Primates, Representatives of Local Churches issue statement defending persecuted Christians

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCA] At an unprecedented gathering in the Moscow Kremlin on July 24, 2013, the Primates and Representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after which a statement was issued on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of Rus’. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was among those who signed the statement, the text of which reads as follows. “We, heads … [Read more...]

Rasmuson Foundation Grant to aid in restoring four historic Alaskan churches

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA] - On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the Rasmuson Foundation’s Board of Directors announced that it had allocated $8.6 million in awards to support non-profit programs and activities around Alaska. [See original release.] Among the two dozen grant recipients was Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc. [ROSSIA], which received $495,000.00 to complete renovations of historic Orthodox Christian church buildings in Juneau, Kenai, Karluk and … [Read more...]

Helping to Keep the Children in the Church

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Source: Solia - The Herald by Psa. Nicole Mitescu I remember when I was newly married and had just started attending an Orthodox church. People would complain about how their children were refusing to come to church any more, and how when they left the family home, they often left the church entirely. So this is far from a new problem, and there must be hundreds if not thousands of articles written not only by Orthodox authors, but also by writers in many other religious groups, who are … [Read more...]

Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

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Source: CNN From Errol Barnett, CNN Lalibela, Ethiopia (CNN) -- It's 4 o'clock on a Sunday morning when a trail of figures dressed in white emerges from the deep darkness. Quietly, the summoned crowd makes its way down a cluster of ancient structures as the slow beat from traditional skin drums beckons. It's a common scene here in Lalibela, a small town in northern Ethiopia that's home to 11 spectacular churches carved both inside and out from a single rock some 900 years ago. The … [Read more...]

Two Tennessee Orthodox Churches of Different Jurisdictions Unite

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Source: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church The following is the statement made by Fr. Stephen Mathewes to the parish on Sunday, June 9th: To my most beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Christ is risen! Holy Resurrection has had a long history. A convoluted one, shall we say. For 15 years, faithful and tremendously dedicated people have labored in this humble little vineyard to make it a true Orthodox community—a part of the great worldwide Church. There have been many struggles, … [Read more...]

Construction of First Ever Orthodox Church in Pakistan on Progress alongside Mission work

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Source: OCP Media Network The construction of the first ever Orthodox Church in Pakistan is under progress. Larges scale mission and charity works are being done alongside under the leadership of Fr Jon Tanveer,the first ordained Orthodox priest of Pakistan. … [Read more...]

“There’s more unity than differences with Catholics”

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Source: B92 / Tanjug NIŠ -- Serbian Patriarch Irinej has said that there was "much more that unites us with the Roman Catholic Church," compared to that which stands in between. "We've always been close and lately it is even intensified, and we want to move away those the moments that keep us apart," the Serbian Orthodox Church head told reporters at the opening of the exhibition "Naisus - Medians", organized by the Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments of Niš. According to … [Read more...]

Cardinal Koch visits Ukraine to deepen Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

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Source: Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) The head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, heads off to Ukraine on Wednesday for a visit aimed at deepening the dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox in the former Soviet state. The Cardinal will spend two days in the capital Kiev, meeting with the small Greek and Latin Catholic communities there. He’ll also hold talks with the Ukrainian Orthodox leader, Metropolitan Volodymyr, of the Moscow … [Read more...]

Orthodox Churches Fight Back As Eastern Europe Pushes To Modernize, Secularize

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Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty By Robert Coalson Many were shocked on May 17 to see a phalanx of black-robed Orthodox clergy break into a trot and lead an angry mob in an attack on a gay-rights rally in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Although the official Orthodox hierarchy in Georgia denounced the violence that left 17 injured, Georgian Patriarch Illia II had called on authorities the day before to ban the rally as an "insult" to Georgian traditions. Across Eastern … [Read more...]

Syria opposition says kidnapped bishops ‘in good health’

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Source: The Daily Star - Lebanon ISTANBUL: Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria last month are "in good health," though there is no news on their whereabouts, an opposition official told reporters Saturday in Istanbul. "Two or three days ago, a doctor visited the two bishops. They are in good health," said Abdul Ahad Steipho, member of the main opposition's National Coalition and of its committee established to follow up on the kidnappings. Steipho added that his committee's attempts … [Read more...]