Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to host 30th National Oratorial Festival

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Source: Your Collierville Submitted by Andrew Douglas The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Memphis is hosting the 30th National Oratorical Festival for teenagers June 7 - 9, 2013. This year the festival will be coming to Memphis for the first time and will be held at the church facility. The event is called the "St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival" and is sponsored by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The parishioners are … [Read more...]

The Stones Cry Out – The Story of the Palestinian Christians

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By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. I stared out my kitchen window one more time and simply saw too many lights across the mountainside. They belong to the new illegal Israeli settlement that has been going up during the past few years regardless of the results of any negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. I was reminded of the film I saw the other night. The Stones Cry Out: The Story of the Palestinian Christians was screened at Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center to a full house packed with an … [Read more...]

In Jordan a silent march for the bishops of Aleppo

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Source:  Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem AMMAN – On Tuesday, May 21, about 2000 Christians marched through the Jordanian capital with candles in hand, in a silent march to demand the release of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo – the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop al-Boulos Yazigi – one month after their abduction. H.E. Bishop Maroun Laham, Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem told Fides “that all the … [Read more...]

Continuing Clergy Development credits available to July 10-13 Parish Ministries Conference participants

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ARLINGTON, VA [OCA] - Clergy of the Orthodox Church in America who participate in the OCA’s 2013 Parish Ministries Conference, slated to be held at Marymount University here July 10-13, 2013, will receive Continuing Clergy Development credits [CCD], according to Archpriest Ian Pac-Urar, chair of the Department of Continuing Education. “All conference sessions will be credited hour-for-hour as CCD units,” said Father Ian.  “That is, a one-hour session is … [Read more...]

Church of Cyprus unveils large-scale construction projects

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Source: Cyprus Property News The head of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, has unveiled plans to build a major hotel in Paphos with Russian investors, an English-speaking school in Nicosia and a geothermal park. THE Church of Cyprus has begun the process of implementing large-scale works aimed at bringing investors and thousands of jobs to the island. Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said that the goal is to find work for as many unemployed Cypriots as possible. He … [Read more...]

Help stop the persecution of Christians in the military

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  15 events that highlight the growing hostility towards Christians in the military May 15, 2013 |  | Share with Friends |Permalink The aggressive anti-Christian actions of the Obama administration are real, documented and escalating. We must STOP anti-Christian actions like these: 1. January 2010 -- Department of Defense orders removal of tiny Bible references on military scopes and gunsights. 2. June 2011 -- The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and … [Read more...]

Funeral For Serbian King 70 Years After Death

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Source: Sky News Hundreds of mourners including Serbian government officials have attended a state funeral for deposed King Petar II Karadjordjevic decades after his death in exile. The reburial of the king and other members of the former royal family is seen as an important act of national reconciliation. The bodies of Petar, who went into exile in 1941, his wife Queen Aleksandra, mother Queen Maria and brother Prince Andrej, had been exhumed from cemeteries in the United States, … [Read more...]

Orthodox Churches Fight Back As Eastern Europe Pushes To Modernize, Secularize

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Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson Many were shocked on May 17 to see a phalanx of black-robed Orthodox clergy break into a trot and lead an angry mob in an attack on a gay-rights rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Although the official Orthodox hierarchy in Georgia denounced the violence that left 17 injured, Georgian Patriarch Illia II had called on authorities the day before to ban the rally as an "insult" to Georgian traditions. Across Eastern … [Read more...]

PAN ORTHODOX FELLOWSHIP WEEKEND

[nggallery id=1]Source: Pan Orthodox United More than two hundred youth and young adults from six states and one Canadian province gathered in Akron, Ohio, May 17-19, 2013, in the first Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend for Orthodox Christian youth and young adults. The Weekend’s activities included a round-robin soccer tournament, ethnic dance exhibition, and casual cornhole competitions. Pan Orthodox United, a committee of young adults representing Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Russian, … [Read more...]

Revered Russian icon makes Nanaimo appearance Monday

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Source: Nanaimo Daily News Julie Chadwick, Daily News Found at the root of a tree in 1298, a revered religious icon with a long and colourful history will make its first-ever local appearance. The Kursk-Root Icon is a religious painting considered to be one of the most ancient and holy icons in the Russian Orthodox church. Housed in the Russian Synodal Cathedral in New York, the icon is currently on a cross-Canada tour that makes a stop at the Russian Orthodox church in Nanaimo on … [Read more...]