Bartholomew is Seeking to Reinvigorate Dialogue With Roman Catholics

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos CONSTANTINOPLE – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is attempting to inaugurate a new path and new dynamics of rapprochement and reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church in conjunction with the Theological Dialogue working towards the Eucharistic Union of the Churches. In his speech to the Delegation of the Church of Rome headed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Thronal … [Read more...]

New York’s Christian Leaders Hosted In Armenian Cathedral

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Source: The Armenian Reporter NEW YORK - (December 11, 2012) Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), hosted an ecumenical gathering at the Diocesan Center in honor of the elevation of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, to the rank of Cardinal. Leaders of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches came together at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral on November 30 for a prayer … [Read more...]

Shoigu Pledges to Re-establish Ties between Army and Church

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Source: The St. Petersburg Times MOSCOW — Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday pledged his support for the Russian Orthodox Church, promising to re-establish the close ties that bound religious and military officials before the October Revolution in 1917. “We will continue to support the Russian Orthodox Church with renewed energy and, most importantly, restore those traditions that existed under the Russian [pre-revolutionary] government,” Shoigu said at a meeting with Patriarch … [Read more...]

The 29th Anniversary of the Repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann – December 13

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska, marks the 29th anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and a leading 20th century Orthodox Christian theologian. Born in 1921 in Estonia to a family of Russian emigres, Father Alexander spent his youth in France, where he received his secondary and university education. He also completed theological studies at … [Read more...]

Bishop Irénée represents OCA at funeral of Patriarch Ignatius IV

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City, represented the Orthodox Church in America at the funeral of His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East, at Saint Nicholas Church, Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, December 9, 2012. The funeral followed the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, presided at the funeral, at which all hierarchs present … [Read more...]

Dr. Christine Mangala Frost: “Why I Became an Orthodox Christian?”

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Source: Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala, India Dr. Christine Mangala Frost, a venerable resource person at the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge, UK gave a brief talk on her journey from being a Tamil Brahmin to Orthodox Christianity on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at the Ecumenical Hall in the Smrithi Complex. Dr. Christine Mangala was born a Brahmin Hindu. She was brought up on yoga. Her grandfather, in fact, was a personal friend of one of the expounders … [Read more...]

Vandals spray-paint hate graffiti on wall of Greek Orthodox church in Jerusalem

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Source: StarTribune Article by: Associated Press JERUSALEM - Vandals have spray-painted "Death to Christianity" and "Jesus, son of a whore" on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem. The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel's settlement movement are suspected. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed "price tag" on the monastery's … [Read more...]

Monastery to welcome college students, young adults for New Year celebration

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ELLWOOD CITY, PA [OCA] For the tenth consecutive year, the nuns of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration here invite college students, young adults and the young at heart to join them in celebrating the New Year. On New Year’s Eve—Monday, December 31—the Vigil for the Feasts of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Saint Basil the Great will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m., followed by prayers for the new year. Dinner will follow at 9:00 p.m., with the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church set to celebrate 100 years in India

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Source: Daily News & Analysis (DNA) The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (Bombay Diocese) is set to celebrate the 1960th year of the advent of Christianity in India. Besides, it is celebrating the establishment of the Orthodox Church’s base in India 100 years ago. Orthodox Church is among the three prominent branches of Christianity, besides Catholic and Protestant churches. “While we too believe in Mother Mary, we only state that Jesus Christ was free of all sin,” said His … [Read more...]

[Patriarch] Ignatius Hazim lain to rest in Damascus

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Source: The Daily Star BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Ignatius IV Hazim’s body was taken to Damascus Sunday, after a Mass at Beirut’s St. Nicholas Cathedral. In the Syrian capital, hundreds of faithful flocked to the Mariamite Cathedral to bid farewell to the man who served as patriarch for 33 years. Hazim, who was born in the Hama village of Mhardeh, will be buried in Damascus Monday. He died last week after suffering a stroke at the age of 92. In a … [Read more...]