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Colloquium: ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY and HUMANITARIANISM – May 7-8, 2015

Source: Faith Matters blog Sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Office of Inter-Orthodox, Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations, the focus of this colloquium is an inquiry into Orthodoxy Christianity’s theology of engagement in humanitarianism. Click on the flyer on the left, download the pdf, or for more information, contact: V. Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, Director Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations Greek Orthodox … [Read more...]

COPTIC CHURCH CANONIZES THE 21 CHRISTIANS MURDERED BY ISIS IN LIBYA

Source: Breitbart by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the 21 Egyptian Christians murdered by the Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar as martyrs and saints. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II said that the names of the 21 martyrs beheaded by ISIS on February 14 will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s official list of Martyrs, a procedure similar to canonization in the Latin Church. An icon … [Read more...]

MEMORY ETERNAL!: 21 Martyred Coptic Orthodox Christian laymen working in Libya

Source: St Thomas Orthodox Church 21 New Egyptian Martyrs of Libya Milad Makeen Zaky Abanub Ayad Atiya Maged Solaiman Shehata Yusuf Shukry Yunan Kirollos Shokry Fawzy Bishoy Astafanus Kamel Somaily Astafanus Kamel Malak Ibrahim Sinweet Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros Girgis Milad Sinweet Mina Fayez Aziz Hany Abdelmesih Salib Bishoy Adel Khalaf Samuel Alham Wilson Worker from Awr village (name unknown at this time) Ezat Bishir Naseef Loqa Nagaty Gaber Munir Adly Esam Badir … [Read more...]

The Middle East is red with the blood of Christians

Source: Lebanon Wire By Rupert Shortt*, The Independent The beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya by forces sympathetic to Islamic State over recent days is sadly not an isolated case. On the contrary, it is the latest of countless outrages perpetrated against Christians in or near the Church’s Biblical heartlands over many years. The latest victims were migrant workers from Upper Egypt. The announcement by the authorities in Cairo of retaliatory bombing raids on terrorist training … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon offers condolences, prayers on slaying of Coptic Christians in Libya

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a letter addressed to the Primate of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II dated February 17, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, expressed condolences and offered prayers on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America on the martyrdom of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian men whose beheadings by IS forces were confirmed by the Libyan and Egyptian governments on … [Read more...]

CENTER FOR FAMILY CARE – MINISTRY UPDATES FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America Fr. Constantine Sitaras talks about the great products and services of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ministry Updates series of videos highlights the work of the Metropolises and the Archdiocesan Ministries. The videos are available so that all viewers, Orthodox Christians and those from other faiths, will learn more about the work of the Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. To … [Read more...]

The 21 beheadings in Libya: Why edit ‘Orthodox’ from name of the Coptic Orthodox Church?

Source: Get Religion by Terry Mattingly What can be said about the images that are coming out of Libya, in that hellish Islamic State video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – explicitly for their faith and their connection to "crusaders"? This is a story with so much religious imagery and language in it that there is no way for journalists to avoid the ghosts. Religion News Service, and some other news outlets, are using a very important quote from Pope Francis: “The … [Read more...]

FDF2015 – The largest gathering of Greek Orthodox Youth in the U.S.

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America ANAHEIM, Calif. – The 2015 Greek Orthodox Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF2015) just concluded another very successful year and its four-day weekend celebration of Faith, Dance and Fellowship. FDF is the largest gathering of Greek-Orthodox young people in the United States and arguably the largest youth festival of traditional Greek dancing in the world. Approximately 2,500 young people took part as dancers, musicians and singers, and more than … [Read more...]

Priest Blows Whistle On Bishop, Says He Fears Retaliation For Talking

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos Rev. Angelo Artemas, presiding priest at the Annunciation parish in Milwaukee, spoke with TNH about his predecessor, Fr. James Dokos, who has been charged with stealing money from a trust of a former parishioner of his. MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – Rev. Angelo Artemas, presiding priest at the Annunciation parish in Milwaukee, WI broke his silence and in exclusive interview to TNH spoke freely and openly about the situation involving his … [Read more...]

MINISTER OF EDUCATION OF GREECE: “WE ARE LAUNCHING THE PROCESS OF SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Athens, February 11, 2015 Aristidis Baltas, the new Greek minister of culture, education and religious affairs, at the meeting of Parliament has formulated the government’s program on relations between the Church and state, reports AgionOros.ru. According to the minister, “It is necessary to separate the Church from the state, but that is a long and difficult process.” A. Baltas has stressed that, “The first steps to separate the Church from the state may be taken … [Read more...]