Moscow on the Seine: The Controversy Over Russian Cathedral Plans in Paris – UPDATED

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Source: The Atlantic Backlash builds against a planned Orthodox church that's backed and would be partly funded by the Kremlin. Orthodox cathedrals with their trademark golden onion domes are a familiar sight across Russia. And one may soon become part of Paris's famed skyline, right near the Eiffel Tower. French President Francois Hollande has just weeks to decide on a controversial plan to build a massive Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in downtown Paris on the banks of … [Read more...]

IOCC Assists Sandy Survivors With Recovery Efforts

Members of New Jersey chapters of AHEPA, Philoptochos and GOYA gathered at St. George Greek Orthodox Church to assemble emergency clean-up buckets (left) and then distribute them (right) at Silverton Volunteer Fire Station for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Cleaning supplies and other disaster relief items are still urgently needed by hundreds of families trying to make their damaged homes livable again. photo: Rada Tierney/IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy … [Read more...]

O, Lord, Have Mercy on Us! – Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church

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Source: Sofia News Agency by Milena Hristova Plagued by wrangling and greed, greatly discredited – this is what Bulgaria's Orthodox church has come to be in recent years, leaving Christian believers nothing but disturbed. The disagreements between the clergy and the two churches in the country have been smouldering for years, but exploded beyond belief after the death of Patriarch Maxim. The battle among the different lobbies inside the official church, legitimized by the old … [Read more...]

Real Break 2013 – Registration opens today!

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Registration opens TODAY at 9:00 pm EST for Real Break 2013 For over 10 years, Orthodox Christian Fellowship has sent over a thousand College students around the world during Spring Break to serve those less fortunate, becoming lights of Christ to the world. Join other college-aged young adults from across the country in a team, lead by both a Clergy and Lay leader, who will grow and serve together on either a domestic or international trip. Although teams go out to serve, they return … [Read more...]

Michael and Mary Jaharis Make Major Gift to Chicago Museum

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos Special to The National Herald NEW YORK - The new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago were introduced to the art world, the city of Chicago, and the Greek-American Community with a special preview and gala dinner on Saturday evening, November 10. Friends, including Archbishop Demetrios of America traveled, from New York and points more distant to congratulate and thank … [Read more...]

Follow the 17th All-American Council on Ancient Faith Radio

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Ancient Faith Radio will podcast segments of the 17th All-American Council, to be held at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. While definitive times have not been set for individual podcasts, access will be available throughout the day at http://ancientfaith.com/specials/aac_17. “Our plan is to record the homily at the opening Divine Liturgy, any interviews we can gather from official sources, and all of … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Offers Additional Assistance to Families in Greece

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced today a grant of $150,000 to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist in providing emergency assistance for the people of Greece who are especially vulnerable as a result of the continuing economic crisis, austerity measures and a collapsing health system. The $150,000 grant to IOCC, will be directed at efforts to assist the elderly, children and large families with … [Read more...]

Islamists occupy church land in Egypt to protest Coptic pope’s comments

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Source: Catholic World News With police looking on, a crowd of 100 Muslim extremists occupied land belonging to a Coptic Orthodox diocese after Pope Tawadros II, the church’s new head, announced his opposition to the imposition of Islamic law in Egypt. The occupation lasted for over a day. “By seizing land that belongs to the Diocese of Shubra al-Kheima, Salafists are sending a warning to the new Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II," said Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church … [Read more...]

First Greek Orthodox Church to be built in London in 134 years

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Source: The Harrow Times By Emma Innes A new Greek orthodox church was officially opened in Harrow on Saturday. The Church of St Panteleimon and St Paraskevi, in Kenton Road, is the first Greek orthodox church to be built in London in 134 years. It was formally blessed and opened by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain and there was a reception following the service. Bob Blackman MP, who attended the opening, said: “It was an honour to be asked to attend this … [Read more...]

Blood and tears in the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia

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Source: Daily Times [Pakistan] by I Razi Azmi In the light of the conspicuous pervasiveness of Christianity in Ethiopia, it is somewhat of a surprise to learn that one Ethiopian out of three is a Muslim The military coup of 1974 that overthrew the famine-stricken Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie unfolded slowly, just as famines do, after army officers bundled His Majesty out of the royal palace in the back seat of an old two-door VW Beatle and imprisoned him. To these officers with … [Read more...]