Settlers Burn Greek Orthodox Church Land In Jerusalem

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Source: International Middle East Media Center by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News Sunday evening April 28, 2013, a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt a land that belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church in Wadi Hilweh, in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that dozens of extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers gathered in the area, and that the armed settlers went on to burn the church land. On Saturday, three Palestinians, member of … [Read more...]

Calm the Bomb! Learning to Lead Under Pressure [Reflections on the Boston Marathon Bombing]

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Source: Oinos Consulting by Fr. Frank Marangos, D. Min., Ed. D. "I have learnt through bitter experience the supreme lesson to conserve my anger. As heat conserved is transmuted into energy, even so, anger controlled can be transmuted into a power that can move the world."  - Mahatma Gandhi The deadly percussion of two homemade bombs shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon on our nation’s April 15th celebration of Patriots’ Day.  Fragments retrieved from the anniversary of the … [Read more...]

The Historical Development of Holy Week Services In Orthodoxy

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Source: Preachers Institute The Paschal fast of Holy Week1 is the most ancient part of the Great Fast.2 It is already well attested by the second century, in conjunction with the rites of Christian initiation through baptism. At first spanning one or two days, the fast lengthened to four and then to a full six already by the third century. With the conversion of Constantine, the ensuing flood of people desiring to enter the Faith and imperial interest in holy places, the fourth century … [Read more...]

Palm Sunday: Is there a ray of hope for Christians in the Middle East?

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Source: Albawaba Sunday is the Orthodox Palm Sunday, celebrating when Jesus returned to the city of Jerusalem. The day is known as  Shaa'nineh in Arabic and is one of most important dates in the Orthodox religious calendar. The event enables families to come together celebrate mass, and the day is traditionally a familiar affair and an excuse to cook up a good feast and is well celebrated across the Levant nations of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and beyond. Palm Sunday also … [Read more...]

Pope appeals for release of Syrian bishops

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Source: Aljazeera The appeal comes after a Christian group retracted its claim that the clerics had been freed. Pope Francis has called for the release of two Syrian bishops kidnapped by gunmen near Aleppo, after a Christian group appeared to retract its claim that the clerics had been freed. Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on Monday by armed men en route from the Turkish border. Speaking to an audience of around … [Read more...]

Reflections on Trauma and the Boston Marathon

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Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship by Jennifer Nahas, OCF Executive Director OCF, IOCC and the GOA Metropolis of Boston held an open discussion for young adults and college students about the recent events in Boston.  Bishop John and OCF board member and IOCC first responder, Fr Peter Preble led the discussion; they were  joined by Fr. Patrick Tishel, and other local clergy and chaplains. OCF students were at the finish line and along the route at the time of the bombs went off.  … [Read more...]

Pressure mounts to release kidnapped Syrian bishops

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Source: Russia Today The Organization of Islamic Cooperation joined in on Saturday calling for the “unconditional” release of two Christian bishops held captive in Syria. This follows similar statements from the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches. Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu, the OIC secretary general, condemned the kidnapping of Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Bishop, Boulos Yaziji, and the Syrian Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim. The two were abducted last Monday by armed men while they were travelling to … [Read more...]

HM Queen Maria’s Mortal Remains to be Repatriated to Serbia on April 29th

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Source: The Sacramento Bee By Royal Family of Serbia [BELGRADE, Serbia] His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander together with his family would like to inform the public that the process of exhumation and repatriation of his grandmother Queen Maria's remains is in the last stage thanks to the gracious permission of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, Dean of Windsor, Anglican Church, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. HM Queen Maria's remains … [Read more...]

Save Syrian Christian Bishops and Clergymen. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

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We the Syrian Christian expatriates in the USA, urge our government to interfere on behalf of all the innocent Christian civilians, and clergy in Syria. … [Read more...]

IOCC Receives $1.5 Million Gift To Advance Clean Water Access In Africa [Katherine Valone: True to her Missionary Vision]

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Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announced the establishment of the Katherine Valone "St. Photini" Water Program to advance projects that provide safe, healthy and reliable water resources to communities in need in Africa. The $1.5 million gift, the largest single private donation in the history of IOCC, was a bequest from the late Katherine Valone, a retired Chicago schoolteacher with a lifelong … [Read more...]