Facebook off Limits for Macedonian Clergy

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Source: ABC News SKOPJE, Macedonia October 26, 2013 (AP) The Macedonian Orthodox Church has banned it clergy from using Facebook to protect against abuse and "new phenomena of confessions and intimate conversations with young people," local media report. Reports on Saturday said the Holy Synod, the executive body of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, took the decision after one bishop's complaint. Local media say the decision has already created tensions between older church dignitaries … [Read more...]

Russia’s “protectorate” over Middle Eastern Christians

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Source: Vatican Insider Defending Middle Eastern Christians has become a strategic asset for Putin and is in perfect harmony with the Patriarchate of Moscow's mission GIANNI VALENTE ROME The Kremlin is about to consider granting citizenship to about 50 thousand Syrian Christians in the region of Qualamun after they issued a collective request to Moscow’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In statements issued in the past few days, the spokesmen for President Putin and the Ministry confirmed … [Read more...]

Muscovite Builds Record-Breaking Jesus Statue in Syria

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Source: The Moscow Times A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria. The statue, titled "I Have Come to Save the World" was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation. The project was backed by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, which takes an active interest in Syria, … [Read more...]

On Faith: Metropolitan Methodios’ call to evangelize sparks discussion of true Orthodoxy

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Source: The Republic TERRY MATTINGLY - Scripps Howard News Service It happens all the time: Church leaders stand at podiums and urge members of their flocks to go and share their faith, striving to win new converts. These speeches rarely make news, because they are not unusual. But something unusual happened earlier this month in Brookline, Mass. "You will surely agree that our mission ... is to lead our brothers and sisters — both inside and outside the church — to our Lord and … [Read more...]

METROPOLITAN D.C. ORTHODOX MISSION & OUTREACH COMMITTEE HOSTED FIRST ANNUAL “MONUMENTAL MISSIONS WALK” ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

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Source: Metropolitan DC Orthodox Christian Mission & Outreach Committee Walk to Unite D.C. Metropolitan Orthodox Christians Raised Money for Local and International Charities  On Saturday, October 19, 2013, 184 Christians from 24 Orthodox churches around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond converged on the National Mall for the inaugural Monumental Missions Walk. Sponsored by the Metropolitan D.C. Orthodox Christian Mission and Outreach Committee, the first annual Monumental … [Read more...]

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

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Source: BBC News Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July. The unidentified attackers fired … [Read more...]

Why were the Kidnapped Bishops not Released along with the Azaz Captives?

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Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy Like any news, this should be taken with a shaker of salt, but it's consistent with a lot of what was said during the last few days of the negotiations to acheive the release of the Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims kidnapped last year in Azaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Arabic original can be read here.  What Prevented Metropolitans Yazigi and Ibrahim from Returning with the Lebanese Captives? by Maher el-Khatib Despite the great joy that spread over … [Read more...]

Hallowe’en: An Orthodox approach

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Source: Silouan This post has been around the Internet for several years. Originally posted by Steve Lammert, It’s a description of one Orthodox Christian’s approach to how to handle the evening of October 31. Every year, on Hallowe’en, I sit on the front porch of my house with a bowl of candy, a box of beeswax candles, and a large icon for the Feast of All Saints. Every child who comes to the house gets a piece of candy, and may also light a candle and place it before the icon. Very … [Read more...]

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement meeting includes visit to OCA Archives

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - During the weekend of October 11–13, 2013, members of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) met at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here for their bi-annual meeting, which included activities centered around the theme “The Christian Missionary Call: Local, National, and International.” Besides students from Saint Vladimir’s, seminarians from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA; Christ the Saviour … [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew Calls on Monks to Stay Away From Investments

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By Maria Korologou On October 15th, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople called on the monks of Mount Athos to stay away from financial investments and to completely devote themselves to their mission. The Ecumenical Patriarch, who is on Mount Athos since Tuesday the 15th in order to officiate the celebrations for the centenary of the integration of Mount Athos to Greece, was very clear in his speech to the monks. Patriarch Bartholomew appeared to be well aware of what is happening … [Read more...]