Appeal for Hurricane Sandy Relief from Metropolitan Philip

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes: Beloved in Christ: Greetings to you and your families in the name of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. I write to you today with a heavy heart as we continue to endure the effects of the massive storm “Sandy” that engulfed the Northeast last week. In fact, I had hoped to communicate with all of you earlier, but we just received our electricity back at the archdiocese and … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Establishes Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS VISITS STORM RAVAGED AREAS IN STATEN ISLAND, NY NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America establishes the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and designates Sunday November 11, 2012 as a day of prayer and offering on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Archbishop Demetrios of America, on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod, issued today an Encyclical (click here) in which he calls upon all the faithful throughout … [Read more...]

In Memoriam – Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [and various sources] SOFIA, BULGARIA His Holiness, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, fell asleep in the Lord as a result of heart failure on Tuesday morning, November 6, 2012. He had been hospitalized for the past month. According to an announcement issued by the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the 13-member Holy Synod will meet to make funeral arrangements and choose a locum tenens until the convocation of a Church Council within the next … [Read more...]

Bishop Tawadrous Elected new Pope-Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church

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Source: The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK The 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark was announced on 4 November 2012. Bishop Tawadrous was chosen in an altar ballot, concluding the Papal Selection Process for the Coptic Orthodox Church. Bishop Tawadrous succeeds the late Pope Shenouda III, who departed on 17 March 2012. In a process that has taken nine months, the new Pope was selected in an altar ballot during a Liturgical service … [Read more...]

Church of Holy Sepulcher owes NIS 9m. water bill

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Source: The Jerusalem Post By REUTERS Church threatens to shut its doors after Jerusalem water company freezes the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate's bank account. This week the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has extensive and valuable property holdings in the Holy Land and maintains a headquarters in the ancient church, had its bank account frozen, said an official at water company Hagihon. A report in Ma'ariv on Friday said the Patriarchate was threatening to shut the … [Read more...]

Child’s Ballot Will Determine November Election—Of Next Coptic Pope

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Egypt's Orthodox cast lots Sunday to find God's choice for who succeeds Pope Shenouda III. by Jayson Casper Source: Christianity Today While Americans prepare to elect their next president on Tuesday, Egyptian Christians are leaving this Sunday's choice for their highest leader up to a higher power: God. On November 4, one of three final candidates will succeed Pope Shenouda III, the beloved "pope of the Bible" who died in March, as the 118th patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox … [Read more...]

How parishes can help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA CSHA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid (CSHA) is encouraging all parishes to assist International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing emergency assistance to those suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mrs. Donna Karabin, department chair, IOCC has received initial requests for anticipated shipments of emergency relief items from its ecumenical partners … [Read more...]

Greek Archdiocese Assessing Damages Following Hurricane Sandy, Archbishop Affirms Prayers And Assistance

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has expressed the concern, prayers and care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for the life, safety and well being of the millions of people in the affected areas of the northeastern United States. The Archbishop, through his chancellor, has been in contact with clergy of the Direct Archdiocesan District to assess and determine the extent of … [Read more...]

OCA Chancery remains closed, while parish updates are slowly being received

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Downed tree damages rectory of St. Nicholas Church, Whitestone, NY. As of Thursday, November 1, 2012, electrical power at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here had yet to be restored, while 20 or so trees—including those blocking the entrance drive—have yet to be removed as the east coast slowly recovers from Hurricane Sandy. The Chancery will remain closed through the weekend, as will Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and … [Read more...]

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew addresses 1st Istanbul World Forum

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (October 13-14, 2012) It is a sincere privilege to be invited by the Prime Ministry Office of Public Diplomacy and the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research to address this 1st Istanbul World Forum held under the distinguished auspices of and officially opened by His Excellency Prime Minister Erdogan. Moreover, it is a personal pleasure to participate in this esteemed panel on the critical subject of “Religion and … [Read more...]