John T. Tavlarides, longtime priest at Greek Orthodox cathedral, dies at 84

Source: The Washington Post By Matt Schudel The Rev. Dr. John T. Tavlarides, who spent more than 50 years as the senior priest and later dean of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, building it into one of the country’s most prominent Orthodox Christian congregations, died Sept. 21 at a hospital in Berlin, Md., near his vacation home in Ocean City, Md. He was 84. He had a heart ailment, said a son, Mark Tavlarides. Rev. Tavlarides arrived at St. Sophia in 1956 as the … [Read more...]

Don’t let Muslim refugees in, says Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church

Source: Middle East Eye (MEE) Far right groups across Europe are calling for Muslims not to be allowed in amid a huge refugee crisis Bulgaria's Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an "invasion". The Balkan EU member has largely been bypassed by the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and poverty, many of whom set off from Greece through neighbouring Macedonia and Serbia towards northern Europe. But … [Read more...]

Why Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra have been exhumed

Source: The Week Romanov royal couple and their five children were brutally murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918 The remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra have been exhumed as part of a Russian investigation into the Romanov royal family's murder. The couple and their children –  Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei – were murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918. Nicholas II, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia are buried at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg after their … [Read more...]

OCA to be represented at Friday’s Papal visit to “Ground Zero”

Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon is one of several Orthodox Christian and other US religious leaders who has been invited to attend an interfaith gathering at “Ground Zero” here on Friday, September 25, 2015, the fourth day of Pope Francis’ six-day American tour. Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon will be Archpriest John A. Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. The gathering will take place at the National … [Read more...]

HCHC Starts Again With New President

Source: The National Herald BOSTON – Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) started the new academic year with a new President Rev. Christopher Metropoulos and a larger number of students. This year, the entire HCHC student body of Hellenic College and Holy Cross is 187, up 20 from last year. The freshmen class at Hellenic College is 36 new students and 34 for Holy Cross. Fr. Metropoulos told TNH that “next semester we are going to have 200 students and … [Read more...]

Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC): Acceptance Of Kosovo In UNESCO Would Endanger Christian Heritage

Source: InSerbia News BELGRADE – The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) has sent a letter on Tuesday to Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, warning that the acceptance of Kosovo’s membership bid would endanger the Christian cultural heritage and the Serbs’ religious and human rights. In the letter signed by Patriarch Irinej, the Synod points out that the OSCE has documented systematic post-war destruction of at least 392 Serbian Orthodox cemeteries in Kosovo … [Read more...]

Local church says it’s ready to help Syrian refugees

Source: WTHR13 By Emily Longnecker, WTHR reporter FISHERS, Ind. - The anguish continues with Syrian refugees in Hungary as they search for safety in the European Union. Today, Hungary shut its border with Serbia and vowed to fence its border with Romania, as well. Many of the refugees are trying to get to Austria or Germany, but countless men, women and children have already died along the way. Members of a central Indiana church say if those refugees can get to Indianapolis, … [Read more...]

PWRDF donates $20,000 to help refugees in the Balkans

Source: Anglican Journal By André Forget On September 11, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development arm, announced that it had donated $20,000 to Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance to help provide aid to Syrian refugees in Hungary, Greece and Serbia. While PWRDF has been raising money to provide aid to Syrian refugees since 2012, it has focused on the three million refugees currently residing in countries near … [Read more...]

“Orthodox Working Together” – Annual OCL Meeting and Forum

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is holding its 28th Annual Meeting and Community Forum in San Diego, California, November 4-7, 2015.  “Orthodox Working Together” will be the theme of the event with a special emphasis on Project Mexico.  Conference hotel is the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. The Business Meeting will take place at the Catamaran at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6.  That evening, beginning at 7 p.m., a community forum will be held at St. … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops USA Releases New Study on Orthodox Christian Generosity and Giving to the Church

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study today, "Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes." The 138-page report is accompanied by a brief summary that shares the highlights of the study. The study was prepared by the Assembly’s research coordinator, Alexei Krindatch. The study addresses religious giving of Orthodox Christian Church members to their home … [Read more...]