Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Source: The Catholic World Report Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill invited to Cuba

Source: Interfax Moscow, May 12, Interfax - President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers, Raul Castro, has invited Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to visit the republic. "It is a great pleasure for me to meet with you again. We always recall with pleasure your first visit to Cuba and we hope it will not be the last one," the Cuban leader said at a meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Patriarchal Chambers in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill … [Read more...]

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When you shop at Amazon, shop with a smile, Amazon Smile, and your purchase will help support the work of Orthodox Christian Laity.  Just click on the banner to the left. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday is May 17

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday is almost here! This year the date is May 17, 2015. Please join in raising awareness and support of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), an Agency of the Assembly of Bishops, on this day. Jesus told His sheep: "I was in prison and you came to Me" (Matthew 25:36). Not all of us can go into the prisons directly, but we can all support those who do this … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Presides over Consecration of Saint Sophia Cathedral in the Nation’s Capital

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America WASHINGTON – The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia in the Nation’s Capital was consecrated yesterday, Sunday, May 10, 2015, with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presiding and more than a thousand people in attendance. The Order of the Consecration began in the morning following the Orthros (Matins) with the procession of the holy relics that circled three times around the Church. The relics used for the Consecration were of … [Read more...]

OCA Department of Christian Education announces new resources

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  The Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America recently made available three activities for the approaching Great Feast of Pentecost. The activities are designed for grades four through six, seven and eight, and nine through twelve.  They are based on events and experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which relates the story of the early years of the Church during and after Pentecost. The activities … [Read more...]

Strong in Faith: Life and Acts of Father Raphael Morgan

Source: The National Herald BY STEVE FRANGOS I first learned of Father Raphael Morgan in quite a roundabout manner. His fascinating personal journey and the legacy he has left to Eastern Orthodoxy across the planet is singular, to say the least. This is no simple tale. So, I will just begin with my discovery of this totally unique individual and then trace it all back to what has been reported on Morgan’s life and works. It was while in graduate school that I kept hearing about the … [Read more...]

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Freddie Gray: Baltimore’s Orthodox Churches Release Statement

Source: Greek Reporter - USA by Anastasios Papapostolou The Baltimore Council of Orthodox Churches sent a statement to the city of Baltimore condemning violence, but “encouraging the faithful, and all Baltimore citizens, to engage their constitutional rights and to follow their conscience in regard to participation in lawful and peaceful assemblies addressing perceived injustice, inequity, or concerns and grievances with the status quo.” The Annunciation Cathedral faithful gathered for … [Read more...]

Video Covering the March for Marriage in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2015, focusing on the Orthodox Christian Witness

Source: Crown Them with Glory A video covering the March For Marriage in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2015, featuring Fr. Johannes Jacobse who addressed the marchers, eloquently speaking the truth in love.         … [Read more...]

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