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Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos CONSTANTINOPLE – An extensive discussion took place during the recent meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on March 7 regarding the article of The National Herald about the $10 million dollar bank loan that the Greek Archdiocese of America is trying to acquire, using the two buildings of its Manhattan headquarters as collateral. Specifically, Synod members asked Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey about the loan. He said he didn’t know anything about it and refereed all questions to Archbishop Demetrios, who is serving also as a Synod member during the…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos PORT WASHINGTON, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Geron of America Demetrios left everyone speechless when he arose at the end of the local Clergy Laity Congress of the Direct Archdiocesan District of New New York on March 3 and declared that he is “homeless” and “poor.” He said he doesn’t have any money, except enough for his burial. The event took place at the St. Michael parish community center in Port Washington, NY. It is to be remembered here that Archbishop Demetrios refused to live in the home of the late Archbishop Iakovos,…

Source: The National Herald BOSTON, MA – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will take a $10 million loan, with its headquarters – the two buildings located at 8-10 East 79th Street in New York City as collateral – as was announced during the meeting at the Boston Metropolis on March 1. The meeting was called by Metropolitan Methodios in hope of providing some explanation,  because there is a high degree of disappointment and mistrust in Boston after the astonishing revelations made by The National Herald about the dire situation of the finances in which the Archdiocese found itself. It was…

Source: The National Herald By Antonis H. Diamataris This year’s National Prayer Breakfast, an important annual American tradition involving many hundreds of religious and political leaders and other officials from all over the world, was held on February 8. This year’s main speaker was President Trump, and so much importance is attached to that fact. The president said that “religion plays a central role in American life and freedom.” And so it does. Americans, on average, are religious people. They do not hesitate to express their faith in words and deeds, Their faith is a deeply rooted human need and…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America announces the ordination and enthronement of Metropolitan-elect Nathanael of Chicago. The ordination of Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides to the Episcopacy will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City (319 East 74thStreet New York, NY 10021). The service of Orthros will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will enthrone metropolitan-elect Nathanael on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Chicago’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously today the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago. Immediately following the election, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America stated: “I express my wholehearted congratulations on the election of Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides as Metropolitan of Chicago, wishing the abundant blessing of God on the sacred ministry the Church has entrusted him with. The newly-elected Metropolitan has served as Deacon, Priest and Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for a number of years, and…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in a special meeting on Monday, February 5, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America selected the three-person ballot for the Metropolis of Chicago. The selections are as follows: V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides- head of the Office of Interchristian, Interorthodox and Ecumenical Relations of the Archdiocese, V. Rev. Archimandrite Timothy Bakakos- presiding priest of the Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral in Chicago, and V. Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis, presiding priest of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral…

Source: The National Herald In June, 2012, an Orthodox Church was built in Tirana, Albania. Yes, Tirana, Albania. That marvelous cathedral was built largely through the blood, sweat, and tears of Archbishop Anastasios, the Primate of the Church of Albania. The Resurrection Cathedral currently stands as the third-largest Orthodox church in Europe. This was nothing less than a miraculous accomplishment considering Albania, a very poor country, was not that long ago under the grips of communism and fiercely anti-Christian. Yet, in a largely Muslim country, Archbishop Anastasios has managed to revitalize the Orthodox Church, building new churches and restoring many…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Dr. Frances Kostarelos, PhD., is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. She has written on issues related to religion and has served as a program evaluator for the Lilly Endowment grant awarded to Hellenic College for several years. CLICK HERE to read: RELIGIOUS PLURALISM, FUNDAMENTALISM AND CONTESTED IDENTITIES IN NORTH AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS LIFE: The Case of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

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