Church of Antioch may Break off Relations with Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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Source: Pravoslavie.ru Damascus, October 24, 2013 The Greek Church news agency Romphea has reported the decision of the Synod of the Church of Antioch regarding the issue of jurisdiction over the state of Qatar, stated by the Patriarch of Antioch. Patriarch John X has warned the head of the Church of Jerusalem that if within two months he does not take steps to resolve the problem with Qatar, then the Church of Antioch will have to break off relations with the Church of … [Read more...]

Russia’s “protectorate” over Middle Eastern Christians

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Source: Vatican Insider Defending Middle Eastern Christians has become a strategic asset for Putin and is in perfect harmony with the Patriarchate of Moscow's mission GIANNI VALENTE ROME The Kremlin is about to consider granting citizenship to about 50 thousand Syrian Christians in the region of Qualamun after they issued a collective request to Moscow’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In statements issued in the past few days, the spokesmen for President Putin and the Ministry confirmed … [Read more...]

Muscovite Builds Record-Breaking Jesus Statue in Syria

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Source: The Moscow Times A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria. The statue, titled "I Have Come to Save the World" was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation. The project was backed by both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian government, which takes an active interest in Syria, … [Read more...]

On Faith: Metropolitan Methodios’ call to evangelize sparks discussion of true Orthodoxy

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Source: The Republic TERRY MATTINGLY - Scripps Howard News Service It happens all the time: Church leaders stand at podiums and urge members of their flocks to go and share their faith, striving to win new converts. These speeches rarely make news, because they are not unusual. But something unusual happened earlier this month in Brookline, Mass. "You will surely agree that our mission ... is to lead our brothers and sisters — both inside and outside the church — to our Lord and … [Read more...]

METROPOLITAN D.C. ORTHODOX MISSION & OUTREACH COMMITTEE HOSTED FIRST ANNUAL “MONUMENTAL MISSIONS WALK” ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013

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Source: Metropolitan DC Orthodox Christian Mission & Outreach Committee Walk to Unite D.C. Metropolitan Orthodox Christians Raised Money for Local and International Charities  On Saturday, October 19, 2013, 184 Christians from 24 Orthodox churches around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond converged on the National Mall for the inaugural Monumental Missions Walk. Sponsored by the Metropolitan D.C. Orthodox Christian Mission and Outreach Committee, the first annual Monumental … [Read more...]

Cleveland to Host First Public Forum on Unity

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America Editor’s Note: The first Public Forum on Unity and the Assembly of Bishops was hosted by Orthodox Christian Laity on October 25 2012 at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Washington D.C. Bishop Maxim, Serbian Orthodox Church Western Diocese, Alhambra, CA and Protodeacon Peter Danilchick were presenters. OCL will present “The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America” on Saturday November 2 at 9:00 am at Holy … [Read more...]

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

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Source: BBC News Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July. The unidentified attackers fired … [Read more...]

Conflicts Threatening an Orthodox Ecumenical Council

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Source: Greek Reporter A fierce conflict between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow, that may lead to a new schism, threatens a forthcoming Orthodox Ecumenical Council. The reason is the effort of the Russian Church to degrade the primacy of Constantinople in the Orthodox world and to expand in China and Japan. This expansive strategy has clear political extensions of a geopolitical character, with the assistance of president Putin. Patriarch … [Read more...]

Why were the Kidnapped Bishops not Released along with the Azaz Captives?

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Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy Like any news, this should be taken with a shaker of salt, but it's consistent with a lot of what was said during the last few days of the negotiations to acheive the release of the Lebanese Shi'ite pilgrims kidnapped last year in Azaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border. The Arabic original can be read here.  What Prevented Metropolitans Yazigi and Ibrahim from Returning with the Lebanese Captives? by Maher el-Khatib Despite the great joy that spread over … [Read more...]

Hallowe’en: An Orthodox approach

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Source: Silouan This post has been around the Internet for several years. Originally posted by Steve Lammert, It’s a description of one Orthodox Christian’s approach to how to handle the evening of October 31. Every year, on Hallowe’en, I sit on the front porch of my house with a bowl of candy, a box of beeswax candles, and a large icon for the Feast of All Saints. Every child who comes to the house gets a piece of candy, and may also light a candle and place it before the icon. Very … [Read more...]