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Source: Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage The State of Baja California (Mexico) wants to build a new four-lane highway passing directly through the St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage facility, expropriating at least half of the property by eminent domain.  Not only will this severely limit the outreach of both the orphanage and Project Mexico’s homebuilding ministry, it will destroy a large part of the capital improvements and remove key elements of both programs that have helped to make them so successful. The orphanage and homebuilding operation are based on a 16-acre property developed specifically to meet their unique needs.  The…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos BOSTON – On Friday March 30, a Grand Jury was formed to investigate the subject of the finances of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. The New York State Attorney General will also undertake an investigation of the Archdiocese finances. The aforementioned Authorities have already informed the Archdiocese and have subpoenaed all documents and information in printed and electronic form, including e-mails and text messages, and everything related to these two cases. On March 30, the Legal Committee of the Archdiocese, chaired by Mrs. Kathy Walsh,…

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Karen Herzog Not unlike the Apostle Peter, the Rev. James Dokos betrayed his church. While Peter denied knowing Jesus, Dokos embezzled more than $100,000 from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa while serving as the parish priest. Dokos used the money to buy jewelry for his wife and to pay for lavish dinners and everyday expenses, according to court records. On Sunday, the start of Holy Week in the Greek Orthodox Church, the new leader of Midwestern Greek Orthodox parishes came to Wauwatosa to discuss betrayal, forgiveness, and trust — themes that particularly resonate with Christians this time of year. In advance of his visit, Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…

Source: Orthodox Christian Network Originally published in our Sounding Blog in January 2017, the OCN is again sharing this post as Giannis Antetokounmpo of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks is making news again.  For more on this story, check out this video from CBS News 60 Minutes.  There are times I find it difficult to attend Church. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner and father of a multi-cultural family, I hear the words that are whispered. You’re not Greek, are you? The Church is for Greek people first. There are two types of people, Greeks and those who want to be Greek. Statements like…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, was pleased to have Hank Hanegraaff, popularly known as “The Bible Answer Man,” as its retreat speaker for the 15th Annual Archon Lenten Retreat, March 15-18, 2018. The retreat was held at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons, hosted by Father Alexander Karloutsos, Archon Spiritual Adviser and Father Constantine Lazarakis, Pastor. Nearly 100 Archons, spouses and participants attended the retreat which allowed everyone…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BOLIVAR, PA [OCA/AFR]  Speakers and topics that will be featured at the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, to be held at Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA June 20-23, 2018, were recently announced.  The conference, which is open to all interested individuals whether published or unpublished, is fully committed to mentoring the upcoming generation of Orthodox writers and podcasters.  College students are especially welcomed. “The conference offers a professional development and fellowship opportunity for Orthodox Christians who want to enrich their creative work or break into a new media field,” according to Melinda Johnson, conference organizer.  “The…

Source: L’Agence France-Presse (AFP)Thomas Coex Jerusalem — When you’re a journalist who works and lives in Jerusalem, you know that religious conflict is an important story. There’s so much tension here. You see it every day. We’re never far from a new conflict throughout the whole city. Jerusalem is quite a unique place — it is the only place in the world that is holy to the three monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. When the city announced on a recent Sunday that they would start taxing the Church, all the church aides had a big press conference to say that…

Source: RFI By Anne-Marie Bissada As Egypt’s elections kick off on Monday 26 March for the next three days, Rfi goes to the southern city of Asyut,  which has one of the largest Coptic populations in the country,  to see if efforts by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have been effective in ensuring the safety of the Copts after recent terrorist attacks. Photos by Pedro Costas Gomes. On a hot sunny afternoon, just before the start of the weekend, the three hour mass at the Arch Angel Michael Cathedral in Asyut is packed. The Coptic Orthodox Church plays a central role in…

Source: The Detroit News Mark Hicks, The Detroit News Detroit — “God willing” is a familiar refrain for those most devoted to Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Christian Cathedral. Through shrinking membership and economic downturns, the congregation has weathered many tribulations to become a 21st century vision of the gospel they follow: opening a community center to local groups, clothing and feeding the poor, housing a Head Start program for neighborhood children who can count in two languages. The resolve sustained them through a single, faithless event that threatened to upend at least some of those goodwill efforts. Last fall, thieves…

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