Reader Responds to Editorials Regarding Flags

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Source: The National Herald To the Editor: I write to reply to your irresponsible and unnecessarily vitriolic editorial in your May 25 edition entitled "Not Even the Greek Flag?" in support of your belief that a Greek Orthodox Church in the United States must regularly fly the Greek Flag along with the American and Patriarchal flags. You make a number of misleading, derogatory, and pejorative allegations. I will refer to only three. 1) As Fr. George Stephanopoulos states in his article … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Isaiah Closes Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos Salt Lake City, UT – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver has closed the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Salt Lake City in Utah by prohibiting its three priests to celebrate the Liturgy, the Sacraments and any of the Sacred Services because the parish council was forced to reduce the salaries of the clergy due to lack of funds of the parish. In a letter dated July 31 to Parish Council President Dimitrios Tsagaris and its members … [Read more...]

Ieronymos Praises Diaspora In Greek History

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Source: Greek Reporter - USA The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos described the Diaspora as a “great chapter of our history” and as “Greece outside the borders of Greece” in an interview with the New York newspaper The National Herald. He is the first Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church to officially visit the Greek-American community in the last 50 years. Ieronymos was the guest of Archbishop Demetrios of America and his visit will start on May 15 in Brookline, Mass., … [Read more...]

Cremation under debate in Greece

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Source: Southeast European Times The Greek Orthodox Church refuses to allow the practice, but analysts said the church should be more compassionate. By Andy Dabilis for Southeast European Times in Athens The refusal of the Greek Orthodox Church to allow cremation has sparked a debate in the country. With urban cemeteries filling so fast that bodies are dug up after three years and put in ossuaries so plots can be reused, Greece gave approval for cremation in 2006. Although Athens … [Read more...]

Church loses Bibles, chalices, safe to thieves, say Boston-area police

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Source: CBS News (CBS) BOSTON - Police are looking for the thieves who broke into a church a few miles from Boston and stole a safe, chalices, Bibles, and blessing crosses, CBS Boston reported. It happened sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at the Taxiacrche/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass. Police say the thieves broke in the boiler room door in the basement, went up to the church office and ransacked it. They believe the initial motivation may have … [Read more...]

60% of Greek-Am. College Grads Abandon the Church

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Editor's Note: Please see the author's comment in the Comment Section at the end of the article. Source: The National Herald By V. Rev. Fr. Steven C. Salaris Last year I attended a clergy gathering where we had several “workshops” discussing the importance of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) ministry to college students, and what I call “The 60%.” This term derives from a recent study revealing that 60% of college students never return to church after college... So why do 60% of … [Read more...]

Andrew Athens Passes Away at 91

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Source: Greek Reporter USA The Greek community in USA and people from all around the world mourned his death, including heads of States, countless political figures, and organizations. Supreme President of AHEPA, Dr. John Grossomanides has issued the following statement: “The members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association mourn the passing of Life Member Andrew Athens, a true pillar of global Hellenism, a highly-decorated World War Two veteran, an unwavering … [Read more...]

Healthy and Sick Monasticism – by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos [A lesson for North America?]

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Source: MYSTAGOGY The following essay was recently written by His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos in response to a scandal that has been occurring in his Metropolis which also recently brought him to break communion from one of his local monasteries, the well-known Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Nafpaktos. Yet it still provides an excellent template to distinguish generally what healthy and sick monasticism is according to Orthodox tradition. By Metropolitan … [Read more...]

First-timer grabs the Epiphany cross in Tarpon Springs

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Source: Tampa Bay Times By Stephanie Wang and Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writers TARPON SPRINGS First-time diver Vassilios Harding, 16, crouched Sunday atop an overturned dinghy in Spring Bayou. He worried the position put him at a disadvantage in diving with 46 other Greek boys for the Epiphany cross. "I want this," he thought to himself, "and I want this bad." Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, blessed the waters, then dropped the … [Read more...]

Greek Church Fields Calls to Do More

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By STELIOS BOURAS ATHENS—In the basement of St. Varvaras church, Rev. Theodoros Georgiou issued instructions on a recent morning to volunteers preparing hundreds of packages of food for local families, as two phones on his desk buzzed with more calls about supplies for Greece's growing ranks of the needy. "We do not solve the problems here," Father Theodoros said. "We put out fires." As unemployment has mounted in recession-hit Greece, so have poverty and hunger in Father Theodoros's … [Read more...]