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Source: BosNewsLife By BosNewsLife Africa Service ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)– More than 120 Christians have been detained in Eritrea in a government-backed crackdown on unregistered denominations across the troubled African nation, Christian activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, June 15. At least 122 Christians were detained last month, confirmed advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which closely follows the situation. “These arrests signify a renewed intensity in the [government] crackdown that has been ongoing since 2002, and are a clear indication that the severe repression of freedom of religion or belief continues unabated in Eritrea,” said CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas. In 2002…

Source: The Christian Post By Jay Gotera , Christian Post Contributor And it’s the real Santa Claus—St. Nicholas himself, a relic of the actual saint who inspired the beloved figure of Santa Claus. The relic of the fourth-century saint arrived in Moscow for veneration by the Russian Orthodox Church on May 22 from Italy—the first time in 930 years that the relic was moved out of Italy, Breitbart reported. It will be on display at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow up to July 13, according to RT.com. The relic is a five-inch bone fragment from the saint’s rib placed in…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The electronic version of the widely popular Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA and made available free of charge to everyone. The PDF file with the Atlas can be downloaded free of charge here. The hard copy of the Atlas can be purchased directly from the publisher, Holy Cross Orthodox Press. Drawing on extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and insider information, the Atlas offers readers: A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox monasteries…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield is traveling throughout Romania June 9–21, meeting with key figures instrumental in renewing collaborative efforts between educational institutions of the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Seminary. Cooperative ventures began in 2013, when the Seminary and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bucharest signed a formal agreement allowing for student and faculty exchanges, dialogue, and co-publications. Of particular importance was the reception of Fr. Chad by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, at the patriarchal residence on June 12, a meeting that centered on…

Source: The National Herald Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in an interview with The National Herald about Rev. Luke Melackrinos from St. Paul parish in Hempstead, NY did not rule out the latter’s appointment in a parish. Bishop Andonios said that “if the psychologist tells me that Fr. Melackrinos can minister as a priest and there is no danger to repeat the same things again, I will appoint him, why not?” Melackrinos – who is married and a father of three – was placed on suspension…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America New York, NY – The remarks this week by Turkish President Erdogan on the so-called lack of “freedom of religion” in the United States over a single Iftar-dinner at the US State Department have demonstrated once again the absurdity of the Turkish position on human rights and religious liberty. To this very minute, Turkey’s oldest religious institution, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, goes unrecognized, harassed, and its purely Theological School on the island of Halki remains closed for nearly fifty years. Throughout the history of the modern Turkish state, the person of the Ecumenical Patriarch…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord last night, June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America with a heavy heart and deep sorrow made the first announcement late last night on behalf of the Hoy Eparchial Synod. In accordance with article 12 of the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Archbishop Demetrios in consultation with the Eparchial Synod named His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas…

Source: The Washington Times By L. Todd Wood ANALYSIS/OPINION: Because of radical Islamic terrorism, your religious affiliation has become an existential issue across the globe. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jew can literally mean life or death, no matter what country you are in. Western nations are not excluded from this scourge. The curse threatens the very existence of nation-states as well. Israel is routinely threatened by Iran and others — because it is Jewish. If Israel were not Jewish, it would not be targeted for destruction. The religion of a nation can also unite and…

Source: Chicago Catholic by Kerry Alys Robinson Close to half a million Catholics in the United States have just graduated from college, and almost as soon as they did their participation in the church plummeted. For decades, leaders of the U.S. church have observed that many young-adult Catholics enjoy a positive experience of the church while they are in college, either because they attend a Catholic university or because they attend a secular university with a vibrant Catholic campus ministry. Catholic students note the exceptional liturgies, relevant homilies, student participation, opportunities for service and attention to helping them develop a mature…

Source: Hellenic News of America By: Lili Bita, Cultural Affairs Correspondent Special to the Hellenic News of America My Dear Readers and Friends, Wishes and greetings!  This month, it is my great pleasure to present an interview with Marina Angel, our compatriot who has spent a lifetime fighting for justice and the protection of women’s rights.  Marina is retiring this year from her long career as Professor of Law at Temple University, and I had the privilege of attending her recent retirement party, where many colleagues expressed their appreciation, admiration, and personal warmth for her. Marina has fought her many battles…

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