Armenian Catholics and Orthodox seek unity their martyrs enjoy

Source: The Pilot By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While Catholic and Armenian Orthodox theologians continue discussions aimed at full unity, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, commemorated the already-achieved unity of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox martyrs in heaven. Pope Francis concelebrated Mass April 12 with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni in the presence of Catholicos Karekin and thousands … [Read more...]

Knoxville Greek church members clean holy artifacts after fire destroys sanctuary

Source: By Hailey Holloway, 6 On Your Side Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Firefighters were still sifting through rubble, but that did not stop church members at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from gathering together to put their church back together. The sanctuary of the church burned for several hours Sunday morning, which also happened to be the day the Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter. Church members said they were both shocked and heartbroken. Previous story: Flames … [Read more...]

Greek-American Confronts UNESCO’s Hagia Sophia Evasiveness

Source: The National Herald by Theodore G. Karakostas PARIS, FRANCE – I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful and splendid City of Paris. What an outstanding city, with great Museums such as the Louvre and D’orsay, the Great Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the great palaces of Versailles. Paris is not only the location of great sites but is also the seat for the international headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Calls Armenian Deaths ‘First Genocide of 20th Century’

Source: Wall Street Journal Pontiff’s comments spark diplomatic furor with Turkey By FRANCIS X. ROCCA in Rome and EMRE PEKER in Istanbul Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam. Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, … [Read more...]

Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher – Orthodox Christians rejoice

  Source: Georgian Journal Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The miracle repeats yet again. Descent of the celestial flame is an undeniable sign of veracity of tenets of Orthodox Christian faith and their grace. The Holy Fire, expected by the parish that gathered around the sepulcher since morning, was brought out by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Thousands of believers have distributed the fire among themselves. The Orthodox Patriarch … [Read more...]


Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Yesterday, I was buried with you, O Christ. Today, I rise with you in your arising. Yesterday, I was crucified with you, O Savior; therefore, glorify me together with you in Your Kingdom.  Dear Beloved: Christ is risen! On this great day of rejoicing, our hearts reflect on the goodness of God and the depths of his love for us. On this holiest of holy days, we are reminded of the continuous concern and the marvelous plan that the Creator … [Read more...]

Archimandrite Roman awarded Order of St. Romanos

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION MI [OCA] - His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, presented the Order of Saint Romanos to Archimandrite Roman [Braga] after the Divine Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Annunciation at the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery here. Established by the Holy Synod of Bishops at their spring 2014 session, the Order is awarded to influential arrangers, composers, teachers and conductors in recognition of … [Read more...]

Stop Stripping Orthodox Christian Clergy of Ecclesastical Names and Titles On Facebook

Source: Facebook has recently begun demanding that Orthodox Christian clergy and monastics; i.e., those known as Priest, Abbot, Monk, Nun, Abbess, Brother, Sister, and so forth, cease using their ecclesiastical (church) names and use only their given names from the time of their birth. In one well known case, Abbot Tryphon - who is known only as Abbot Tryphon among the tens of thousands of people who read his blog, listen to his podcast, read his book, and are his friends or … [Read more...]

Orthodox Health Plan announces new provisions

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Health Plan [OHP] recently announced that, due to rising health costs, it has moved to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement [HRA].  Aetna continues to serve as the Preferred Provider Organization [PPO], while network and health care providers will remain the same. The Orthodox Health Plan is the official health plan for the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the … [Read more...]


Source: Oinos Educations Services / Frankly Speaking By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Thomas Jefferson Fifty is a fascinating number. It marks the milestone of a golden anniversary, the sacred Pythagorean Triangle (9 + 16 + 25 = 50), and the atomic designation for tin (Sn). Apart from enjoying celebrity status as the fifth magic number of nuclear physics, it delineates the number … [Read more...]