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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko reposed in the Lord on March 18 of this year. He was an influential figure in American Orthodoxy, in part due to his long tenure at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and in part due to the popular nature of his lectures, talks, and writings. He spoke well and spoke frequently, addressing himself most especially to lay people and clergy. He was a pastor by nature, concerned with the life of the Church and its witness to the modern world. Several years ago, he published 55 “maxims”…

Source: Frederica.com by Frederica Mathewes-Green With some kind of genius for stupidity, I said on my Facebook page recently that I am not particularly opposed to gay marriage. No, it was worse than that; what I said was, “I was asked why I don’t oppose gay marriage, and I’ll try to make this brief. It’s because I don’t agree that gay marriage harms society, or harms marriage.” I’m no big-time writer, but it caused an outsized stir. My readers are mostly Christian and conservative, and the comments overflowed. Clearly, I struck a nerve. But it was a nerve I never…

Source: Christianity Today Propaganda video released the same day Justin Welby arrives in Cairo to honor the previous 21 victims. by Jayson Casper in Cairo Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith. This time, the approximately 28 men targeted by the Libya affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) were Ethiopian Christians. In February, the killing of 21 mostly Egyptian Christians drew widespread horror and fears of future massacres, but also led to Egypt’s largest Bible outreach. Describing the 30-minute propaganda video released Sunday,…

Source: First Things by Mykhailo Cherenkov Long before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and unproclaimed war in the Donbass, Ukraine had become a religious battleground. Despite the warning of Yurii Chernomorets, Cyril Hovorun, and other observers, none of the leading Ukrainian and Western politicians foresaw the threat posed by an increasingly aggressive form of Orthodox Christianity being promoted by Moscow. As events in Ukraine have now shown, Orthodox fundamentalism is no less aggressive than Islamic fundamentalism, and the “Russian Spring” is no less bloody than its Arab counterpart. Click here to read the complete article.

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA]  Saint Andrew House here will be the site of the first Orthodox Church in America Mission School April 20-24, 2015. Funding for the event was made possible through a bequest to the OCA for use in the areas of mission and evangelism. “A focus group met several months ago to consider the best way to use the bequest,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Mission School facilitator.  “After reviewing 19 different proposals, task force members selected three options, which were submitted to the members of the Holy Synod, who in…

Source: The Sounding / Orthodox Christian Network By Andrew Estocin in The Sounding Will our children choose to live as Orthodox Christians? This is the most pressing question facing the Church today. Over the years, the conventional path followed to form young people in the Orthodox Faith has included a Sunday school program.  Today, it is a given that every parish needs a Sunday school in order to be considered successful.  However, as more and more parishes face serious questions about their future, one must ask whether or not Sunday school has served our children well. The answer to this…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Last week’s attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000 of its residents trapped with little access to food, water, electricity or outside aid. The UN has described the conditions there as “beyond inhumane” and is calling for full protection of civilians and humanitarian access. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, is assessing the urgent needs of displaced families that managed to escape, and is prepared to provide…

Source: U~T San Diego St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church brings ancient roots to new location By PHIL DIEHL CARLSBAD — One of the oldest religious institutions in the world has opened a new church in Carlsbad, where there’s standing room only at every service. St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church was founded in 2011 in Encinitas, but it’s part of the third-largest Christian church in the world, with roots and traditions dating to the beginning of Christianity. One of the traditions practiced at St. Katherine’s is that the congregation stands throughout the services, which can last as long as two hours.…

Source: Global News By Amanda Kelly MONTREAL — Montreal’s Greek community is grieving after Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire Monday night. At around 8 p.m., over 70 Montreal firefighters were called to the church on De L’Épée Avenue. By 9:30 p.m., the fire was confirmed to be a three-alarm fire. Onlookers watched helplessly as glass shattered and firefighters battled the blaze. The church was evacuated and no one was injured. It wasn’t until close to 11:30 p.m. that the fire was brought under control. Adjoining streets were blocked off to…

Source: The Pilot By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While Catholic and Armenian Orthodox theologians continue discussions aimed at full unity, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, commemorated the already-achieved unity of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox martyrs in heaven. Pope Francis concelebrated Mass April 12 with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni in the presence of Catholicos Karekin and thousands of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox faithful. Media attention focused on the diplomatic tensions created between the Vatican and Turkey when Pope Francis used the term “genocide” to describe the deaths…

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