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Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com by ANDREW ESTOCIN Imagine that you have been invited to class with an amazing teacher only to find that the teacher chooses to instruct students in a language that none of them understand. This is the experience of many people in the Orthodox Church. Every Sunday people encounter the Divine Liturgy but far too many fail to understand it, because the Church chooses to worship in a language that is not spoken by its members. This is true of many Churches today … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill plans to visit Mount Athos in May

Source: Pravmir Moscow, February 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is expected to visit Mount Athos, in May 2016, on the occasion of festivities marking the 1000th anniversary of Russia's presence on the Holy Mountain. “Mount Athos is expected to be in May. The dates have not yet been set,” chief of press service of patriarch Priest Alexander Volkov, said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. His statement implied that the patriarch’s trips to Mount Athos … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Expects Ties With Vatican to Develop Positively

Source: Sputniknews.com Relations between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic churches will positively develop further following the historic meeting of their two religious leaders, the Russian Patriarch’s press secretary said Wednesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On February 12, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met Pope Francis at an airport in Havana, Cuba, where they signed a joint declaration. It was the first time that Catholic and Russian Orthodox spiritual leaders held … [Read more...]

WATCH: What the Orthodox Patriarch Did After Historic Meeting With the Pope

Source: Aleteia Patriarch Kirill walked among the penguins and visited the only permanent church in the South Pole  by Zoe Romanowsky After their historic meeting in Havana, Cuba on February 12, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill flew to Antarctica where he made a point to stroll among the penguins on Ardley island, learning about them and their behaviors. In addition to meeting with scientists at the Bellingshausen polar station, one of the patriarch’s main reasons to be in the … [Read more...]

Catholic archbishop, Orthodox leader see significance in Havana meeting

Source: Catholic News Service BY SEAN GALLAGHER Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. archbishop who is co-chair of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and an archdeacon who helps lead Orthodox ecumenical efforts in the United States watched with interest as Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba Feb. 12. Both of them — Catholic Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis and Orthodox Archdeacon John Chryssavgis — saw … [Read more...]

Handling of priest’s theft did real harm to Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Chicago Tribune By John Kass, Contact Reporter If you stole $100,000 from a church, a reasonable person would expect that you'd get some jail time for your crimes. If a poor kid was charged with stealing a fraction of that much cash from a sandwich shop, chances are that jail would be waiting. But a Wisconsin priest stealing from a church trust, a priest with a fondness for luxury goods and fine restaurants, a priest with a powerful ally in the Chicago Greek Orthodox church … [Read more...]

Priest pleads guilty to stealing from Milwaukee parish

Source: WTMJ-TV Milwaukee More than $100,000 was taken. by Pete Zervakis MILWAUKEE -- A local priest accused of stealing more than $100,000 from his former parish between 2008 and 2012 pleaded guilty in a Milwaukee County courtroom on Monday. According to a criminal complaint, Father James Dokos, longtime priest at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, stole more than $100,000 from a trust fund that was supposed to be used primarily for the building of the church’s cultural … [Read more...]

The Unchanging Gospel in an Ever-Changing Culture: Lecture by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Source: North Park University The Inaugural Event in the Engaging Orthodoxy Speaker's Series Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 am to 3:30 pm North Park University's Anderson Chapel Orthodoxy is on the cusp of a major theological renaissance in the 21st century. Join North Park University to explore Orthodox theology as a vital religious force in American life and thought. In his inaugural lecture, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will present an Eastern Orthodox understanding of the Gospel, … [Read more...]

Remembering Metropolitan Antony Bashir on the 50th Anniversary of His Repose

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America By Peter Samore As time passes, fewer and fewer people—even within the Antiochian Archdiocese—are still with us, who can vividly recall Metropolitan Antony Bashir, the man whom the late Fr. Alexander Schmemann called a “founding father of the American Church.” A half-century has passed since his repose on February 15, 1966, and now the Metropolitan endures mostly in black and white photographs and humorous anecdotes. Many … [Read more...]

Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries Now Available

Source: Holy Cross Orthodox Press  The first-ever "Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The Atlas can be purchased ($19.95) on Amazon.com or directly from the publisher, the Holy Cross Orthodox Press. Please share this announcement with your parishioners and friends via your parish's mailing list, Facebook, and other social media.Drawing on extensive research, as well as … [Read more...]