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Source: Public Orthodoxy Philip Kariatlis Sub-Dean and Associate Professor of Theology at St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (Sydney, Australia) When we think of fasting in the Orthodox Church today, our mind almost immediately goes to certain rules relating to what we can and cannot eat. Moreover, this practice is especially associated with Great and Holy Lent. And so, when it comes to this “forty-day” fast, there are some who will almost exclusively focus all their attention on familiarizing themselves with all of the Church’s prescriptions regarding when they need to abstain from particular foods. Then, there are some who…

Source: Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central and South America The Awarded Crime The Serbian St. Bartholomew’s Night By Živojin Rakočević Sunday, March 17, 2024 Everything that belonged to the Serbs was struck at the heart. From the brilliant achievements of the Middle Ages to isolated elderly in towns, an entire civilization was afflicted. A pogrom occurred, or the Serbian St. Bartholomew’s Night. Never in its history had the Serbian Orthodox Church suffered such a severe blow in such a short time. Fatal violence killed people, changed the political status, eliminated urbanity, prevented the return of the displaced, destroyed old…

Source: American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh Y2AM and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church USA invite Young Adults to come retreat at Camp Nazareth for a weekend with other Orthodox Young Adults from all jurisdictions. The weekend event will be filled with learning, fun, fellowship and worship. Camp Nazareth 339 Pew Rd, Mercer, PA 16137 Apr 12, 2024 07:00pm – Apr 14, 2024 12:00pm REGISTER  –  $100

Source: Public Orthodoxy Chris Durante Associate Professor, Theology Department, Saint Peter’s University As Orthodox Christians prepare for Easter by partaking in fasting this Lenten season, we ought to pause to reflect on the ways in which this practice, in addition to being a source of spiritual renewal, can serve as a source of social transformation and ecological restoration. In order to ameliorate the ecological crises we currently face, that which Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, long known as the “Green Patriarch,” asks “of us is not greater technological skill but deeper repentance, metanoia, in the literal sense of the Greek word,…

Source: Suprasl Dear Friends, With a very successful Word Day of Orthodox Youth behind us we now turn our attention to our summer projects, the third annual World Gathering of Orthodox Youth and our joint project with the Diocese of the Midwest (OCA), “Orthodoxy Unleashed: Faith in Action”  which will take place in Chicago this June. We are also very excited for two new spiritual ecology projects we will be announcing in the coming weeks which will take place this summer. Stay tuned. As always we are grateful for the support of you, our friends. We ask you to pray for our work, and…

Source: Orthodox Reality A variety of maps showing the geographic distribution of Orthodox Christian Churches in the United States is available free of charge at: https://orthodoxreality.org/maps For each Orthodox Church (including both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches), state and county-level maps show: Number of parishes in each state or county Number of adherents (most inclusive category of church membership) in each state or county Number of adherents as a percentage of the total population in each state or county The state-level maps are accompanied by a short description (history, etc.) of the various Orthodox Churches. In addition: Two county-level aggregate maps…

Source: Christian Persecution Pakistan For information about the Orthodox Mission in Pakistan, see here. For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here. “Economic Discrimination Against Poor Christian Students,” International Christian Concern, February 27, 2024: 02/27/2024 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – A private school in Peshawar, Pakistan, has reportedly expelled poor Christian students who are unable to pay their school fees. This discriminatory action is in direct violation of the principles of inclusivity and equal education opportunities for minorities in Pakistan. ICC firmly believes that education should be a fundamental right, irrespective of one’s social and religious background. Expelling…

Source: Christian Persecution Somalia Orthodox Christianity originally came to regions of modern-day in the second and third centuries. Today, Somalia is under the jurisdiction of the Holy Archdiocese of Aksum of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa. For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Somalia, see here. “No Country Is Safe: Life as a Somali Christian,” International Christian Concern, February 24, 2024: Often cited as the world’s best example of a “failed state,” Somalia has for several decades suffered from lawlessness and deprivation. Much of the country is extremely dangerous for anyone, and so it’s no surprise that members of its tiny…

Source: Public Orthodoxy Inga Leonova Editor-in-Chief at The Wheel Journal On Friday, February 16, 2024, Russian Penitentiary Service (FSIN) that is responsible for the thriving GULAG system informed the world that Russia’s “Prisoner no. 1,” Alexey Navalny, collapsed during the daily walk in the camp and died shortly thereafter. While everyone who cared about Navalny had feared for his life every day since January 17, 2021, when he returned to Russia after recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt by the Kremlin, the news still came as a gut-punching shock. Despite three years of imprisonment in inhuman, torturous conditions, despite…

Source: The National Herald By Eleni Sakellis The Triodion began this year on February 25, and before you know it, Lent and then Holy Week will be upon us. Patmos Press announced that its new book, the long-awaited Holy Week-Easter Hymnal has been published to serve as the companion to the ever-popular Greek-English Holy Week-Easter book by Fr. George L. Papadeas just in time to order ahead of this year’s Holy Week services. According to Patmos Press, the most widespread Holy Week Easter book for the Greek Orthodox faithful around the world was first published 60 years ago by Fr.…

Source: Nova.news Addis Ababa The conflict in Oromia is a long-standing one which for several years has pitted the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) on one side – of which the OLA is the armed wing – and the Ethiopian government on the other. Four priests of the Orthodox church Ethiopian Tewahedo men who served in the historic Zequala Abune Gebre Menfes Kidus monastery in the Oromia region of Ethiopia died in an armed attack on February 22. This was reported today in a statement by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need. “The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has put forward…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America by His Eminence Metropolitan Saba (Isper) There is a negative trend in the Church these days, with certain people criticizing everything. They adhere in an extreme way to what they believe is authentic, while attacking all that they consider innovative, calling it heresy that destroys the Faith and the Church of Christ. The adherents of this trend tend to be aggressive in their attacks and fundamentalist in their opinions, denouncing as heretics all those who disagree with their opinions, views, and citations. They employ the interpretation of Scriptures as they see fit, for…

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