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Aleppo churches open doors to displaced Muslim families

Source: WorldWatch Monitor Life hasn’t been easy for 28-year-old Syrian mother Kristina, a Christian of Armenian descent, who lived with her husband in Aleppo long before the civil war started in 2011. It was in that besieged city that Kristina gave birth to her firstborn daughter, 18 months ago. She’s brought the little girl to the house where a World Watch Monitor contact meets her. While her mother talks, the toddler explores the room. “Please close the door, I’d like to keep an … [Read more...]

Job Posting: DIRECTOR OF YOUTH and CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Minneapolis MN

Source: OrthodoxJobs.com Job Description St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis is seeking a dedicated leader to oversee the Youth and Children’s ministry under the guidance of the Priests. This includes religious, cultural, and social activities. General duties: ·        Preparation and maintenance of the youth group calendar and events ·        Communication (includes social media) of events ·        Summer church camp task force director ·        Coordination of … [Read more...]

Bishops Abducted in Syria in 2013 Alive, Currently in Raqqa

Source: Pravmir.com According to preliminary data, Syrian bishops abducted in the vicinity of the country's northern city of Aleppo in 2013 are alive and currently in the city of Raqqa occupied by the Daesh militant group, a mother superior at the Monastery and Convent of Saint James the Mutilated, located in the western Syrian town of Qarah, said Wednesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In 2013, militants captured Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Paul Yazidzhi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Pleading the cause of Middle East Christians

Source: MercatorNet A Syrian Catholic patriarch describes the campaign to drive Christians from their homelands Ignatius Youssef III Younan The Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Ignatius Joseph III Younan, recently addressed the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic group, at its annual conference. Here is a slightly abridged text of his passionate speech about Christianity in the Middle East. ***** I would like first of all to apologize if I become too emotional. Because … [Read more...]

Christ’s Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries

Source: National Geographic Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ. By Kristin Romey JERUSALEM, ISRAELFor the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and … [Read more...]

“BARTHOLOMEW: APOSTLE AND VISIONARY,” FIRST COMPLETE BIOGRAPHY OF ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The first complete biography on His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, titled “Bartholomew: Apostle and Visionary,” authored by Fr. John Chryssavgis and published by Thomas Nelson Publishing has just been released, in time for the 25th Anniversary of His All-Holiness’ elevation to the venerable Patriarchal Throne of Constantinople. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox … [Read more...]

Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians

Source: St Vladimir's Seminary Press Peter Danilchick, a protodeacon [Protection of the Mother of God Church, Falls Church VA - Romanian Diocese] and retired corporate executive, brings his experience and expertise to bear on the meaning, challenges, and techniques of strategic leadership, planning, and management for Christians in his new book: Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians. Many books examine these skills from a business perspective, but … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage: Romanian President Blasts Orthodox Church

Source: Foreigners & Friends Magazine Romania’s president has called for tolerance and acceptance of minorities. The statement was connected to a pending case about same-sex marriage at his country’s highest court. Klaus Iohannis, who is part of the German minority in Romania, as well as a Lutheran, and who therefore belongs to two minorities himself, stated: “Tolerance and acceptance of others are vital. These are the values I believe in.” Iohannis, whose comments were … [Read more...]

Antiochian Orthodox community honors St. Raphael of Brooklyn

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle Yes, Brooklyn does have its own saint. Antiochian Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast and life of St. Raphael of Brooklyn each November for his work in establishing the Syrian mission here. He was the first Orthodox bishop consecrated in North America. This branch of Orthodox Christendom had its roots in ancient Antioch, an ethnically diverse metropolis in Syria during the first century, … [Read more...]

Muslim Refugee in Greece Builds Shrine to the Virgin Mary to Thank the Greeks

Source: Mystagogy A Muslim refugee named Ahmet, who was given hospitality from Greece to stay in Thermopylae, has built a shrine to the Virgin Mary there to thank the Greek people for their help, and with tears in his eyes asks for people to pray at this shrine that the war in his homeland will come to an end. It took Ahmet one day to build it with the help of two youngsters. “We came here to escape war and we thank you for your warm hospitality, I cannot say enough about the Greek people … [Read more...]

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