LEADERSHIP 100 DONATES $1 MILLION FOR BUILDING OF ST. NICHOLAS NATIONAL SHRINE

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Source: Leadership 100 The Executive Committee of Leadership 100, meeting on Friday, June 20, 2014, unanimously approved a special gift of $1 million toward the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, to be designated as the St. Nicholas National Shrine, according to George Tsandikos, Chairman. In addition, the Executive Committee approved an appeal to Leadership 100 members to make individual gifts. "Taken together our goal is to raise several millions of dollars in support of … [Read more...]

Russia’s Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

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Source: Charlotte Observer By LYNN BERRY Associated Press MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise. Putin said such a compromise must guarantee the rights of the Russian-speaking residents of eastern Ukraine, who must feel like they are "an integral part" of their own country. Putin's statement appeared to signal … [Read more...]

ORTHODOX PATRIARCH HAILS CHANGING TURKEY IN MASS

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Source: Daily Sabah NEVŞEHİR – Presiding at a Sunday mass at a church in central Turkey, Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I said major changes in Turkey in terms of minority rights have paved the way for "previously unimaginable" religious services in the ancient churches of the Orthodox Christian community. The annual mass attended by an Orthodox Christian community was held in Timio Stavru, a Byzantine-era church in a village in the central Turkish province of Nevşehir's Ürgüp … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox priest launches King’s College London’s Israel Society

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Source: The Jewish Chronicle Online By Charlotte Oliver King's College London's newly launched Israel Society held its first event last week, when Father Gabriel Nadaf visited campus. The Greek Orthodox priest, who encourages Arab Christians to participate in military and national service, is a leading and sometime controversial voice in Israeli politics. He spoke to 40 students on the night, which was held in partnership with The Face of Israel and StandWithUs UK - with an audience of … [Read more...]

Crown urges jail for sex abuse by ex-archbishop

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press A former high-ranking Orthodox archbishop should serve a year in jail for violating his position of trust and sexually molesting an altar boy in Winnipeg in the 1980s, prosecutors say. That's was the Crown's position as Seraphim (Kenneth) Storheim, 68, appeared for sentencing in the Court of Queen's Bench Wednesday. "The hallmarks of this case are the abuse of trust, the abuse of a child and the historical nature," Crown attorney Breta Passler told Justice … [Read more...]

As ISIS advances, what future for Iraqi Christians?

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Source: The Christian Science Monitor By Jane Arraf, Correspondent Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul and its region after ISIS seized the city, uprooting communities tied to some of the earliest Christian societies. DAIR MAR MATTI, IRAQ — Just a few miles from Mosul, the map of Iraq is being redrawn in a cataclysmic restructuring of an area that was home to some of the earliest Christians. The takeover of the city and wide swaths of other territory by the Al Qaeda … [Read more...]

That’s unorthodox: Romanian church leader mocked for using paint-roller dipped in holy oil to bless new TV studios because it helps him anoint rooms with higher walls

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Source: The Daily Mail Online By PAUL DONNELLEY Patriarch Daniel, the leader of Romania's Orthodox church, was opening the church's Trinitas Radio and Television studios in Bucharest Spokesman said that Daniel, 62, has used the ‘sanctification rod’ before Patriarch said he has a sense of humour and was not offended It is not the usual way to go about performing a blessing and using a paint roller dipped in holy oil to sanctify a TV studio has left a Romanian priest the object of … [Read more...]

Iraqi Christians find refuge in ancient monastery

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Source: Aljazeera America by Jane Arraf Fleeing Christians find shelter in St. Matthew's Monastery in northern Iraq, a place of refuge since the fourth century  Perched on the side of a mountain surrounded by caves, St. Matthew’s Monastery has been a place of refuge since the fourth century. Some of the earliest Christians sought safety here. With the fall of the city of Mosul, just 20 miles away, the monastery’s thick stone walls have again become a sanctuary. Along the courtyards … [Read more...]

Russian Church to open a center for studying Orthodox culture in Shanghai

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Source: Interfax Moscow, June 16, Interfax - The Shanghai Foreign Languages University and the Patriarchal Council for Culture signed an agreement to set up a center for studying Orthodox culture at the university in Shanghai. The document was signed by the University rector professor Cao Demin and executive secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), the Moscow Patriarchate website reports. The Center will help to get acquainted with traditional … [Read more...]

Coptic church prepares for pope’s visit

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press Tawadros II plans September appearance in Winnipeg By: Brenda Suderman The pope is coming to Winnipeg this fall. But before you get too excited, it's not Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church. It's that other pope. On Sept. 19, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria visits Winnipeg for a few hours as part of his month-long cross-country tour of Canada. "He cares about everyone and this congregation and we are … [Read more...]