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...]

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...]