Canonical Restructuring and National Youth Meeting Key Topics on Day Two

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Source: Assembly of Orthodox Canonical Bishops of North and Central America http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2013/canonical-restructuring-and-national-youth-meeting-key-topics-on-day-two#sthash.C5nM8r97.dpuf The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops endorsed a proposal to plan for a North American Pan-Orthodox Youth Gathering of high school students. The proposal was put forth by the Committee for Youth. The gathering will enable Orthodox youth from all jurisdictions to come together, … [Read more...]

A Big Heart Open to God – The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis

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Source: America – The National Catholic Review Antonio Spadaro, S.J. The exclusive interview with Pope Francis  Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, America and several other major Jesuit journals … [Read more...]

Getting Married at the Bottom of the World: Trinity Church in Antarctica

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Source: Slate By Atlas Obscura From the scorching deserts of Sinai to the frozen tundras of Siberia, Orthodox Christianity has a history of building its churches and monasteries in inhospitable places. But only a few can rival Trinity Church on King George Island. The southernmost Orthodox church in the world, Trinity was built near Bellingshausen Station, Russia's permanent outpost in Antarctica. In the mid-1990s Patriarch Alexius II of Moscow gave his blessing for this audacious … [Read more...]

Progress Reflected in 4th Annual Assembly Meeting

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America The first day of meetings of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America reflected a growing collegiality and cooperation among those present. Forty-three hierarchs representing 11 jurisdictions are in attendance. The morning began with hierarchs participating in a common celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines, IL. “Today…we are here … [Read more...]

Fourth annual meeting of the Assembly of Bishops opens in Chicago

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SCHAUMBURG, IL [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America are among 65 hierarchs participating in the 2013 annual meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America at the Chicago Marriott here Tuesday through Thursday, September 17-19, 2013. The first annual meeting was held in New York City in 2010, while the second and third gatherings were held … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Leader Decries Syrian Rebel Attacks Near Monasteries

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Source: Here & Now Syrian military forces continue to battle Islamic rebels near the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, where some residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. Most Maaloula residents have fled, but nuns and orphans remain holed up in Mar Tekla, one of the town’s two early Christian monasteries. They are members of the eastern orthodox Church of Antioch. Its leader in the U.S., Metropolitan Philip Saliba, is concerned about their … [Read more...]

Church shows mercy by upholding truth about marriage, speakers say

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Source: Catholic News Service By Carol Glatz ROME (CNS) -- Recent remarks by Pope Francis about the need for a stronger pastoral approach to marriage and divorced couples, do not signal the church is overturning its laws or practice of denying communion to Catholics who divorce and remarry, said two canon law experts. When Pope Francis made parenthetical reference to the Orthodox churches permitting, in some cases, a second marriage, he was referring to an issue that has been under … [Read more...]

Parishes celebrate College Student Sunday

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Source: Orthodox Church in America PRINCETON, NJ [OCA] - Sunday, September 15, 2013 marked the observance of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s “College Student Sunday” in parishes across the US through special services, programs, and other activities.  [See related article.] Among them was a celebration, at which His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York presided, at the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the campus of Princeton University. Bishop Michael celebrated the Divine Liturgy, as … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Christian from Syria: “I lived in Romania for 7 years and I tell you honestly that I do not think that the Romanian Christians have more freedom than the Syrian Christians”

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by Alexandru Cautis Source: Drum european He is Syrian, he is Orthodox Christian and he just finished his studies in Romania. S.M. lives through the war in Syria as an eye-witness and views it completely different than it is presented to us in Romania. (The Syrian asked me not to give his name; I guarantee that the following interview is an honest one, that S.M. is not forced by the Syrian authorities to talk nice about Bashar Al Assad)   How does a Christian living in Syria … [Read more...]

The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity As part of its 26th Annual Meeting, Orthodox Christian Laity is sponsoring a Forum on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 am to noon at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga, CA (Click here for more detailed information).  The program will focus on the work of the Assembly of Bishops with an update on its September 2013 conclave. In discussing the forum, OCL President Susan Haikalis said: “Although the majority of Orthodox Christians in America … [Read more...]