity of the Turkish position on human rights and religious liberty. To this very minute, Turkey’s oldest religious institution, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, goes unrecognized, harassed, and its purely Theological School on the island of Halki remains closed for nearly fifty years. Throughout the history of the modern Turkish state, the person of the Ecumenical Patriarch…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord last night, June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America with a heavy heart and deep sorrow made the first announcement late last night on behalf of the Hoy Eparchial Synod. In accordance with article 12 of the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Archbishop Demetrios in consultation with the Eparchial Synod named His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas…

Source: The Washington Times By L. Todd Wood ANALYSIS/OPINION: Because of radical Islamic terrorism, your religious affiliation has become an existential issue across the globe. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jew can literally mean life or death, no matter what country you are in. Western nations are not excluded from this scourge. The curse threatens the very existence of nation-states as well. Israel is routinely threatened by Iran and others — because it is Jewish. If Israel were not Jewish, it would not be targeted for destruction. The religion of a nation can also unite and…

Source: Chicago Catholic by Kerry Alys Robinson Close to half a million Catholics in the United States have just graduated from college, and almost as soon as they did their participation in the church plummeted. For decades, leaders of the U.S. church have observed that many young-adult Catholics enjoy a positive experience of the church while they are in college, either because they attend a Catholic university or because they attend a secular university with a vibrant Catholic campus ministry. Catholic students note the exceptional liturgies, relevant homilies, student participation, opportunities for service and attention to helping them develop a mature…

Source: Hellenic News of America By: Lili Bita, Cultural Affairs Correspondent Special to the Hellenic News of America My Dear Readers and Friends, Wishes and greetings!  This month, it is my great pleasure to present an interview with Marina Angel, our compatriot who has spent a lifetime fighting for justice and the protection of women’s rights.  Marina is retiring this year from her long career as Professor of Law at Temple University, and I had the privilege of attending her recent retirement party, where many colleagues expressed their appreciation, admiration, and personal warmth for her. Marina has fought her many battles…

Source: The National Herald Theodoros Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA –The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) has established a four-Board Member Committee to examine the fate of its president, Fr. Christopher Metropulos. It was an Executive Committee meeting on May 16, the decision was made to establish the Committee to examine Metropulos. The Committee will evaluate his overall performance and by the end of June are scheduled to present their findings to His Eminence Archbishop Geron of America Demetrios, who has a fiduciary responsibility toward HCHC as Chairman…

Source: The National Herald TNH Staff  NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios of America, on the afternoon of Sunday, May 21 visited the fire-damaged Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Corona, Queens and viewed the immense damage suffered. The Archbishop was accompanied by the head of the Transfiguration community, Fr. George Anastasiou, the Philoptochos Society President Eleni Katehis, the Treasurer Peter Pallas, Kelly Pappas, and other members of the community. The Consul General of Cyprus, Ambassador Vasilios Philippou also attended the viewing of the fire damage. The fire, as the National Herald wrote, was reported at noon on Friday,…

Source: Romania-Insider.com by Irina Popescu Prosecutors from the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) want Archbishop Teodosie Petrescu, a senior official of the Romanian Orthodox Church, to be placed under house arrest. Archbishop Teodosie, who is the head of the Orthodox Church in Constanta county, is currently under judicial control and will stand trial for using or presenting false documents to obtain EU funds. However, DNA says that he broke the terms of the judicial control as he initiated projects to access EU funds although the judicial control conditions forbade him to do such things. Moreover, he also entered into contact another defendant in…

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune By BOB MIMS Utah Mormons and Protestants are rediscovering a reverence for God by converting to Orthodoxy. CLICK HERE to view PHOTO GALLERY. It shook the fundamentalist Christian world to its roots: Hank Hanegraaff, the darling of evangelicals as host of the long-running, nationally syndicated “Bible Answer Man” broadcast, had joined the Greek Orthodox Church. Hanegraaff, for nearly 30 years president of the Christian Research Institute, an evangelical apologetics ministry, also has written 20 books opposing purported cults and heresies and non-Christian faiths. If ever evangelicals had a doctrinal superhero, Hanegraaff was he. But on…

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