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Source: The State By JOVANA GEC Associated Press The remains of Yugoslavia’s last king – Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970 – were flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, despite protests by some Serb royalists in America. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned because Communists took over at the end of the war. He died in exile at the age of 47 and was buried at a Serbian Orthodox Church monastery in Libertyville, Illinois – the only European monarch…

Source: The National Herald TNH staff HAVANA, CUBA – More than 80 Archons and Greek Orthodox faithful journeyed to Havana, Cuba for a 6-day pilgrimage to visit Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral from December 5 to 10. The pilgrimage was sponsored by the Order of St Andrew and led by its spiritual advisor, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The trip culminated in a celebration of the Feast of Saint Nicholas and took place under the auspices of His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras. The trip was remarkable in the context of modern Cuba. “On the first night, the pilgrims…

Source: Greek Reporter Europe By Nicky Mariam Onti The municipal council of Istanbul has decided to give the permission to rebuild the St. Stefanos (Yeşilköy) Church, the first time the Turkish Republic has allowed an Orthodox religious institution to be renovated. The church is under the aegis of the Arab-Orthodox community which had asked many times for their own place for prayer. According to the Turkish newspaper STAR, the temple’s rebuilding can be initiated after taking the formal approval of the Council on Monuments. Churches in Istanbul date back to 1923, when the Turkish state was founded, and until recent…

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukos FLORENCE, AZ – At the St. Anthony’s Monastery in Florence, AZ, a 27 year-old novice monk took his life with a gun on the dawn of June 11. Scott Nevins was a novice for six years at St. Anthony, one of the 21 Monasteries established by Elder Ephraim, the former abbot of the Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos. From Modesto, CA Nevins was a convert to Orthodoxy. He had left the Monastery 15 months ago in the middle of the night and went to Oregon and enrolled in college. He returned the Monastery…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah will travel to Oxford, England to participate as a member of the society in the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Mount Athos. Under the presidency of His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia, the Friends of Mount Athos is a charitable and education society dedicated to supporting the well-being of monasteries of Mount Athos and aiding those undertaking pilgrimages to the Holy Mountain. Metropolitan Jonah will deliver a talk titled “Monasticism in an American Context.” Other presentations during the…

Source: The National Herald | Evan C. Lambrou To the Editor: Kudos to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for hosting a town hall meeting in Astoria on April 22nd, and for helping to make Patrick Foye, the new executive director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ, accessible to the Greek-American community. Rep. Maloney is offering precisely the type of support Greek-Americans need and deserve from public officials. Mr. Foye also demonstrated proper sensitivity, and it is a welcome change. His statements that reconstruction of St. Nicholas Church in Lower Manhattan is on track – in stark contrast to the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the preparatory rites for the Consecration of Holy Chrism on the morning of Great and Holy Monday, April 9, 2012, at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here. The Rite will conclude with the actual consecration of the sacred oil during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on Great and Holy Thursday, April 12. The blessing of the ingredients took place before the celebration of the Hours and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. The consecration of Holy Chrism is reserved to autocephalous churches. Parishes…

Source: Pravoslavie Last week the court ruled to arrest Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, in connection with a large-scale investigation into real estate deals between the Monastery and the Greek State initiated in 2008. On weekend the police came to the Vatopedi Monastery to arrest Fr. Ephrem. After medical doctors had examined the abbot, it was decided to leave him in the Monastery for health reasons. It was reported on Tuesday, however, that Fr Ephrem was arrested and taken away from Mr. Athos. Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations,…

Source: Interfax Moscow, November 28, Interfax – About 285 thousand people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion. Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine. 691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for the time of the shrine’s stay since November 19. Today, there are 133 buses where…

Source: The National Herald Archbishop Demetrios and Vice President Biden had a lengthy discussion at the Archdiocese last week, as we reported. Oddly enough, they didn’t go in front of the TV cameras to make a statement, as is customary. The main topic of discussion revolved around issues dealing with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek Orthodoxy. That’s all well and good. The Greek-American community has a duty to do whatever possible to make sure that the Patriarchate is able to exist and operate freely and safely. However, that is not enough. The community’s interests clearly extend beyond the Patriarchate, especially…

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