Romanian NGOs ask for end of state financing for religious groups

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Source: Romania-Insider.com Over 20 NGOs have asked the Romanian Parliament to put an end to financing religious groups to the tune of EUR 540 million every year. The funds – around 0.4 percent of the country’s GDP – should be directed to education, research and health. The 23 NGOs which signed the letter to Parliament reminded of the debt on the drug market, of 0.3 percent of the GDP. “In a secular state like Romania it is not normal to have hundreds of millions of euros taken away from … [Read more...]

Turkish Parliament considers converting Hagia Sophia to mosque

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Source: The Washington Times DALLAS February 5, 2013 – In a surpise move, a commission of the Turkish Parliament last week accepted a petition from a Turkish citizen to reopen the Hagia Sophia as a place of worship for Muslims. The center of Orthodox worship in the Eastern Roman Empire for over a thousand years (360 – 1453), the Church of the Holy Wisdom, more commonly known by its Greek name Hagia Sophia, has been a museum since 1935 and draws millions of visitors every year. After the … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary offers on-line Doctor of Ministry Program

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree online through a new program at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY.The hybrid program, which combines distance learning with one–week, on–campus intensives, is bridging a gap for students who cannot reside full time on campus. The program will begin in fall 2013, and applications … [Read more...]

Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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Source: Smithsonian.com In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga By Mike Dash Siberian summers do not last long. The snows linger into May, and the cold weather returns again during September, freezing the taiga into a still life awesome in its desolation: endless miles of straggly pine and birch forests scattered with sleeping bears and hungry wolves; steep-sided mountains; white-water rivers that pour in torrents … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon hosts Metropolitan Hilarion, Archbishop Justinian at Chancery

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and His Eminence, Archbishop Justinian, Administrator of the [Moscow] Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ROCOR Metropolitan Hilarion presents Metropolitan Tikhon with panagia of the Kursk Icon of the Mother of … [Read more...]

GAY RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION TURNS VIOLENT

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Source: The St. Petersburg Times By Yekaterina Kravtsova MOSCOW – A demonstration outside the State Duma on Tuesday ended in fisticuffs as Orthodox activists clashed with opponents of a bill targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Police and at least one Duma deputy intervened to halt the violence. About 30 LGBT activists met at noon on Georgiyevsky Pereulok for an event they called "Kissing Day" to protest a proposed ban on "homosexual propaganda." Gay and lesbian … [Read more...]

New Jerusalem Armenian patriarch elected

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon JERUSALEM: Archbishop Nurhan Manougian has been elected the 97th Armenian Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, one of the five custodians of Christian religious sites in the Holy Land, sources told AFP on Thursday. Manougian, 65, replaces Torkom Manougian, who died aged 93 in October 2012, after falling into a coma following a stroke. The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios Participated in the National Inaugural Prayer Service

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America WASHINGTON – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated today in the National Inaugural Prayer Service in the Capital’s National Cathedral with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Members of the U.S. Congress in attendance. As it has been the case in previous Presidential Inaugurations, the Archbishop was among the select national religious leaders participating in this service. The National Prayer Service is … [Read more...]

Princeton Historian Dr. Peter Brown delivers riveting Schmemann Lecture

Awarding the honorary doctorate: [L to R] Metropolitan Tikhon, Dr. Peter Brown, Fr. Chad Hatfield, Board Executive Chair Alex Machaskee, Fr. John Behr.

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/Virginia Nieuwsma] Princeton University’s Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus Dr. Peter Brown presented the 30th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture to a standing room only crowd in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building. Titled “Constantine, Eusebius, and the Future of Christianity,” the presentation focused on how Christians understand the … [Read more...]

Remains of last Yugoslav king returned to Serbia

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Source: The State By JOVANA GEC Associated Press The remains of Yugoslavia's last king - Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970 - were flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, despite protests by some Serb royalists in America. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned because Communists took over at the end of the war. He died in exile at the age of 47 and was buried at a Serbian Orthodox Church … [Read more...]