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Source: Christian Persecution Somalia Orthodox Christianity originally came to regions of modern-day in the second and third centuries. Today, Somalia is under the jurisdiction of the Holy Archdiocese of Aksum of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa. For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Somalia, see here. “No Country Is Safe: Life as a Somali Christian,” International Christian Concern, February 24, 2024: Often cited as the world’s best example of a “failed state,” Somalia has for several decades suffered from lawlessness and deprivation. Much of the country is extremely dangerous for anyone, and so it’s no surprise that members of its tiny…

Source: Public Orthodoxy Inga Leonova Editor-in-Chief at The Wheel Journal On Friday, February 16, 2024, Russian Penitentiary Service (FSIN) that is responsible for the thriving GULAG system informed the world that Russia’s “Prisoner no. 1,” Alexey Navalny, collapsed during the daily walk in the camp and died shortly thereafter. While everyone who cared about Navalny had feared for his life every day since January 17, 2021, when he returned to Russia after recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt by the Kremlin, the news still came as a gut-punching shock. Despite three years of imprisonment in inhuman, torturous conditions, despite…

Source: The National Herald By Eleni Sakellis The Triodion began this year on February 25, and before you know it, Lent and then Holy Week will be upon us. Patmos Press announced that its new book, the long-awaited Holy Week-Easter Hymnal has been published to serve as the companion to the ever-popular Greek-English Holy Week-Easter book by Fr. George L. Papadeas just in time to order ahead of this year’s Holy Week services. According to Patmos Press, the most widespread Holy Week Easter book for the Greek Orthodox faithful around the world was first published 60 years ago by Fr.…

Source: Nova.news Addis Ababa The conflict in Oromia is a long-standing one which for several years has pitted the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) on one side – of which the OLA is the armed wing – and the Ethiopian government on the other. Four priests of the Orthodox church Ethiopian Tewahedo men who served in the historic Zequala Abune Gebre Menfes Kidus monastery in the Oromia region of Ethiopia died in an armed attack on February 22. This was reported today in a statement by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need. “The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church has put forward…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America by His Eminence Metropolitan Saba (Isper) There is a negative trend in the Church these days, with certain people criticizing everything. They adhere in an extreme way to what they believe is authentic, while attacking all that they consider innovative, calling it heresy that destroys the Faith and the Church of Christ. The adherents of this trend tend to be aggressive in their attacks and fundamentalist in their opinions, denouncing as heretics all those who disagree with their opinions, views, and citations. They employ the interpretation of Scriptures as they see fit, for…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STM Communications] Saint Tikhon’s Monastery is now accepting applications for its forthcoming 2024-2025 music residency program! Calling Orthodox musicians!…..  Are you looking for a place to grow as a church musician?  Are you desiring to dig deeper into your love for sacred music and strengthen your technical skills? The Saint Tikhon’s Music Program is currently in its third year, offering a one-of-a-kind, 9-month, on-site learning experience for Orthodox musicians.  The program is hosting 4 music residents currently and is now welcoming applications for its forthcoming year beginning September 2024.  Each year music…

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center The Orthodox Christian Studies Center is pleased to present the 2024 Orthodox Scholars Preach video series. From the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee through Pascha, we will release a new 10-minute videos featuring a sermon by a different Orthodox Christian scholar. The series provides a platform for Orthodox scholars to draw on their academic expertise while reflecting on the spiritual themes of the liturgical calendar. This year’s series begins with a sermon by Dr. Spyridoula Athanasopoulou-Kypriou. Watch the sermon on the OCSC YouTube channel. Dr. Athanasopoulou-Kypriou is a Religious Education teacher at the Moraitis School, Athens, and a trained…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is overjoyed to announce the launch of Did You Know? The DRE is kicking off this enlightening initiative just in time for the Triodion, the pre-Lenten period, marking the starting point of our journey to Pascha (Easter). Did You Know? is your go-to source for concise answers to a wide range of intriguing questions about the Greek Orthodox faith. Each answer packs a punch of insight in 200 words or less (up to 1.5 minutes). While they are mini, they are…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America today welcomed American Bible Society’s (ABS) Board of Directors, who visited the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese as part of their triennial Board Retreat, focused on strengthening Church partnerships and fostering innovative approaches to Bible access, engagement, and distribution. This is the first time American Bible Society’s Board has met at the Archdiocese. The ABS Board reflects an inter-Christian character. Elaine Allen, Treasurer of the Archdiocese and Special Advisor to the Archbishop and Theo Nicolakis, Chief Information Officer of the Archdiocese, serve on the ABS Board along with representatives from…

Source: St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess expresses its appreciation for the work that went into the preparation and production of the recent AFR presentation aired on January 30, 2024, “The Orthodox Deaconess: Examining the Call for Restoration,” with special thanks to John Maddex. Securing a number of scholars and other faithful Orthodox Christians from across the spectrum of perspectives about the female diaconate, gathering hours of primary interviews, and offering a serious look at a controversial topic was a monumental task, and we appreciate being asked to participate. While the presentation had…

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries January 30, 2024 Length: 1:42:22 Have there ever been female deacons in the Orthodox Church? The answer is yes but several centuries ago. In the last decade or so, there have been calls to restore the office of Deaconess today which is a rather touchy subject in the Orthodox world. As part of our mission to Educate, Edify, and Evangelize, Ancient Faith Radio presents an in-depth audio documentary examining the call to restore Deaconesses in the Orthodox Church today. We talk with both proponents and opponents as well as those in the nuanced middle. We do not…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SPRINGFIELD, VA [OCA]  His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, in his primatial capacity, desires to commission a new icon of All Saints of America, and, accordingly, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America is issuing this call for proposals. The Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America has made provision for the funding of this new icon. Any proposal should at least include plans for the depiction of: In a central position, the Savior, flanked by his Mother and his Forerunner in a posture of supplication (deësis); All presently canonized saints of North America, including saints approved for…

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