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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Plans are proceeding on schedule for the18th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America, which will convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. “The AAC theme—‘How to Expand the Mission’—is inspired by the address Saint Tikhon of Moscow delivered at the First All-American Sobor held in Mayfield, PA in 1907, during his tenure as Archbishop of North America,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The official logo features artwork inspired by a photograph taken on that occasion.” Other AAC plans include the following. Committees have initiated their work on revisions to…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America As part of the ongoing work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, a meeting of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in New York. Eleven of the Assembly’s fourteen committees were represented. Bishop Maxim, the Coordinator for Committees, convened the meeting. In his opening remarks, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly, commended the hierarchs for their commitment and also acknowledged the critical contribution made to the Assembly by countless ordained and lay…

Source: Orthodox Heritage By a Greek Orthodox priest “But if,” they say, “we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and accomplished our business superbly, without at all having been forced to say anything except what corresponds to custom and has been handed down (by the Fathers).” This is precisely the means by which many, from of old, have been deceived and persuaded to follow those who have led them off the steep precipice of impiety; believing that there is some middle ground…

Source: The Daily Beast by Candida Moss Meeting the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, the pope set a date for a third historic meeting of Christian factions—a savvy move to control how his successors lead. After all the speculation surrounding Pope Francis’s ability to engineer peace on his big Middle East trip, the biggest news from the visit came from his visit with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the primary leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not to gloat, but we totally called it. Following the meeting, Bartholomew gave an interview in which he said that he and Francis are planning a gathering in 2025 in…

Source: The Blade (Toledo) Saliba led Antiochian Orthodox church since ’66 BY PETER SMITH BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE CHICAGO — Three bishops have been nominated to be the first new leader in half a century of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The candidates were chosen Thursday at a special assembly in Chicago, called to recommend a successor to the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who died March 19 at age 82 after leading the growing denomination since 1966. Among the nominees for his successor is Bishop John Abdalah of the Diocese of Worcester and New England, who served for…

Source: National Catholic Reporter by Josephine McKenna  Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first church council held in Nicea in 325 A.D. Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem in May, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had been confirmed. “Several news agencies, publications and individuals have reported on this gathering as a fait accompli,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, in a statement. “No formal announcement…

Source: Orthodox Church in America His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with Pope Francis for the final time on the Mount of Olives on Monday, May 26, 2014. At the site known as Viri Galilaei—mentioned in Acts 1.11—the Patriarch and the Pontiff met for the third and final time during their joint pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With the echo of Paschal hymns in the distance, they conferred on a variety of issues, including ecumenical dialogue, environmental ethics, interfaith relations, and religious freedom and human rights. They sealed their pilgrimage and fraternal exchange by reaffirming their commitment to…

Source: Catholic Herald (UK) By STAFF REPORTER 1. Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, published after their meeting of 6 January 1964). Our meeting, another encounter of the Bishops of the Churches of Rome and Constantinople founded…

Source: Reuters (Reuters) – When Pope Francis meets the spiritual head of the world’s Orthodox Christians next week, the speeches and symbolism will focus on how these ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity want to come closer together. After almost a millennium apart, however, the key to the elusive unity they seek does not lie in Jerusalem, where the Catholic pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will embrace on May 25. If anywhere, that key lies in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), by far the largest church in the Orthodox world and increasingly influential at home and abroad, has…

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