Even in desert retreat, monks feel Egypt’s turmoil

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Source: U.S. News & World Report By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press ST. ANTHONY'S MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — In a cave here high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. At the foot of the mountain, the monks at the St. Anthony's Monastery bearing his name continue the ascetic tradition. But even this remote spot is touched by the turbulent times facing Egypt's Christians, … [Read more...]

Reform of religious funding in Romania: UK Secular Society comments, Becali insults, Orthodox Church disapproves

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Source: Romania Insider Disputes over the funding of Romania’s Orthodox Church and religious organizations in general has piqued the interest of Britain’s National Secular Society. The idea of a ‘church tax’ in Romania, proposed by Romanian Green Party MP Remus Cernea, has provoked angry responses from a number of public figures, including former MEP and football boss George Becali. The church tax proposed would be similar to the system used in Germany whereby citizens have the option to … [Read more...]

OCA Youth Department announces opportunities for college students; funding available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry of the Orthodox Church in America recently announced that several events geared to the needs of college students and young adults are being offered in the immediate future. The OCA Diocese of New York and New Jersey will host a retreat for college students, titled “Love 2 Serve,” at Saint Basil Academy, a Greek Orthodox institution located on a beautiful 250 acre campus on the … [Read more...]

Prayers requested in wake of Boston Marathon bombings

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- In two separate requests, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese, called upon Orthodox Christians everywhere to pray in the wake of the bombings that marred the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013. “Our sensibilities once again have been shocked as two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon—usually a festive occasion for … [Read more...]

Easter on way for the Orthodox

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Source: Albuquerque Journal By Andrew Estocin / Albuquerque resident on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 Easter is a distant memory for most New Mexicans. Look down the aisle of your local store and one finds only a clearance bin of damaged Easter bunnies mixed in with threads of plastic green grass. Yellow marshmallow Peeps are an endangered species on the candy aisle. Meanwhile, greeting card companies remind us repeatedly that Mother’s Day, graduation and Cinco de Mayo are just around the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Geeverghese Ivanios passes away

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Source: Business Standard Geeverghese Mar Ivanios, Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church, passed away here today [Sunday, April 14, 2013], church sources said. Mar Ivanios (72) was keeping indifferent health for some time and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. An authority on Theology, he was ordained as a priest of the Orthodox Church in 1963. He was later elevated to the status of Episcopa and became Metropolitan in 1991. A polyglot, Mar … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Library receives historic music collection

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] The Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Library recently received the Skvir–Buketoff Music Collection from Archpriest Daniel and Tamara Skvir, rector and choir director of Holy Transfiguration Chapel [OCA], Princeton, NJ. The collection consists of four boxes of Eastern Orthodox liturgical music published between 1819 and 1950 and includes several unique and rare scores. The bulk of the Buketoff–Turkevich–Skvir collection belonged to … [Read more...]

After latest violence, Egypt’s Coptic Christians say it’s the same old story

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Source: Global Post The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has criticized President Mohammed Morsi for the way he has handled the recent Christian-Muslim clashes, which have killed eight people in the last week.  This is the fifth in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. CAIRO — For 21-year-old Rojeh Reda, a Christian living in Cairo’s working-class district of Shubra, the recent rash of sectarian violence in Egypt feels like a movie he’s … [Read more...]

Greek church would take complaints to cops

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Source: The Australian The Greek Orthodox Church would never sweep abuse allegations under the carpet, a Victorian inquiry has heard. The church has a rigorous process for dealing with misconduct complaints, including reporting criminal behaviour to police, but it has never been tested in an allegation of child sex abuse, the parliamentary inquiry heard on Friday. Church groups The Salvation Army and the Jehovah's Witnesses told the inquiry on Thursday they felt it was a victim's … [Read more...]

The new pope and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

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Source: The Economist by A.C. | LVIV METROPOLITAN Hilarion of Volokolamsk, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, recently expressed  hope that the new pope, Francis, will continue the policy of rapprochement with the Orthodox Church and will not support, what he calls the expansion of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics. “The union is the most painful topic in the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, in relations between the Orthodox and the Catholics. If the pope will support the union, then, of … [Read more...]