Coptic leader writes Pope, suggests single date for Catholic, Orthodox Easter celebration

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Source: CatholicCulture.org Catholic World News - May 07, 2014 The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has written to Pope Francis, proposing that Catholics and Orthodox agree on a date for the celebration of Easter, the Fides news service reports. Coptic Pope Tawadros II sent his message to Pope Francis on the anniversary of their first meeting in Rome. In return, the Roman Pontiff asked the Egyptian prelate to send a representative to attend the October meeting of the Synod of … [Read more...]

Bishop seeks International protection of Orthodox community in Ukraine

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Source: Interfax Moscow, May 7, Interfax - A senior bishop has appealed to the international community and the Ukrainian government to protect the Ukrainian Orthodox community that is part of the Russian Orthodox Church from violence. "Today the Orthodox Church, its clergy and its believers are targets of open provocations and threats. The mass media are disseminating untrue information about the Orthodox Church, sowing hostility toward it and hatred for it among the population," the … [Read more...]

Pledge of Solidarity for Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian Christians and Other Small Religious Communities

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Source: Congressman Frank Wolf   UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY  AMERICAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS “PLEDGE” TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMPERILED CHRISTIAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ  Press Conference 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 234 Cannon House Office Building  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 on … [Read more...]

A Monastery in the Hebrides, After 1,000 Years

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Source: Uexpress.com Originally published on April 9, 2014 by Terry Mattingly Father Seraphim Aldea is so committed to building the first Orthodox monastery in the Scottish isles in more than a millennium that he did something no monk searching for solitude would ever, ever do. “I learned how to use that dreadful Facebook thing,” he said. The Romanian monk has already been handed an abandoned Church of Scotland sanctuary on Mull Island. While Kilninian was built in 1755, it appears … [Read more...]

Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

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Source: CatholicPhilly.com BY FRANCIS X. ROCCA Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — The Orthodox bishop who is coordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch’s May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity. But he also said the two leaders are likely to discuss a range of common concerns, including the predicament of Christians in the Middle East, conservation of … [Read more...]

Trustee Emeritus Gerich Aids Students in Clinical Pastoral Education

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Source: St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary In fall 2012 St. Vladimir's Seminary began requiring all incoming Master of Divinity students to complete one full unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), as a means to strengthen their pastoral abilities. Now seminary Trustee Emeritus Brian Gerich, Hon. D.H.L., is further supporting seminarians in their pastoral training, by paying for hospital fees related to their CPE programs. Dr. Gerich recently pledged $20,000. Dr. Al Rossi directs … [Read more...]

One Moscow voice for healing in Ukraine

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor By the Monitor's Editorial Board  As violence escalates in Ukraine, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church appears to distance himself from President Putin, calling for healing and reconciliation. Churches that align with the state often learn the hard way that Caesar has his own kingdom. The struggle over Ukraine’s future took a worrisome turn Friday when more than 40 people died in political unrest between demonstrators in the port city of … [Read more...]

Police arrest man after Unalaska rampage

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Source: The Bristol Bay Times & The Dutch Harbor Fisherman by Jim Paulin A man went on a rampage last weekend in Unalaska, allegedly vandalizing a church and biting a police officer after stealing a truck. Frustrated at being stuck at the Unalaska airport for days trying to fly out standby, a man stole a pickup truck parked in the unloading zone, drove across town and broke into and vandalized the historic Russian Orthodox Church, according to local police. Ishmael Guerrero, 33, … [Read more...]

CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTALISM AND THE TEMPTATION OF FAUX ASCETICISM

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Source: Acton Institute by Andrew P. Morriss by Fr. Michael Butler It is important to clarify the Church’s teaching on asceticism because many voices in the environmental movement encourage a kind of ascetical lifestyle in the name of “ethical consumption.” Orthodox writers on the environment are not immune to the temptation of putting the ascetical tradition of the Church in the service of another agenda. For example, the conclusion of the Inter-Orthodox Conference on Environmental … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity Spring Board Meeting – Akron, Ohio: May 29-May 31

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The OCL Board will meet at:   Hilton Akron Fairlawn, 3180 West Market St., Akron, Ohio 44333, Phone: 330-867-5000. Akron is our host city, because the Pan Orthodox Young Adult Festival will take place there, and our board wants to support this important young adult initiative. This business meeting will discuss various topics including: board development, finance, mission of OCL, what we know about preparations for the Great and Holy Council and other topics.   … [Read more...]