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Source: U~T San Diego St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church brings ancient roots to new location By PHIL DIEHL CARLSBAD — One of the oldest religious institutions in the world has opened a new church in Carlsbad, where there’s standing room only at every service. St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church was founded in 2011 in Encinitas, but it’s part of the third-largest Christian church in the world, with roots and traditions dating to the beginning of Christianity. One of the traditions practiced at St. Katherine’s is that the congregation stands throughout the services, which can last as long as two hours.…

Source: Global News By Amanda Kelly MONTREAL — Montreal’s Greek community is grieving after Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire Monday night. At around 8 p.m., over 70 Montreal firefighters were called to the church on De L’Épée Avenue. By 9:30 p.m., the fire was confirmed to be a three-alarm fire. Onlookers watched helplessly as glass shattered and firefighters battled the blaze. The church was evacuated and no one was injured. It wasn’t until close to 11:30 p.m. that the fire was brought under control. Adjoining streets were blocked off to…

Source: The Pilot By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While Catholic and Armenian Orthodox theologians continue discussions aimed at full unity, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, commemorated the already-achieved unity of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox martyrs in heaven. Pope Francis concelebrated Mass April 12 with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni in the presence of Catholicos Karekin and thousands of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox faithful. Media attention focused on the diplomatic tensions created between the Vatican and Turkey when Pope Francis used the term “genocide” to describe the deaths…

Source: WATE-TV.com By Hailey Holloway, 6 On Your Side Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Firefighters were still sifting through rubble, but that did not stop church members at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from gathering together to put their church back together. The sanctuary of the church burned for several hours Sunday morning, which also happened to be the day the Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter. Church members said they were both shocked and heartbroken. Previous story: Flames shoot through roof of Knoxville Greek Church, site of annual Greek Festival Previous story: Man spotted West Knoxville church fire, called 911 Web Extra:…

Source: The National Herald by Theodore G. Karakostas PARIS, FRANCE – I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful and splendid City of Paris. What an outstanding city, with great Museums such as the Louvre and D’orsay, the Great Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the great palaces of Versailles. Paris is not only the location of great sites but is also the seat for the international headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization). Since I was in Paris and having spoken and corresponded with the New York office of UNESCO in the recent past, I…

Source: Wall Street Journal Pontiff’s comments spark diplomatic furor with Turkey By FRANCIS X. ROCCA in Rome and EMRE PEKER in Istanbul Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam. Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, swiftly called its ambassador to the Vatican back to Ankara for consultations after the pope’s remarks. Turkey’s foreign ministry also summoned the…

Source: Georgian Journal Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The miracle repeats yet again. Descent of the celestial flame is an undeniable sign of veracity of tenets of Orthodox Christian faith and their grace. The Holy Fire, expected by the parish that gathered around the sepulcher since morning, was brought out by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Thousands of believers have distributed the fire among themselves. The Orthodox Patriarch entered the Church of the Resurrection at approximately 15:14, Georgian time, and the church was subsequently closed. Before he entered, the Patriarch was searched by clergy…

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Yesterday, I was buried with you, O Christ. Today, I rise with you in your arising. Yesterday, I was crucified with you, O Savior; therefore, glorify me together with you in Your Kingdom.  Dear Beloved: Christ is risen! On this great day of rejoicing, our hearts reflect on the goodness of God and the depths of his love for us. On this holiest of holy days, we are reminded of the continuous concern and the marvelous plan that the Creator has established for all mankind and forever. What was created “good” was abused, and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION MI [OCA] – His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, presented the Order of Saint Romanos to Archimandrite Roman [Braga] after the Divine Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Annunciation at the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery here. Established by the Holy Synod of Bishops at their spring 2014 session, the Order is awarded to influential arrangers, composers, teachers and conductors in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the field of liturgical music in the Orthodox Church in America. In his remarks on behalf of His Beatitude, Metropolitan…

Source: Change.org Facebook has recently begun demanding that Orthodox Christian clergy and monastics; i.e., those known as Priest, Abbot, Monk, Nun, Abbess, Brother, Sister, and so forth, cease using their ecclesiastical (church) names and use only their given names from the time of their birth. In one well known case, Abbot Tryphon – who is known only as Abbot Tryphon among the tens of thousands of people who read his blog, listen to his podcast, read his book, and are his friends or followers on Facebook, has recently been locked out of his Facebook account (and the account for the monastery…

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