Cyprus’ Orthodox Church offers to mortgage assets to help secure international bailout amid debt crisis

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Source: CBS News [NICOSIA, CYPRUS] The head of Cyprus' influential Orthodox church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, says he will put the church's assets at the country's disposal to help pull it out of a financial crisis, after lawmakers rejected a plan to seize up to 10 percent of people's bank deposits to secure an international bailout. Speaking after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades Wednesday, Chrysostomos said the church was willing to mortgage its assets to invest in government … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon attends Inauguration of Pope Francis

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon is one of a number of Orthodox hierarchs slated to attend the Inauguration of Pope Francis in Rome on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Representatives from most of the Orthodox Churches will be present, including His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Following the Solemn Mass of Inauguration in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday morning, Metropolitan Tikhon, who is being … [Read more...]

Andrew Athens Passes Away at 91

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Source: Greek Reporter USA The Greek community in USA and people from all around the world mourned his death, including heads of States, countless political figures, and organizations. Supreme President of AHEPA, Dr. John Grossomanides has issued the following statement: “The members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association mourn the passing of Life Member Andrew Athens, a true pillar of global Hellenism, a highly-decorated World War Two veteran, an unwavering … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to attend Pope Francis’ installation Mass

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Source: The Catholic World Report A first since the Great Schism By Catherine Harmon In a historic development, it was announced today that Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will attend Pope Francis’ installation Mass in Rome March 19, the first time such an event as taken place since the Great Schism in 1054. From Asia News: The ecumenical patriarch will be accompanied by Ioannis Zizioulas, metropolitan of Pergamon and co-president of the Joint International … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox leader tells Pope must act together

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Source: Reuters MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church told newly elected Pope Francis on Thursday they must act together to defend Christians persecuted in some parts of the world and promote traditional values against secularism. The Russian Orthodox Church shares the Roman Catholic Church's conservative stances on many moral issues but disputes still strain relations nearly a millennium after the Great Schism split Christianity into eastern and western … [Read more...]

Refurbished room at OCA Chancery dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Leonty

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Source: Orthodox Church in America The recently refurbished main reception room at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here was dedicated to the memory of the late Metropolitan Leonty on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013. After celebrating a Panikhida for the repose of Metropolitan Leonty’s soul, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the dedication. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, who began their spring session earlier in the day, were present, as were members of … [Read more...]

Congratulations from OCA Metropolitan Tikhon sent to newly-elected Pope Francis

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - In a letter dated March 14, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offered congratulations to the newly elected Pope Francis. “It is with joy that I convey to You the congratulations of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the occasion of Your election as Pope,” the letter opens. “Your example as Archbishop of Buenos Aires has told the world that Your commitment is to the Gospel of Christ, its truth and its love. Your … [Read more...]

Wolf Issues Report Following Trip to Middle East

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Source: Congressman Frank Wolf WOLF ISSUES REPORT FOLLOWING VISIT TO MIDDLE EAST DURING TUMULTUOUS TIME OF CHANGE IN THE REGION Renews Call for Special Envoy to Advocate for Beleaguered Minority Faith Communities, Which are Increasingly Under Assault Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2013) – Rep. Frank Wolf today made a series of policy recommendations – including his continued push for the creation of a Special Envoy for Religious Minorities in the Middle East and South Central Asia – following … [Read more...]

Former Fairfield, California pastor sentenced

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Source: The Reporter BY RYAN CHALK/ RCHALK@THEREPORTER.COM Clutching a handwritten apology, a former Fairfield pastor asked for forgiveness in front of a packed courtroom just before being sentenced to 18 years in state prison for the molestation of children at his parish. Robert E. Ruark, 65, of Suisun City, a former reverend at St. Timothy Orthodox Church, received the sentence in Solano County Superior Court after pleading guilty in January to 19 felony counts related to committing … [Read more...]

St Tikhon’s Seminary Board of Trustees Announces Dean Search and Appoints Interim Dean

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Source: St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary [South Canaan, PA] The Board of Trustees has announced that they have officially appointed the search committee to hire the next Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary. More details to follow. The Board of Trustees of St. Tikhon's Seminary has also appointed Igumen Sergius, Abbot of St. Tikhon's Monastery, as the Acting Dean of the seminary until a new Dean can been found. As acting Dean Fr. Sergius will report directly to the Rector of the … [Read more...]