Egypt: Muslims raise funds to build Coptic church in Cairo

Source: Christian Today by Carey Lodge  CHRISTIAN TODAY JOURNALIST Muslims in Egypt have donated money towards the building of a Coptic church in Al Manufiyya, north of Cairo, signalling another step towards solidarity in a country previously divided along sectarian lines. Coptic Orthodox Bishop Benyamin, of the Diocese of Al Manufiyya, began a collection of donations for the church, which will be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to Fides news agency, a number of Islamic leaders … [Read more...]

Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Source: The Wall Street Journal Religious groups that oppose gay unions re-emphasize teachings, fine-tune their message By TAMARA AUDI Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on … [Read more...]

Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday is May 17

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA 2015 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday Encyclical “…Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them…” Acts 16:25   To all the Clergy and the Laity of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the United States: Beloved in Christ: Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen! The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, … [Read more...]

Church seeks prosecution of former treasurer in suspected theft of $400K

Source: (WBIR- KNOXVILLE) - A new tally shows a former church treasurer took $400,950 from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church over about four years, and church members want that man to be prosecuted, records show. Church officials filed an incident report Wednesday with Knoxville Police Department and have contacted the Knox County District Attorney General's Office, members say. Sean McDermott, spokesman for the District Attorney General's Office, said Monday the office could … [Read more...]

Former Bangor Greek Orthodox priest to serve 6½ years for child sex crimes

Source: Bangor Daily News By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — A former priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bangor was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison with all but 6½ years suspended for sex crimes involving children. Adam Metropoulos, 53, of Bangor was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Ann Murray at the Penobscot Judicial Center. She also sentenced him to 3 years of probation when he gets out of prison and told him he must register with the Maine Sex Offender … [Read more...]

Armenian genocide centennial monument to be erected in Damascus

Source: ARKA News Agency YEREVAN, April 27. /ARKA/. A memorial devoted to the centenary of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey will be installed in the historical part of Damascus, Bab-Sharqi, with the names of the victims, Novosti-Armenia reported referring to RIA Novosti. The foundation stone laying ceremony took place on Sunday, attended by the head of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Damascus Armash Nalbandyan and Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Ignatius Afram … [Read more...]

Emanuel Demos’ Life and Work Honored With Lecture Series at Cathdedral

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – Among Greek-Americans, a conversation about paragons of dedication to the community would quickly include the name of Emanuel George Demos, distinguished attorney and churchman. On April 16 the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (CBMGS) of Queens College with the support of the Kallinikeion Foundation presented the first annual lecture in his memory. George Demos, attending with his mother, Helen, his wife, … [Read more...]

Thousands March in US Capital Against Gay Marriage

Source: Outlook Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days. Crowds rallied from the US Capitol to the Supreme Court yesterday, carrying placards reading, "A Child Needs a Father and a Mother" and "March for Truth." The gathering comes with the top court Tuesday set to consider whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to … [Read more...]

Two Years Ago, Two Christian Bishops Were Kidnapped. Has a ‘Silent’ World Forgotten Them?

Source: The Blaze It’s been two years since two top Christian clergymen were kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, prompting the brother of one of the victims – himself a senior cleric – to raise alarm that “the world is silent.” “We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence,” Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch said last week on the anniversary of their disappearance, the Catholic Herald reported. The two religious … [Read more...]

June 23 Seminar with His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL

Source: Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the flyer. … [Read more...]