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Source: Anglican Journal By André Forget On September 11, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development arm, announced that it had donated $20,000 to Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance to help provide aid to Syrian refugees in Hungary, Greece and Serbia. While PWRDF has been raising money to provide aid to Syrian refugees since 2012, it has focused on the three million refugees currently residing in countries near Syria: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. This will be the first time that PWRDF has dedicated money to help nearly 300,000 refugees seeking…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is holding its 28th Annual Meeting and Community Forum in San Diego, California, November 4-7, 2015.  “Orthodox Working Together” will be the theme of the event with a special emphasis on Project Mexico.  Conference hotel is the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. The Business Meeting will take place at the Catamaran at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6.  That evening, beginning at 7 p.m., a community forum will be held at St. John of Damascus Orthodox Church (OCA), 16902 Espola Road in Poway, a San Diego suburb. The first part of…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study today, “Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes.” The 138-page report is accompanied by a brief summary that shares the highlights of the study. The study was prepared by the Assembly’s research coordinator, Alexei Krindatch. The study addresses religious giving of Orthodox Christian Church members to their home parishes and to wider religious causes and explores the differences in giving between members of various Orthodox jurisdictions and parishioners according to certain demographics. Based on its findings,…

Source: Politico Sixty years after its pogroms against ethnic Greeks, Turkey grapples with its ugly history. By AYKAN ERDEMIR ANKARA — A belated commemoration — 60 years late, in fact — was held on September 6 at Istanbul’s Panagia Greek Orthodox Church. It was in memory of the victims of the 1955 pogrom targeting the Polites, short for Konstantinoupolites, namely the Greeks of Istanbul. This was the first divine liturgy-cum-memorial service ever to remember what’s known in Turkey as “the events of September 6 and 7.” In what some refer to as the “Kristallnacht in Constantinople,” 71 churches, 41 schools, eight newspapers, more…

Source: CJAD 800AM by Andrew Brennan As the world tries to figure out how to respond to the millions of Syrian refugees fleeing war and strife, the leader of the Syrian Orthodox Church gave his take while in Laval on Sunday. “The world should unite in order to defeat terrorism and to restore peace to Syria, to Iraq and to the entire region,” said Morignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church. “I’m saddened by the fact that it took the photo of a young boy floating on the shore to draw the attention of the world to the…

Source: Bangor Daily News By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff BANGOR, Maine — The Rev. Leo Schefe, the new pastor at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, has something in common with one-third of his congregation — he’s a convert to Orthodox Christianity. Schefe, a native of Chicago, was an evangelical Protestant working in the 1990s at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, in the Internet Technology department when he joined the Greek Orthodox Church. He quickly felt called to the priesthood and moved to Greece for five years to study and become familiar with the language. Since then, Schefe, 58, has served…

Source: Radio Canada International Mid-East persecution: Leader of Syriac Orthodox Church visits Canada By Marc Montgomery The 123rd successor of St Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch is set to visit Canada for his first visit starting this weekend. His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church will visit Toronto and then Montreal. Fate of Christians in middle east The theme of his visit however is of great seriousness.  He will be speaking about the deteriorating conditions for Christians in Syria, Iraq and other parts…

Source: Ukrainian Weekly UOC-U.S.A. reaches out to refugees from Donetsk and Luhansk KYIV – “I raise my eyes to heaven, praying for peace; I stretch my hands towards heaven, begging for stability and peace…” These were the words of a 13-year-old Mariana, a refugee child from Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, as she greeted Bishop Daniel, ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy and president of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A) on May 7 at LOGOS Orthodox Christian Center outside of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Bishop Daniel was joined by the Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, pastor…

Source: Ahram Online Our beloved lady: Exploring Egypt’s fascination with the Virgin Mary Dina Ezzat The Virgin Mary continues to be a figure of faith and fascination for Egyptians of different religious traditions The festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which took place on Saturday 15 August, received unprecedented recognition in the public sphere in Egypt. The festival is celebrated by Coptic Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and many other denominations worldwide, who believe that Mary was bodily taken up into heaven at the end of her life. Throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a number of presenters on Egyptian radio…

Source: The Catholic World Report The announced 2016 council of Eastern Orthodox Churches is historical, but expectations should be modest Fr. Cyril Hovorun An Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A “Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches” released on March 9th stated that “the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church … will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016.” This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as…

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