Court Rules Against St. Basil Academy in Tuition Dispute

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Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas ALBANY, NY – The New York State Court of Appeals on January 5 ruled against St. Basil Academy on its long standing dispute with the Garrison school district regarding tuition fees for those of St. Basil children that are not Garrison residents. The unanimous opinion, delivered by Judge Pigott, described that “this appeal presents the question of whether a school district is obligated to pay for the educational costs of the children living … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Wrangles with Russian Church Over Ephraim Jailing

Pat. Bartholomew

Source: The National Herald ISTANBUL (AMNA) - The Ecumenical Patriarchate criticized the "intervention" by the Patriarch of Moscow in its affairs through statements and demarches made in favor of Vatopedi Monastery abbot Ephraim, reiterating that Mt. Athos belongs under the Church of Constantinople's jurisdiction. An announcement issued at the Phanar after Tuesday's meeting of the Synod stresses that Mount Athos is "normal territory" of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. "It is comprised … [Read more...]

The Diocese of Mexico: Forty Years of Ministry and Mission

Metropolitan Jonah celebrating the Great Blessing of Water

Source: Orthodox Church in America MEXICO CITY, MEXICO [OCA] Faithful arrived early at the Cathedral of the Ascension here on Sunday, January 8, 2012, as His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presided at the Divine Liturgy and celebrated the Great Blessing of Water marking the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Concelebrating with Metropolitan Jonah were Bishop Alejo of Mexico; diocesan clergy from as far as Monterrey and Guadalajara; priests from the US who offer assistance to the diocese, … [Read more...]

Construction of Orthodox Center in Paris to begin in 2012

Centre Spirituel et Cluturel Orthodoxe Russe a Paris

Source: Interfax MOSCOW. Jan 3 (Interfax) - The construction of a Russian Orthodox culture and religious center in Paris will soon be started, Russian presidential property manager Vladimir Kozhin said. "A contract has already been signed with the company Bouygues, which will build the center. The work with the drawings is under way now. The construction itself will begin after the New Year's," Kozhin said in an interview with Interfax. A project presented by Manuel Yanovski's Society … [Read more...]

Spiritual Security, the Russian Orthodox Church, & the Russian Foreign Ministry: Collaboration or Cooptation?

Rev. Dr. Daniel Payne

Source: Journal of Church and State | Rev. Dr. Daniel Payne Introduction Upon the recent death of Patriarch Alexey II of Moscow and All Russia, Sergei Lavrov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry (RFM), stated, “It is impossible to overestimate the contribution of the Primate of the Church to strengthening the positions of our Fatherland in the world and enhancing the international prestige of Russia.”1 First and foremost, the signing of the 2007 Act of Canonical Communion of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Disputed Voting Turns Church, a Kremlin Ally, Into Its Critic

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin with Patriarch Kirill I, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, in May.

Source: New York Times | Sophia Kishkovsky MOSCOW — Among the thousands of Russian voices raised against the Kremlin this month after parliamentary elections widely dismissed as fraudulent, perhaps the most surprising was that of Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who defended popular protests as a “lawful negative reaction” to corruption. Always a reliable pillar of support for the government of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin and his United Russia Party, the … [Read more...]

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Christians in Turkey Festively Celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas with a religious service on saturday at St. Pierre Church in Hatay. (Photo: AA)

Source: Today's Zaman 25 December 2011 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL The thousands of Christians in Turkey began their Christmas celebrations on Dec. 24, and several religious ceremonies were held in different churches as political figures like the president and prime minister issued holiday messages. İstiklal Street was the center of activity where Christians gathered together to spend the evening. Some joined parties while many others went to church to pray. Many Catholics celebrated … [Read more...]

Professors from Greek Aristotle’s University Undertake Restoration Project of Theological School of Halki

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Source: Greek Reporter | Stella Tsolakidou The Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki is taking an active part in reviving the Theological School of Halki in Istanbul. This trend has been supported by 30 professors of the Greek University, who will provide the Ecumenical Patriarchate with their knowledge and know-how (in terms of research and study) in order to propose alternative methods of rebuilding and renovating the School. This is a joint initiative of the University’s Deanery and … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Embattled Christians Seek Room in America

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Source: The Wall Street Journal | Lucette Lagnado Kirolos Andraws had every reason to be excited about the January uprising in his native Egypt, figuring democracy would bring hope for young people like him. Then one day in February, says Mr. Andraws, a gang of thugs beat him and told him, “you deserve to die.” His offense, he says: refusing to convert to Islam. In late March, Mr. Andraws, a 23-year- old engineer, used a tourist visa to board an Egyptair flight for New York City. He … [Read more...]