Defense Ministry and Orthodox Church Signs MoU

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Source: The Messenger Online The Memorandum of Understanding has been concluded between the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and The Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The document was signed by the Minister of Defense of Georgia Irakli Alasania and His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia Ilia II at the Youth Center of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. After the … [Read more...]

Gaza’s tiny Christian community under siege

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Source: Christian Today by Ruth Gledhill Severe conditions in Gaza are leaving the struggling Christian community open to the temptations of "an extremism which does not differentiate between race and religion," warns a report today. Christians in Gaza have been prevented from visiting holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem since 2007, which disrupts their ability to uphold their religious faith, in contrast to other Christians from around the world who are freely able to visit these … [Read more...]

Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis’s Masterstroke

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Source: The Daily Beast by Candida Moss Meeting the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, the pope set a date for a third historic meeting of Christian factions—a savvy move to control how his successors lead. After all the speculation surrounding Pope Francis’s ability to engineer peace on his big Middle East trip, the biggest news from the visit came from his visit with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the primary leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not to gloat, but we … [Read more...]

Antiochian Participation in the Assembly of Bishops Restored

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan writes on May 7 (CLICK HERE for official letter): Very Esteemed Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, And Beloved Faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Christ is risen! I would like to inform you that the Holy Synod of Antioch, after convening on April 29th, 2014, decided that the participation of the Antiochian Archdioceses around the world in the Assembly of … [Read more...]

Pledge of Solidarity for Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian Christians and Other Small Religious Communities

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Source: Congressman Frank Wolf   UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY  AMERICAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS “PLEDGE” TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMPERILED CHRISTIAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ  Press Conference 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 234 Cannon House Office Building  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 on … [Read more...]

Paschal Pastoral Letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel

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Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America CLICK HERE to view the letter.                   … [Read more...]

Teens sought in beating, robbery outside church

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Source: WBALTV11 by George Lettis Incident happened at Butchers Hill Russian Orthodox Church BALTIMORE —Baltimore City police are looking for a group of teens involved in a beating and armed robbery outside a Russian Orthodox church that left a priest and his son staring down the barrel of a gun. The incident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday as members of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church were cleaning up after a service. The church is located at the corner … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary announces 2014 Commencement

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] - His Eminence, Archbishop Job [Getcha] of Telmessos, head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, will be the speaker at the 2014 Commencement at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here May 31, 2014. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Service of Prayer in Three Hierarchs Chapel.  Commencement exercises will follow in in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, John G. Rangos … [Read more...]

Fr. Koufalakis to Become a Bishop

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Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which was convened in a two-day session at the Archdiocesan Headquarters in New York on March 17 and 18, decided to begin the process to elevate Archimandrite Apostolos Koufalakis to the bishopric rank. Koufalakis presently serves as Chancellor to Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. Gerasimos had raised the issue of Koufalakis’ elevation in the past, … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Remembered

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity He Found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:13 As we reflect upon the ministry of Metropolitan Philip who was the senior prelate of Orthodox Hierarchs in America, we thank God for his ministry.   He changed the course of Orthodoxy in America.  He brought a missionary vision to the Orthodox Church in America. His greatest service was bringing the Evangelical Christians home to Orthodoxy in 1987.  He foreshadowed the present efforts to unify the 14 … [Read more...]