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  • Demonic Possession as a Physical Ailment

    07/24/2016 8:33:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Fr. Ted's Blog ^ | 07-12-2016 | Fr. Ted Bobosh
    The Gospel lesson in our current lectionary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost is Matthew 8:28-9:1 in which Christ encounters two men possessed by demons.   At the time when the Orthodox Gospel lectionary was being formed, a story of Christ exorcising demons must have been very popular.  For in the current lectionary, the parallel version of this story from Luke’s Gospel (8:26-39) is read also on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost.   Since we have a lectionary that repeats every year, it is interesting that they thought this miracle important enough to proclaim twice during the church year...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

    07/20/2016 7:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.” The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February...
  • Constantinople Calls it Coincidence that Patriarch Bartholomew Left Turkey a Few Hours Before Coup

    07/20/2016 7:11:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/20/16
    Moscow, July 20, Interfax - Departure of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew from Turkey a few hours before an attempt of the coup was taken was "a pure coincidence," Metropolitan Arseny of Austria told the Kathpress Catholic agency. According to him, the trip to Slovenia for vacations was planned two months earlier. The information that the patriarch ran from the country before the impending uprising is false, the metropolitan says, and it can be easily proved by the example of the tickets purchased a few weeks before the events. The media earlier posted the information that Patriarch Bartholomew left Istanbul by one...
  • New Religious Laws in Russia Not Expected to Affect Catholic Church

    07/18/2016 11:05:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/18/16 | Mary Rezac
    The new anti-evangelism law carries fines up to $780 for an individual and $15,500 for an organization. Foreign visitors who violate the law face deportation. MOSCOW — Despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin last week approved a new set of laws that would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas. The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings. A missionary Catholic priest serving in Russia, who asked to be kept anonymous...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Synod Rejects Pan-Orthodox Status of Crete Council

    07/15/2016 6:52:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/15/16
    Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The Council which took place in Crete on June 20-25 cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in Moscow on Friday. "The Holy Synod determined that the Council, which took place in Crete, cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, and the documents it approved as expressing a pan-Orthodox consensus," said the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda, commenting on the results of a Synod meeting. The meeting attendees acknowledged that the Council, which was attended by abbots and hierarchs from ten out...
  • ATHONITE FATHERS CALL FOR REJECTION OF CRETAN COUNCIL AND CESSATION OF COMMEMORATION OF THE...

    07/15/2016 4:48:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 07-14-2016
    An "Open Letter" from Athonite Fathers to the Holy Community of the Holy Mountain of Athos is calling for an immediate convocation of the governing body of Mt. Athos in order to condemn the "false council" of Crete and cease the comemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople on Mt. Athos. OVER 60 Hieromonk and monks, with a disciple of Saint Paisios, Elder Gabriel of the Kelli of St. Christodoulos (Holy Monastery of Koutloumosiou) at their head, have written an open letter to the Holy Community of Mt. Athos calling upon the Abbots to reject the Council in Crete and stating...
  • What’s the oldest continuously operating library in the world? St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    07/13/2016 1:25:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 12, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Considered one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world still in operation, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai is home to more than two centuries of history — and more than that of legend. Tradition claims, for example, that the main altar of the monastery is built on the spot where the Burning Bush first addressed Moses. But the monastery, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, also holds other seats of honor. For example, it accommodates the oldest continuously operating active library in the world.From the day it was founded in the sixth century (between 548 and...
  • First Russian Orthodox Monastery Could be Opened in US Capital

    07/12/2016 10:24:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Pravmir.com ^ | 7/11/16
    The first Russian Orthodox monastery could be opened in the US capital of Washington D.C. or in its vicinity, Metropolitan Jonah, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) told. “In the area, not necessarily in D.C… It will be Russian tradition, of course, you know, the services will also be in English, as well as in [Church] Slavonic....[The monastery] has a very specific outreach [program] to educate people about Orthodoxy and Russian culture and Russian spiritual culture,” Metropolitan Jonah said, answering a question about his plans to establish a monastery in Washington D.C. The monastery would be...
  • Coptic Archbishop: Sectarian Attacks Increase, One Every Ten Days

    07/12/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/11/16
    Minya (Agenzia Fides) - An appeal to ask the police to enforce the law protecting citizens from any sectarian discrimination was launched yesterday by Anba Makarius, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya, after the series of incidents which in recent weeks have again recorded a sharp rise in cases of violence suffered particularly by Egyptian Christians. Now – highlighted Coptic Orthodox Archbishop - such violent attacks from the assault on homes to targeted kidnappings for ransom, are continuing at an average of one every ten days. In recent times the assault on homes of Christian families perpetrated in the village of...
  • Akathist to the Venerable. Ambrose of Optina (Devotional)

    07/10/2016 7:44:58 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 07-10-2016 | Optina Monastery
    The akathist in honor of St. Ambrose of Optina served before his holy relics.
  • Orthodox See Council as Antidote to 'Heresies and Ruses of Reason'

    07/10/2016 5:46:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/9/16 | Filipe Domingues
    Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the "Holy and Great Council" in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy.From June 19-26, leaders of ten of the fourteen “autocephalous,” or independent, Eastern Orthodox churches of the world met together on the island of Crete, marking the first time such a representative summit of Orthodox churches had assembled in a millennium. Originally the idea was for the “Holy...
  • Italians Restore 900-Year-Old Mosaics at Bethlehem Church

    07/10/2016 5:35:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/8/16 | Judith Sudilovsky
    Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaicAn Italian team has completed restoration of Crusader-era mosaics in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The mosaics will only be unveiled publicly after work on lighting, electricity and a fire alarm system. The work involved removing the layers of centuries-worth of soot and dirt – a result of the smoke of candles lit by pilgrims coming to venerate the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus – from about 1.55 million tiny mosaic pieces that were reviewed and restored. “I...
  • Russian Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/07/2016 12:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Russians are returning to their tradition of Symphonia, inherited from Byzantium and instituted by Constantine the Great, where church and state complement each other.The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and...
  • Coptic Nun Mother Athanasia Killed by Extremists in Egypt

    07/06/2016 1:00:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 23 replies
    Orthodox News ^ | 07-06-2016 | OCP
    +MEMORY ETERNAL+Cairo- Egypt: Today, Mother Athanasia received the Crown of Martyrdom. She was gunned down by extremists of Muslims and gave her pure soul in Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was a nun in the Monastery of Great St. George in Old Cairo.Our Lord Said to us in the Gospel ” And don’t fear those kill the body but can not kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell “(Matthew 10 :28).She was a pure nun.May her prayers be with us. Amen
  • First [Muslim] Call to Prayer Inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

    07/06/2016 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated inside the sixth-century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1. The building in the city’s historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1’s Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Although the...
  • Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia: “The EU is a union of atheists and deceivers”

    07/04/2016 9:02:09 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-02-2016 | Pravoslavie
         Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta has expressed his joy that the UK is leaving the European Union, reports the Аgionoros.ru portal. In his view, this event will shake the foundations of the European Union which in fact is “a German protectorate”: “Today Greece and the EU at large are under German occupation! They have enslaved us not by means of weapons, as it was in the Second World War, but through this abominable economic war”. Metropolitan Amvrosios has stressed that the external forces, “allied with mendacious Greek politicians who obey them, have put Greece on the verge of disaster”....
  • Unfinished TV Tower in Yekaterinburg May be Turned in[to] St. Catherine Church

    07/04/2016 5:27:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/1/16
    Moscow, July 1, Interfax - Yekaterinburg architects created a concept of the highest church in the world: they suggested combining in one project a cult building and the notorious unfinished construction, Yekaterinburg TV reports. "According to the concept, they are going to combine the unfinished construction and the cult building in one cosmic-shaped construction, though it is far from architecture of Orthodox churches," the TV channel reports. According to the authors of the idea, they wanted to suggest an alternative to "the church on water," which was voiced among others projects of Yekaterinburg church. Besides the church, the authors of...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Pulled Back From Blessing Marriages of Orthodox, Non-Orthodox Christians

    07/04/2016 5:24:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church did not achieve its original goal of unifying the discipline of the Sacrament of Marriage among the 14 Orthodox churches, according to a L’Osservatore Romano report. On June 23 and 24, participants discussed the council’s fifth document, “The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments”-- a topic first placed on the conciliar agenda in 1961. After discussing the Sacrament of Marriage, the final document stated that “a civil marriage between a man and a woman registered in accordance with the law lacks sacramental character since it is a simple legalized cohabitation...
  • Feast of St. John of San Francisco & Shanghai

    07/02/2016 6:43:26 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    OCA ^ | OCA
    Our Father among the Saints John (Maximovitch), Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966), was a diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) who served widely from China to France to the United States.Saint John departed this life on June 19 (O.S.) / July 2 (N.S.), 1966, and was officially glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on July 2, 1994. His glorification was later recognized for universal veneration by the Patriarchate of Moscow on July 2, 2008.LifeThe future Saint John was born on June 4, 1896, in the village of Adamovka in Kharkiv province to...
  • Statement of the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/01/2016 1:16:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Holy Synod ^ | 06-27-2016 | Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Anthiochian Orthodox Patriarchate – June-July 2016At the end of the seventh extraordinary session which begun on May 25th 2016, the Holy Synod of Antioch convened on June 27, 2016 in Balamand. The Synod was presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, with the participation of the Bishops of the Holy See of Antioch,The fathers congratulated their children on the occasion of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the holy, glorious and all-praised leaders of the Apostles, and the founders of the Holy See of Antioch. This See is where the disciples were called Christians first, and where its children...
  • Christians in Antioch Celebrate Feast of Sts Peter and Paul Together in the "Cave Church of Peter"

    07/01/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/27/16
    Antakia (Agenzia Fides) - This year in Antakya, Turkey, Catholics and Orthodox will celebrate together the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the "Cave Church of Peter", the ancient cave church on Mt. Silpius, reopened to visitors in 2015, after a restoration that lasted many years. On the morning of June 29, in the presence of Bishop Paul Bizzeti SJ, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, and envoy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the Christians of the local community will animate a joint celebration with songs, prayers and readings from the New Testament. Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Apostolic Nuncio...
  • Moscow Patriarchate Tells Constantinople Democracy is Irrelevant in Church Life

    06/28/2016 10:08:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/27/16
    Moscow, June 27, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church reminds the Constantinople Patriarchate about incomparability of democracy traditions with taking decisions at the Council. The discussion started with the words of the Constantinople archbishop who made it clear that all decisions taken by the inter-Orthodox Council on Crete would be compulsory for all Orthodox Churches, including those who did not participate in it. "You come from a democracy. Everyone can vote. Now some people choose not to vote. Does that mean you don't live in a democracy?" Archbishop Job of Telmessos said resuming the results of the session on Friday...
  • Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

    06/27/2016 5:09:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    The Council of Crete ^ | 06-27-2016 | The Great & Holy Council of Crete
    Official Documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church Back Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church ΕλληνικάEnglishрусскийfrançais ENCYCLICAL OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH Crete 2016 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit With a hymn of thanksgiving, we praise and worship God in Trinity, who has enabled us to gather together during the days of the feast of Pentecost here on the island of Crete, which has been sanctified by St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his...
  • Vatican Selling out Egyptian Christians to Buy Good Relations with Islam, Claim Copts

    06/27/2016 3:40:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 6/25/16 | Ashraf Ramelah
    Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the “sign of peace” to the grand...
  • Pope to Armenian Orthodox: ‘Let Us Race Towards Full Communion!'

    06/27/2016 3:35:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    ‘With great joy, we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far,’ the Holy Father declared today at an ecumenical meeting in Yerevan, Armenia.YEREVAN, Armenia — Working toward full communion is a project of love, humility and peace, Pope Francis told Armenian Orthodox leaders gathered at an ecumenical meeting on Saturday. “With great joy, we are walking together on a journey that has already taken us far, and we look confidently towards the day when by God’s help we shall be united around the altar of Christ’s sacrifice in the fullness of Eucharistic communion,” he said....
  • Council Accepts Proposal of the Church of Greece to Revise Controversial Text (Pan-Orthodox synod)

    06/26/2016 9:57:33 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 06-25-2016 | Staff
    A proposal by the Church of Greece was unanimously accepted by the Local Churches at the Council in Crete which removes any reference to "recognizing" the historical existence of other Churches. Here is the statement of the Holy Synod of the Church Greece: "Pertaining to the important text regarding the relations of the Orthodox Church to the rest of the Christian world, the representatives of the Church of Greece observed the spirit of the hierarchy and suggested the following change to paragraph 6: instead of "The Orthodox Church recognizes the historical existence of other Christian Churches and Confessions," it will...
  • Pope Genocide Comments Show 'Crusader Mentality' - Turkey

    06/26/2016 5:21:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/26/16
    Turkey says Pope Francis' description of the WW1 mass killing of Armenians as genocide shows "the mentality of the Crusades". The pontiff's remarks have "no relation to reality", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million Armenian Christians were killed by Ottoman Turkish forces in 1915. But Turkey disputes the figure and denies the deaths constituted genocide. It says the deaths were part of a civil conflict triggered by WW1. The row continues to sour Turkish-Armenian relations, drawing in other countries such as Germany, whose parliament recently declared the killings to be...
  • Pope Praises Armenia's Christian Past, but Avoids 'Genocide'

    06/24/2016 6:55:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/24/16 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia's steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a "genocide." In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians seemed genuinely honored to welcome a pope who has long championed the Armenian cause from his time as an archbishop in Argentina and now as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Small groups of residents lined his motorcade route, and a gaggle of schoolchildren wearing...
  • Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church

    06/22/2016 4:12:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Independent | 06-21-2016 | Robert Fisk
    No excerpt per copyright issues and FR policy. The link to the article is below. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/syria-war-robert-fisk-patriarch-orthodox-church-ignatius-aphrem-assassination-attempt-isis-al-nusrah-a7093501.html
  • Serbian Orthodox Patriarch serves Divine Liturgy, Crete

    06/22/2016 3:05:39 PM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 06-22-2016 | Orthodox Church
    His Holiness Archbishop of Pec and Metropolitan of Belgrade, Serbian Patriarch Irineous and His High Eminence Archbishop of Skopje and all Macedonia John and bishop of Shumadija John served Divine Liturgy in Crete, during 2nd day of the Pan-Orthodox Council, 22/6/2016. Excerpt: About 30 minutes
  • Orthodox Liturgy for Pentecost at the Synod of Crete (Long)

    06/21/2016 11:49:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-19-2016 | Orthodox Church
    The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (Mass) for Pentecost celebrated at the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Synod presently being held on Crete. Approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Opens with Call to Unity

    06/21/2016 4:11:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople celebrated the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost on June 19 to open the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. In recent weeks, four of 14 autocephalous Orthodox churches chose not to send delegations to the council. “Our Orthodox Church has the supreme gift and blessing of possessing the treasure of truth and preserving intact the gift of the All-Holy Spirit, which 'has filled the whole world' (Wis. 1:7), and it is obliged to give the contemporary world a testimony of love and unity, and to reveal the hidden hope that lies within it,” he...
  • Council Message could codify four new Ecumenical Councils (Huge News)

    06/20/2016 4:01:22 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 06-20-2016 | Pravoslavie
    June 20, 2016      In addition to discussing the six documents prepared beforehand at previous conferences, participants at the ongoing council, begun yesterday on the Great Feast of Pentecost on the island of Crete, are also to deliberate over and publish the official "Message" of the council. A draft of the document covers an array of topics including the questions of remarriage and marriage to non-Orthodox, the oneness and unity of the Church in the holy Eucharist, the importance of the Patristic Tradition, and the Church's vision of conciliarity which places no one bishop over all others, among other matters,...
  • Ecclesiology and our current problems

    06/19/2016 11:39:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fr John Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | June 19, 2016 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Perhaps the Anglicans started it ... with their notion of Provincial Autonomy; their belief that Scripture, the Law of God, the Sacraments, Holy Order, Gender are all interminably mutable at the say-so of a Parliament or a quasi-Parliamentary "Synod" in each local ecclesial community. Of the once proud Anglican Patrimony, the only authentic fragments surviving its inevitable and total collapse are the Ordinariates. But things ecclesiological are not too well in the Catholic Church. After Vatican II, the idea arose that a pope could do anything; that he is an absolute monarch. The Vatican I linkage of the Papacy with...
  • Orthodox Churches Council Opens on Crete Despite Russia's Absence

    06/19/2016 5:15:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/19/16
    A historic gathering of Orthodox Churches has opened on the Greek island of Crete, despite the absence of four denominations including the Russians. The Holy and Great Council had been billed as the first meeting of fellow Church leaders since 787 AD. The Russians decided to stay away after the Churches of Antioch, Bulgaria and Georgia refused to take part after disputes about the meeting. The council, which began on Sunday, has been 55 years in preparation. It will run until 27 June. On Sunday morning, clerics attending the council celebrated Orthodox Pentecost in the Cretan town of Heraklion, the...
  • Patriarch to Orthodox Leaders: Do not Abandon ‘Sacred Mission’ of Unity

    06/17/2016 8:33:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Patriarch Bartholomew urges fellow leaders to attend Pan-Orthodox CouncilEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has called on his brother patriarchs and primates of the Orthodox churches to honour their commitments and join him for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. Four of the churches – the Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian and Russian Orthodox – announced they would not attend the gathering scheduled for June 19-26 on the Greek island of Crete. The patriarchs and primates of the 14 autocephalous or self-governing Orthodox churches met in Switzerland in January and voted unanimously to convene the Council, which would be the...
  • Church of the Nativity’s Face-Lift Reveals Ancient Treasures

    06/17/2016 8:30:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics.BETHLEHEM — Christians planning on making a Holy Land pilgrimage — for many, a once-in-a-lifetime journey — may want to wait until Easter 2017, when the scaffolding used to restore the ancient Church of the Nativity is expected to come down. While the $15-million repair, conservation and restoration of the church, which is revered as the site of Jesus’ birth, will not be absolutely completed for another couple of years, due to a funding gap, pilgrims who...
  • Deep Fears About Modernity Lie Behind the Unravelling of the Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/16/2016 4:44:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/16 | Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith
    For some even the slightest change in relations with Rome will end up with tradition being swept awayThe fate of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which is due to start its deliberations in Crete this Sunday, hangs in the balance. At present it seems that the Bulgarians will definitely not be there, neither will the Antiochenes, and it looks as if the Serbs, Georgians and the Russians are pulling out as well. There is a useful summary of what is going on in this article at the Guardian website. The trouble, for us outsiders, is that it is very difficult to understand...
  • In Reversal Serbians Will Attend Council But May Not Stay

    06/15/2016 7:43:37 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Serbian Orthodox Church ^ | 06-15-2016 | Holy Synod
    THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Syn. No. 840 15th June 2016 C O M M U N I Q U E In brotherly love, while with responsibility and hopes preparing for the participation in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which, God willing, is to be held at the Orthodox Academy at Crete around the Pentecost, from 17 until 26 June 2016, the Holy Synod of Bishops in its broader composition at its session held at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on June 15, 2016, regarding the situation created after the ordinary...
  • Terrorist Attack on Largest Russian Orthodox Monastery Averted

    06/15/2016 7:26:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 06-15-2016 | MKRU
    June 15, 2016      As learned from a source in the Federal Security Service [FSB], a terrorist act was averted in the largest men’s monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church with several centuries of history—the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. According to sources, on June 14 in several cafes in the Pushkin region of Podmoskovye were found homemade explosive devices and schemes and photos of the Lavra. “Makeshift explosive devices were found in three cafes” says the source. “One of them is located in the western part of the city of Pushkino. It belongs to an Azerbaijani and some Dagestanis. According to...
  • Patriarchs Call for Liberation of Iraqi Lands Where Christians Lived

    06/15/2016 9:23:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Catholic News Service
    In a joint statement, Syriac patriarchs said 'the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding'Syriac patriarchs, marking the two-year anniversary since ISIS expelled Christians from a large part of Iraq, denounced “the ethno-religious genocide” of their people and called for the liberation of those areas. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan and Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in a joint statement, stressed that “the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding.” “Two years passed since the uprooting of our Syriac people from the land of our ancestors in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain,...
  • PAT. OF ALEXANDRIA CALLS UPON ALL LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES TO PARTICIPATE IN PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

    06/15/2016 4:03:56 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 6 replies
    Paroslavie ^ | June 14, 2016
    Theodoros II, the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, appealed to all Local Orthodox Churches to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council on Crete, reports Sedmitsa.ru, with reference to Romfea. In an interview given to radio station 98.4, Patriarch Theodoros regarded as an historical Church Council that which is to take place in June 2016 on the island of Crete. The Alexandrian Patriarch stated that “the Orthodox Church should be far from political, national, and racial affiliations. “It’s impossible to imagine that it would be possible in the last minutes to not come to the Church Council, in line with personal...
  • Will Egypt's Copts Get to Build More Churches?

    06/14/2016 6:27:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | 6/9/16 | Rania Rabeaa Elabd
    The draft law on the construction of churches has renewed the crisis that has existed between the ruling regimes and the Copts in Egypt since the Ottoman era. Over the years, Egypt’s Christians have requested the state to promulgate a law governing the construction of houses of worship, regulating the building of mosques for Muslims and churches for Christians, in light of the challenges in obtaining permission to build new churches, despite the growing Christian population. A law was issued on Oct. 17, 2001, governing only the construction of mosques, with no mention of the building of churches. In Egypt,...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Will Not be Legitimate if Held Without Some Churches - Metropolitan Hilarion

    06/14/2016 6:11:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/13/16
    Moscow, June 13, Interfax - The Pan-Orthodox Council can only be legitimate if all local Churches without exceptions participate in it, the Moscow Patriarchate said. "Some people now say that it's their problem that they have refused, they don't have to participate, but we will go ahead anyway in the composition that will be there and will make decisions and they will become binding for everyone. It doesn't happen that way," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a briefing in Moscow on Monday. He said that all Churches have to participate in the...
  • The Holy Synod Confirms that the Russians Will Not Attend the Pan-Orthodox Council For Now

    06/13/2016 10:55:30 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 06-13-2016 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
    On the situation caused by the refusal of several Local Orthodox Churches to participate in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church For many decades the Russian Orthodox Church took and continues to take an active part in the preparation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Since the 1st Pan-Orthodox Conference in 1961 on Rhodes, the outstanding hierarchs and the best theologians of our Church have made their contribution to the work on a great number of the Council’s topics, including those which were not...
  • Orthodox Scholars Urge Leaders to Go Ahead with Council

    06/13/2016 8:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/13/16 | Staff Reporter
    The scholars said the council is 'an opportunity to commence a new phase of Orthodox witness'50 Orthodox scholars have signed an open letter to Orthodox leaders, urging them to come together for the Pan-Orthodox Council. The meeting, which is meant to take place in a week’s time, hangs in the balance after two churches withdrew and others expressed major reservations. The council, for which preparations began in 1961, was supposed to bring together all 14 “autocephalous” Orthodox churches, the largest number ever to have come together. But after the Bulgarian church pulled out for reasons which remain unclear, the Moscow...
  • Contemporary Iconographers of Russia

    06/11/2016 5:21:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Orthodox Arts Journal ^ | 6/10/16 | Philip Davydov & Olga Shalamova
    From December 11, 2015 to January, 19, 2016 (Moscow, Russia) “Tsar’s Tower” exhibition hall, in Kazansky railway station, hosted a large-scale exhibition entitled “Contemporary Iconographers of Russia”. The exhibit featured sixty iconographers, masters of mosaic and gold embroidery, jewelers as well as architects from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Vladimir, Archangelsk and other Russian cities. The exhibit showcased an extensive collection of regional schools and studios. Leading iconographers and educational institutions displayed their works. The exhibition was conceived and sponsored by Archbishop Pankraty, rector of Valaam Monastery of the Transfiguration, Irina Yazykova, (expert in contemporary iconography) and Sergei Chapnin (Journalist, editor...
  • Russian Orthodox Church to Skip Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 1:16:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 06-10-2016
    Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has not departed for Crete to attend the Pan-Orthodox Council on the Greek island of Crete after the church decided to suspend its participation following the refusal of several orthodox churches to take part, a church source told RIA Novosti Friday.
  • Documents on the Upcoming Great and Holy Council

    06/10/2016 11:54:25 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Documents on the upcoming Great and Holy Council 1. Communication of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to the Clerics and Faithfulhttp://www.synod.com/synod/eng2016/Holy%20Synod%20Response%20to%20Preconciliar%20Documents%20en.pdf2. OBSERVATIONS ON THE TEXT PREPARED FOR THE PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL: “RELATIONS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE REST OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD” by Dr. Demetrios Tselengideshttp://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/90489.htm3. A SECOND INTERVENTION-CONFESSION OF FAITH: ON THE DOCUMENT "ORGANIZATION AND WORKING PROCEDURE OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL" by Dr. Demetrios Tselengideshttp://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/90694.htm4. METROPOLITAN OF LIMASSOL: "WHAT UNITY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? THOSE WHO DEPARTED FROM THE CHURCH ARE HERETICS AND SCHISMATICS"http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/90619.htm5. A WORD ABOUT THE "COMMON CUP" AND...
  • Church of Cyprus criticizes opponents of planned Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 11:24:01 AM PDT · by NRx
    Interfax ^ | 06-10-2016 | Staff
    Nicosia, June 10, Interfax - The Orthodox Church of Cyprus opposed the idea to postpone the convocation of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which has been prepared for over half a century and has been slated to take place on Crete in late June, the message of the Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus said. "We invite all of the local Orthodox Churches to participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council with a spirit of love, humility, and common mind, so that our witness to the world may be fruitful and effective," the message said. The document said that earlier the...