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Source: Interfax New York, September 9, Interfax – Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York urges believers of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to fundraise for the Svyatogorsk Lavra located in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. “I urge you to intensify your prayers for peace in the long-suffering Ukrainian land, to provide all possible assistance, and collect donations for the Svyatogorsk Holy Dormition Lavra, which became home for many refugees. The deadline of the collection is the end of October,” the metropolitan said in his address to believers posted on the website of the Russian Orthodox Church…

Source: Time An entire section of the visitors’ guide to the Holy Mountain of Athos is devoted to the subject of photography, and to summarize the gist of it – there are no pictures allowed. We learned about this a bit late in our trip. Yuri Kozyrev, TIME’s contract photographer, had already flown from Moscow to meet the rest of our trio in northern Greece. Otis, our Greek translator, had come from Athens. I had come from Berlin. And a few days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to arrive on the Holy Mountain for a pilgrimage. Photographing his…

Source: The Washington Post By E.J. Dionne Jr. Opinion writer Over the past several decades, those who view religion with respect regularly come back to the same question: What has happened to the religious intellectuals, the thinkers taken seriously by nonbelievers as well as believers? In this increasingly secular time, a natural follow-up question ratifies the point of the original query: Who cares? Why should the thinking of those inspired by faith even matter to those who don’t share it? Well, historically, secular and religious intellectuals often engaged in helpful dialogue, and Alan Jacobs, a Baylor University scholar, suggests that…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCAMPR]  His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America will deliver the keynote address at the annual conference of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion [OCAMPR] to be held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology here November 3-5, 2016. The conference theme is “On Pain and Suffering.” In addition to Bishop Alexander, other plenary speakers include Donald Jenkins, MD [medical perspective]; Albert Rossi, Ph.D. [psychological perspective] and Rev. Emmanuel Clapsis, Ph.D. [theological perspective]. The conference also will offer…

Source: Orthodox Church in America HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, a meeting between the Orthodox Church in America [OCA] and the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA] was held at Immaculate Conception Seminary here on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, 2016. Shortly after its establishment in 2009 by traditionalist former members of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada,  the ACNA entered into informal conversations with the OCA. His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania delivered the main dialogue paper, titled “The Universe of Christian Discourse,” which…

Source: CAJ News Africa From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – CHURCHES have called for restraint from protesters and state security following the killing of 100 demonstrators in Ethiopia over the last fortnight. Reports indicate the protestors were killed in Oromia and Amhara. It is reported over 500 have been killed since November last year following the anti-government protests began among the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, and spread to the second largest ethnic group, the Amhara. Peter Prove, director of the World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, mourned the…

Source: Crux Kevin J. Jones August 21, 2016 CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY In a tragic irony, Arab Christians have become targets across the Middle East because of their faith, but in the United States they can be exposed to harassment and even violence on account of their ethnicity, as the case of Khalid Jabara in Oklahoma illustrates. TULSA, Oklahoma – Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American Christian man, was killed in Tulsa, OK last week. His alleged assailant was a man who repeatedly harassed his family with anti-Muslim, anti-Arab language. The killing has caused concern about attitudes in the U.S. “Here, in the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity TOPIC: The Day-After the Holy and Great Council: Process, Outcomes, and Transformation Work of the Holy and Great Council: Where do we go from Here? Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou will address this topic with the help of others including: Metropolitan Isaiah, Archbishop Nathaniel, Archbishop Benjamin, Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos PhD and other participants to be announced. Dr. Prodromou is one of three women who participated in all the sessions of the Council and is a primary source of information.  She is presently Visiting Associate Professor Program in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law &…

Source: Greek Reporter By Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi It has only taken some 180 years for Athens to finally be on the verge of getting its first official mosque as plans 10 years in the making to construct a mosque in the Athens suburb of Votanikos are being pushed through by the government. According to numbers presented by Middleeaseeye.com, there are an estimated one million Muslims living in Greece. Another fact worth noting is that Athens is the only capital of any European Union (EU) state that does not have an official place for Muslims to worship. Many government officials have stated that it is inevitable that…

Source: Interfax Moscow, August 15, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated Fidel Castro Ruz on his 90th birthday. “God gave you a long life. Over the past years you have gained valuable experience in public administration, become a great authority in your own country and beyond, having written your name in the chronicles of Cuban and world history,” the patriarch said in a congratulatory message, his press office said. The people of Russia and Cuba became friends thanks in large part to Castro’s personal contribution, the patriarch said. “The Russian Orthodox Church is grateful to…

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