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...]

Greek Orthodox church brings aid to Sandy-ravaged Gerritsen Beach

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Source: Brooklyn Daily By Colin Mixson THREE HIERARCHS GREEK CHURCH DONATES TO GERRITSEN BEACH A Midwood parish has done its part to prove that the ancient axiom “beware of Greeks bearing gifts” doesn’t ring true. The Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, working with the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas and the Volunteer Fire Department of Bethlehem, Pa., sent a box truck and three Suburbans stuffed with desperately needed supplies to Gerritsen Beach on Dec. 1, a neighborhood … [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...]

Why Have the Greeks Ceded Christianity in America?

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Source: The National Herald by Constantinos E. Scaros Special to The National Herald Part 2 A few weeks ago, part one of this story appeared in this space (TNH, Sept. 29), and a sizable number of readers responded and contributed to a lively exchange of ideas. Part 2 was to appear sometime after the presidential election and, as promised, here it is. To summarize Part 1, the question posed was why here in the United States – a predominantly Christian nation – are so few Christian … [Read more...]

Ignatius Hazim Dead: Eastern Orthodox Patriarch Of Antioch Dies At 91 – UPDATED

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Source: Huffington Post BEIRUT [AP] — The patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, Ignatius Hazim, has died in a Beirut hospital. He was 92. Hazim was named Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox in 1979. His church is known as the Greek Orthodox Church of the Antioch. He died of a stroke in Beirut's St. George's hospital on Wednesday, Syria's state-run news agency SANA said. Hazim hailed from the Syrian town of Maharda in the … [Read more...]

An Important Challenge for Greek Orthodox Christianity

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - Office of Interfaith Marriage by Mr. Peter Kehayes In open pluralistic societies, intermarriages tend to become the rule, not the exception as growing majorities intermarry with the result that many religions are at a critical juncture in deciding how best to address a challenge which is at the heart of so many families and so critical to the religious community’s well being and growth. Among Greek Americans, the intermarriage rate is between … [Read more...]

First Greek Orthodox Church to be built in London in 134 years

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Source: The Harrow Times By Emma Innes A new Greek orthodox church was officially opened in Harrow on Saturday. The Church of St Panteleimon and St Paraskevi, in Kenton Road, is the first Greek orthodox church to be built in London in 134 years. It was formally blessed and opened by Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain and there was a reception following the service. Bob Blackman MP, who attended the opening, said: “It was an honour to be asked to attend this … [Read more...]

Former Mansfield priest arrested in sex sting

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Source: Mansfield News Journal By Anthony Conchel COLUMBUS -- A Greek Orthodox Church priest who served in Mansfield as late as 2009 has been arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on sex charges. Patrick Hughes, also known as the Rev. Nicholas Hughes, was arrested Wednesday night. Police said he was arrested by the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children task force on suspicion of attempted rape and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Hughes, a native … [Read more...]

‘Divine Intervention’ Saves Syrian Convent

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Source: News24 Saidnaya - Divine intervention prevented a shell that pierced the walls of a Syrian convent from detonating, swears the mother superior of Our Lady of Saidnaya, a spiritual retreat near Damascus. "The Virgin Mary stopped the shell from exploding with her own hands," said Mother Verone, who interpreted the close call as a divine message that "God is watching over sacred places" amid the unprecedented unrest rocking Syria. The sound of explosions and gunfire from nearby … [Read more...]