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Source: The National Herald TNH Staff  NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios of America, on the afternoon of Sunday, May 21 visited the fire-damaged Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Corona, Queens and viewed the immense damage suffered. The Archbishop was accompanied by the head of the Transfiguration community, Fr. George Anastasiou, the Philoptochos Society President Eleni Katehis, the Treasurer Peter Pallas, Kelly Pappas, and other members of the community. The Consul General of Cyprus, Ambassador Vasilios Philippou also attended the viewing of the fire damage. The fire, as the National Herald wrote, was reported at noon on Friday,…

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America [CLINTON, MI – August 12, 2016] With sadness, we report the fact that around noon on Friday, August 12, the church of Ascension of the Lord Monastery in Clinton, Michigan burned down. The cause of the fire is as yet unknown. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel together with Rev. Fr. Vicar Dan Hoarste traveled to the monastery to be with the monastic community immediately following the fire. During this difficult time, we pray to God to give peace and comfort to the monastic community during this difficult test. Out of concern and a display of support, the…

Source: The National Herald Fire Ravages St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Babylon, New York By TNH Staff BABLYON, N.Y. – A fire broke out at 9:30 PM on July 21 that scorched the altar of the Church of St. Nicholas at 200 Great East Neck Road. “It was bad, but it could have been a lot, lot worse,” the pastor, Rev. Demetrios Kazakis told Newsday, and “Driving to his church early Wednesday, was able to maintain a positive outlook on a fire that ravaged the altar area of the West Babylon building where he and hundreds of his parishioners…

Source: Today’s Zaman A man attacked a church in the Kadıköy district of İstanbul with a Molotov cocktail on Tuesday, setting the building’s door on fire. In a video purporting to show the attack, the man is seen shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “Revenge will be taken for Al-Aqsa Mosque” as he throws a bomb at the Aya Triada Orthodox Church in the Bahariye area of Kadıköy. The door of the church caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished shortly after the attack. The man was detained by police.

Source: Global News By Amanda Kelly MONTREAL — Montreal’s Greek community is grieving after Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire Monday night. At around 8 p.m., over 70 Montreal firefighters were called to the church on De L’Épée Avenue. By 9:30 p.m., the fire was confirmed to be a three-alarm fire. Onlookers watched helplessly as glass shattered and firefighters battled the blaze. The church was evacuated and no one was injured. It wasn’t until close to 11:30 p.m. that the fire was brought under control. Adjoining streets were blocked off to…

Source: WATE-TV.com By Hailey Holloway, 6 On Your Side Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Firefighters were still sifting through rubble, but that did not stop church members at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from gathering together to put their church back together. The sanctuary of the church burned for several hours Sunday morning, which also happened to be the day the Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter. Church members said they were both shocked and heartbroken. Previous story: Flames shoot through roof of Knoxville Greek Church, site of annual Greek Festival Previous story: Man spotted West Knoxville church fire, called 911 Web Extra:…

Source: 10 News – Tampa Bay / Sarasota by Grayson Kamm, WTSP Palm Harbor, Florida — Divine providence. A priest says that’s what led a newspaper delivery driver to spot and save a burning church Tuesday morning. Her 911 call got firefighters there in time to save something extraordinary inside. Carol Dyer started driving her paper route late, in another part of town. But she says something steered her to Riviere Road, right past St. Raphael Greek Orthodox Church. “It was the Holy Spirit of God. Point blank,” Dyer told me. “I started doing that neighborhood down there, and I just…

Source: The National Herald MERRICK, N.Y. – Fire officials are investigating a fire that caused heavy damage to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 2421 Hewlett Ave. Flames could be seen shooting through the roof of the church the night of Aug. 9. Firefighters helped worshipers carry items out of the church building, trying to salvage what they could. There were no reports of any injuries. According the Nassau County Police, the fire started around 9:25 p.m. from a lit candle inside the church. The altar area inside church suffered smoke and water damage, however, the total damage to the…

Source: News Channel 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Flames destroyed a Donelson Church just hours after the congregation wrapped up Sunday services. Firefighters were called out to St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, in the 1900 block of Dabbs Avenue, around 3 p.m. The first crews arrived to find flames shooting from the building, and a huge plume of smoke was visible for miles around. Fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen, and spread quickly. There were people inside the church when the fire broke out, but no one was hurt. High temperatures Sunday afternoon created serious challenges for firefighters. More…

Source: Orthodox Church in America COLORADO SPRINGS, CO [OCA] – In the midst of what Colorado officials described on Thursday, June 13, 2013 as “the most destructive fire in state history,” Archpriest Anthony Karbo and the faithful of Saints Constantine and Helen/Holy Theophany Church here once again are requesting prayers, nearly one year to the day after they faced the Waldo Canyon fire. What has been dubbed the “Black Forest fire” has already destroyed nearly 16,000 acres, displaced some 38,000 residents, and affected about 13,000 homes—nearly 400 of which have been destroyed. Much of Colorado Springs has been evacuated, while…

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