Wolf Issues Report Following Trip to Middle East

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Source: Congressman Frank Wolf WOLF ISSUES REPORT FOLLOWING VISIT TO MIDDLE EAST DURING TUMULTUOUS TIME OF CHANGE IN THE REGION Renews Call for Special Envoy to Advocate for Beleaguered Minority Faith Communities, Which are Increasingly Under Assault Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2013) – Rep. Frank Wolf today made a series of policy recommendations – including his continued push for the creation of a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia – following … [Read more...]

Former Fairfield, California pastor sentenced

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Source: The Reporter BY RYAN CHALK/ RCHALK@THEREPORTER.COM Clutching a handwritten apology, a former Fairfield pastor asked for forgiveness in front of a packed courtroom just before being sentenced to 18 years in state prison for the molestation of children at his parish. Robert E. Ruark, 65, of Suisun City, a former reverend at St. Timothy Orthodox Church, received the sentence in Solano County Superior Court after pleading guilty in January to 19 felony counts related to committing … [Read more...]

St Tikhon’s Seminary Board of Trustees Announces Dean Search and Appoints Interim Dean

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Source: St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary [South Canaan, PA] The Board of Trustees has announced that they have officially appointed the search committee to hire the next Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary. More details to follow. The Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon's Seminary has also appointed Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, as the Acting Dean of the seminary until a new Dean can been found. As acting Dean Fr. Sergius will report directly to the Rector of the … [Read more...]

Patriarchal Catechetical Homily on the occasion of the beginning of Great Lent

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE Prot. No. 240 CATECHETICAL HOMILY ON THE OCCASION OF THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT † B A R T H O L O M E W By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace be with you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord, The holy fathers, who arranged … [Read more...]

Seminary Dean signs cooperative agreement with Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Romania

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] At the invitation of His Eminence, Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas, Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here, traveled to Bucharest to sign a cooperative agreement between Saint Vladimir’s and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Bucharest. His visit, blessed by His Beatitude, Patiarch Daniel, began on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee when he … [Read more...]

Fascinating Facts Behind the Forty Martyrs of Sebastea

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By Dan Graves It was one of the strangest episodes in all of military and Christian history--an army killing its own best soldiers. The time: A.D. 320. The place: Sevaste, in present-day Turkey. The issue: Would Christian soldiers obey and bow to pagan gods? How many agreed to sacrifice? A legion consisted from 3,000 to 6,000 infantry plus cavalry. Apparently at least 2,960 men from the Sevaste legion sacrificed at Licinius's order. Barely 1% bucked his demand! The … [Read more...]

Egyptian Christian Immigrants Murdered, Beheaded in NJ

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Source: The Christian Post By Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter n a crime that New Jersey authorities have described as heinous, a local man is believed to have shot to death two Coptic Christians before severing their heads and hands and burying their bodies in the backyard of a relative's abandoned home. "These were grisly murders in which the defendant allegedly shot both victims in the chest at close range," said Attorney General Chiesa in a press release. "We allege that the … [Read more...]

OCA Youth Department launches new grant program

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - With the approval of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America, the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry launched its Saint Peter the Aleut Grant Program. The grant will be available to any youth or young adults seeking to offset costs of attending retreats, workshops, or conferences, or to visit an OCA seminary or monastery to discern a vocation. In addition, clergy and lay people may apply for … [Read more...]

Concert highlights anniversaries of three seminaries

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Source: Orthodox Church in America WILKES-BARRE, PA [STOTS] - Hundreds of faithful poured into Saint Stephen Episcopal Cathedral here on Sunday, March 3, 2013 for a concert of liturgical music by students from three Orthodox Christian seminaries. The concert was performed by students of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, both of which are celebrating their 75th anniversaries, and Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY, which is … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch to lead ‘prayer for reconciliation’ amid political and social crisis

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Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit is to lead a “prayer for the reconciliation of the Bulgarian people” on March 10 in response to the current turbulent social, political and economic situation facing the country, the Holy Synod said. Neofit was elected Patriarch on February 24, taking office amid a series of nationwide protests and political upheaval as Bulgaria heads for early national parliamentary elections on May 12. Of Bulgaria’s population of 7.3 … [Read more...]