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Source: Orthodox Church in America His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, offered the invocation at the annual Rose Dinner, held at the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC on Wednesday evening, January 22, 2014. The annual event was a culmination of 2014 March for Life programme. The keynote speaker at the dinner was Ryan Bomberger, Founder of the Radiance Foundation and a tireless activist for life, who addressed the theme of this year’s March—“Adoption: A Noble Decision.”  He drew upon his own experience of being adopted and raised by a loving Christian family and having become an…

Source: ALMONITOR Author: Gracia BitarPosted Translator: Steffi Chakti The Russians are elevating their rhetoric in Lebanon, exactly like a czar. A Russian parliamentary delegation visited Syria and then stopped in Lebanon upon the invitation of the Orthodox Gathering. The slogans used by members of the delegation are inspired by the sayings of Jesus: “Truth is on our side, and we will be victorious.” Maybe this is where the elevated tone is coming from. They are seeking to form a unified front so that the Christian Orthodox voice will be also unified during international events. The delegation met with Syrian President…

Source: OCP Media Network / Fordham University Fordham University in New York City, America, will confer an Honorary “Doctorate of Humane Letters” on the Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania, Anastasios. The official ceremony of the conferral of the “Honorary Doctorate” will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, at the University’s “Rose Hill Campus” near the botanical gardens of this great Metropolis. During the ceremony, His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios will offer a Lecture, “Sharing the Good News in a Multi-Religious Country: Theological Reflections on Other Religions”. Fordham University was founded in 1841 by the Archbishop of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: Dearly beloved, I greet each of you with the love offered us by our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ on this Sunday dedicated to the sanctity of life. Having just celebrated the glorious feasts of the Nativity and the Theophany of Christ, we have been given a unique perspective from which to reflect on the meaning of our life as baptized Orthodox Christians, and on what it means to be a human being striving to live a Christ-like life. …

Source: Reuters BY ASTRID WENDLANDT Paris (Reuters) – Russia has begun building what is likely to be one of its most high-profile Orthodox churches abroad on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. The church, to be built in limestone and glass, topped off by traditional Russian golden domes, reflects the resurgence of Russian Orthodoxy – the world’s second-largest Christian church – since the fall of Soviet communism in 1991 and the emergence of new leaders keen to extend its presence at home and abroad. The grounds will include a cultural centre and a primary school for 150 pupils. The…

Center designed to be affordable for the poor and middle class Source: Independent Mail (Anderson, South Carolina) Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church’s pastor is a certified counselor through the Antiochian House of Studies. Upon successful completion of a two-year course that was designed to facilitate a need for greater competency and more skills in dealing with marriage and family needs on a pastoral basis, the V. Rev. David Randolph, pastor of Christ the Saviour Orthodox, was certified as a therapist. Randolph said the course provided a solid academic foundation for professional of pastoral counseling and therapy. Upon graduating and receiving…

Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle – Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Istanbul, Turkey – [Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate] His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Grace the Most Revd and Rt Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury met at the Phanar, Istanbul from 13th-14th January, 2014, for their first meeting since the Most Revd Justin Welby was enthroned as the Archbishop of Canterbury about one year ago. The meeting took place in an atmosphere of friendship and warmth. Both leaders agreed to focus on the continuation of close relations, the importance of the ongoing theological dialogue, and the commitment of…

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