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Relic of St Demetrios of Salonika the Great Martyr Brought to Moscow from Greece

Source: Voices from Russia The website of Novospassky Monastery noted that on 5 February, a Greek Orthodox Church delegation, headed by Metropolitan Panteleimon Kalpakidis of Veria and Naousa arrived in Moscow from Greece bringing a reliquary containing the hand of St Demetrios of Salonika the Great Martyr. At the airport, the superior of the Novospassky Stavropegial Monastery and the MP First Deputy Chancellor, Bishop Savva Mikheyev of Voskresensk met the delegation. From the airport, they … [Read more...]

Judge Slaps Down Priest Charged With Theft

Source: Urban Milwaukee Priest at famed Greek church claimed freedom of religion protected him from prosecution. By Michael Zahn Father James Dokos Jr., accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a trust fund, offered an unusual defense: that he was protected by the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion — an argument made by his trio of lawyers, including high-profile attorney Frank Gimbel. Sorry, said Circuit Judge M. Joseph Donald in a ruling yesterday: “The United … [Read more...]

Chicago bishop warned against intimidating witness

Source: Chicago Tribune By Lisa Black Prosecutor: Chicago Greek Orthodox bishop was warned not to intimidate witness in theft case against priest A high-ranking Greek Orthodox bishop in Chicago was warned by a prosecutor against "potential efforts to intimidate witnesses" in a case involving a priest accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a Milwaukee church. The warning came after another priest in Milwaukee told authorities that Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the No. 2-ranking … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church rebukes Ukraine Greek-Catholic Church as ‘divisive’

Source: Ecumenical News by Miko Morelos and Peter Kenny The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has castigated the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine for being "divisive," saying its stance puts at risk the improving of relations between Rome and Moscow. Patriarch Kirill at the same time singled out the Vatican for what he said is a measured tone in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. He pointed out that the Holy See had maintained its position on the resumption of peace talks instead of making … [Read more...]

Pope: Intra-Christian civil war in Ukraine is a “scandal”

Source: Dalje.com The civil war in Ukraine, pitting Orthodox Christians against other Orthodox Christians, is a "scandal," Pope Francis said Wednesday. "Think, this is a war between Christians. You all have the same baptism! You are fighting between Christians. Think about this scandal," Francis said in his weekly general audience at the Vatican. "We pray first of all for the victims, including very many civilians, and for their families, and we ask the Lord for this horrible … [Read more...]

Macedonia: Archbishop Jovan released on parole

Source: b92.net / TANJUG SKOPJE -- Head of the Orthodox Diocese of Ohrid Archbishop Jovan Vraniskovski has been released on parole. The Court of Appeal in Skopje rejected the appeal by the public prosecutor, who wanted Vraniskovski to continue serving his sentence. The court decision to release Vraniskovski is valid until March 23, 2017, according to the Macedonian news agency MIA. The canonically unrecognized Macedonian Orthodox Church - Archdiocese of Ohrid (MPC) sought … [Read more...]

A Red Cardinal symbolizes Faith, Hope, & Love

Source: Seeds of Hope - Orthodox Christian Healing & Counseling A recipient’s reconciliation journey with SEEDS of HOPE, Orthodox Healing & Counseling. Looking out the window one day she saw a red cardinal bird pecking at the glass.  It harkened her back to youthful days.  As a child, she was told that the red bird was rarely seen in the area.  If one says a prayer when infrequently spotted, that bird was Christ’s helper and would take those prayers directly to HIM.  The bird is red … [Read more...]

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

Source: The National Herald ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine will host its 33rd annual St. Photios National Shrine Day Pilgrimage Feb. 6–8. The feast day of St. Photios is celebrated on February 6. During the three-day celebration, the St. Photios Foundation will also hold its annual meeting from 10 AM to 2 PM Feb. 7 at the Casa Monica Hotel. On February  6 there will be a unveiling and blessing of two new exhibits, a special exhibit that will be on … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Jews call for dialogue

Source: Vestnik Kavkaza Recently the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media warned Russia media against publication of cartoons on religious topics, as, according to the law, any mocking of saints of various religions can be treated as incitement of religious hatred.Harmonization of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations is thought to be a priority of Russia's ethnic policy. Moscow believes that the country’s prosperity depends on … [Read more...]

Meeting of International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches held in Rome

Source: Armenpress YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 3, ARMENPRESS. From January 24­31, the 12th meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches was held in Rome, Italy. The theme of the Theological Dialogue referred to the Ecclesiastical councils, entitled “Historical Development of Ecclesiastical Councils and Theology”. The Information Services of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin informed “Armenpress” that attending … [Read more...]