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Source: Orthodox Church in America Commemorated on March 18 Saint Nicholas of Zhicha, “the Serbian Chrysostom,” was born in Lelich in western Serbia on January 4, 1881 (December 23, 1880 O.S.). His parents were Dragomir and Katherine Velimirovich, who lived on a farm where they raised a large family. His pious mother was a major influence on his spiritual development, teaching him by word and especially by example. As a small child, Nicholas often walked three miles to the Chelije Monastery with his mother to attend services there. Sickly as a child, Nicholas was not physically strong as an adult. He…

Source: B92 [TANJUG] Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has presented RS President Milorad Dodik with the award of the International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Nations. The leader of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (RS) received the accolade in Moscow on Tuesday. The award is given for outstanding contribution to improving the unity of Orthodox Christian peoples and consolidating and promoting Christian values ​​in society. The ceremony at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was attended by Serbian film director of Bosnian origin, Emir Kusturica, and a large number of diplomats and dignitaries from the public life of Russia, reported…

By Ray Hanania Source: The Arab Daily News JOBS – JOBS – AND MORE JOBS:  While many Arabs are facing discrimination, job losses, harassment and racial profiling in many communities throughout the United States, one American City is bucking the trend and encouraging Arabic Families to move to their city with the promise of potential jobs, cultural recognition and a better family life. It’s a lot to promise but lifelong residents of Sioux City, Iowa believe that Arabs will respond positively to their initiative to whole heartedly welcome Arabic Families now living in large American Cities and those emigrating from…

Source: Catholic Online By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) Conference will be the first in over 1,200 years Calling for a peaceful end to the crisis in Ukraine and denouncing violence which is driving Christians out of the Middle East, patriarchs of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul this past weekend. At the summit, twelve heads of autonomous Orthodox churches also agreed to hold an ecumenical council of bishops in 2016, the first in over 1,200 years. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The Ukraine crisis overshadowed their talks. As the prelates left a special…

Source: FOCUS Information Agency Sofia. Patriarch Neophyte, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is in good health and complies successfully with his obligations. The press centre of the Holy Synod announced the news in connection with rumours concerning his health, which was said to have deteriorated. Yesterday Radio Darik reported he fainted away at the altar of a church in Istanbul while a divine liturgy, which closed the meeting of the heads of the local Orthodox Churches, was being served.

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Swirls of fragrant steam billow above large steel cauldrons as five middle-aged women stir thick, bubbling yellow lentil soup over gas burners. Six mornings a week, the three Lebanese women and two Syrian refugee women gather in the Akkar community kitchen created by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to prepare a hot and hearty soup or stew that will feed 240 Syrian refugee families scattered across makeshift settlements in the Miniara area of northern Lebanon. Most of the refugee families who receive the hot meals do not have kitchens equipped to properly…

Source: Ecumenical News World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit says the fervent prayers of Christians throughout the world were answered with the release of Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula. News agencies reported that a group of nuns from the Convent of St Thecla, abducted in December 2013, had been freed as part of a prisoner exchange. In a letter sent to John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, on 10 March, Tveit expressed “great joy” on the news. Tveit said their release raises hope…

Source: Interfax Moscow, March 11, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has called to speed up the preparations for the All-Orthodox Council. “If really want to convene the All-Orthodox Council, we should learn to work in this regime,” the patriarch said while meeting with the heads and representatives of local Orthodox Churches in the residence of the patriarch of Constantinople in Istanbul. Patriarch Kirill said a lot of work remains to be done on the issues addressed at the Council and suggested creating an effective body composed of representatives of local Churches that could meet regularly to…

Source: The New York Times By PETER MANSEAU ANNAPOLIS, Md. — ONE year into his astonishingly popular papacy, Pope Francis has become the perfect divining rod for uncovering assumptions about the future of the Catholic Church. After an interview last week, during which he responded to a question about civil unions with a discussion of how “secular states” used them “to regulate different situations of cohabitation,” some mainstream media outlets reported that he had signaled a new openness to same-sex unions. More cautious analysts countered that he had done nothing of the kind. Wishful thinking is rampant where Francis is concerned, perhaps…

Source: The Gazette (Montreal) ISTANBUL March 5, 2014 (AP) By AYSE WIETING Associated Press ISTANBUL – Although shut down for more than four decades, one of the Orthodox Church’s most pre-eminent seminaries is kept in pristine condition in the hope that it may reopen one day to educate future patriarchs and clergy. The Theological School of Halki, perched atop a hill on Heybeli Island off Istanbul’s coast, closed its doors in 1971 under a Turkish law that required private higher education to be controlled by the state. Since then, classrooms with desks dating back to the 19th century are ready…

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