‘Baby box’ opens in Russia to save abandoned kids

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RT Source: USA Today By Irina Titova, AP KIRISHI, Russia: A box in which parents can leave their babies anonymously without any legal risk opened Wednesday in a town in northwestern Russia - part of an effort that activists hope will save many young lives. The baby box in Kirishi, an industrial town 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of St. Petersburg, is the tenth such facility in Russia. Experts think that's just a fraction of what is needed. "Even if only one child is saved that … [Read more...]

Antiochian Women’s New Project is Village Tornado Relief

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Philip has tasked the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America (AOWNA) with a new fundraising project for 2012-2013, “The Antiochian Village Tornado Relief Fund.” Between 2010 and 2012, the AOWNA women in chapters across the U.S. and Canada raised over $315,000 for the Convent of St. Thekla at the Village, and will now turn their attention towards another project to benefit the … [Read more...]

Thank you: Special appeal to raise funds for Alaskan, Mexican AAC delegates a success!

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At least 13 clergy delegates from the Diocese of Alaska and four from the Diocese of Mexico will be joining the 600-plus individuals already registered for the 17th All-American Council at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Recently, an appeal to raise funds to assist clergy from these dioceses with travel expenses was posted on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America at the recommendation of … [Read more...]

The Orthodox priest kidnapped in Damascus found dead

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Source: Agenzia Fides Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - The body of the Greek-Orthodox priest Fr. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of the church of St. Elias in Qatana, was found today in the Jaramana neighborhood (north of Damascus) not far from the place where he was kidnapped, on October 19, by unidentified armed group (see Fides 24/10/2012). This was confirmed to Fides by Fr. Haddad’s Greek-Orthodox confrere, who asked for anonymity. "His body was horribly tortured and his eyes gouged out," he told … [Read more...]

Dialogue with Oriental Orthodox focuses on ministry to immigrants

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Source: Catholic World News (CWN) The annual US dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches took place on October 15 and 16 in White Plains, NY. The Oriental Orthodox churches, which are distinct from the Eastern Orthodox churches, ceased communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451. The dialogue, co-chaired by Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany and Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church, focused on … [Read more...]

Holy Synod releases Pastoral Letter on Emancipation Proclamation

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America released a Pastoral Letter marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Expressing concern for human trafficking and related issues today, the members of the Holy Synod note that, “as the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation draws near, Orthodox Christians in the United States understand that … [Read more...]

High court: archbishop collaborated with secret police during Romania’s communist era

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Source: The Washington Post By Associated Press, Published: October 23 BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s highest court has upheld the conviction of a top Orthodox cleric that he secretly served as an informant for the country’s communist-era Securitate police. The 83-year-old Archbishop Pimen was found guilty by a government council of serving as an informant sent by the church and the Securitate to spy on fellow clergy and members of Romania’s expatriate community in the United States in … [Read more...]

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Announces the Signing of Final Agreement on the Rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church at Archdiocesan Council Meeting

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Originally posted on October 20, 2012 NEW YORK – The Governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo, announced yesterday at the Archdiocesan Council meeting, that the final agreement on the rebuilding of St. Nicholas was signed the day before, Oct. 18, 2012 and that the Port Authority would begin construction immediately hoping to complete the foundation in a year and then turn the site over to the Church. Governor Cuomo made the … [Read more...]

Historic Visit of Patriarch Ignatius IV to the US includes Historic Meeting of Educators from Lebanon and the United States

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, His Beatitude IGNATIUS IV, Patriarch of Antioch and all The East arrived in the United States for a short stay which included several official functions. He was met at the airport by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and a contingent of over 30 clergy and laity. His motorcade was escorted by officers from the Passaic County … [Read more...]

ON RELIGION: Apocalyptic visions at Chernobyl

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Source: Times-Standard Terry Mattingly/Scripps Howard News Service KIEV -- The apocalyptic visions begin just inside the doors of the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum and many of them lead into the Book of Revelation. The final pages of Christian scripture are full of angels, trumpets, flames, thunder, lightning, earthquakes and catastrophes that shake heaven and earth. In this museum, the key is in the eighth chapter: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from … [Read more...]