Russian Church likens attacks on Orthodox Ukrainians to Soviet-era persecutions

Source: Interfax Russian Church likens attacks on Orthodox Ukrainians to Soviet-era persecutions Moscow, August 26, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has expressed concern over the seizing of Orthodox churches in Ukraine and criticized its law enforcement authorities for inaction. "Over the past year since the civil standoff began in Ukraine, dozens of clergymen representing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have been attacked, many dozens of churches have been seized or set ablaze. For some … [Read more...]

Annual Procession of Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land

WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS DOING TODAY IN THE HOLY LAND? Source: The Arab Daily News Annual Procession of Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land by Maria C. Khoury, ED. D. It is four in the morning and while everyone else is trying to get a good night sleep, Orthodox Christians from all corners of the Holy Land collected themselves to march in a beautiful  procession in honor of  the Virgin Mary.  Every year, based on the Old Julian Calendar, the faithful gather to walk the icon of the Theotokos, … [Read more...]

Fener Greek Patriarch’s saplings in İzmir attract tourists

Source: Hurriyet Daily News Fener Greek Patriarch’s saplings in İzmir attract tourists İZMİR - Doğan News Agency The olive and myrtle tree saplings planted by Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew and İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu have become tourist attractions. Bartholomew and Kocaoğlu planted the trees at the garden of the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Voukolos in İzmir on Feb. 6. Orthodox Christian historians claim Saint Voukolos was the first Christian bishop of Smyrna (present-day … [Read more...]

Soviet art vandalized, Hermitage museum chief calls for more protection

Source: United Press International Soviet art vandalized, Hermitage museum chief calls for more protection ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Mikhail Piotrovsky, the head of Russia's State Hermitage Museum, denounced the destruction of a renowned Soviet artist's sculptures by militant Orthodox activists. In an open letter published on the museum's web site Monday, he called for legislation to protect cultural institutions from such attacks. Piotrovksy proposed that Russia's museums … [Read more...]

Rouman: a Doctor Who Believes in Miracles

Source: The National Herald Rouman: a Doctor Who Believes in Miracles BY CONSTANTINOS E. SCAROS HARTFORD, CT – The National Herald’s recent article “Greek-Americans and Miracles over the Decades” (Aug. 8) prompted Dr. James Rouman, a retired anesthesiologist and the author of two novels, to share is own firsthand account of a miracle that occurred almost 30 years ago, yet remains fresh in his mind and left a profound effect on him. “I was attending a medical meeting at an O’Hare … [Read more...]

Split archbishop and Serb Orthodox Church head call for unity of Christians

Source: Dalje.com Split archbishop and Serb Orthodox Church head call for unity of Christians The Archbishop of Split and chairman of the Croatian Bishops Conference (HBK) council for dialogue with the Serb Orthodox Church, Marin Barisic, on Thursday met at Split's Cathedral of St. Domnius with the head of the Serb Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, and both dignitaries supported the unity of Christians and overcoming the differences between Roman Catholics and Orthodox believers, saying they … [Read more...]

Torrential rains threaten Sitka’s historic Archangel Michael Cathedral

Source: Orthodox Church in America Torrential rains threaten Sitka’s historic Archangel Michael Cathedral SITKA, AK [OCA] For two weeks, Archpriest Michael Boyle and the faithful of Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral here have been praying for relief from the torrential rains that have pounded the region and flooded the historic structure’s basement. “While the cathedral, which stands in the middle of the downtown district, has been spared from mudslides, it has been significantly … [Read more...]

High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church

Source: Crux High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church By Michael O'Loughlin National reporter A high-ranking US Jesuit says he wouldn’t be surprised if Pope Francis ushers in an era of married priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and says having the conversation would be “healthy” for the Church. “I used to say, ‘Well, it will change but probably not in my lifetime.’ And then Pope Francis came along, and what I see him doing is opening the avenues for … [Read more...]

SVOTS Scripture Professor is Main Contributor to New Study Bible

Source: St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary SVOTS Scripture Professor is Main Contributor to New Study Bible The Very Reverend Eugen J. Pentiuc, St. Vladimir's professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages, was invited by École biblique et archéologique française to spend six weeks in Jerusalem in the summer of 2015 completing his work for La Bible en ses traditions / The Bible in Its Traditions (or B.E.S.T). His contribution, "The Book of Hosea: A New Translation with Notes," once … [Read more...]

First American Orthodox chaplain attends World Scout Jamboree

Source: Orthodox Church in America First American Orthodox chaplain attends World Scout Jamboree Chaplains representing many different faith traditions—including Orthodox Christianity—ministered to an estimated 40,000 scouts from 160 countries at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan in mid-August 2015. For the first time, the American contingent of over 1,900 scouts included an Orthodox Christian chaplain—Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America and … [Read more...]