Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Issues Statement at the Announcement of the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – Upon being informed on the way to his native island of Imvros of the imminent retirement of Pope Benedict from the Petrine Throne of Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a formal declaration and personal statement to the media, responding with sadness to the news. His All-Holiness closely cooperated with the Pope during the tenure of Pope Benedict, issuing joint statements on contemporary problems facing humanity and realizing … [Read more...]

IOCC seeks intern candidates for programs in US, abroad

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2013 IOCC Internship Program The deadline for the 2013 Internship Program applications is February 28, 2013. Since 1998, IOCC has offered an internship program to undergraduates and recent college graduates interested in careers in international relief and development. The IOCC Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to the operations of an Orthodox Christian international humanitarian aid and development organization. Click here for more information. … [Read more...]

OCN Board Announces New Initiatives After Annual Meeting

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Board of Directors of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) met in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the network’s headquarters in St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on January 26, 2013. His Grace Bishop Peter, the official episcopal liaison of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and South America, attended the meeting and opened the proceedings with prayer. Executive Director Fr. Christopher Metropulos noted that … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Meliton on Patriarchate and its Late Patriarch Demetrios

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia, who is one of the most prominent and learned hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, just published a three-volume book in Greek in honor and memory of the late Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios. The book, The Holy Journey of Love, Peace and Unity of Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios, was published in Thessaloniki Greece and it was funded by businessman Alexander … [Read more...]

V. Rev. Dr. Alexander Atty steps down as Dean, COO of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] It is with heavy hearts that the Saint Tikhon’s community learned of the Very Reverend Dr. Alexander Atty’s decision to step down as Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Seminary due to issues of illness. In a statement released to the community on Tuesday evening, Father Alexander said: “I feel at this time that my physical struggles make it impossible for me to devote the time and energy necessary to the Seminary and, … [Read more...]

Moscow Patriarchate: progress in relations with Catholics, increased distances with Protestants

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AsiaNews  | Nina Achmatova Posted  by Alex Murphy Moscow (AsiaNews) - Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church in recent years are experiencing a " positive trend," due to the "clear recognition of the need to join forces in defence of traditional Christian values ​​and counter some threats of modernity, such as the 'aggressive secularism which threatens the moral basis of social and private life, the crisis of family values ​​and the persecution and discrimination of … [Read more...]

Romanian NGOs ask for end of state financing for religious groups

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Source: Over 20 NGOs have asked the Romanian Parliament to put an end to financing religious groups to the tune of EUR 540 million every year. The funds – around 0.4 percent of the country’s GDP – should be directed to education, research and health. The 23 NGOs which signed the letter to Parliament reminded of the debt on the drug market, of 0.3 percent of the GDP. “In a secular state like Romania it is not normal to have hundreds of millions of euros taken away from … [Read more...]

Turkish Parliament considers converting Hagia Sophia to mosque

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Source: The Washington Times DALLAS February 5, 2013 – In a surpise move, a commission of the Turkish Parliament last week accepted a petition from a Turkish citizen to reopen the Hagia Sophia as a place of worship for Muslims. The center of Orthodox worship in the Eastern Roman Empire for over a thousand years (360 – 1453), the Church of the Holy Wisdom, more commonly known by its Greek name Hagia Sophia, has been a museum since 1935 and draws millions of visitors every year. After the … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary offers on-line Doctor of Ministry Program

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree online through a new program at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY.The hybrid program, which combines distance learning with one–week, on–campus intensives, is bridging a gap for students who cannot reside full time on campus. The program will begin in fall 2013, and applications … [Read more...]

Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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Source: In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga By Mike Dash Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents … [Read more...]