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...]

Occupy Advent 2012 (Let’s ask Siri)

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Source: Terry Mattingly on Religion The first question was simple: “Siri, when is Christmas?” After the two-tone “BEED-EEP” chime, the voice of the Apple iPhone responded: “Christmas is on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. I hope I have the day off.” Then matters got complicated: “When is Advent?” Siri searched her memory and said: “I didn’t find any events about ‘Ed Fant.’ “ Trying again: “When is the Advent season?” Siri cheerfully responded: “I am not aware of any events about … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church In Istanbul Will Be Rebuilt

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Source: Greek Reporter Europe By Nicky Mariam Onti The municipal council of Istanbul has decided to give the permission to rebuild the St. Stefanos (Yeşilköy) Church, the first time the Turkish Republic has allowed an Orthodox religious institution to be renovated. The church is under the aegis of the Arab-Orthodox community which had asked many times for their own place for prayer. According to the Turkish newspaper STAR, the temple’s rebuilding can be initiated after taking the … [Read more...]

Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches pray for unity

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Source: Christian Today Prayers were said at a service held by the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (COORF) in central London celebrating forty years of common statements by the Churches. Prayers were also said for the ongoing work by the two Churches towards unity. The service was joined by COORF Catholic Co-Chair, Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who spoke of the historical connections between the Churches. Oriental Orthodox Co-Chair Bishop Angaelos referred to John 17 as he … [Read more...]

Prayer Service before the Kursk-Root Icon of the Sign of the Theotokos

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Source: Orthodox Church in America On Friday evening, December 7, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, greeted the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington DC. He presided at the celebration of the Akathistos Hymn, at which he was joined by area clergy and faithful who came to venerate the icon and ask for the intercessions of the Mother of God. Also present was Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), who is currently in US, who delivered a talk at the end … [Read more...]

OCN airs interview with Metropolitan Tikhon

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] An interview with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is now available from the Orthodox Christian Network [OCN], an endorsed agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America. Accessible at www.myocn.net/index.php/201212064336/OCN-Now/Breaking-News-Interview-with-His-Beatitude-Metropolitan-Tikhon.html, the interview was conducted by OCN’s executive director and CEO, Rev. Dr. Christopher T. … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas Feast Day Marked at Ground Zero, Parishioners Excited about Rebuilding

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK – The annual commemoration of the feast day of St. Nicholas and Trisagion memorial service for the 3000 who perished on September 11, 2001 at Ground Zero was held on December 6 near the site where the Church of St. Nicholas will be rebuilt. Archbishop Demetrios of America presided, assisted by St. Nicholas pastor Fr. John Romas, Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, Deacon Aristidis Garinis and other local Orthodox … [Read more...]

Serbian Church Accuses Govt of ‘Suicide’ on Kosovo

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Source: BalkanInsight by Bojana Barlovac / Belgrade Scenting a softening of Serbia's claim to the former province, the Serbian Orthodox Christian Church has accused the government of being an accomplice to international plans to 'cut its jugular and take out Serbia's heart'. In a strongly worded letter, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has demanded that Serbia's authorities stop taking part it what it called "the country's suicide" over Kosovo. "It is perfectly clear to … [Read more...]

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...]