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Source: Pravoslavie Last week the court ruled to arrest Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, in connection with a large-scale investigation into real estate deals between the Monastery and the Greek State initiated in 2008. On weekend the police came to the Vatopedi Monastery to arrest Fr. Ephrem. After medical doctors had examined the abbot, it was decided to leave him in the Monastery for health reasons. It was reported on Tuesday, however, that Fr Ephrem was arrested and taken away from Mr. Athos. Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations,…

Source: Interfax Moscow, November 28, Interfax – About 285 thousand people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion. Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine. 691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for the time of the shrine’s stay since November 19. Today, there are 133 buses where…

Source: The National Herald Archbishop Demetrios and Vice President Biden had a lengthy discussion at the Archdiocese last week, as we reported. Oddly enough, they didn’t go in front of the TV cameras to make a statement, as is customary. The main topic of discussion revolved around issues dealing with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Greek Orthodoxy. That’s all well and good. The Greek-American community has a duty to do whatever possible to make sure that the Patriarchate is able to exist and operate freely and safely. However, that is not enough. The community’s interests clearly extend beyond the Patriarchate, especially…

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