Address by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to His Holiness Pope Francis during the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Andrew in the Venerable Patriarchal Church (November 30, 2014)

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate Your Holiness Pope Francis, beloved brother in Christ, bishop of Senior Rome, We offer glory and praise to our God in Trinity for deeming us worthy of the ineffable joy and special honor of the personal presence here of Your Holiness on the occasion of this year's celebration of the sacred memory of the First-called Apostle Andrew, who founded our Church through his preaching. We are profoundly grateful to Your Holiness for the precious gift of Your blessed … [Read more...]

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Turkish church

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The Pope preaches a sermon on Unity through the Holy Spirit. Source: Journal of Turkish Weekly   Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the globe’s estimated one billion Catholics, has celebrated a special Mass in Istanbul on the second day of his official visit to Turkey. Security was tight at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city’s Beyoglu district, ahead of the visit by the 77-year-old Argentinian pontiff, who was greeted by a small crowd of well-wishers before … [Read more...]

Editor-in-Chief of a Greek Newspaper Jailed for Defamation Against Head of the Church of Greece

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens - The editor-in-chief and the publisher of the Greek Akropolis newspaper have been sentenced to several months imprisonment, reports Romfea. The charge of the trial court sounds unambiguous: for repeated defamatory publications against head of the Church of Greece, the Archbishop of Athens, and other hierarchs. After the hours-long hearings the court found the editor-in-chief and the publishing editor guilty of the libelous publications that had allegedly … [Read more...]

Burial Place of Holy Archdeacon Stephen the Protomartyr Discovered

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Ramallah, November 13, 2014 During excavations near the Palestinian town of Ramallah archaeologists have discovered a greatest Christian relic – the burial place of Holy Archdeacon Stephen, the First Martyr for Christ, reports the Linga news portal. Research in the Kharaba at Taiar village, which lies two kilometers west of Ramallah, carried out by the Palestinian and Israeli researchers have yielded unexpected results. Within the framework of a project by the … [Read more...]

Three questions, three fault lines in American pews and pulpits

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Source: Terry Mattingly's On Religion If the goal is to map the evolving landscape of American religion, the late George Gallup, Jr., once told me, it was crucial to keep asking two kinds of questions. The kind attempted to document things that never seemed to change or that were changing very, very slowly. Thus, Gallup urged his team to keep using old questions his father and others in the family business began asking in the 1940s and '50s, such as how often people attended worship … [Read more...]

OCL Completes 27th Annual Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  George Pontikes was elected the thirteenth president of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).  The election took place on October 24, 2014.  Mr. Pontikes is a city of Chicago native and an attorney.  He and his wife Harriet reside in Evanston, IL.  They are parents of three accomplished daughters.  Their pride and joy is their granddaughter Zoe Panorea.   George is a founding member of Orthodox Christian Laity.  He is active in the life of his … [Read more...]

Alexei Krindatch’s Presentation at the 27th Annual Meeting of OCL

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Power Point Presentation by Alexei Krindatch, Research Consultant, Canonical Regional Planning Committee  of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of Orthodox Christian Laity at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, N.Y.  on Friday October 24, 2014.  Audio of this presentation and the comments of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and His Grace Bishop Michael of New York … [Read more...]

Archdiocesan Assembly nominates Bishop Irénée for vacant Canadian See

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Source: Orthodox Church in America GATINEAU, QC, CANADA - Clergy and lay delegates representing parishes from across the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Canada nominated His Grace, Bishop Irénée to fill the vacant See of Ottawa and Canada at an extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly here on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Bishop Irénée‘s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the Assembly, which opened … [Read more...]

ARE YOU GREEK? UNIFYING THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES

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Source: First Things Are you Greek?” This is the question I get asked the most when I tell someone that I am an Orthodox Christian. At first, this question rankled, because I am not Greek. (I am, among other things, Lithuanian.) Mind you, I would have no problem being Greek. It’s a wonderful, ancient culture with much to recommend it. But what rankled was the sense that being Orthodox means being Greek. It is a touchy subject for many Orthodox Christians in America, especially those who … [Read more...]

JESUS RELICS, SILVER BOX STOLEN FROM GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

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Source: NL Times by Maxime Zech A silver reliquary belonging to the Greek orthodox church in Rotterdam was stolen on Saturday afternoon. According to the church, the box contained pieces of the very cross where Jesus Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, along with other items, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.  Priest Christos Sidiropoulos had the box in a bag on the back seat of his car, which was parked at the church on the Westzeedijk in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. Someone broke a … [Read more...]