Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach] appointed Dean of Moscow’s St. Catherine Church, OCA Representative to Patriarchate

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In a letter dated November 30, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon informed His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia that the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America had appointed Archimandrite Alexander [Pihach] as Dean of the Church of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr, Moscow, and Representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Moscow Patriarchate. The decision to appoint Archimandrite … [Read more...]

Why Have the Greeks Ceded Christianity in America?

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Source: The National Herald by Constantinos E. Scaros Special to The National Herald Part 2 A few weeks ago, part one of this story appeared in this space (TNH, Sept. 29), and a sizable number of readers responded and contributed to a lively exchange of ideas. Part 2 was to appear sometime after the presidential election and, as promised, here it is. To summarize Part 1, the question posed was why here in the United States – a predominantly Christian nation – are so few Christian … [Read more...]

IOCC, AHEPA, Church all Get Behind the Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Source: The National Herald by Evan C. Lambrou Special to The National Herald NEW YORK – After Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast at the end of last month, the most respected philanthropic agencies across the country mobilized to help millions of people who were left without power, and the many thousands whose homes were completely destroyed by wind and water. Among those respected agencies is International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the philanthropic arm of the … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Mourns the Passing of Bishop John of Amorion (1928-2012)

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America mourns the passing of Bishop John of Amorion who fell asleep in the Lord last Saturday December 1, 2012 at the age of 84. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America upon hearing the news of his passing he stated: I have known Bishop John of Amorion since he served as a priest in the Church of the Dormition of Theotokos in Somerville, Mass. Since then, I followed his continuous service to … [Read more...]

Ignatius Hazim Dead: Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Of Antioch Dies At 91 – UPDATED

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Source: Huffington Post BEIRUT [AP] — The patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, Ignatius Hazim, has died in a Beirut hospital. He was 92. Hazim was named Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox in 1979. His church is known as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Antioch. He died of a stroke in Beirut's St. George's hospital on Wednesday, Syria's state-run news agency SANA said. Hazim hailed from the Syrian town of Maharda in the … [Read more...]

National Philopotochos Society Achieves Historic Milestone, a Permanent Home at 126 East 37th Street

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the support of the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, National Philoptochos Board, Philoptochos Chapters, and individuals nationwide, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society purchased its permanent home, the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. This historic event culminates three years of planning and … [Read more...]

Orthodox Leader Deepens Progressive Stance on Environment

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Source: The New York Times By MARLISE SIMONS Originally Published on December 3, 2012 At a conference near Istanbul last June, the chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall spoke about the endangered habitat of what she called “our closest relatives.” Underlining the evolutionary link, she described her encounter with a senior male ape who had a “beautiful white beard.” With a smile, she turned to the 72-year-old man in the front row and added, “Very much like yours.” The man with the long … [Read more...]

Russians approve of priests in elections but won’t vote for them

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Source: Russia Today The majority of Russians would be happy to see churchmen run for posts in government bodies. However, far fewer citizens are actually ready to vote for priests, a poll has revealed. Some 43 per cent of Russians believe that clerics can take part in elections since they have the same rights as all other citizens, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) revealed. At the same time, 38 per cent of Russians insist that priests should do their own business and … [Read more...]

Pope urges Bartholomew I to ‘continue towards communion’

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Thanks to patriarch's support 'much progress' has been made Source: ANSA.it (ANSA) - Vatican City, November 30 - Pope Benedict XVI on Friday urged the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to "continue with confidence along the path that leads to the recovery of full communion" between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. In a message conveyed by a papal delegation to Istanbul for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle, the pontiff said "much progress" had been made "on this … [Read more...]

Registration still open for tonight’s webinar on incorporating new members

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CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] Last-minute registration is open for the fifth in the popular series of one-hour on-line webinars on reaching the unchurched, facilitated by Joseph Kormos, head of the Diocese of the Midwest’s Parish Development Ministry, and Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, will be held tonight—Wednesday, November 28, 2012—at 8:00 p.m. EDT. To register for the webinar, log on to http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/666562520. Registrants will receive a confirmation … [Read more...]