Orthodox Christian clergy ask lawmakers to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman

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Source: Providence Journal By Richard C. Dujardin PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island's Orthodox Christian clergy are urging the rejection of any proposals that would redefine marriage as anything other than as a union between a man and woman. In a statement signed by 18 of its member priests and issued Friday, the Rhode Island Orthodox Clergy Fellowship said, "We must remember that God Himself is the author of marriage and that the well being of the individual person and human society at … [Read more...]

Orthodox leader meets with would-be papal assassin Agca

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Source: Catholic World News Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in May 1981, met this week with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. The January 7 conversation took place at Agca’s request. Agca reportedly told the Ecumenical Patriarch that he had spent many hours reading the Bible while in prison. After his conviction in an Italian court for the attempted murder of the Pontiff, Agca spent 19 years in prison in Rome before he was released in 2000, … [Read more...]

Chrysostomos Says Government is to Blame for Cyprus’ Economic Crisis

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Source: The National Herald Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus told TNH that he blamed the current Cypriot government of Demetris Christofias for the economic crisis as well as the political dead ends. “I believe that the government didn’t do its duty. It let things to roll over on their own.” Chrysostomos added that “I can tell you that the government worked negatively and that is why we have come to this point. At any rate now, it’s leaving in … [Read more...]

Archons’ Historic Journey to Cathedral in Cuba

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff HAVANA, CUBA – More than 80 Archons and Greek Orthodox faithful journeyed to Havana, Cuba for a 6-day pilgrimage to visit Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from December 5 to 10. The pilgrimage was sponsored by the Order of St Andrew and led by its spiritual advisor, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The trip culminated in a celebration of the Feast of Saint Nicholas and took place under the auspices … [Read more...]

190 Hectares of Forest Given Back to Halki Seminary

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Source: The National Herald CONSTANTINOPLE (From the website of Today's Zaman) - Following a meeting held on Friday, the Council of Foundations -- part of Turkey's Directorate General for Foundations (VGM) -- returned 190 hectares of forest to the Greek Orthodox Halki (Heybeliada) Seminary in Istanbul. According to the decision, 190 hectares of woodlands near the Halki Seminary will be given to the seminary's owner, the Aya Triada Monastery Foundation. This is the biggest property return … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon attends reception at NY’s Russian Consulate

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Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was among numerous guests who attended a reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation here on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, marking the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord on the Julian Calendar. The reception was hosted by the Honorable Igor L. Golubovskiy, Consul General, and His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the … [Read more...]

OCA represented at Festival of Young Preachers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ATLANTA, GA [OCA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry was represented at the National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA January 2-5, 2013. Sponsored annually by the Academy of Preachers, this festival brings together young Christians between the ages of 16 and 28 for three days of preaching, fellowship, and education. This year’s theme was “The Gospel and the City.” Each young preacher … [Read more...]

Egypt foils attack on Coptic Orthodox church

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Source: The Telegraph Egyptian troops foiled a bomb attack on a church in the frontier town of Rafah timed to coincide with Coptic Orthodox Christmas, the authorities said on Monday. By Richard Spencer, Cairo Army units received a tip-off about the attack, and in the early hours of Monday morning, Coptic Christmas Day, discovered a Toyota car packed with explosives and weapons near the church, according to the state news agency. Another car driven by masked men then sped off. A … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios to Deliver Benediction at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has been invited to offer the benediction at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon following the Inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2013. The invitation was extended by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), which also hosts the luncheon to honor President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe … [Read more...]

First-timer grabs the Epiphany cross in Tarpon Springs

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Source: Tampa Bay Times By Stephanie Wang and Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writers TARPON SPRINGS First-time diver Vassilios Harding, 16, crouched Sunday atop an overturned dinghy in Spring Bayou. He worried the position put him at a disadvantage in diving with 46 other Greek boys for the Epiphany cross. "I want this," he thought to himself, "and I want this bad." Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, blessed the waters, then dropped the … [Read more...]