Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

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Source: BBC News Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July. The unidentified attackers fired … [Read more...]

Why were the Kidnapped Bishops not Released along with the Azaz Captives?

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Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy Like any news, this should be taken with a shaker of salt, but it's consistent with a lot of what was said during the last few days of the negotiations to acheive the release of the Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims kidnapped last year in Azaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Arabic original can be read here.  What Prevented Metropolitans Yazigi and Ibrahim from Returning with the Lebanese Captives? by Maher el-Khatib Despite the great joy that spread over … [Read more...]

Hallowe’en: An Orthodox approach

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Source: Silouan This post has been around the Internet for several years. Originally posted by Steve Lammert, It’s a description of one Orthodox Christian’s approach to how to handle the evening of October 31. Every year, on Hallowe’en, I sit on the front porch of my house with a bowl of candy, a box of beeswax candles, and a large icon for the Feast of All Saints. Every child who comes to the house gets a piece of candy, and may also light a candle and place it before the icon. Very … [Read more...]

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement meeting includes visit to OCA Archives

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - During the weekend of October 11–13, 2013, members of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) met at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here for their bi-annual meeting, which included activities centered around the theme “The Christian Missionary Call: Local, National, and International.” Besides students from Saint Vladimir’s, seminarians from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA; Christ the Saviour … [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew Calls on Monks to Stay Away From Investments

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By Maria Korologou On October 15th, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople called on the monks of Mount Athos to stay away from financial investments and to completely devote themselves to their mission. The Ecumenical Patriarch, who is on Mount Athos since Tuesday the 15th in order to officiate the celebrations for the centenary of the integration of Mount Athos to Greece, was very clear in his speech to the monks. Patriarch Bartholomew appeared to be well aware of what is happening … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Signs Agreement with Theological Institute in Russia

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]- The Dean and Chancellor/CEO of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here—Archpriest Dr. John Behr and Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield—signed an agreement with Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies in Moscow, laying the foundation for the establishment of the “Saint Philaret of Moscow Russian House of Studies” at Saint Vladimir’s. The cooperative statement was signed at the culmination of the Dean … [Read more...]

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church keeps growing

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Source: The Herald-Star By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer, The Herald-Star STEUBENVILLE - It is very quiet and peaceful inside the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. The faint sound of traffic can be heard on nearby Washington Street. A visitor to the church can often find the Rev. Gregory Thompson sitting in a front pew praying or reflecting on his day as a jobs coach at the county's Board of Developmental Disabilities. On a sunny day Thompson might be found painting the church's … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox bell returned to Kodiak

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Source: San Jose Mercury News By NICOLE KLAUSS Kodiak Daily Mirror KODIAK, Alaska—A 200-year-old Russian Orthodox bell has been returned to Alaska after being held by Catholics for more than a century in Southern California. The bell, known as the San Fernando bell, was returned to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Oct. 1 and is waiting to be placed in a permanent outside display. Rev. Innocent Dresdow, dean of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, said repatriation of the bell … [Read more...]

Local kids helping Syrian refugees with care packages

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WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports | Source: WXOW.com - ABC News 19 By Pete Zervakis, MMJ The United Nations estimates the continued tensions between the government and rebel forces will have displaced 3.5-million people by the end of 2013. Kids at La Crosse's St. Elias Orthodox Church are seeking to help the refugees displaced by the conflict. Children from the church's Sunday school program Sunday put together what teacher Stacey Kalas called "hygiene … [Read more...]

Readers: Orthodox Should Not Unite with all Churches

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Source: The National Herald Constantinos E. Scaros Special to The National Herald In our September 30 edition we unveiled our new “Question of the Week” format, which the readers, given the number of total votes, received favorably. The question was whether the Greek Orthodox Church should remain independent, combine only with the Catholic Church, or whether all Christian churches ought to unite. In last week’s issue (Oct. 5), we published the results: 52% (slightly more than half) … [Read more...]