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...]

Church keeps fingers crossed for funding [Alaska]

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Proposed $230K would fund anti-fire, anti-theft systems Source: Peninsula Clarion By Brian Smith Sitting at his dinner table, looking out his window at the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, Father Thomas Andrew said he sometimes worries about the church he heads. “Nobody knows if something is going to happen,” he said. Currently, the church is protected from fire only by two fire extinguishers and the priest’s watch. But, a proposed $230,000 from the … [Read more...]

$5m in Federal Budget to shield Adelaide Greek Orthodox church from aircraft noise ‘fair’

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Source: The Australian by JULIAN SWALLOW Is this funding fair? HINDMARSH MP Steve Georganas has defended a $5 million grant to a local Greek Orthodox church affected by aircraft noise. Mr Georganas said the grant to the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Thebarton to install soundproofing, which was announced in last night's Federal Budget, was not "pork barrelling" ahead of the upcoming federal election. "`This was a program put in place ... by the former Howard government in … [Read more...]

The Historical Development of Holy Week Services In Orthodoxy

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Source: Preachers Institute The Paschal fast of Holy Week1 is the most ancient part of the Great Fast.2 It is already well attested by the second century, in conjunction with the rites of Christian initiation through baptism. At first spanning one or two days, the fast lengthened to four and then to a full six already by the third century. With the conversion of Constantine, the ensuing flood of people desiring to enter the Faith and imperial interest in holy places, the fourth century … [Read more...]