Egypt’s Copts again under attack, but ex-nuncio sees positive strides

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Source: Catholic World News Egypt’s Christian minority suffered two more violent assaults during the past week, with bombings at Coptic Orthodox churches in two different towns. A mob of Muslim militants attacked the church of St. Mary in Alexandria, setting fires and shattering windows with Molotov cocktails. In the village of Menbal another Muslim gang broke into a Coptic church, threw stones, and looted nearby shops owned by Christians. In both cases, the confrontations were traced to … [Read more...]

Church keeps fingers crossed for funding [Alaska]

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Proposed $230K would fund anti-fire, anti-theft systems Source: Peninsula Clarion By Brian Smith Sitting at his dinner table, looking out his window at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Father Thomas Andrew said he sometimes worries about the church he heads. “Nobody knows if something is going to happen,” he said. Currently, the church is protected from fire only by two fire extinguishers and the priest’s watch. But, a proposed $230,000 from the … [Read more...]

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Continuing Clergy Education Symposium

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] - In association with its 75th Anniversary Celebration, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here will host its 2013 Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 18-20, 2013. Speakers and presentation themes to be featured include the following. “The Glory of Christ-Centered Marriage”—David Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Church History, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.  A brief study of various Church Fathers and contemporary elders … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Opens Seminar on Religious Freedom Celebrating the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America CONSTANTINOPLE -  His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew declared open this morning the Seminar on Religious Freedom Today celebrating  the  1700th anniversary of the Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan. The Seminar, organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in cooperation with the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), is being held in Istanbul (17-18 May) with the participation of international speakers and … [Read more...]

Primate of the Church of Greece Meets with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Visits Harvard University

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Warmly Welcomed at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology BOSTON – His Beatitude, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos II, who is making a historic visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Holy Cross School of Theology, completed the second day of his visit in Boston by officiating at the Vespers service in the chapel of the School of Theology in Brookline, … [Read more...]

Urgent Message to U.S. Residents re: Kidnapped Syrian Orthodox Bishops

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$5m in Federal Budget to shield Adelaide Greek Orthodox church from aircraft noise ‘fair’

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Source: The Australian by JULIAN SWALLOW Is this funding fair? HINDMARSH MP Steve Georganas has defended a $5 million grant to a local Greek Orthodox church affected by aircraft noise. Mr Georganas said the grant to the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Thebarton to install soundproofing, which was announced in last night's Federal Budget, was not "pork barrelling" ahead of the upcoming federal election. "`This was a program put in place ... by the former Howard government in … [Read more...]

Russian Patriarch Holds Landmark Service in China

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Source: RIA Novosti HARBIN, May 14 (RIA Novosti) – The leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church conducted a landmark service in the Chinese city of Harbin on Tuesday, the first in several decades. Patriarch Kirill, accompanied by a large Orthodox clergy delegation, sang a hymn celebrating Easter at a 1930-built cathedral in the city. Kirill’s visit to China, which began last week, is the first by a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. Harbin, in northeast China, founded by imperial Russia … [Read more...]

Jerusalem pilgrims get ink by same family that has been tattooing the faithful for centuries

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Source: The Washington Post By Associated Press JERUSALEM — Orthodox Christians visiting the Holy Land often return home with more than just spiritual memories. Many drop by a centuries-old tattoo parlor in Jerusalem’s Old City, inking themselves with a permanent reminder not only of their pilgrimage but also of devotion to their faith. The same Jerusalem family has been tattooing pilgrims with crosses and other religious symbols for hundreds of years, testament to the importance of the … [Read more...]

State senators [Illinois] may take a stand on Turkey’s treatment of Orthodox

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Source: Chicago Tribune By Mitch Smith, Chicago Tribune reporter May 13, 2013 Springfield is a long way from Istanbul — 5,660 miles, in fact — but Illinois state senators are considering a resolution that would criticize Turkey's treatment of the Eastern Orthodox religious hierarchy. Even though a majority of senators have co-sponsored the nonbinding measure, it may not make it to a vote. Orthodox Christians say their leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, has … [Read more...]