Chaplain Runs Marathon In Cassock

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Source: Journey to Orthodoxy “I wanted to show that the Church always lived with its people and was present at all events: from public events to sports. That’s why I took part in this marathon. I could see that the people liked it: whenever I was running, I was applauded more energetically than other participants. Some people asked for prayers. And I was praying while running!” Father Athanasios, 43, was probably the most unique runner and very different from other participants of the … [Read more...]

Letter from OCL President, Susan Haikalis – Year in Review

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November 30, 2013 Christmas Lenten Season Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: We are very happy to report that because of your most generous response to our recent Angel Fund Drive along with this year’s membership outreach in March and special gifts by board members and friends, OCL has been able to maintain its website, manage its administrative expenses and present an outstanding 26th Annual Meeting and Program. Your prayers and financial support were critical! We hope that the two … [Read more...]

The role of Orthodoxy in the Russian Constitution: the proposal raises controversy and fears

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Source: Asia News by Nina Achmatova The idea is to amend the Charter to enter Christianity as "the foundation of national identity and cultural heritage of Russia." The Patriarchate supports the initiative , but calls will be addressed in a public debate . Defending human rights warns it is likely to raise a "civil war" in the minds of people. Moscow (AsiaNews) - The proposal of some lawmakers to amend the Constitution to insert, in its preamble, the exclusive role of the Orthodox … [Read more...]

Founders of Faith Host Dinner: Emphasis on Orthodoxy, Hellenism

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK – The annual Founders Dinner of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism filled the second story dining room of the famed Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan on November 19 with enthusiastic members and friends of the philanthropic organization that was established as a response to a challenge issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in 2004. The guests were welcomed by Peggy Sotirhos Nicholson, Faith’s Executive … [Read more...]

Orthodox And Catholic Theologians Call For Peace In Middle East, Discuss Church Relations

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and South America Mississauga, ON – The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. The full … [Read more...]

The New Testament 40 Day Challenge

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Source: Fr John Peck Read the New Testament by Christmas     On November 15, the Orthodox Church begins the Christmas Nativity Season. We approach these holy days with faithful anticipation for the Nativity of The Lord. Take the NT Challenge...start today, and read the entire NT by the time we celebrate the birth of our Savior.   NT by Christmas   … [Read more...]

IOCC Reaches Out To Philippines Typhoon Survivors In Hardest Hit Areas

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Source: IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The struggle to clear roads of debris and restore the lines of communication across the Philippines is slowing relief efforts for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. More than 11.8 million people have been affected by the deadly storm that has claimed 4,460 lives so far and left more than 920,000 people with no homes to return to. The need for food and medicine is critical, especially in hardest hit Tacloban city, where fuel is expected to run out in a … [Read more...]

Hundreds Attend Cleveland Assembly Forum

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America Nearly 300 clergy and laity attended a pan-Orthodox forum on Sunday, October 27 to learn about the Assembly of Bishops, pose questions, and comment on the progress of Orthodox unity in America. Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Bishop Peter of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia served as panelists, together with Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, member of the Assembly’s … [Read more...]

Parishioners learn details of possible priest embezzlement

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Source: WBLX Local By Alan Silverman WAUWATOSA (WITI) — The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is investigating whether a former priest stole money from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa. Members of the congregation gathered on Sunday, October 27th to learn more about the alleged activity of their former priest, Father James Dokos. Church attorney Emmanuel Mamalakis presented members with the findings and sequence of events that led them to the District … [Read more...]

Greek and Turkish musicians give historic concert at Halki

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Source: Hurriyet Daily News ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary becomes the stage for Greek and Turkish musicians amid growing expectations over the school’s opening as part of the much-awaited democratization package Vercihan Ziflioğlu (vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr) The Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary symbolically opened its doors for a historic concert on Istanbul’s Heybeliada Island on Sept. 22. The concert, titled “A Cultural Trip from Greece to … [Read more...]