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Yearly Archives: 2013

Source: The Federalist After yet another bloody weekend, it’s time to speak frankly about who’s killing Christians and why  By Mollie Hemingway Wealthy Kenyans and Westerners bustled about Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday. Families ate lunch in the food court. A radio station targeting Kenyan Asians was hosting a children’s event on the roof of the parking lot. Around noon, armed gunmen stormed the mall and exploded grenades. Thousands of terrified people dropped to the floor, fled out of exits and hid in stores. The gunmen began lining people up and shooting some of the five dozen people they…

Source: Hurriyet Daily News ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary becomes the stage for Greek and Turkish musicians amid growing expectations over the school’s opening as part of the much-awaited democratization package Vercihan Ziflioğlu (vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr) The Halki Greek Orthodox Seminary symbolically opened its doors for a historic concert on Istanbul’s Heybeliada Island on Sept. 22. The concert, titled “A Cultural Trip from Greece to Turkey,” in which musicians from Turkey and Greeceperformed for peace and friendship, marked a first for the Halki Seminary, as the school has been closed since 1971. Professor Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, Halki Seminary’s archpriest and Metropolitan of Bursa, told the Hürriyet…

Source: The Economist IT IS not every day that a publication of America’s foreign-policy establishment, which generally reflects the liberal sensibilities of think-tanks, law practices and college faculties, publishes a sort of defence of the public role of Russian Orthodoxy. Yet that, with a big qualification, is the position taken by Nadieszda Kizenko, a history professor at the State University of New York, in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations. The qualification? She is referring not to the church’s top hierarchs, but to a broader community of people, including scholars and public intellectuals. When the…

Source: BBC Protests and vigils have taken place across Pakistan as Christians demand better protection after suicide blasts killed at least 80 people at a church. Sunday’s double suicide bombing is thought to be Pakistan’s deadliest attack against Christians. Many burials have taken place and candlelight vigils have also been held in memory of the victims. Two Islamist militant groups with Taliban links said they ordered the attack to hit back at US drone strikes. Political and religious leaders condemned the attack, but angry crowds nevertheless took to the streets, denouncing the state’s failure to protect minorities. Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi…

Source: The Spectator by Ed West The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening. Among the four speakers was the frighteningly impressive Betsy Hiel of…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV. The three statements can be found here: statement on marriage; statement on violence in the Middle East; and message to the faithful. In other business, the Assembly voted unanimously to re-elect Bishop Basil as secretary and Metropolitan Antony as treasurer. Archbishop Demetrios…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] – As part of its mission to train late vocation candidates for ordination to the the Holy Diaconate of the Orthodox Church in America, an on-line course in Church History is being offered beginning September 27, 2013. This course is being offered with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and at the direction of the Board of Theological Education of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Archpriest John H. Erickson, the Peter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History, Emeritus, of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will teach the course, which will span approximately 14 consecutive…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] – Members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will gather at the Chancery here for their fall session September 23-26, 2-13. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the session will begin with a one-day retreat at which Priest Nicholas Solak, Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Stroudsburg, PA, and Dr. Albert S. Rossi, Director of Field Education at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will address the issue of conflict resolution. “The retreat,” said Father Eric, “is the most recent in a series that had been recommended by the Metropolitan Council’s…

Source: National Catholic Reporter By Melissa Jones TOWARD AN ECOLOGY OF TRANSFIGURATION: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT, NATURE, AND CREATION Edited by John Chryssavgis and Bruce V. Foltz Published by Fordham University Press, $125 hardback, $35 paperback Every year on or around Epiphany, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christian faithful from Denver forms a carpool caravan and drives three hours to the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, Colo. They make this trek to bless the snowpack because they know that the spring melt will flow east and west down the Rockies to feed the life-giving streams and rivers of the…

Source: The Sofia Globe Members of Bulgaria’s parliamentary committee on religious affairs are proposing for the first time to include the Roman Catholic church in the country in the list of religious bodies to receive state subsidies. This emerged after a meeting between the chairperson of the committee, Plamen Slavov, and the head of the bishops’ conference of the Roman Catholic church in Bulgaria, Hristo Proykov. “So far, we have been self-supporting, and if we get this grant, it would be a good helping hand for us,” local media quoted Proykov as saying. Slavov said that the committee supported the…

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