October 19 Designated Orthodox College Student Sunday!

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops has designated October 19 as Orthodox College Student Sunday in support of Orthodox Christian Fellowship in its work with our college students as they deepen their own faith in Jesus Christ while sharing the Orthodox Tradition with love and humility to their peers on campus. We ask you to share the work of OCF with your parish by: Sharing the Orthodox College Student Sunday encyclical with your parish on … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox denounce Israeli law on Aramaic Christians as divisive

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Source: Ecumenical News by Miko Morelos The Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarchate in east Jerusalem has slammed an Israeli law recognizing Aramaic Christians as a nationality, describing it as an attempt to divide the Palestinian minority. The Greek Orthodox Church said in a statement that the law, which separates Christians from Arabs, would split minorities living in Israel, eventually weakening Palestinians, reported The Jerusalem Post. "Palestinian Christians are an important … [Read more...]

Israel confiscates monastery land for Kinneret leisure area

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Source: Haaretz Monks of the Russian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalen complain that local residents enter the grounds without permission to swim in the hot springs and have barbecues. Israeli authorities have confiscated land belonging to the Russian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, on the Kinneret near Tiberias, for the development of a recreational area, according to the Orthodox Christian Network website. The monastery is located close to the modern town of … [Read more...]

Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib; Faces Charges in Shariah Courts

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Source: The Arab Source by LEITH FADEL Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour. Sources in the area confirmed the kidnapping of Father Hanna Moussa of Qanaya from the St. Joseph Monastery by members of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist organization, following his morning prayers in the predominately Christian village. Like many of the villagers of Qanaya, Father Hanna refused to leave the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios to Make Official Visit to Cyprus

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – On the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiades, and with the unanimous agreement of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will embark on an official visit to Cyprus, October 20-27, 2014. During his visit, Archbishop Demetrios will meet with His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiades, His Beatitude Archbishop … [Read more...]

IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Under-served Youth In U.S.

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — From the smallest rural towns to the biggest cities, two-thirds of America's children living in poverty have no books at home, according to the nation's largest literacy program, Reading is Fundamental. Children with no regular access to books and reading are at greatest risk for struggling in school and in adulthood. Unfortunately, books are often inaccessible for children whose families are trying to makes ends … [Read more...]

“The Council of Trent did not condemn Eastern marriage practices”

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Source: Vatican Insider Synod on the Family: “La Civiltà Cattolica” undusts a forgotten chapter in history. Despite their proclamations in defence of the indissolubility of marriage, the Tridentine Fathers decided not to exclude the possibility of second unions in old “Greek rites” practiced in the Greek islands that were under the dominion of Venice ANDREA TORNIELLI VATICAN CITY It is a little known chapter of history which Italian Jesuit periodical La Civiltà Cattolica has decided to … [Read more...]

In Memoriam + The Very Rev. Paul Schneirla

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Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Former longtime St. Vladimir's Seminary's Old Testament professor, The Very Rev. Paul Schneirla, pastor emeritus at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, New York, reposed in the Lord on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at age 98. Father Paul came to St. Vladimir’s as a student in the early 1940s, when the campus was still located in New York City. He was ordained a priest in 1943 and served Antiochian Orthodox parishes in Iron … [Read more...]

Ecumenism is taking its time

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Source: Vatican Insider Divisions among the Orthodox Churches are delaying the process of theological dialogue with the Catholic Church on the issue of primacy. The Amman session led to another dead end GIANNI VALENTE ROME Dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is showing no signs of progress. The latest plenary session of the mixed Commission created to deal with the theological obstacles that stand in the way of full communion between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The … [Read more...]

‘It has been humbling beyond belief’: Community rallies after priest’s arrest on child porn charge

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Source:  Bangor Daily News By Renee Ordway, Special to the BDN Community support is often talked about but can be difficult to measure until you need it. The son of a career military man, Lee Speronis moved a lot, and he has relocated a few times as an adult as well. In 2003, however, Speronis and his wife, Cathy, and their two children settled in Bangor and have stuck around for the last 11 years. In the past couple of weeks, Speronis has come to appreciate his chosen community more … [Read more...]