Christian parties, Hezbollah and Amal firm on Orthodox plan

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Source: The Daily Star By Hasan Lakkis Opposition and majority sources told The Daily Star that ongoing talks have not yet broken the deadlock over a new electoral law but said this week could be decisive. Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told The Daily Star that no one had contacted FPM leader Michel Aoun or any other FPM official to discuss the topic in the past few days, adding that the party had not changed its support for the Orthodox Gathering’s proposal, which would restrict … [Read more...]

Syriac Orthodox Christians in Turkey – ”This Is Simply Our Home”

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Source: Qantara.de In recent years, around 60-100 Syriac Orthodox families have returned from central Europe to Turkey. Encouraged by changes in the political atmosphere, the minority nonetheless faces a host of problems, from the expropriation of land belonging to a monastery, to a ban on special schools and kindergartens, and also a lack of places of worship in Istanbul. By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere A sign in Aramaic at the side of the road defiantly bids visitors "Welcome to Kafro" next to … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Benedict’s Benediction: The Enduring Influence of Prayer

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Source: Oinos Consulting By Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D.  “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” -  Alfred, Lord Tennyson To a society that unreservedly celebrates positions of power, prestige, and performance the recent announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation indicates the possibility of personal failure, infirmity and/or scandal. “Why else would a leader with global citation, cachet, and clout abdicate his position of buff?” What the secular media … [Read more...]

Bartholomew Addresses Vital Matters

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Source: The National Herald by TNH staff CONSTANTINOPLE – Illustrating that Constantinople is still a “Byzantine” place regardless of what Turks call it, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said during an interview with the Turkish Daily Milliyet that he only learned from newspapers that a special commission was set up to decide the fate of the Halki Seminary, which has been closed for more than four decades. "There is no representative of the Patriarchate on this commission. It is as if … [Read more...]

February edition of “Wonder” features reflections on “The Gospel and the City”

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The February edition of “Wonder”—the on-line journal of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry—is now available. This month’s theme, “The Gospel and the City,” features transcriptions of sermons delivered by Orthodox Christian participants in the recent Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Anna Vander Wall reflects on Psalm 137 in her article, “Zion in Babylon.” A student at … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Priest Reflects on the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

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Source: Catholic Online By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse When faith dies man gradually loses the knowledge that he was created by God and so he loses himself. Pope Benedict's rare insight and erudition of the Eastern patrimony strengthens both West and East and many Orthodox believers are grateful for it. May God grant us more teachers like him. May his remaining years bear much fruit. We still need him. NAPLES, FL. (Catholic Online) - Like almost everyone, the resignation of Pope … [Read more...]

Shine Forth: The 2013 Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference is a Great Success

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America AUSTIN, Texas – The 11th Annual Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference took place at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas January 24-26.  Over 100 youth workers from around the United States and Bahamas assembled for this three-day conference hosted by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  This year’s theme was “Shine Forth:  Helping our Orthodox Youth … [Read more...]

Liturgical Music Tutorial now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music and Translations recently announced that the first phase of its self-study tutorial for learning the eight tones is now available on the OCA web site. The tutorial initially introduces the stikhera melodies for tones one through four in Common [L’vov-Bakhmetev Obikhod] and Kievan melodies. Recorded choral demonstrations of the written examples for each tone are presented, … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church responds to Pope’s resignation

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Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines by Lucia Bellinello A few hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Russia was already thinking about building relations with his successor. It had not happened for nearly 600 years. On February 11, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) announced his resignation in Latin to the Vatican. “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he … [Read more...]

Second Youth Department job search webinar to be held February 21

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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 will host its second in a series of job search skills webinars on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. “The topic for this month’s webinar is ‘Cover Letters, Branding, and Networking: The Finer Details of the Job Search’,” according to Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director. “The webinar will focus on creating a personal and unique ‘brand’ … [Read more...]