Greek Orthodox denounce Israeli law on Aramaic Christians as divisive

Source: Ecumenical News by Miko Morelos The Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarchate in east Jerusalem has slammed an Israeli law recognizing Aramaic Christians as a nationality, describing it as an attempt to divide the Palestinian minority. The Greek Orthodox Church said in a statement that the law, which separates Christians from Arabs, would split minorities living in Israel, eventually weakening Palestinians, reported The Jerusalem Post. "Palestinian Christians are an important … [Read more...]

Letter from Dr. Maria C. Khoury to Archbishop Demetrios & Assembly of Bishops

September 8, 2014 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America Chairman, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Your Eminence, Evlogeite! I pray and hope you will have a blessed new ecclesiastical year, and I respectfully request that you extend my best wishes to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops for a successful assembly gathering next week. I am also writing to ask the assembly to add the Holy Land Christians to their prayers and press … [Read more...]

Clergy Misconduct: How Low Can Men of God Go?

Source: The National Herald To the Editor: The article about felony theft charges against the Priest who served in my Parish over the past two years raises questions about ethics taught to seminarians in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The interview given to TNH by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, provides a window into his personal ethical compass. While his responses are disappointing to the point of being embarrassing, his defense that … [Read more...]

Despite the Danger, Courageous Former Rock Star Turned Missionary, Fr. Themi Adams, Has Decided to Stay Put with His Flock in Sierra Leone

Source: The Christian Post By Dan Wooding/ Assist News Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, a courageous rock star turned missionary, Fr. Themi Adams, has cancelled a fund-raising trip to Australia, to be with his flock of about 3,000 families in Freetown, the country's capital city, to see them through the terrifying spread of the virus. At the same time, Sierra Leone's government said on Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and … [Read more...]

Gaza archbishop says rockets were fired from church

Source: The Times of Israel BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church compound, a site that sheltered hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes during IDF shelling in the area, was used by members of Hamas to launch rockets at Israeli territory, a prominent Christian leader in the Strip said Wednesday. When the Israeli army expanded its offensive in the Palestinian enclave several weeks ago, Archbishop Alexios of the Saint Porphyrios church made the decision to open … [Read more...]

Priest appears at hearing on theft charge, bond set

Source: Chicago Tribune By Alexandra Chachkevitch, Tribune reporter A Glenview Greek Orthodox priest who faces a felony theft charge made his first court appearance this afternoon after missing two previously scheduled hearings. The Rev. James Dokos, 62, stood before a court commissioner in a Milwaukee County courtroom during the brief hearing, where his bond was set at $5,000. Because it’s a personal recognizance bond, he was not required to post any money to be … [Read more...]

Priest accused of embezzlement a no-show in court again

Source: MILWAUKEE —A priest accused of embezzling six figures from his Milwaukee congregation is a no-show in court again. His attorney said Father James Dokos was admitted to the hospital Monday morning. VIDEO: Father James Dokos a no-show in court again Monday She waited outside court to show her support. The former secretary at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church compared her former boss to Jesus Christ. "There's only one man that's perfect and what did they do to him? … [Read more...]

Leon Marinakos falls asleep in the Lord. . .he was also a founding member of Orthodox Christian Laity.

Source: Drechsler Brown & Willams Funeral Home Leon C. Marinakos Jul. 8, 2014 Leon C. Marinakos of Chicago; devoted son of the late Constantine and Maria nee Pontikes; loving brother of the late Presvytera Panayiota (the late Rev. Dr. Theodore) Thalassinos; cherished uncle of Nicholas and Constantine Thalassinos. Leon Marinakos was a US Army veteran and a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming Manager of Product Planning at General … [Read more...]

Greek brothers come to Scranton to revitalize church

Source: The Times Tribune By Peter Cameron Standing in his empty 90-year-old church, the Rev. Father Konstantine Eleftherakis pulls a Verizon smartphone from his faded black cassock. With half the walls at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Scranton covered with fresh and colorful icons, and the other half exhibiting older, smaller and faded ones, the priest projects an apt symbol of the building, which has become a mixture of old and new. Last fall, two brothers from the city of … [Read more...]

Statement on 2014 U.S. Commission’s Report on International Religious Freedom – Report Designates Turkey to a “Tier Two” Country

Source: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association WASHINGTON, DC -  Anthony Kouzounis, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest membership-based association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, issued the following statement on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom's release of its 2014 Annual Report on April 30: "The return of Turkey's … [Read more...]