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  • “I Only Ask the West One Thing: Stop Arming Our Assassins”

    06/30/2015 4:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the...
  • See The Star Of Bethlehem: Christ’s Second Coming Is Around The Corner

    06/29/2015 8:11:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 45 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    When it comes to tomorrow, Christians need to think while watching the Star of Bethlehem which will appear after an absence of roughly 2000 years. Tomorrow (June 30th, 2015) the Star of Bethlehem will be making a return. Will this mean that the signs of the end is beginning to unfold? And what did this sign mean? Is it a time of joy or suffering or both? How could King Herod's own advisors have been unaware of a star so bright that it could have led the wise men to Jerusalem? According to Professor David Weintraub, this may be because...
  • “I only ask the West one thing: Stop arming our assassins” [Syrian Orthodox Patriarch]

    06/29/2015 4:57:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    “When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the Creed and which always accompanies those who follow in Christ’s footsteps, whatever life throws at them, acting as his disciples. This is a distinctive trait which can be clearly seen now in many...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Spokesman Lashes Out Over U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:16:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-28-2015 | ennifer Monaghan
    A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, Interfax reported Sunday. The United States' highest court ruled Saturday that same-sex marriage should be legalized across the entire country, meaning that the 14 states with bans on gay marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. But Vsevolod Chaplin, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, decried the decision to legalize such a "godless and sinful thing" and warned his compatriots to be wary of...
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    06/28/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    June 28, 2015 Feast of Ss. Cyrus and John Beloved in Christ, May God bless you always. On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that effectively defines “marriage” as legal between any two consenting adults throughout our country, regardless of their biological sex, a decision that will no doubt have sweeping effects in our society, not just for these couples but for children, families, churches, other religious organizations and all people of faith. This action by the Court attempting to redefine marriage is deeply wrong, but it gives us an opportunity to reiterate...
  • Letter from Bishop Paul of Chicago Responding to the Supreme Court Decision

    06/28/2015 8:56:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Diocese of the Midwest ^ | 06-26-2015 | Bishop Paul
    ...“As your bishop — and from the perspective of the Church — nothing has changed. Even though same-sex marriage is ‘legal,’ no blessings will be given to any priests to conduct same sex-marriages in our parishes. Those who are in same-sex marriages conducted by their respective states, who are unrepentant, will not be communed.
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • Dostoevsky and the Sins of the Nation

    06/27/2015 11:07:35 AM PDT · by bad company · 7 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/glory2godforallthings ^ | June 27, 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    For many, the idea that we are somehow responsible for the sins of others, or can repent on their behalf is counter-intuitive and deeply troubling. It is distinctly non individualistic. However, it is a cornerstone of Orthodox devotion. Dostoevsky presented a very popular version of this teaching in the words of the fictitious character, the Elder Zosima, in his The Brothers Karamozov. The elder was modeled, many say, on the elders of Optina Pustyn. His teaching and story, contained in the novel, have the authentic sound of Holy Orthodoxy, and could be found nowhere else. I offer an excerpt here...
  • Statement by the Chancery...on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

    06/27/2015 6:38:31 AM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Russian Orthodox Churchj ^ | 26 June AD 2015 | ROCOR Chancery
    Statement by the Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America on the Issue of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese Statement from the Diocesan Chancery on the Contemporary Question of Homosexual Marriage to the Clergy and Flock of the Diocese March 16/29, 2013 Martyrs Sabinus and Papas Updated November 8/21, 2014 Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Powers Updated June 13/26, 2015 Martyr Aquilina of Byblos in Syria Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right in the United States of America. Given the ubiquitous coverage the news media...
  • Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni dies at 75

    06/26/2015 11:54:29 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies
    PanARMENIAN.Net ^ | June 25, 2015 - 18:44 AMT
    Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX passed away Thursday, June 25 after suffering a heart attack, media reported, according to The Daily Star. The renowned Egyptian patriarch, who resided in Lebanon, was widely known for serving the Armenian community and promoting its interests. The patriarch had visited Armenian communities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to boost Armenian catholic schools. At his request, the archbishop of Mardine Ignace Maloyan, martyr of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Catholicos Patriarch also sent the...
  • 1,782 Years Old: Inside the Oldest Church in the World

    06/26/2015 2:38:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Church Pop ^ | June 25, 2015
    Marsyas, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP The Church is the mystical body of Christ. In Scripture, Jesus says “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Mt 18.20)So the Church doesn’t strictly need special buildings, because the Church is the people. Nonetheless, from early on, Christians dedicated buildings for their communal worship to God. Most of these early churches are long lost to history, yet a few from the first few centuries still remain, at least in some condition. Here is a picture of the oldest known church that’s still standing (at least partially): Wikimedia...
  • LORD SAVE THY PEOPLE (Hymn by Pavel Chesnokov)

    06/26/2015 8:08:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | A long time ago | Pavel Chesnokov
    In light of recent events...
  • Patriarch Calls for Iraqi Churches to Unite After Centuries of Division

    06/26/2015 6:23:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the EastChaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has proposed that the three main Iraqi Christian churches should merge in order to secure the survival of the faith in that country. Writing on the patriarchate website the head of the Chaldean Church, which has been in communion with Rome, proposed a reunion between his church and the two largest Assyrian churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East. In a statement the patriarch said: “I would like to share some personal thoughts with...
  • Former Archdiocesan Cathedral Musical Director: Why I’m Leaving the Greek Orthodox Church

    06/25/2015 9:07:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 06-24-2015 | Gus Chrysson
    Church has always been an important part of my life, and it will continue to be the central expression of my faith in God, and the core of my spiritual life. Attending Liturgy was always the pinnacle of my week, and I have virtually every word of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom committed to memory as a result of years as a church musician. My experience of church is beginning to take a different shape, however, after several years of difficult and painful discernment. I am now leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, and continuing to live out my Christianity...
  • Muslims Surround Ancient Fourth Century Church...“We Of Course Are Not Scared. God Protects Us”

    06/22/2015 5:49:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 75 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/22/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    ISIS Muslims are right now surrounding a 4th century Christian monastery, called St. Matthew’s Monastery. Although the Muslim terrorists are armed with machine guns and knives, the Christians inside the church — three monks and six students — are not afraid, declaring: “We of course are not scared. God protects us” Sahar Karaikos, one of six students in the monastery, said We are not scared, because our teachers give us a feeling of peace here, but we know we are on the front lines, and in seconds the Islamic State could be here… I don’t even want to think or...
  • Greek Holy Synod: Yoga Incompatible with Christianity

    06/17/2015 2:49:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 68 replies
    The Greek Reporter ^ | 06-16-2015 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    “The practice of yoga has no place in the lives of Christians,” was the announcement made by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece in response to the International Day of Yoga, which was established by the United Nations in 2014. The Holy Synod argues that since yoga is a fundamental aspect of Hinduism, it cannot be practiced by Christians because it is contrary to the Christian faith. And because of that it cannot be considered as just a “form of exercise.” The official announcement further states that the Church of Greece respects the freedom of religious belief but...
  • Hell (Unfortunately) Yes: Why I Can’t Be a Universalist

    06/17/2015 12:06:49 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 06-12-2015 | Fr. Stephen De Young
    I would very much like to be a Universalist. In terms of my Christian hope, in terms of my emotional attachments, I would love to believe that in the end, no one would harden their heart against the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, all would repent and believe, and all would find salvation in the age to come. I believe that this is at least a logical possibility, as there is no person who ever lived who could not repent, to whom God does not extend the offer of salvation. In recent years, Universalism has become a popular option...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Facing Ukraine Split

    06/17/2015 10:14:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-15-2015 | Vladimir Ryzhkov
    President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that he considers Russians and Ukrainians "a single people." He justified annexing Crimea and providing military and political support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics with the claim that he was defending the "Russian world." However, the conflict in Ukraine is the greatest breakdown of that "Russian world" since the reunification of Ukraine and Russia at the Council of Pereyaslav in the early 17th century. One of the main factors contributing to the collapse of that "Russian world" is the schism rapidly forming within the Russian Orthodox Church (ROS). It now seems...
  • Monks, Students Refuse to Flee 4th-Cent Monastery Near ISIS-Controlled Mosul; God Protect Us

    06/17/2015 5:00:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/13/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three monks and six students have taken refuge in the ancient monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, just 12 miles from the Islamic State-occupied Mosul City, not willing to flee, and expressing "their faith that this is a secure place." Erbil's Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said a small unit of the Kurdish military is protecting the nine Christians but that's not why they believe they are safe in the shrine, also known as St. Matthew's Monastery. "There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God...
  • Moscow Patriarchate to Pope on Common Easter Date: More info please...

    06/16/2015 11:10:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06-16-15 | Nina Achmatova
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will celebrate the Resurrection on the same day. According archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations, the Pontiff’s statements as reported in the media are not sufficient to give a proper understanding of the essence of his proposal. "I would prefer to know the exact statements of Pope Francis first, transmitted by different sources of information," said Balashov, in an interview with Tass news agency, noting that...
  • Metropolitan Jonah Released From the OCA to ROCOR (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    06/16/2015 11:02:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox in the District ^ | 06-15-15 | Orthodox in the District
    Dear friends in Christ, It is with a glad heart full of rejoicing that I share with you that earlier today Metropolitan Jonah received a signed letter of official release from Metropolitan Tikhon and the Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) releasing him to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of ROCOR, has been notified that the OCA Synod has, at long last, made good on their promise to release Metropolitan Jonah. Vladyka Jonah is thus received into ROCOR’s jurisdiction. His status–whether he will be received as a retired...
  • Russian Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

    06/16/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/16/15
    Moscow, June 16, Interfax - With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 15, the press service of the Synodal Department reported on Tuesday. At the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed Patriarch Kirill's greetings to Pope Francis. "The parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the deplorable state of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to make joint efforts to protect the traditional idea of...
  • Patriarch's New Book Makes Case for Just War to Defend Christians in Iraq

    06/16/2015 6:32:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Baghdad argues that military action against the Islamic State is justified. “In these circumstances, making war is legitimate,” writes the Chaldean leader, in a new book, Stronger than Terror: The Christians of the Middle East and the Violence of ISIS. Saying that Pope Francis has recognized the need for action, the Patriarch says: “It is self-defense.” The Islamic State is dedicated to the eradication of Christianity, the Iraqi prelate writes. At the same time, he assures readers, many Christians are ready to sacrifice—even to lay down their lives—to preserve their faith. The Patriarch’s...
  • Ancient Syrian Christian Town Dedicates New Virgin Mary Statue

    06/15/2015 6:27:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/13/15 | AFP
    Maalula (Syria) (AFP) - The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in its centre, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. In April 2014, government troops backed by pro-regime militia recaptured the town from...
  • We Want to Go Home; Archbishop of Mosul Calls for More Action to Dislodge Islamic State

    06/14/2015 9:26:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Ankawa.com ^ | 6/11/15 | Clare Creegan and John Pontifex
    GOVERNMENTS should step up efforts in Iraq to “free” Mosul and neighbouring Nineveh from so-called Islamic State so Christians and others can fulfil their dream of returning home – according to a leading archbishop from the region. Marking the first anniversary of the fall of his city to the Islamist terror group, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche made an impassioned plea to the “people who have the responsibility” to remove IS and enable people forced out to return and rebuild their lives. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and...
  • Pope Calls for Agreement on a Single Date for Christians to Celebrate Easter

    06/13/2015 9:34:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/12/15
    Francis had invited Bartholomew to present his encyclical on ecology. Zizoulas, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians, will do it in his place. “Mary is much more important than the apostles.” Forcing migrants back in Asia is not an attitude inherent to a continent that “has a mystical treasure-trove”. Similarly, “the fundamentalism found in some parts of Pakistan where Christians were burnt alive for bearing the Gospel is not inherent”.Rome (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis today proposed that all Christians celebrate Easter at the same time. He did so, noting that “The Catholic Church has been willing since Paul VI to...
  • Why Orthodox Men Love Church

    06/13/2015 5:42:16 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 44 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | October 28, 2010 | Frederica Matthewes-Green
    In a time when churches of every description are faced with Vanishing Male Syndrome, men are showing up at Eastern Orthodox churches in numbers that, if not numerically impressive, are proportionately intriguing. This may be the only church which attracts and holds men in numbers equal to women. As Leon Podles wrote in his 1999 book, “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity,” “The Orthodox are the only Christians who write basso profundo church music, or need to.” Rather than guess why this is, I emailed a hundred Orthodox men, most of whom joined the Church as adults. What do...
  • Islam as a Christian Heresy: 8 Quotes from St. John Damascene A.D. 749

    06/11/2015 5:43:59 PM PDT · by dila813 · 23 replies
    St. Peters List ^ | A.D. 749 | St. John Damascene
    The Fount of Knowledge is divided into three categories: 1. “Philosophical Chapters” (Kephalaia philosophika) – “With the exception of the fifteen chapters that deal exclusively with logic, it has mostly to do with the ontology of Aristotle. It is largely a summary of the Categories of Aristotle with Porphyry’s “Isagoge” (Eisagoge eis tas kategorias). It seems to have been John Damascene’s purpose to give his readers only such philosophical knowledge as was necessary for understanding the subsequent parts of the “Fountain of Wisdom”. 2. “Concerning Heresy” (Peri aipeseon) – “Little more than a copy of a similar work by Epiphanius,...
  • Patriarch Condemns ‘Death of The World’s Conscience’ Over Syria

    06/10/2015 7:23:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Region's Christian leaders choose to meet in Damascus to show their solidarityLebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, has condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East. In a homily on Sunday at the Maronite Cathedral of St. Anthony in Damascus, Cardinal Bechara Rai also issued a call for peace, “for stopping the war, for political solutions and for the honored return” of the 12 million Syrians who have been uprooted by the country’s four-year civil war. “We condemn injustice, the death of the world’s conscience and all those who provide...
  • Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

    06/10/2015 1:55:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | January 10, 2015
    The five patriarchs of Antioch at their June 8 meeting in Damascus. Credit: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch via Facebook/Antiochpatriarchate.org Damascus, Syria, Jun 10, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East. The Christian leaders described themselves as an authentic people of the land, who are “deeply rooted in its earth that was watered by the sweat of our fathers and grandfathers, and we confirm more than ever that we are staying.”...
  • Russian Church Hopes Meeting Between Putin, Pope Will Help Protect Christians in Middle East

    06/08/2015 4:34:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/5/15
    Moscow, June 5, Interfax - The Russian Church believes the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis may address the peacekeeping initiatives in the Middle East and the other regions, specifically, the issue of the protection of Christians. "We can expect that cooperation in this sphere between Russia and the Holy See will continue developing. Russia and the Vatican are very influential members of the UN and their joint actions aimed at protecting Christians, especially if they are joined by other countries, can be fruitful," hieromonch Stefan (Igumnov), secretary of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations...
  • 7 Biblical Arguments Against 'Grave Soaking'

    06/07/2015 6:45:41 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 6/5/2015 | JOSEPH MATTERA
    Have you heard of mantle grabbing? Also called grave sucking and grave soaking, I'm concerned about how it's sweeping through charismatic circles. The following are seven concerns I have about grave sucking: 1. It distracts from the true power source of our anointing. The Word of God is clear that the true source of our anointing is from God (Acts 1:8). James 4:4 teaches that if we draw near to God He will draw near to us. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and 119, and 2 Timothy 3:15-16 teach that meditation on the Word day and night is the key to...
  • Letter to a Newly Ordained Priest

    06/05/2015 9:53:55 PM PDT · by bad company · 2 replies
    http://www.pravmir.com ^ | 05 June 2015 | Priest Richard Rene
    I wrote the following letter to a friend of mine. With his permission (and some editing to protect identities), I would like to share it with you. ------------------------------------------------ Dear Father and Matushka: How wonderful to refer to you in that way! I saw the photos of your ordination, but rather than send an email, I decided to write you a letter. Something about the tactile, physical nature of paper does you more honour, I believe, than something written electronically. We know each other, though perhaps not as well as we should. Perhaps in the years to come, we can have...
  • Churches embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ: Russian Orthodox leader

    06/05/2015 6:57:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 5 June A.D. 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Churches that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. His statement came as the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it is ending “formal contacts” with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church of Scotland over those churches’ abandonment of traditional Christian sexual morality. In its statement, the church said ecumenical dialogue was pointless after France’s United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex “marriages” and...
  • Pope Francis to Meet Putin Next Week

    06/05/2015 5:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/5/15 | Staff Reporter
    Ukranian Catholics hope he will raise the war in their homelandPope Francis will meet Russian president Vladimir Putin next Wednesday at a time when the war in eastern Ukraine is intensifying. The visit, confirmed by papal spokesman, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, will be the pontiff’s second meeting with the Russia leader, the first having taking place in November 2013. Since then, however, war has broken out in eastern Ukraine over the disputed Donbass region, with Russian forces widely suspected of assisting in aiding rebel forces in the neighbouring country. Russia has also annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea, with allegations...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Ends Ties With Protestants Over Gay Marriage

    06/04/2015 11:46:40 PM PDT · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://www.rferl.org ^ | June 04, 2015 | By RFE/RL
    The Russian Orthodox Church says it is severing ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions. The Moscow Patriarchate said on June 3 that "formal contacts" with the two institutions were pointless after France's United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to bless same-sex marriages and the Church of Scotland approved ordaining clergy in same-sex civil unions. "We regretfully acknowledge, that today we have a new divide in the Christian world, not only regarding theological subjects, but regarding moral issues as well," the patriarchate said in a statement. The Moscow...
  • Russian Church Breaks Contacts with Protestants of Scotland and France

    06/04/2015 6:14:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/3/15
    Moscow, June 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate criticizes the decisions of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland to consecrate homosexuals and of the United Protestant Church of France to bless homosexual marriages. "These decisions of the Church of Scotland and the Church of France have deeply disappointed the Russian Orthodox Church as they seem incompatible with norms of Christian morals," the Department for External Church Relations says in its statement posted Wednesday on its official website. Guided by definitions of the Bishops' Councils, which say that future relations with many Protestant communities depend on their faithfulness to norms of Gospel...
  • Report: ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dream

    06/03/2015 7:55:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account. "One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced...
  • A Tendency to Beauty

    06/02/2015 7:39:30 PM PDT · by bad company · 4 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Evolutionary theorists have a very difficult time suggesting a mechanism for life. How do plain chemicals – minerals and dissolved substances – combine in a manner that constitutes a living thing? In fact, why would they? I have no interest in discussing the pro’s and con’s of evolutionary theory. It is not interesting to me if you think Darwin was wrong or the devil incarnate. I want to think about some other things. Those other things can be seen first in the questions already asked. How do minerals and substances combine in a manner that constitutes a living thing? Among...
  • How some Armenians are reclaiming their Christian faith

    06/02/2015 2:39:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | 6/1/15 | Sibel Hurtas
    Armenians in Turkey who opted to live as Muslims to avoid mistreatment are recovering their true identities in collective baptisms. The latest such baptism came in May when 12 Armenians from Dersim (Tunceli) recovered their identities. The saga of Armenians who were compelled to live as Muslims goes back to 1915 massacres. Armenian children were adopted by Muslim families, women married Muslim men and some families converted to Islam to save their lives. These Armenians, who for a century were forced to conceal their identities, are trying to return to their roots. This activity is more prevalent among Anatolian Armenians,...
  • Gay Activists, Opponents Brawl in Central Moscow

    06/01/2015 6:12:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/1/15
    Moscow, June 1, Interfax - A brawl broke out at an unsanctioned gay pride event between its supporters and opponents in central Moscow on Saturday afternoon. The incident started with an ATV pulling over near the Moscow city hall and LGBT activists lighting up flares, an Interfax correspondent reported from the scene. However, Orthodox activists immediately showed up and started a brawl. Police have detained several people and put them into a bus. Some Orthodox activists wearing St. George ribbons and chanting 'Christ is Risen!' gathered near a monument to Yury Dolgoruky in front of the city hall.
  • Weak, Sick, Poor and Tired: A Story for Losers

    05/31/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by bad company · 7 replies
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru ^ | 29 / 05 / 2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The American Dream is embodied in strength. Gen. George Patton famously said, “America loves to win and cannot abide a loser.” The spirituality of winning is probably the fastest growing and most attractive version of “Christianity” to be found on the American scene. Mega Churches, seating 10’s of thousands have sprung up as temples of success. Nobody wants to be sick. The dependence it fosters, the way it changes and shapes a life are a form of powerlessness that holds no attraction. Poverty (however it is measured) is a massive struggle against forces that steal human dignity. Most homes in...
  • Islamic State Militants Burn [80yr old] Christian Woman in Nineveh Village

    05/28/2015 6:24:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bas News ^ | 5/26/15 | Hazhar Mamuzini
    In a village 20 km south east of Mosul in northern Iraq, Islamic State (IS) militants have burned an Iraqi Christian woman to death. Sa’ed Mamuzini, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office in Mosul, told BasNews on Tuesday that the militants burned the 80-year-old Iraqi Christian woman, who was from Kremlis in the Nimrud area of the Hamdaneya sub district, east of Mosul. Mamuzini said that villagers told him that the woman was killed for failing to comply with the strict laws of the Islamic State.
  • Canonization of St. Alexis of Wilkes Barre 21 years ago (Ecumenical)

    05/26/2015 9:03:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-25-2015 | OCA
    Video from the canonization of St. Alexis of Wilkes Barre PA in 1994.
  • It’s Easy to Give Up and Give In

    05/24/2015 3:45:26 PM PDT · by bad company · 4 replies
    “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Such is the message of the Cross to each one of us. However far I have to travel through that valley of the shadow of death, I am never alone.” +Metropolitan Kallistos Ware Much of my young adult life has been a deep struggle with depression. One wouldn’t be too far amiss to say it is virtually a plague in today’s world; in fact, most people I know suffer from...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch: Eurovision Is ‘Repulsive’

    05/23/2015 10:08:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 05-22-2015 | Oliver Lane
    The “hotbed of sodomy” Eurovision Song Contest final has again been blasted by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), after the Primate called the international music event “repulsive”. The Leader of the ROC, the Patriarch of Moscow, made the comments last Thursday, echoing the remarks of other traditional religious and political figures, when he made reference to Thomas Neuwirth, the bearded ‘lady’ who won last year’s competition. Speaking of the bearded, cross-dressing performer, who performs under the name Conchita Wurst, Patriarch Kirill said: “All those bearded female singers… [are] repulsive to our soul and our culture”.
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported “very constructive talks” with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the “role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • The Difficult Task of True Theology

    05/19/2015 12:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 05-19-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Nothing is as difficult as true theology. Simply saying something correct is beside the point. Correctness does not rise to the level of theology. Theology, rightly done, is a path towards union with God. It is absolutely more than an academic exercise. Theology is not the recitation of correct facts, it is the apprehension and statement of Beauty. It is this aspect of liturgical life that makes it truly theological. It is also the failure of most contemporary Christian worship efforts. Gimmicks, emotional manipulation and a musical culture that barely rises above kitsch reveal nothing of God – and embarrassingly...