Orthodox Synod to Take Place Despite New Pullout, by Russia

Source: The National Herald By Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Wednesday said a historic meeting of church leaders — the first in more than a millennium — will take place despite a pullout by Russia, the fourth Orthodox church to say it won’t attend the June gathering in Crete. Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who ranks as “the first among equals,” said he hopes the Russian church and three others who … [Read more...]

Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries – Newly-revised Edition

Source: Holy Cross Bookstore The revised edition of the widely popular "Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The Atlas has been updated to include an information on two newly-formed monastic communities. The Atlas can be purchased directly from the publisher, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, or on Amazon.com. Please share this news with your fellow parishioners, clergy and friends via Facebook, Twitter, … [Read more...]

Holy Punch! Cyprus Priest Slugs Best Man at Wedding

Source: The National Herald By Associated Press NICOSIA — The best man slapped the groom on the back, which is an old Cypriot wedding custom. The priest punching the best man would be an innovation. But Cyprus police said Monday they are investigating an allegation that this happened at a wedding over the weekend. Police say the victim —the groom’s 22-year-old brother — was taken to a hospital but wasn’t seriously hurt and that his family filed a complaint. A family member — … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon issues Archpastoral Letter, Public Statement on the Orlando shootings

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Monday, June 13, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon issued anArchpastoral Letter to the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America and a Public Statement in the wake of the tragic shootings that occurred in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12. The complete texts of the Archpastoral Letter and Statement are available in PDF format and appear below. Archpastoral Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Armenian Patriarch Welcomes Deans of St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess Seminaries

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary On June 13, 2016, the Very Reverend Dr. John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, together with the Reverend Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, departed for Armenia at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, supreme patriarch and catholicos of All Armenians. Fathers John and Mardiros will be visiting the seat of the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, to … [Read more...]

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE PROTESTS THE READING OF KORAN IN HAGIA SOPHIA

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses its deepest regret for the unexpected and continuing daily reading of the Koran in Hagia Sophia. The United States, as well as Germany and Greece have already officially expressed very clear protests which emphasize verbatim: “We would encourage Turkey to preserve Hagia Sophia in a way that respects its tradition and also its complex history” and also stress that “Hagia Sophia is a … [Read more...]

Petitioning Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete: A Plea for Pan-Orthodox Unity

Source: Change.org June 9, 2016 An Open Letter of the Orthodox Christian Scholars around the World to the Holy and Great Council of Crete -  Sign this petition We, the undersigned international group of Orthodox scholars, address this letter to the leadership of the Orthodox Church, to all Orthodox Christians around the world, and to all people of good will. We write out of profound concern for our Church, whose unity makes the new life in Christ visible to all humanity. We pray that the … [Read more...]

Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Convenes

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops met on May 22-24, 2016 at the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. The Joint Committee was established in 1981 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America, now the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Joint Committee is the first … [Read more...]

Churches Must Oppose Female Conscription

Source: Crisis Magazine FR. ALEXANDER F. C. WEBSTER AND BOB MILLER Fifty years ago, tens of thousands of young American men burned draft cards in public protests against the Vietnam War, while throngs of American women were burning certain items of clothing to encourage “women’s liberation.” If young women from 18 to 26 are compelled this summer by the U.S. Congress and president to register for Selective Service in another military draft someday, then a new resistance movement would be in … [Read more...]

Why are women banned from Mount Athos?

Source: BBC News Magazine If you want to visit Mount Athos the first step is to submit a copy of your passport to the Mount Athos Pilgrims' Bureau. Each day, 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox male pilgrims are admitted for a three-night stay in one of the peninsula's 20 monasteries. Women will not be granted a permit and must stay behind as their male friends board the ferry at one of the two closest ports. Mount Athos has barred women for more than 1,000 years - they are not allowed … [Read more...]