Patriarch Kirill Prays for Peaceful Outcome of Arab Revolutions

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Source: Interfax Beirut, November 15, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Lebanese President Michel Suleyman discussed at a meeting in Beirut the current complicated situation in the Middle East and they agreed that peaceful changes must be carried out and new manifestations of Christianophobia prevented. "We are extremely concerned about the position of Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Libya. We have been witnessing radical growth in Christianophobia in other … [Read more...]

Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Meets, Issues Statement on Plight of Christians in the Middle East

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and South America Wednesday, November 09, 2011 The texts promulgated by this Dialogue are not to be understood as official positions of the Orthodox Church or of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, but rather they reflect the considered theological understanding of the participants in the Dialogue, who are appointed and empowered by the Assembly of Bishops to explore these issues. NEW YORK —The North American … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Addresses Delegates, Observers at 16th All-American Council

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BELLEVUE, WA [OCA] Following an opening Service of Prayer and call to order, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, opened the first plenary session of the 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday evening, October 31, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here. After Metropolitan Jonah delivered his opening address, several members of the Holy Synod of Bishops offered reflections on the life of the Church in general and the issues they … [Read more...]

Russians Queue for Greek Fertility Relic

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Source: adeiladenow RUSSIANS have queued to see one of the most treasured Orthodox relics, believed to have miraculous powers to boost fertility, as the country struggles to reverse a population decline. The relic on loan from Greece, that believers venerate as the belt of the Virgin Mary, arrived overnight in Russia's northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, where hundreds, mostly women, stood in line to pay their respects. Arriving in Russia for the first time in its history, the relic … [Read more...]

Upcoming Orthodox Lectures, Retreats and Events

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Orthodox Christian Events are listed in the Google Calendar provided by Mary Photini. Please click on the State link of your choice for list of Orthodox lectures and events in your area.  States (& Canada) are listed in alphabetical order.  Pilgrimage/Tours are listed at the end. The Google Calendar is best viewed with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Only States with a corresponding event(s) are listed. *DISCLAIMER:Please click on information link provided for each … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod issues “Guidelines for Clergy Use of Online Social Networking”

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[SYOSSET, NY] On October 6, 2011, during their Fall 2011 Session, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America adopted and approved “Guidelines for Clergy Use of Online Social Networking.” Available in PDF format, the Guidelines recognize “the popularity of social networking and digital communications” and their exponential growth.  Acknowledging that “the Church should not shy away from these new forms of media, but should … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Port Authority Announce Agreement on Rebuilding of St. Nicholas

Archbishop Demetrios of America, NY Governor Cuomo, and New York Senator Dean Skelos, sign the agreement to kick-start the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces today an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey regarding the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo invited Archbishop Demetrios and the Hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, together with leadership of the St. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Gathering to Return after 48 Years

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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ann Rodgers Thousands packed Civic Arena in 1963 With work under way for the demolition of the Civic Arena, Orthodox Christians are gathering in Pittsburgh to remember a historic faith event that took place there in 1963. Nearly 14,000 Orthodox -- including 12 bishops, 150 priests and a 1,000-voice choir from all ethnic backgrounds -- packed the arena with the dome open. It remains the largest Orthodox gathering in America, according to organizers of … [Read more...]

OCA Fall Session of Holy Synod Concludes

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on Thursday, October 6, 2011. The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America, and Canada.  In attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Grace, Bishop Tikhon Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Secretary; … [Read more...]

Clergy Compensation Packages in GOA

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Source: National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON – A newly-assigned priest who has just graduated from the Seminary should make an annual salary of $49,128 – $66,528 plus extras such as insurance, an automobile, a house (or an allowance for one) retirement contributions, seminars expenses, and many more. A priest with 35 years of ministry and more will earn $113,856 – $120,144, according to the Clergy Compensation Plan for 2012. The priests’ salaries are the biggest expense of the … [Read more...]