Detroit site of OCA Mission School April 20-24

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA]  Saint Andrew House here will be the site of the first Orthodox Church in America Mission School April 20-24, 2015. Funding for the event was made possible through a bequest to the OCA for use in the areas of mission and evangelism. “A focus group met several months ago to consider the best way to use the bequest,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Mission School facilitator.  “After reviewing 19 different proposals, … [Read more...]

Is It Time To Do Away With Sunday School?

Source: The Sounding / Orthodox Christian Network By Andrew Estocin in The Sounding Will our children choose to live as Orthodox Christians? This is the most pressing question facing the Church today. Over the years, the conventional path followed to form young people in the Orthodox Faith has included a Sunday school program.  Today, it is a given that every parish needs a Sunday school in order to be considered successful.  However, as more and more parishes face serious questions … [Read more...]

IOCC Assists Refugee Families Under Attack Near Damascus

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Last week's attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000 of its residents trapped with little access to food, water, electricity or outside aid. The UN has described the conditions there as "beyond inhumane" and is calling for full protection of civilians and humanitarian access. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with its church partner in Syria, … [Read more...]

Standing-only church moves to Carlsbad

Source: U~T San Diego St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church brings ancient roots to new location By PHIL DIEHL CARLSBAD — One of the oldest religious institutions in the world has opened a new church in Carlsbad, where there’s standing room only at every service. St. Katherine Orthodox Mission Church was founded in 2011 in Encinitas, but it’s part of the third-largest Christian church in the world, with roots and traditions dating to the beginning of Christianity. One of the traditions … [Read more...]

Fire seriously damages beloved Montreal Greek Orthodox church

Source: Global News By Amanda Kelly MONTREAL — Montreal’s Greek community is grieving after Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Park Extension was destroyed by a major fire Monday night. At around 8 p.m., over 70 Montreal firefighters were called to the church on De L’Épée Avenue. By 9:30 p.m., the fire was confirmed to be a three-alarm fire. Onlookers watched helplessly as glass shattered and firefighters battled the blaze. The church was evacuated and no one … [Read more...]

Armenian Catholics and Orthodox seek unity their martyrs enjoy

Source: The Pilot By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While Catholic and Armenian Orthodox theologians continue discussions aimed at full unity, Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, commemorated the already-achieved unity of Armenian Catholic and Orthodox martyrs in heaven. Pope Francis concelebrated Mass April 12 with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni in the presence of Catholicos Karekin and thousands … [Read more...]

Knoxville Greek church members clean holy artifacts after fire destroys sanctuary

Source: By Hailey Holloway, 6 On Your Side Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Firefighters were still sifting through rubble, but that did not stop church members at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from gathering together to put their church back together. The sanctuary of the church burned for several hours Sunday morning, which also happened to be the day the Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter. Church members said they were both shocked and heartbroken. Previous story: Flames … [Read more...]

Greek-American Confronts UNESCO’s Hagia Sophia Evasiveness

Source: The National Herald by Theodore G. Karakostas PARIS, FRANCE – I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful and splendid City of Paris. What an outstanding city, with great Museums such as the Louvre and D’orsay, the Great Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and the great palaces of Versailles. Paris is not only the location of great sites but is also the seat for the international headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Calls Armenian Deaths ‘First Genocide of 20th Century’

Source: Wall Street Journal Pontiff’s comments spark diplomatic furor with Turkey By FRANCIS X. ROCCA in Rome and EMRE PEKER in Istanbul Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam. Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, … [Read more...]

Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher – Orthodox Christians rejoice

  Source: Georgian Journal Holy Fire has descended on the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The miracle repeats yet again. Descent of the celestial flame is an undeniable sign of veracity of tenets of Orthodox Christian faith and their grace. The Holy Fire, expected by the parish that gathered around the sepulcher since morning, was brought out by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Thousands of believers have distributed the fire among themselves. The Orthodox Patriarch … [Read more...]