Sisi becomes first Egyptian leader to attend mass at Coptic church

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Source: The Jerusalem Post By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first president to attend mass at a church in Cairo, on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The short visit on Tuesday night came after masked men shot and killed two Egyptian policemen earlier in the day as they stood guard at a Coptic Christian church in Minya, 220 km. south of Cairo. “It was necessary for me to come here to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope I haven’t disturbed your … [Read more...]

Video of Abbess Thekla: Orthodoxy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Source: Pemptousia  Abbess Thekla from Kolwezi, Congo, speaks on Orthodoxy in Sub-Saharan Africa   … [Read more...]

OCA, OCMC partner to send mission team to Mexico in June 2015

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Orthodox Church in America, in partnership with the Florida-based Orthodox Christian Mission Center, will be hosting a mission teaching team to San Esteban and Pisaflores in the OCA Diocese of Mexico June 20-27, 2015. “Both Pisaflores and San Esteban are villages of native Aztec Orthodox Christians nine hours northwest of Mexico City,” said Archpriest Ted Pisarchuk.  “In both villages, the homes are of simple concrete block … [Read more...]

Nativity and Theophany Message from the Assembly of Bishops’ Chairman

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Be glad, you just, heavens rejoice, mountains leap for joy; Christ is born and the Virgin sits like the Cherubim throne carrying in her bosom God the Word made flesh. Shepherds glorify the one that is born; Magi offer gifts to the Master; Angels sing praises, saying: Lord beyond understanding, glory to you! (Lauds of Christmas Matins) To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and … [Read more...]

Churches in Japan are witnesses of peace and justice

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Source: ACNS News Service From the World Council Churches “Churches in Japan are true witnesses of Jesus Christ through their words and deeds. Their strength even in a minority situation is impressive. Their voices in critical times are significant for Japan, paving a way towards justice and peace,” said the Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) during his visit to member churches of the WCC in Japan. Tveit went on to say that the WCC needs … [Read more...]

Orthodox Theologian Sees “Big Step Forward” with Francis Visit to Istanbul

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Source: Alteteia "Now we see it is not in any way true" that the Pope wants to subjugate the Orthodox Churches. by JOHN BURGER A leading Orthodox theologian has said that Pope Francis’s words while visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul “represent a big step forward.” While speaking at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul’s Phanar district Nov. 30, Pope Francis said that in the context of the efforts being made to achieve full communion with the Orthodox … [Read more...]

Kowtowing to Moscow=Bad Ecumenism

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Source: Aleteia The Vatican's ecumenical default positions badly need re-setting. by GEORGE WEIGEL In his tireless work for Christian unity, St. John Paul II often expressed the hope that Christianity in its third millennium might “breathe again” with its “two lungs:” West and East, Latin and Byzantine. It was a noble aspiration. And when he first visited Orthodoxy’s ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople in 1979, perhaps the successor of Peter imagined that his heartfelt desire to … [Read more...]

The Lantern Foundation

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Source: Lantern Foundation The Lantern Foundation, established in December of 2012, is a US based registered 501c(3) private foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to religious and community service organizations, particularly those related to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and other entities organized for religious, charitable, and educational purposes and to raise, generate, and solicit contributions in furtherance of this purpose. … [Read more...]

Remembering We’re Not in Charge – On Surrender

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Source: Commonweal by John Garvey I have served as a priest in the Orthodox Church in America for twenty-two years. The parishes where I’ve served have been varied. For ten years I was the pastor of an Albanian Orthodox church in Queens, during the period when Communism fell in Albania. The parish population doubled, with an influx of immigrants who were eager to be part of the church after having been denied any opportunity to worship by the world’s most fiercely atheistic regime. My … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops 2014 Committee Reports Now Available

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America The Assembly's annual committee reports are now available online. The summary reports, which were prepared by the committee chairmen, provide an overview of each committee's activities and accomplishments between September 2013-August 2014. Committee for Agencies and Endorsed Organizations Committee for Canonical Affairs  Committee for Canonical Regional Planning Committee for Ecumenical … [Read more...]