Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Turkish church

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The Pope preaches a sermon on Unity through the Holy Spirit. Source: Journal of Turkish Weekly   Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the globe’s estimated one billion Catholics, has celebrated a special Mass in Istanbul on the second day of his official visit to Turkey. Security was tight at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city’s Beyoglu district, ahead of the visit by the 77-year-old Argentinian pontiff, who was greeted by a small crowd of well-wishers before … [Read more...]

Visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar – Thronal Feast 2014

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Latest News Schedule of Press Conferences November 29-30 Schedule of Press Conferences for November 28-30 for the visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar Read More About Schedule of Press Conferences November 29-30» 11/28/14 Satellite Coordinates for 29 and 30 November for the Visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar Satellite Coordinates for the services at the Patriarchal Cathedral on 29 and 30 … [Read more...]

Islam, ecumenism and regional conflict on Pope’s agenda in Turkey

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Source: The Catholic Register BY  FRANCIS X. ROCCA VATICAN CITY - Almost every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. Given the country's crucial geographic position straddling Europe and Asia, its historic importance for both Christianity and Islam and the wars now raging in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis will have to address a variety of urgent topics during his … [Read more...]

I want to see Catholic women ordained bishops – but not into the hierarchy as it is

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Source: The Tablet by Una Kroll The Mother Church of the Anglican Communion agreed to allow women to be consecrated as bishops in England on Monday, 17 November 2014, although some daughter Anglican Churches have had women bishops since 1989. How do I, once an Anglican woman priest, now a Catholic laywoman, feel? I am happy for the Anglican women clergy in England; their witness to their vocations has been fully recognised. My hope for this outcome began in 1947 when I was 21 and a … [Read more...]

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life on Mt. Athos. Although such mainstream coverage is rare, it is not entirely without precedent. Decades earlier, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, the long-time dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and a major voice in 20th century Orthodox Christianity, used to appear on a CBS … [Read more...]

An Interesting Parish Alliance in Thirteenth Century Cyprus

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by Roy L. Snyder In 1204, Norman, Venetian, and other European forces heeded the call of Pope Innocent III for a Fourth Crusade to take back the Holy Land from the Muslim conquerors.  In a bizarre chain of events brought on primarily by a lack of funds, a deal with an ousted prince of Constantinople, and a fair smattering of greed, most of the Crusaders never made it to the Holy Land, but instead captured the city of Constantinople and large portions of territory of the Roman Empire – … [Read more...]

Managing our time: An Orthodox perspective

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA-CSHA]  As Orthodox Christians, we are called to wisely manage our talents, our treasures, and our time.  And, in these first days of the Nativity Fast, we very well may find that our good intentions for spiritual discipline in this regard may be threatened by expectations of the secular holiday season. To save ourselves from becoming “busy beyond belief,” the Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid [CSHA] of the Orthodox … [Read more...]

Christian Unity Cannot Be Built on Lies

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Source: The Catholic World Report The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev not only misrepresents Catholic practice and history, he also misrepresents Orthodox practice and history. by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the “foreign affairs minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, is, as George Weigel observed recently in First Things, a talented man, “charming and witty.” However, the gifted Hilarion, Weigel rightly noted, “does not always speak the … [Read more...]

Today I Washed a Jar of Clay

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Source: Beliefnet You would see Jack in church, during vespers or at the liturgy, and he would be stock still and so lost in prayer that if he hadn’t been standing, you would swear he was asleep. ou would see Jack in church, during vespers or at the liturgy, and he would be stock still and so lost in prayer that if he hadn’t been standing, you would swear he was asleep. They found his body last week on his couch at home, his prayer rope in his hand. He fell asleep praying, and never woke … [Read more...]

IOCC Sunday is November 23

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America To the Most Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics and Devout Faithful of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the Americas: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During this holiday season, many of us are turning our thoughts to welcoming beloved family and friends into our homes, to share with them the best that we have to offer, and to share our gratitude for the many blessings our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon … [Read more...]