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Source: Orthodox Church in America Torrential rains threaten Sitka’s historic Archangel Michael Cathedral SITKA, AK [OCA] For two weeks, Archpriest Michael Boyle and the faithful of Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral here have been praying for relief from the torrential rains that have pounded the region and flooded the historic structure’s basement. “While the cathedral, which stands in the middle of the downtown district, has been spared from mudslides, it has been significantly affected by rain—especially over the past 48 hours during which at times up to an inch an hour fell,” said Father Michael on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. …

Source: Crux High-ranking US Jesuit: Married priests would be healthy for the Church By Michael O’Loughlin National reporter A high-ranking US Jesuit says he wouldn’t be surprised if Pope Francis ushers in an era of married priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and says having the conversation would be “healthy” for the Church. “I used to say, ‘Well, it will change but probably not in my lifetime.’ And then Pope Francis came along, and what I see him doing is opening the avenues for discussion,” the Rev. Michael Garanzini, chancellor of Loyola University Chicago and the secretary for higher education…

Source: St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary SVOTS Scripture Professor is Main Contributor to New Study Bible The Very Reverend Eugen J. Pentiuc, St. Vladimir’s professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages, was invited by École biblique et archéologique française to spend six weeks in Jerusalem in the summer of 2015 completing his work for La Bible en ses traditions / The Bible in Its Traditions (or B.E.S.T). His contribution, “The Book of Hosea: A New Translation with Notes,” once finished, will be published along with other contributions thus far completed by additional scholars, as the very first achievements of this ongoing…

Source: Orthodox Church in America First American Orthodox chaplain attends World Scout Jamboree Chaplains representing many different faith traditions—including Orthodox Christianity—ministered to an estimated 40,000 scouts from 160 countries at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan in mid-August 2015. For the first time, the American contingent of over 1,900 scouts included an Orthodox Christian chaplain—Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America and member of the Boy Scout’s Religious Relations Task Force.  A priest of the Moscow Patriarchate also ministered to Orthodox scouts from Russia. Also present was His Eminence, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea of…

Source: St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Patriarch Irinej of Serbia to Deliver Address at St Vladimir’s Seminary on September 11 On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will bestow a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, upon His Holiness Irinej (Gavrilovic), archbishop of Peć, metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, and patriarch of Serbia. Patriarch Irinej will also deliver a presentation titled “Theology as a Hope for the Future of the Church.” The patriarch will arrive on the seminary campus, briefly visit Three Hierarchs Chapel, and then proceed to the Academic Convocation. The public…

Source: The Siberian Times Vladivostok ‘to get tallest statue of Jesus Christ in the world’ By Antonina Koshcheeva Towering 80 metre monument to ‘Christ the Teacher’ by Zurab Tsereteli to find home in Russia’s Pacific capital. The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such as a statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and ‘The Tear of Grief’ in the United States, dedicated to the struggle against world terrorism. The monument stands 50 metres taller than the world famous ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio de Janeiro, and two metres higher…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Deadline for Planting Grant applications in the OCA is August 31, 2015 SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The deadline to apply for 2016 Church Planting Grants, available from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization, is August 31, 2015. Detailed information on the grants may be found here.  Applications may be downloaded here. Fledgling mission communities may apply for first-year grants of up to $24,000.00 for the exclusive purpose of providing a salary for a full-time resident priest.  Qualifying missions, deaneries or dioceses must match this amount.  Grants may be renewed for a maximum of three…

Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Plovdiv Metropolitan continues campaign for mayoral candidate The controversial Metropolitan of Plovdiv, Nikolai, has continued his campaign for a candidate in Bulgaria’s forthcoming mayoral elections, issuing an endorsement on one of the holiest days in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church calendar – and again attacking incumbent mayor Ivan Totev. Open support for an election candidate is unprecedented in Bulgarian Orthodox Church history. Nikolai, who recently endorsed Zdravko Dimitrov – who has been expelled from the parliamentary group of national coalition government majority partner GERB for announcing his candidacy against GERB’s official candidate in Plovdiv,…

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Is Orthodoxy in Decline? Alarming statistics are reported on the decline of Christianity (-8% in seven years) across all denominations in the U.S.; as well as significant data on the Orthodox Church in the U.S. Be the Bee’s Steven Christoforou and Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff, the director of the Orthodox Natural Church Development program, join Kevin Allen to discuss. Click here to listen.

Source: The Moscow Times Orthodox Church Calls for Alternative Financial System in Russia By Anastasia Bazenkova As the Russian economy reels from low oil prices and Western sanctions, the country is seeing rising interest in unorthodox financial solutions, most recently one pitched by the Orthodox Church. Last week, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry threw its support behind a so-called Orthodox Financial System developed under the aegis of the Moscow Patriarchate and strongly resembling the better known Islamic financial system. “The Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports the creation of the Orthodox Financial System … and is ready to provide its platform for detailed and professional discussion of these questions together with the relevant committees of the chamber,” the chamber’s press service reported last Friday…

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