Jerusalem pilgrims get ink by same family that has been tattooing the faithful for centuries

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Source: The Washington Post By Associated Press JERUSALEM — Orthodox Christians visiting the Holy Land often return home with more than just spiritual memories. Many drop by a centuries-old tattoo parlor in Jerusalem’s Old City, inking themselves with a permanent reminder not only of their pilgrimage but also of devotion to their faith. The same Jerusalem family has been tattooing pilgrims with crosses and other religious symbols for hundreds of years, testament to the importance of the … [Read more...]

State senators [Illinois] may take a stand on Turkey’s treatment of Orthodox

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Source: Chicago Tribune By Mitch Smith, Chicago Tribune reporter May 13, 2013 Springfield is a long way from Istanbul — 5,660 miles, in fact — but Illinois state senators are considering a resolution that would criticize Turkey's treatment of the Eastern Orthodox religious hierarchy. Even though a majority of senators have co-sponsored the nonbinding measure, it may not make it to a vote. Orthodox Christians say their leader, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, has … [Read more...]

Orthodox priests to use their status in rural communities to promote agriculture measures in Romania’s countryside

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Source: Romania Insider As priests are among the most respected people in rural communities in Romania, Romania’s Agriculture Ministry plans to use their status in the communities to promote measures from the ministry. An agreement will be signed on Monday ( May 13 ) evening between the Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin and the head of the Orthodox Church, the Patriarch Daniel. Priests will thus promote financing measures for agriculture among their parishioners, but never during the … [Read more...]

Ieronymos Praises Diaspora In Greek History

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Source: Greek Reporter - USA The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos described the Diaspora as a “great chapter of our history” and as “Greece outside the borders of Greece” in an interview with the New York newspaper The National Herald. He is the first Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church to officially visit the Greek-American community in the last 50 years. Ieronymos was the guest of Archbishop Demetrios of America and his visit will start on May 15 in Brookline, Mass., … [Read more...]

Youth Department Completes “Journey to Pascha” Video Series

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry of the Orthodox Church in America has completed its “Journey to Pascha” Video Series. These short videos were produced, written, and directed by a team of young adults from Holy Theophany/Saints Constantine and Helen Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Intended to document the parish’s journey through Great Lent, these videos share that communal journey with the greater on-line … [Read more...]

Serbian Patriarch and President meet and urge “unity”

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SOURCE: B92 BELGRADE [Tanjug] -- Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej and President Tomislav Nikolić met on Monday and urged "absolute unity and responsibility". This is necessary "in the search for a solution to the Kosovo and Metohija issue as the most important national matter." “We wish to resolve the Kosovo and Metohija issue in a way that does not jeopardise the Constitution or Serbia's sovereignty, nor calls into question the lives and security of Kosovo-Metohija … [Read more...]

Turkey uncovers alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Istanbul, Turkey 5/10/2013 The Order of Saint Andrew expresses grave concern and outrage at the recently uncovered plot to assassinate His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on May 29th–the 560th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople. The personal safety and security concerns of His All-Holiness have been conveyed to the highest levels of the U.S. Government, including the White House, State … [Read more...]

Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America & Orthodoxy Today In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. by Douglas Cramer The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred … [Read more...]

Church Leaders Welcome Climate Of Religious Tolerance In Kuwait

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Source: Arab Times By Paul Francis X. Fernandes (Arab Times Staff) Egyptian Orthodox Church Holds Reception On The Occasion Of Egyptian Easter Season KUWAIT CITY, May 9: The Egyptian Orthodox Church in Kuwait held a reception on the occasion of the Egyptian Easter Season in honor of Sheikha Fariha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah the President of the Kuwait Association for Ideal Family and the Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Sheikha Fariha was honored in the presence of Rev Emmanuel Garib, … [Read more...]

The Crushing of Middle Eastern Christianity

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by Richard L. Russell Source: The National Interest Americans of all political stripes have embraced the promotion of democracy as a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. But this American democracy crusade has caused huge, and largely overlooked, collateral damage since the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks against the United States in 2001. The fall of authoritarian regimes throughout the greater Middle East has fueled growing persecution of minority Christian communities. The Pew Research Center has … [Read more...]