CHURCH ARSON SUSPECT ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL

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Source: San Diego Union-Tribune By Dana Littlefield El Cajon — A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in unincorporated El Cajon, and later attacking his cellmate in county jail, was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges including premeditated attempted murder and arson. Darin Wayne Williams, 39, was arrested and booked into jail Jan. 27, hours after the early-morning fire started at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Christian Church.   At the end … [Read more...]

Bishops Remain Missing After Capture In Syria

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Source: National Public Radio Click here to Listen to the Story - All Things Considered (3 min 50 sec) TRANSCRIPT ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: As Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter this week, the Orthodox communities in Syria and neighboring Lebanon postponed festivities. Instead, they gathered in churches to pray for the safe return of two bishops kidnapped outside the Syrian city of Aleppo last month. While the Syrian opposition and the regime of President Bashar … [Read more...]

Even in desert retreat, monks feel Egypt’s turmoil

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Source: U.S. News & World Report By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press ST. ANTHONY'S MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — In a cave here high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. At the foot of the mountain, the monks at the St. Anthony's Monastery bearing his name continue the ascetic tradition. But even this remote spot is touched by the turbulent times facing Egypt's Christians, … [Read more...]

Georgian Orthodox Church against minority languages charter

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Source: Democracy and Freedom Watch by DFWATCH STAFF Tbilisi, DFWatch – Illia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgian Orthodox Church, considers unacceptable to renew talks about adopting the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Archdeacon Mikael Botkoveli, patriarch’s secretary, told journalists at the Tbilisi airport before patriarch’s departure for Helsinki, Finland, for medical treatment. “Talks have been renewed about European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages … [Read more...]

Shine Forth: The 2013 Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference is a Great Success

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America AUSTIN, Texas – The 11th Annual Orthodox Christian Camp & Youth Worker Conference took place at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas January 24-26.  Over 100 youth workers from around the United States and Bahamas assembled for this three-day conference hosted by the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  This year’s theme was “Shine Forth:  Helping our Orthodox Youth … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church responds to Pope’s resignation

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Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines by Lucia Bellinello A few hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, Russia was already thinking about building relations with his successor. It had not happened for nearly 600 years. On February 11, 2013 Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) announced his resignation in Latin to the Vatican. “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” he … [Read more...]

Princeton Historian Dr. Peter Brown delivers riveting Schmemann Lecture

Awarding the honorary doctorate: [L to R] Metropolitan Tikhon, Dr. Peter Brown, Fr. Chad Hatfield, Board Executive Chair Alex Machaskee, Fr. John Behr.

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/Virginia Nieuwsma] Princeton University’s Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus Dr. Peter Brown presented the 30th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture to a standing room only crowd in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building. Titled “Constantine, Eusebius, and the Future of Christianity,” the presentation focused on how Christians understand the … [Read more...]

Remains of last Yugoslav king returned to Serbia

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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 … [Read more...]

Archons’ Historic Journey to Cathedral in Cuba

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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 … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church In Istanbul Will Be Rebuilt

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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 … [Read more...]