“WITHOUT CHRISTIANS THE MIDDLE EAST WILL LOSE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF ITS IDENTITY”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Oleg Glagolev, Igumen Arseny (Sokolov) Igumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarch of Antioch and All East, Rector of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Beirut, answers questions from the Yekaterinburg-based S-T-O-L (Stol.com) media-project. —Fr. Arseny, now you serve in the hottest spot on the Earth. Please, tell us of the present situation of the Orthodox Church in Lebanon and … [Read more...]

Synod Defrocks Gounaris & Ehrs, Suspends Dokos

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America during its spring meeting decided to punish Rev. James Dokos of Chicago with a one-year suspension for stealing money from a trust fund established by a parishioner in Milwaukee, WI. Dokos pleaded guilty to felony theft on February 22, admitting to stealing more than $100,000. He repaid the money, and if he stays out of trouble for a year and performs 40 … [Read more...]

A GENEALOGY OF GOD’S MERCY

Source: Orthodox Observer by Deacon Stephen Muse The Muse side of my family can trace our roots back to the 1500’s in Soul-drop Parish in Lancashire, England. The Trevathan side, my mother’s, are from Cornwall, England. I find the older I get, the more interesting I find such things, not because I am particularly proud of my name or heritage, but because his­tory becomes more palpable – a part of the present, like approaching a holy relic. Elder Sophrony says that all of time and space fit … [Read more...]

What We Expect! Looking Forward to the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Lent is coming to an end.  We are preparing for Holy Week and Pascha.  The liturgical cycle will turn toward Pentecost.    This Pentecost, June 19, will be different from other celebrations.  We are praying and looking forward to the opening sessions of the Holy and Great Council.  This meeting has been 1200 years in waiting, and its agenda has taken 80 years to prepare. This council is a turning point in world Orthodox Christianity and indeed the entire … [Read more...]

Priest Calls Patriarch “Betrayer” of the Faith!

Source: We are Orthodox One of the Priests in the Metropolis of Atlanta has published open criticisms of the Ecumenical Patriarch.  His website is filled with questionable fundamentalist-type topics.   No one appears to be too concerned – even if the Patriarch is called a “betrayer” of the faith by one of the Greek Orthodox Priests in the Metropolis of Atlanta.  Did Metropolitan Alexios respond?  We have not been made aware of it.  Click here to read "So Much for Obedience." … [Read more...]

Pope, Patriarch to Highlight Refugees’ Plight in Visit

Source: New York Times By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATHENS, Greece — Just as Europe starts sending would-be migrants back to Turkey, the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches are heading to a Greek island to voice solidarity with those who have streamed in fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Saturday's high-powered visit to Lesbos by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and Athens Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of … [Read more...]

Romanian Church Patriarch gets honorary degree from top university amid heated debate about church’s role

Source: Romania Insider The Romanian Orthodox Church Patriarch, his Beatitude Daniel, received the Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Bucharest Polytechnic University, in a private ceremony that took place at the Patriarchy’s Museum, on Thursday, April 14. This award comes as the Orthodox Church is losing support among the higher-educated young urban people, who have been criticizing the church’s leaders for their efforts to build grand worship places, such as the People’s Salvation … [Read more...]

Judge keeps injunction in place in battle over church

Source: McAlester News-Capital By JAMES BEATY MANAGING EDITOR Parishioners of the historic Sts. Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Hartshorne [OK] won a dispute over a temporary injunction Wednesday — at least until June, when an ongoing property dispute over the church could land the matter back in court. During action at the Pittsburg County Courthouse in McAlester, District 18 District Judge James Bland issued an order Wednesday keeping a current … [Read more...]

Jordan’s king to help pay for facelift at Jesus’s tomb

Source: The Times of Israel Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher to stay open during renovation, set to begin next month and run through 2017 BY SUE SURKES Jordan’s King Abdullah is to contribute an unspecified amount towards the upcoming renovation of Jesus’s Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Jordan Times reported. The work is expected to begin in May and to be completed in early 2017. The site will remain open to visitors during the refurbishment. The king’s decision … [Read more...]

N.J. approves more than 100 school religious holidays

Source: NJ.com By Adam Clark TRENTON — The state Board of Education this week approved a list of religous  holidays in the upcoming school year on which schools must allow excused absences. The list, updated annually, includes more than 100 holidays for the 2016-17. Students celebrating those holidays must present a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian. Schools are required to provide students the opportunity to make up any tests or other assessments that they … [Read more...]