Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

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Source: International Business Times By Gabriele Barbati JERUSALEM -- Every Christian knows the holiest places in Christendom are in Jerusalem. The holiest of all, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was erected in 325, over the site where it is believed Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead. Yet, few know that it is a Muslim who opens and closes the only door to this holiest of Christian sites. In fact, it's two Muslims: one man from the Joudeh family and another man from … [Read more...]

Pope washes young women’s feet on Holy Thursday, in break with church law

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Source: The Record ROME — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention centre — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a “questionable example.” Liberals welcomed the move as a sign of greater … [Read more...]

OCF leadership meets at OCA Chancery

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY - On March 27-28, 2013, several leaders of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry agency of theAssembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, met at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here. Jennifer Nahas, OCF Executive Director. met with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, and OCA Youth Director Andrew Boyd on March 27.  She spoke of … [Read more...]

New audios on Lenten Sundays, “Holy Conversations” available from OCN, AFR

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- Currently available from the Orthodox Christian Network is a six-week series of audio presentations on the Sundays of Great Lent by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  The weekly broadcasts may be accessed at www.myocn.net/index.php/201303284469/Come-Receive-the-Light/Personal-Journey-to-Orthodoxy.html. In related news, Ancient Faith Radio recently posted audio files of the “Holy Conversation” symposium held in White River Junction, VT … [Read more...]

Shroud Of Turin Real? New Research Dates Relic To 1st Century, Time Of Jesus Christ

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Source: The Huffington Post By Meredith Bennett-Smith After decades of speculation, new research suggests that the Shroud of Turin, one of the Catholic Church's holiest relics, may be the real deal. Believed by some to have been Jesus' burial cloth, the Shroud has been the subject of much research. The latest battery of experiments led experts to conclude the cloth may have come from the first century A.D., making it old enough to have been used to bury Jesus Christ Giulio Fanti, a … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox tell Archbishop of Canterbury: ordain women bishops and you can forget about unity

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Source: The Telegraph By Damian Thompson There's a quaint Anglican concept of the universal Church known as the "branch theory". This claims that there are three main branches to apostolic Christianity: Roman, Orthodox and Anglican. It's much favoured by Church of England clerics who aren't very keen on "Romans", as they call Catholics, and convey their anti-Papist sentiment in pro-Orthodox code, forever banging on about the riches of Byzantine spirituality, the mystical power of icons, … [Read more...]

The Date of Pascha

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Source: Al Moutran by Archbishop PETER (Reprinted from: The Orthodox Church Newspaper, April-May 1994 ) There is among the Orthodox a very widespread belief that the Christian celebration of Easter must necessarily come after the Jewish Passover. This chronological order is considered imperative and bears a symbolic meaning, as it is believed to have been decreed by the First Ecumenical Council held at Nicea in 325. This belief is stated and reaffirmed in the 12th century by the … [Read more...]

THE WAY TO A HAPPY LIFE. A HOMILY GIVEN by PATRIARCH KIRILL AT THE VIGIL SERVICE FOR THE TRIUMPH OF ORTHODOXY, SRETENSKY MONASTERY

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia On March 23, 2013, the eve of the first Sunday of Great Lent—the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia lead the Vigil service at Sretensky Stavropegic Monastery in Moscow. At the end of the service, abbot of the monastery Archimandrite Tikhon thanked His Holiness for finding the opportunity to celebrate this important service with them, and also for his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis gives Russian patriarch’s gift to Pope Emeritus Benedict

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Source: Catholic World News Three days after Pope Francis received a Marian icon as a gift from Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Pope gave the icon as a gift to Pope Emeritus Benedict. Metropolitan Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, presented the icon of Our Lady, Support of the Humble, along with a book, to Pope Francis during a March 20 audience; Pope Francis in turn presented the icon to the Pope Emeritus on March 23. Pope … [Read more...]

Cyprus church braces for ’100 mn euro’ bailout hit

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Source:  France 24 (AFP) Cyprus's wealthy Orthodox Church stands to lose more than 100 million euros in the bailout deal reached with international creditors early Monday, its leader Archbishop Chrysostomos said. "The capital owned by the Church, which was over 100 million euros, has been lost," the archbishop told reporters. "There will be many difficulties, some will lose their jobs, the hungry will be multiplied and the Church has to take care of people," he added. The church … [Read more...]