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Source: Pravoslavie.ru CHICAGO’S GREEK ORTHODOX BISHOP DEMETRIOS APPOINTED TO STATE’S ATTORNEY’S HATE CRIME PROSECUTION COUNCIL Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, has been appointed to the Hate Crime Prosecution Council by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. “I am honored and humbled by this appointment, I have witnessed the damage done by hate crimes against many in our communities,” said Bishop Demetrios. “I hope to create an atmosphere of understanding and security for victims of these crimes, in the hope that may come forward and justice can be served.” Bishop Demetrios is deeply committed…

Source: Breaking Israel News By Raphael Poch “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord . . . ” (Isaiah 1:4). In an anti-Christian incident which has largely gone unnoticed, the St. Charbel (Maar Charbel) Monastery in Bethlehem was attacked and burned down on September 26th. The monastery is located in the Wadi Maali neighborhood of the city where King David was born and is the reputed birthplace of Jesus. As a result of the fire, several rooms on the church’s second floor were completely destroyed. No one…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities International Orthodox Christian Charities Response to the Crisis in Syria International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 12.2 million people are currently in need of assistance, 7.6 million of which are internally displaced. In addition to its work inside Syria, IOCC staff is working regionally to address the growing needs of more than 4 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Armenia, Greece, and Serbia, as well as people in need in those host countries. Responding to one of the worst…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of HIs Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and in response to a growing number of requests from individuals who do not have internet access, the Orthodox Church in America’s web team is now producing monthly PDFs that highlight a selection of major stories featured on the OCA web site during the previous month. Titled “OCAreview: The Orthodox Church in America’s Monthly Hard-Copy Digest,” each edition will highlight eight to ten “capsulized” news stories and photos gleaned from the dozens that appear monthly on the web site.  Parishes are encouraged to print…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Two new resources that will aid in the study of the lives of North America’s saints are now available—a series of “life icons” and a video-lecture on the martyred Saint Juvenaly of Alaska. A “life icon” is one in which a series of smaller icons showing specific events in a saint’s life surround a central panel depicting the saint in glory.  In spring 2015, resources explaining the life icons of three North American saints—Herman, Jacob Netsvetov and Tikhon of Moscow were made available.  Five additional icons—those of Saints Alexander Hotovitzky, Alexis Toth, Innocent…

Source: The Republic By ALISON MUTLER [Associated Press] BUCHAREST, Romania — The Romanian Orthodox Church said Thursday it is considering a Romanian monk persecuted by the communists and known as the “saint of Transylvania” for sainthood. The Metropolitan of Transylvania church authority said Thursday it had begun the lengthy process of canonization for Arsenie Boca, a Romanian Orthodox monk and priest whose grave in western Romania attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims every year. The Romanian Orthodox church is autonomous and makes its own canonizations. Boca, who became a monk in 1940, fell afoul of communist authorities because of his…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of the Ukraine conflict’s most vulnerable victims with emergency food assistance for 900 children under age three living in areas directly affected by the violence in Eastern Ukraine. Nearly two years of armed conflict has driven 1.5 million Ukrainian people from their homes. UNICEF estimates that nearly 180,000 of those displaced are children. Among the most severely impacted are infants and toddlers, as well as mothers with special needs children. As Ukraine’s brief autumn turns into winter, the living…

Source: Israel National News Powerful Orthodox Church hails government decision to initiate airstrikes against rebels in Syria. Russia’s powerful Orthodox Church on Wednesday voiced support for Moscow’s decision to carry out air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State group (ISIS), calling it a “holy battle.” “The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it,” said the head of the Church’s public affairs department, Vsevolod Chaplin, quoted by Interfax news agency. Chaplin explicitly said the Church backs Russia’s decision to deploy its airforce in Syria to…

Source: Serbian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Daniel celebrates on Wednesday, 30 September 2015, the 8th anniversary of the enthronement as Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (30 September 2007). The Romanian Patriarch will officiate at the Divine Liturgy, from 09:30, in the Patriarchal Cathedral, assisted by hierarchs, members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, priests and deacons. After the Divine Liturgy, A Te Deum service will be officiated, at 11:30, as a sign of thanksgiving for the divine help received in the faithful service of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Romanian people. Next, during the anniversary moment…

Source: Conference of European Churches (CEC) Istanbul/Heybeliada From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief. Participants were drawn from CEC Member Churches, civil society, academia, and the European Institutions. Topics covered included the…

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