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Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA] Holy Dormition of the Mother of God here provided the setting for the Spring Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America May 7-10, 2012. In addition to reviewing a variety of matters affecting the life of the Church, the hierarchs participated in the daily cycle of services at the monastery, including the Divine Liturgy, which provided an essential spiritual dimension to their undertakings. They also visited the Ascension of the Lord Monastery, Clinton, MI, and the Vatra, the headquarters of the OCA’s Romanian Episcopate, Grass…

Source: Associated Press/Huffington Post | Lynn Berry MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of running for a fourth term. “I consider service to the fatherland and our nation to be the meaning…

V. Rev. Archimandrite D. Stavroforos Mamaies[/caption]Source: The National Herald | Theo Karantsalis Father Stavroforos Mamaies, of Miami’s Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, caught church members by surprise on Sunday, April 30, when he abruptly announced he was leaving. “If I have offended anyone, I ask for your forgiveness,” said Mamaies, who has headed the Miami church since 1997. Two weeks ago, during holy week, a letter went out to parishioners alerting them that the “cathedral is on the verge of dire financial straits.” “We owe a combined total of $265,000 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid payroll taxes, Miami-Dade…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ROSSFORD, OH [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will consecrate Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here Saturday, May 5, 2012. On October 4, 2011, the members of the Holy Synod canonically elected Archimandrite Alexander to the vacant See of Toledo and the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese. The election followed a year-long search on the part of the diocese, during which a number of candidates to fill the See proclaimed vacant upon the repose of His Eminence, the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America UNALASKA, AK [OCA] Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very upset and hurt,” Vince Tutiakoff, parish committee president, told Dispatch reporters. “This is the first time in all my years that someone has ever desecrated the church.” He and four other men removed the graffiti. The stately Russian-Colonial…

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVS Press News] The Popular Patristics Series [PPS] published by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press recently gained the attention of Logos Research Systems, Inc., the world’s largest developer of Bible software — a surprising but highly welcomed overture for the seminary’s academic press. PPS provides accurate and annotated translations of the Church Fathers and other early Christian writings, and Logos typically partners with publishers to produce electronic Bible study resources. In its venture with SVS Press, Logos has decided to link biblical and patristic writings for the benefit of pastors, students, and lay readers.…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios announced the appointment of the Rev. Anastasios Gounaris, a very capable and outstanding clergyman of the Holy Archdiocese of America, as Dean of our Holy Trinity Cathedral. Father Anastasios, who will assume his new assignment as of June 1, has faithfully served the Archdiocese as a priest for almost 30 years, the past 21 years at Holy Trinity in Indianapolis. In the official letter to the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral, announcing the appointment of Father Anastasios, the Chancellor Bishop Andonios writing on behalf of the…

Source: CBS News (CBS News) The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population, Bob Simon reports. Why are they leaving? For some, life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult. The following script is from “Christians of the Holy Land” which aired on April 22, 2012. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Harry Radliffe, producer. Christianity may have been born in the Middle East, but Arab Christians have never had it easy there, especially not today. In Iraq and Egypt, scores of…

Source: The National Herald | John G. Rangos, Sr. To the Editor: Current economic conditions in Greece have turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. I anticipated this several months before the situation hit its saturation point, which is why I urged International Orthodox Christian Charities to study and assess the problem ahead of time. I’m extremely proud of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and its executive director, Dean Triantafilou, for all their fine work over the last 20 years. IOCC is the only Orthodox Christian charity operating on a transnational level. It is a widely-recognized and highly-respected philanthropic agency, which…

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukos NEW YORK – Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, former presiding priest of the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral of New York, has joined the O’Meara Ferguson Whelan & Conway Company in the fundraising wing, according to the company’s website. Marangos appears without the cleric’s regalia but instead with suit and tie. No mention is made that he is or he has been a Greek Orthodox priest, but he is simply identified as “Dr. Frank Marangos.” Marangos did not respond to TNH’s request for comment. Also, Cathedral Parish Council President Stefanos Tserpelis did not respond. TNH…

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