Ecumenical Patriarch Highlights Freedom of Religion and Minority Rights

Participants of the consultation on freedom of religion with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Archbishop Alois Kothgasser and Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima.

Source: World Council of Churches In a presentation to a gathering of experts on religious freedom and religious rights of minorities, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said there must be respect for the “inherent rights of all human beings and their aspiration and rights of religious freedom should be important components to sustain tolerance among all God’s creation.” Bartholomew made his comments on 30 November at a consultation in Istanbul, Turkey, called Freedom of Religion and … [Read more...]

Egypt Christians Urge Prayers Ahead Of Elections Amid Deadly Violence

Some 70,000 Christians have gathered for massive all-night prayer rally in Cairo, organizers said.

Source: BosNewsLife CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Egypt "request prayers" amid concerns about deadly violence and political uncertainty, ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. The call for prayer, monitored by BosNewsLife Sunday, November 27, came amid reports that 70,000 believers already gathered for an all-night prayer vigil in one of the poorest areas of Cairo, the capital. Organizers described the … [Read more...]

O Little Church in Bethlehem – Basilica Decays as Sects Squabble Over Who Pays

Church of the Nativity

Source: The Independent | Catrina Steward When it comes to fixing the church roof, rarely has it been so difficult to reach agreement as at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. But, after a centuries-old stand-off between rival religious sects, it looks as if the reputed birthplace of Jesus may finally get the renovation it so badly needs. With Palestine's recent admission to Unesco, the body responsible for protecting historic sites, the Palestinian Authority hopes to win recognition … [Read more...]

Rev. George Papadeas Dead at 93


Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON, MA – One of the most prominent Greek Orthodox priests in the United States, Protopresbyter George Papadeas, has died at the age of 93. Papadeas was a loving husband, a caring father and grandfather, a prolific writer and author, and a TNH contributor. In a phrase, he was the best of the best. Even at 93 he would drive halfway across Florida – from South Daytona to Ocala – to conduct liturgies and administer sacraments. He served at … [Read more...]

Repentant, Unidentified Thief Returns Missing Holy Gospel Book

This Holy Gospel book was taken from SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church

Source: Buffalo News | Michelle Kearns The Rev. Volodymyr Zablotskyy had given up on getting back a stolen Holy Gospel book -- treasured by the members of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church -- until a stranger handed it to a stunned parishioner over the weekend as he walked the Lovejoy neighborhood. "To me, it was very emotional," said Zablotskyy, who read from the book with portraits of saints embedded on its red velvet cover during the Sunday service at the Ideal Street church. "I can't … [Read more...]

“An Event Like No Other:” 2011 Institute is a Pan-Orthodox Success

Fr. Thomas Speaks to Institute Participants

Source: Antiochian Archdiocese | Report and Photos by Shelley Pituch View photo gallery The 2011 Orthodox Institute, held at Antiochian Village, near Ligonier, PA, over the weekend of November 3 – 6, was advertised as “an event like no other” and it proved to live up to its claim in more than one way. The theme was “Scripture through the Lens of the Holy Land” and this was the first time that the Orthodox Institute was a multi-jurisdictional collaboration between the host of the event, the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Receives Honorary Doctorate and Describes Upcoming “Holy and Great Council”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Source: Russian Orthodox Church On 2 November 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. Metropolitan Hilarion met with the members of the Academic Board, faculty and students of the Academy. Attending the … [Read more...]

The Divine Forty Liturgies and the Nativity Fast


Source: Mystagogy The Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church begins on November 15th. From that time until December 17th (or some observe December 12th) we fast from meat, milk products, and eggs, though fish is allowed. After the 17th (or 12th) we fast also from fish. But fasting from food, according to the command of our Lord, must go hand in hand with spiritual fasting in order for it to be beneficial and have a deeper meaning. For this reason it must be coupled with prayer and almsgiving. … [Read more...]

Burglary at St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria


Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON - Unknown intruder or intruders attempted to rob the St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria on Sunday, Nov. 13 around 9PM. It seems that they entered from a basement door, but they left with no plunders because the alarm went off. The intruders went directly to the icon of St. Irene – which is filled with valuable gold and silver items reflecting expressions of faith. They did not manage to break the casing because it is … [Read more...]

Buffalo’s SS. Peter and Paul Church Robbed


Source: Orthodox Church in America Just two months after “Project Buffalo” — a ministry initiated by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey aimed at revitalizing Saints Peter and Paul parish here — thieves stripped $6,000.00 worth of copper from the parish church and made off with an antique, silver-plated Gospel book during the night of Friday, November 11, 2011. After stripping both copper and lead from the church, the thieves broke into the church, apparently through a basement window. … [Read more...]