Deacons, Women and the Call to Serve

Source: America - The National Catholic Review A special web round-table discussion sponsored by America Media and the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. The current Vatican commission exploring the possibility of women deacons has raised a number of questions about their role in the church. As ordained ministers who are neither priests nor lay people, the actual role of deacons in the parishes where they minister remains unclear to many Catholics. What are deacons, and … [Read more...]

PATRIARCH THEODOROS II: NO PLACE FOR POLITICS IN CHURCH MATTERS

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Politicians should not interfere in Church matters, and it’s necessary to observe the principle of the indivisibility of the Church, declared Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa in an interview with RIA-Novosti, commenting on the situation with the efforts to create an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine. “I know Ukraine very well—both bishops and laity—and have a very good understanding about what incentives the people are pursuing, … [Read more...]

Letter to Faithful OCL Advocates and Supporters

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity CLICK HERE to view the above letter in PDF format. … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Church calling on Indiana to pass Religious Freedom Resolution

Source: ABC 57 News By Jess Arnold SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend is working to convince Indiana to pass a Religious Freedom Resolution. The legislation mainly concerns the religion’s Ecumenical Patriarch. Ecumenical means ‘first among equals,’ so their leader is one of the people. The resolution has broader, more global implications, however, related to the persecution Christians are currently facing overseas. Bishop Demetrios of the Metropolis of … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity Completes 29th Annual Meeting; Prepares to Celebrate 30 years of service to the Orthodox Christian Church in 2017; Welcomes Metropolitan Isaiah on its Advisory Board

After clicking on the first photo of the gallery above, click on the play button and the "i" on the right hand side under the photo to show information about each photo. Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For 30 years, OCL has been  promoting unity, transparency, accountability and lay involvement in Church life at all levels to make these priorities a reality in the administrative life of the Church.   OCL completed its Annual Meeting in Cottonwood, Utah on November 19, 2016, and began … [Read more...]

George Aravosis – Memory Eternal!

Source: Chicago Tribune George Demetrios Aravosis, aged 87, born in Chicago in 1929, fell asleep in the Lord on November 15, 2016. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Dalianis). Loving father of Kathryn (George) Katsivalis, George, John and the late Valerie. Adored grandfather of Illias (Zoe), Anthony, Andreas, Evan, Matthaios, Sofia and great grandfather of George. Cherished brother of Peter (Carol). Dear brother-in-law of Katherine (Spiro) Besbekos, Silvia (Tom) Tsoutsouris and the late George … [Read more...]

‘Western laws now clash with moral nature of man’ – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Source: Russia Today In an exclusive interview with RT, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, shared his ideas on the difficult situations of Christians in the Middle East, the US presidential election, and European multiculturalism. RT: Your Holiness, first of all, let me congratulate you on your upcoming birthday. Thank you for taking the time to discuss these important –even global ­–issues with us. Let us talk about Christian affairs outside of Russia – … [Read more...]

OCL Annual Meeting & Program Booklet – November 17-20, 2016

CLICK HERE to view OCL's 29th Annual Meeting and Program Booklet. … [Read more...]

TRUMP NAMES ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN AS WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF

Source: Pravoslavie.ru President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017. The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports. Priebus has served as state treasurer and Republican party chairman in Wisconsin, and took up the post of … [Read more...]

Why the document signed by Catholics and Orthodox cannot be overlooked

Source: Rome Reports The document signed  in September by Orthodox and Catholics is not final,but it is an important step towards unity between the Churches. It establishes the framework for dialogue in two crucial aspects: the meaning of papal primacy, and the way of carrying out the synod; the assembly of bishops. MSGR. ANDREA PALMIERI Pontifical Council for Christian Unity "The primacy is possibly the trickiest subject in the historical dispute between Orthodox and Catholics, … [Read more...]

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