Mount Sinai monastery latest victim of Egypt’s upheavals

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Source: The Guardian Patrick Kingsley and Marwa Awad in Cairo Closure of St Catherine's monastery due to security concerns has devastated tourist trade of nearby town named after it One of the world's oldest monasteries has been forced to close its doors because of the deteriorating security situation in Egypt, devastating the economy of the remote surrounding area, it has emerged. St Catherine's monastery was built by order of the Emperor Justinian I, who reigned from 527 to 565, on … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Translation Society accepting proposals for translation projects

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Source: Orthodox Church in America The Orthodox Christian Translation Society [OCTS], a non-profit organization committed to facilitating the entire process of creating high-quality Orthodox translations from project conception to publication and distribution, is accepting proposals for future translation projects. In late 2012, OCTS published its first translation, Place Your Hope in the Lord: The Poetic Spiritual Life of Father Lazar. “If an Orthodox text exists that a translator … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Urges Faithful to Contact Congress on Syria Vote

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes: Beloved Hierarchs, Clergy and Faithful of our God-Protected Archdiocese: Greetings to you and your families as we begin a new ecclesiastical year. I pray you had a pleasant summer. I write to you today as our president and United States Congress contemplate military action against Syria. As those of us with deep roots in that land already know, more bombs and destabilization of … [Read more...]

Video from Egypt shows Muslim mob attacking Christian church, taking down cross

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Source: Fox News Newly-surfaced video from Egypt shows a Muslim mob storming a Coptic church, setting cars on fire and then toppling a cross atop the steeple, in a shocking attack that Christians say has been played out dozens of times since the ouster of Mohammad Morsi. The video, obtained by MidEast Christian News, was shot Aug. 14 from a nearby building overlooking the diocese in the southern Egyptian city of Sohag. In the six-minute video, a crowd, incensed by the eviction of pro-Morsi … [Read more...]

Syrian rebels admit to being behind chemical weapons attack

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Source: Examiner.com Members of the Syrian rebel movement have admitted that they were behind the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus, Minnesota's Mint Press News reported on Thursday. According to the report, the chemicals were provided by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who “has been at the very heart of the push for war by the U.S. against Assad.” The group Doctors Without Borders went to the town of Ghouta, where more than 350 people were killed as a result of the chemical … [Read more...]

Fr. Hopko honored during Canadian Assembly

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Source: Orthodox Church in America GATINEAU, QUEBEC [OCA] - Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, was presented with the rarely awarded Saint Innocent Award, Gold Class, by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Orthodox Church in America. The award, which was presented on August 24, 2013—the 50th anniversary of Father Thomas’ ordination to the priesthood by His Eminence, the late Archbishop [later … [Read more...]

‘From death to life’

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Source: CantonRep.com By Charita Goshay CantonRep.com staff writer CANTON, OH — Talk to him for a bit, and it becomes apparent that the Very Rev. Stacey Richter is passionate about his faith. It wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, the priest of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church at 2027 18th St. NE, was an atheist. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, Richter and his twin brother were raised by a lapsed Catholic mother and an atheist stepfather. Their father, who lived … [Read more...]

Orthodox church in Izmir faces demolition

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Source: Ekathimerini Plans for a new highway threaten Profitis Ilias By Dimitris Rigopoulos Plans for a new highway are threatening one of the last surviving Greek Orthodox churches in the region of Izmir (Smyrna) in Turkey. Profitis Ilias (named after the Prophet Elias/Elijah, a revered figure for both Christians and Muslims) is a three-aisled basilica commissioned in 1846 by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Anthimus VI. Its dimensions are 10 by 19 meters and it has a … [Read more...]

S. Calatrava Gets Nod for St. Nicholas

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Source: The National Herald Sara Polsky - Curbed.com NEW YORK - A Greek-American newspaper (The National Herald) earlier this year reported that Santiago Calatrava was the frontrunner to design the rebuilt Church of St. Nicholas downtown. The Post hears from multiple sources that the rumors are indeed true: out of a dozen finalists, Calatrava has been chosen for the project—though he hasn't yet signed a contract, so it's certainly possible that he'll be out of the Archdiocese's price … [Read more...]

A Coptic Monument to Survival, Destroyed

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Source: The Wall Street Journal By SAMUEL TADROS No one knows exactly when the Virgin Mary Church was built, but the fourth and fifth centuries are both possible options. In both cases, it was the time of the Byzantines. Egypt's Coptic Church—to which this church in modern-day Delga belonged—had refused to bow to imperial power and Rome's leadership over the nature of Christ. Constantinople was adamant it would force its will on the Copts. Two lines of popes claimed the Seat of Alexandria. … [Read more...]