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Source: Vestnik Kavkaza Not long ago, Pope Francis called on Catholics to participate in politics, calling it “one of the highest forms of love, as its aim is taking care of the global welfare.” According to katolik.ru, the Pope also stressed that participation in politics was a kind of martyrdom, as it demanded faithfulness to the ideal of the global welfare and bearing a heavy cross of disappointments and sins. “Can a Catholic be involved in politics? Of course, he should do it. Should a Catholic interfere in politics? He should do it!” the Pope believes. The Russian Orthodox Church…

Source: Humanitarianism.goarch.org REGISTER AT: bit.ly/1CEsiQT There is still time to register for the conference. For those who cannot attend, you can watch the conference live on the website (http://humanitarianism.goarch.org/live). The website also has the list of speakers. This is going to be a pan-Orthodox and ecumenical colloquium that features some of the biggest names in the field.

Source: Archbishop Cranmer “Peace be upon all auspicious prophets of God, from Adam, Noah and Abraham to Moses, Jesus and Mohammed Mustafa.” That wasn’t quite how the prayer was rendered in Westminster Abbey during the service of commemoration and thanksgiving marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign – a bloody and disease-ridden battle of attrition during the First World War, which helped to forge the national identities of both Australia and New Zealand (not to mention the rise of Mustafa Kemal [aka Atatürk] and the establishment of the modern state of Turkey). In the presence of the Queen, the great and…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America On his Ancient Faith Radio podcast, “Becoming a Healing Presence,” host Dr. Albert Rossi recently interviewed Fr. Joseph Purpura, the Archdiocese’s chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries. The podcast, titled “Reaching Our Young Adults,” discusses how to best communicate with and serve the Church’s teens and young people. “In the Antiochian Archdiocese, we are serious about raising up a generation of disciples and leaders. Our goal in everything we do, is to move our young people closer and closer to Christ. It’s always a joy to work with young people; the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the election of the V. Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos, as the next president of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The HCHC announcement is as follows: Following a rigorous search process that began in October 2014, the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) today, May 1, 2015, voted unanimously to elect the V. Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos as the next president of the institution, in succession of the current…

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA]  Archimandrite Roman [Braga], 93, of the Monastery of the Holy Dormition here fell asleep in the Lord shortly before midnight on the evening of Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Father Roman was born in Condrita, Bessarabia on April 2, 1922, the last of seven children born to Cosma and Maria Braga.  Raised by a devout Orthodox mother and in close proximity to the Monastery of Condrita, he grew up in an Orthodox Christian environment.  During his formative years, he had the living example of his mother, who imprinted on her children the…

Source: Christian Today by Carey Lodge  CHRISTIAN TODAY JOURNALIST Muslims in Egypt have donated money towards the building of a Coptic church in Al Manufiyya, north of Cairo, signalling another step towards solidarity in a country previously divided along sectarian lines. Coptic Orthodox Bishop Benyamin, of the Diocese of Al Manufiyya, began a collection of donations for the church, which will be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to Fides news agency, a number of Islamic leaders in the area encouraged local Muslims to contribute; a suggestion that was taken up most eagerly by young people and children. Pleased with the…

Source: The Wall Street Journal Religious groups that oppose gay unions re-emphasize teachings, fine-tune their message By TAMARA AUDI Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the…

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