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Source: Pravmir Moscow, February 24, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is expected to visit Mount Athos, in May 2016, on the occasion of festivities marking the 1000th anniversary of Russia’s presence on the Holy Mountain. “Mount Athos is expected to be in May. The dates have not yet been set,” chief of press service of patriarch Priest Alexander Volkov, said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. His statement implied that the patriarch’s trips to Mount Athos and to Crete, the venue of a Pan-Orthodox Council meeting, will not coincide. It was reported earlier that…

Source: Sputniknews.com Relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches will positively develop further following the historic meeting of their two religious leaders, the Russian Patriarch’s press secretary said Wednesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On February 12, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met Pope Francis at an airport in Havana, Cuba, where they signed a joint declaration. It was the first time that Catholic and Russian Orthodox spiritual leaders held face-to-face talks since Christianity split into western and eastern branches in 1054. “Relations will undoubtedly develop — we really hope it will happen — only in a positive way. And regarding all the provisions of the declaration, and…

Source: Aleteia Patriarch Kirill walked among the penguins and visited the only permanent church in the South Pole  by Zoe Romanowsky After their historic meeting in Havana, Cuba on February 12, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill flew to Antarctica where he made a point to stroll among the penguins on Ardley island, learning about them and their behaviors. In addition to meeting with scientists at the Bellingshausen polar station, one of the patriarch’s main reasons to be in the cold and sparsely populated South Pole was to visit the only permanent place of worship there — Holy Trinity. The tiny Russian Orthodox church is made…

Source: Catholic News Service BY SEAN GALLAGHER Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. archbishop who is co-chair of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and an archdeacon who helps lead Orthodox ecumenical efforts in the United States watched with interest as Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba Feb. 12. Both of them — Catholic Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis and Orthodox Archdeacon John Chryssavgis — saw significance in the historic Havana meeting of pope and patriarch. They shared their observations with The Criterion, the newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. Archdeacon Chryssavgis, an Australian-born…

Source: Chicago Tribune By John Kass, Contact Reporter If you stole $100,000 from a church, a reasonable person would expect that you’d get some jail time for your crimes. If a poor kid was charged with stealing a fraction of that much cash from a sandwich shop, chances are that jail would be waiting. But a Wisconsin priest stealing from a church trust, a priest with a fondness for luxury goods and fine restaurants, a priest with a powerful ally in the Chicago Greek Orthodox church hierarchy? Well, that’s a different story, because that’s no poor kid. That’s a holy man with…

Source: WTMJ-TV Milwaukee More than $100,000 was taken. by Pete Zervakis MILWAUKEE — A local priest accused of stealing more than $100,000 from his former parish between 2008 and 2012 pleaded guilty in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Monday. According to a criminal complaint, Father James Dokos, longtime priest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, stole more than $100,000 from a trust fund that was supposed to be used primarily for the building of the church’s cultural center. Under the conditions of a deferred prosecution agreement accepted by the judge Monday, Dokos must perform 40 hours of community service over the…

Source: North Park University The Inaugural Event in the Engaging Orthodoxy Speaker’s Series Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 am to 3:30 pm North Park University’s Anderson Chapel Orthodoxy is on the cusp of a major theological renaissance in the 21st century. Join North Park University to explore Orthodox theology as a vital religious force in American life and thought. In his inaugural lecture, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will present an Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Gospel, and offer practical guidance on how local churches may keep it clear and central for each generation. Respondents to his lecture will include: Father John…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America By Peter Samore As time passes, fewer and fewer people—even within the Antiochian Archdiocese—are still with us, who can vividly recall Metropolitan Antony Bashir, the man whom the late Fr. Alexander Schmemann called a “founding father of the American Church.” A half-century has passed since his repose on February 15, 1966, and now the Metropolitan endures mostly in black and white photographs and humorous anecdotes. Many of the clergy he ordained and many of the laity he inspired have already passed from this life, too. Yet that does not diminish the legacy of Metropolitan…

Source: Holy Cross Orthodox Press  The first-ever “Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The Atlas can be purchased ($19.95) on Amazon.com or directly from the publisher, the Holy Cross Orthodox Press. Please share this announcement with your parishioners and friends via your parish’s mailing list, Facebook, and other social media.Drawing on extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and “insider” anecdotes, the Atlas offers readers: A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox monasteries in America, A full and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PITTSBURGH, PA [OCADWPA]  The Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest recently announced that the third annual Small Parish Forum will be held at Holy Assumption Church, Canton, OH July 14-16, 2016. The Forum will focus on specific parish situations common to the numerous “small” parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America and other jurisdictions.  Workshops and presentations will explore ways to assist parishes with memberships of 75 or fewer souls to achieve stability, build a positive self-image, and accept their calling to live a life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big.”…

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