Phone and e-mail scam alert

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] It has come to the attention of the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America that individuals, including some OCA clergy, have been receiving e-mails and telephone calls from an unknown individual or individuals presenting themselves as members of the Holy Synod of Bishops requesting emergency funds for various causes and asking that funds be directed to specified venues. These appeals are scams and should not be honored. None of … [Read more...]

Diocese of Alaska nominates Archpriest David Mahaffey to vacant See of Sitka and Alaska

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA Diocese of Alaska] Delegates to the Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska, which met here on September 15, 2012, voted to present the name of Archpriest David Mahaffey in nomination to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America. Father David’s name will be presented by His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Alaska, at a future meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops for … [Read more...]

Prayers issued for 17th All-American Council, Election of Metropolitan

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Prayers for the 17th All-American Council and the Election of the New Metropolitan of All American and Canada were issued by the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here during the second week of September 2012. These petitions have also been approved by the Holy Synod of Bishops and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately. PRAYERS FOR THE 17TH ALL-AMERICAN … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Christians anxious, anticipate troubles

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Source: The National Herald MAGGIE MICHAEL,Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Christians gathered Friday in front of a Cairo cathedral holding signs denouncing a film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad amid fears that Muslims will take out their anger on Egypt's minority community. The country's 8 million Coptic Christians were already feeling increasingly cornered amid the rise to power of hard-line Islamists in Egypt following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Now U.S. authorities have … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church to choose new pope in December

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Source: Reuters By Edmund Blair Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church will choose a new pope on December 2, after Pope Shenouda who led the church for four decades died in March and left many Christians worrying about their rights under an Islamist-led government. Many Christians, who make up about tenth of Egypt’s 83 million people, are concerned by the rise of Islamists who swept to power in parliamentary and presidential elections. President Mohamed Mursi has insisted he will be a leader … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Nicholas Will Represent Archbishop Demetrios at the DNC

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, was invited by President Barack Obama to deliver the invocation at the official opening of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Archbishop Demetrios, being unable to personally attend, asked Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit to represent him and deliver the invocation on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Tuesday Sept. 4, at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. … [Read more...]

Registration, Hotel Information for 17th All-American Council Now Available on OCA Web Site

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Registration forms and related materials for the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, are now available in this PDF document, which includes a wealth of information on various aspects of the Council.  [See related story at http://oca.org/news/headline-news/17th-all-american-council-to-be-held-o... ]. “Per the Statute of the … [Read more...]

Now Widows, Divorcees Can Also Become Nuns

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Source: Times of India KOCHI: The Jacobite Syrian Church, which traces its origins to Saint Peter, is ordaining widows and divorcees as nuns. Conventionally, across various church denominations, only unmarried women are admitted to the fold as nuns. Around 250 nuns are part of the church, which follows Orthodox traditions, and the outreach may increase that number. The church runs 10 convents in Kerala and with plans to set up a string of hospitals and educational institutions, authorities … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Leads Celebrations Marking 200th Anniversary of Fort Ross

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations On August 25, 2012, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Fort Ross, the place of the first Russian settlement in California. The liturgy was celebrated in the open, next to the reconstructed Russian Church of the Holy … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Marks the Ecclesiastical New Year with a Statement on the Environment

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: Orthodox Church in America For many years, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, has issued a statement on the protection of the environment in conjunction with his annual message marking the beginning of the ecclesiastical year on September 1. “Our God, who created the universe and formed the earth as a perfect dwelling place for humanity, granted us the commandment and possibility to increase, multiply and fulfill creation, with dominion over all animals and plants,” … [Read more...]