Fire damages St. Basil Church

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Source: Gazette Chicago Parishioners at St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church must worship elsewhere during repairs to the fire-damaged church at 733 S. Ashland Ave. Fr. Panteleimon Dalianis said that, for the first three Sundays after the fire, the church would hold services at the Chicago Marriott at the Medical District, 625 S. Ashland Ave., just north of the church. St. Basil’s is seeking another location in case it takes longer than three weeks to mend the damage. He added St. Basil’s … [Read more...]

Diocese of Alaska Chancellor meets with state reps

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Hieromonk David [Mahaffey], Chancellor and Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, and Dr. Richard Dauenhauer recently met with State Representative Cathy Muñoz and State Senator Gary Stevens in Juneau, the state capital. During the meeting, the importance of preserving the state’s historic Russian Orthodox churches and buildings and the restoration work undertaken by ROSSIA (Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites In Alaska) were among the topics discussed. Father … [Read more...]

OCA Chaplains deployed to Middle East

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Two priests of the Orthodox Church in America recently were deployed to Afghanistan to provide ministry to members of the US Armed Forces. Priest Paul Rivers, US Army, Chaplain (CPT), in the active duty component in Germany, and Priest George Hill, US Army, Chaplain (MAJ), in the active duty component in Fort Bragg, NC, have been deployed to Afghanistan with their units. In addition, Priest David Alexander, LT, CHC, of the … [Read more...]

Church loses Bibles, chalices, safe to thieves, say Boston-area police

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Source: CBS News (CBS) BOSTON - Police are looking for the thieves who broke into a church a few miles from Boston and stole a safe, chalices, Bibles, and blessing crosses, CBS Boston reported. It happened sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at the Taxiacrche/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass. Police say the thieves broke in the boiler room door in the basement, went up to the church office and ransacked it. They believe the initial motivation may have … [Read more...]

Russian army introduces the flying Orthodox church-in-a-box

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Source: The Guardian The latest addition to the Russian military arsenal takes the form of an airborne church complete with parachuting priests by Oliver Wainwright The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month – an army of parachuting priests. The unit of chaplains, who have joined the Russian Airborne Force to train in parachute jumping and vehicle assembly, will operate out of flatpack churches that can be airlifted in to wherever soldiers may be … [Read more...]

The SVOTS-light: April 2013

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Monthly Newsletter from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Email not displaying properly? View it in your browser. In the SVOTS-light April 2013 His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON stands with newly ordained Priest Adam Horstman, his wife Patricia, and their children on the Feast of the Annunciation. (Photo: Leanne Parrott Photography) Our central focus at … [Read more...]

Registration now open for summer 2013 Parish Ministries Conference

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Registration is now open for “Faith in Action: Equipping the Saints for Worship, Learning and Service,” a parish ministries conference slated to be held on the campus of Marymount University, Arlington, VA July 10-13, 2013. Registration and/or additional information may be accessed here.  Those who wish to register by mail may download the registration form in PDF format. Sponsored by four departments of the Orthodox Church in … [Read more...]

Georgian Orthodox Church against minority languages charter

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Source: Democracy and Freedom Watch by DFWATCH STAFF Tbilisi, DFWatch – Illia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgian Orthodox Church, considers unacceptable to renew talks about adopting the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Archdeacon Mikael Botkoveli, patriarch’s secretary, told journalists at the Tbilisi airport before patriarch’s departure for Helsinki, Finland, for medical treatment. “Talks have been renewed about European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages … [Read more...]

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...]