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Source: Daily Beast How a priceless Russian icon—said to be painted by St. Luke himself—evaded the Bolsheviks and the Nazis to land in a charming Chicago church designed by a world-famous architect. WILLIAM O’CONNOR The Tikhvin Icon has traveled through history and across the globe on an arduous journey few pieces of art can claim to match. A portrait of the Virgin Mother said to be painted by the divine hand of St. Luke himself, the icon is one of the world’s most precious religious objects. According to legend, over the centuries it eluded capture by the Turks, the Swedes,…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) In This Issue: Conference Update | Registration Open | Travel Grants Available | Conference Exhibit CONFERENCE UPDATE. In anticipation of the Feast of the Ascension, we are overjoyed to report that 300+ speakers from over THIRTY COUNTRIES are being scheduled to present their papers at IOTA’s Inaugural Conference in Iasi, Romania on 9-12 January 2019. In terms of output and representation, the event is poised to become the largest gathering of Orthodox scholars, clergy, lay leaders, and professionals in modern history. REGISTRATION OPEN. All prospective attendees, including speakers, may now register for the Inaugural Conference by completing the…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff Father Alexander and Presbytera Xanthi Karloutsos will be honored as the 2018 recipients of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award. The Award will be presented by the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the organization’s annual banquet Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at the New York Hilton Hotel, according to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s announcement. “The Award, established in 1986, is presented annually to a person or organization that has consistently exemplified by action, purpose and dedication concern for the basic rights and religious freedom of all people. It is named in…

Source: Crux Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service ROME – Seeking Christian unity is more urgent than ever because of the ongoing persecution of Christians, Pope Francis told an Orthodox leader. Meeting with Metropolitan Rastislav, primate of the Orthodox Church in the Czech and Slovak Republics, the pope said the “suffering of many brothers and sisters persecuted because of the Gospel urgently calls us to act in seeking greater unity.” The primate met with the pope at the Vatican May 11 as part of a May 9-12 pilgrimage to Rome; during his visit he also met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, president…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos ANDOVER, MA – Over 500 people of all ages and walks of life, from Arlington, MA, Lowell, and the Greater Boston area, attended a dinner held on April 29 at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, MA, owned by Market Basket head Arthur T. Demoulas, in honor and support of Fr. Nicholas Kastanas. Fr. Kastanas was priest of the St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox parish in Arlington for 28 years, but was dismissed last July by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. The dismissal created turmoil in the parish, with the vast majority…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos BOSTON – His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was taken to the American Hospital in Constantinople on Sunday afternoon of May 6th, after he felt intense dizziness, possibly vertigo. He remained in the hospital overnight as a precaution and after the appropriate examinations he was released on Monday, May 7 and is now at home. Bartholomew I (born on February 29, 1940) is the 270th and current Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, since 2 November 1991. He is widely regarded as the primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and as the spiritual leader of…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America WASHINGTON – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America offered the invocation of the Investiture of the Honorable Gregory G. Katsas as Circuit Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Friday, April 27. The Investiture took place in the ceremonial courtroom of the United States Courthouse, with over 150 people in attendance, including Supreme Court Justices, White House staff, members of Congress, clergy, past and present colleagues, family and friends. Judge Katsas is only the 62nd judge to hold this prestigious office. In the presence of the Chief Justice…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff BALTIMORE, MD – From October 2017 through February 2018, IOCC supporters gave more than $1.2 million under the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc.’s $1 million matching challenge to help people in need in Greece, IOCC announced on May 1. In October 2017, IOCC announced the foundation’s challenge, issued to help support emergency and development projects in Greece. The Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. offered to match donations to IOCC’s Give for Greece program, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. IOCC issued a call for donations, and supporters across the country and the world responded.…

Source: Acton Institute BY BRUCE EDWARD WALKER Sacred music is not only a devotional exercise composed and performed to honor our Creator but also a bulwark against human sinfulness and frailties. Composer Arvo Pärt has been creating music of faith that inspires while at the same time subverts several of the most oppressive systems of government of the past century. The composer’s lifelong development as a professional composer also led him to a deeper faith. He converted to Orthodox Christianity in 1972. Theologian Peter Bouteneff observed that Pärt is frequently connected with the sacred life. “Although the composer’s religious affiliation is…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) In This Issue: Paschal Greetings  | Chairs Speak | 2019 Conference Start/ End Times Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! In this Paschal Season, we are delighted to share the good news that IOTA has received nearly 250 submissions in response to our Call for Papers. The proposals came from professionals, scholars, and church leaders from over THIRTY COUNTRIES, including Brazil, Hong Kong, Kenya, Lebanon, and New Zealand. The participation of the applicants from France, Germany, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States was particularly strong. The steering committees…

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