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  • Greek Metropolitan Found Innocent of Homophobia-Hate Speech Charges

    03/20/2018 6:30:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/19/18
    A Greek court has acquitted Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta, not finding any incitements to violence in a controversial 2015 blog post in which the bishop wrote about the sin of homosexuality, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the TV channel Star. The court session ended late in the evening on Thursday. The trial had been delayed and was held with increased security measures, as before the session, a group of anarchists organized a LGBT support rally near the court, hanging large panels and breaking the windows with rocks. His Eminence was accused of hate speech after his blog posting in which...
  • Full Orthodox Hierarchical Liturgy for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/19/2018 8:14:51 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 03-18-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Full Hierarchical Liturgy for the 4th Sunday of Lent Commemorating St. John Climacus (English and Church Slavonic appx 4 hours)
  • Yaroslavl Diocese [Russia] Exploring South Dorothea Hermitage Under Frozen Reservoir

    03/18/2018 5:52:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/16/18
    The reconnaissance-diving team of the “Flooded Holy Sites of the Mologa Region” expedition have investigated the former South Dorothea Hermitage, which is currently under ice in the Rybinsk Reservoir. The divers inspected the bell tower, tower, and one of the walls of the monastery, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. The South Dorothea Hermitage was founded more than 400 years ago at the confluence of the Southern Black and Southern White Rivers near the Volga River. Thousands would flock to the monastery annually. The monastery was completely flooded when the Rybinsk Reservoir...
  • In Damascus, Rebel Bombardments Have Christians Fear for Their Lives

    03/17/2018 5:39:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | Staff
    AS THE SYRIAN regime continues to bombard rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, its opponents are shelling the Syrian capital in return. The Christian district at the eastern edge of the old city has come under fire. We spoke with Father Andrzej Halemba, who is in charge of Middle East projects for our organization, for an update on the situation.What do you know about the situation in Eastern Ghouta?Our organization is in close contact with many bishops in Damascus. One of them is the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, Patriarch Joseph Absi. Caritas Syria is on...
  • St. Patrick's Bad Analogies

    03/17/2018 1:41:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-14-2013 | Lutheran Satire
    The problem with using analogies to explain the Holy Trinity is that you always end up confessing some ancient heresy.
  • Feast of St. Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/17/2018 7:35:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | March 17, 2018 | OCA
    Troparion & KontakionSaint Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland was born around 385, the son of Calpurnius, a Roman decurion (an official responsible for collecting taxes). He lived in the village of Bannavem Taberniae, which may have been located at the mouth of the Severn River in Wales. The district was raided by pirates when Patrick was sixteen, and he was one of those taken captive. He was brought to Ireland and sold as a slave, and was put to work as a herder of swine on a mountain identified with Slemish in Co. Antrim. During his period of slavery,...
  • Russian State Must Actively Support Multi-Child Families - Head of Russian Church

    03/16/2018 5:30:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/2/18 | RT
    “For some reason, such regulations are being adopted by Western parliaments for groups of people with certain sexual orientation, but we have problems with granting special status to multi-child families,”A law protecting large families would have “a tremendous symbolic significance and show the whole world that… Russia cares about the future,” he addedRussian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill has urged senators to provide special status for multi-child families in Russia, questioning why this can’t be done when preferences are being given to sexual minorities in the West. "The Church has supported and will support any positive changes in legislation aimed...
  • Attacked by Muslim Mob, Coptic Woman is Still Living a Nightmare

    03/16/2018 5:21:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | ACN Staff
    HER NIGHTMARE was triggered by false rumors of an affair between her married son and a married Muslim woman. After 50 years of living quietly in the Egyptian village of Kom Lofi—some 180 miles south of Cairo—Souad Thabet, a 70-year-old Coptic woman, became the victim of an angry mob of Muslims out to punish her for her son’s alleged transgression of conservative Muslim mores. Her life would be changed forever. Still trembling with fear and sorrow over the tragedy that befell her and her family, Mrs. Thabet tells her story:“It was Friday, May 20, 2016. After we learned from people...
  • The Benedictine Monastery of Saint Mary on Mount Athos

    03/14/2018 6:49:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 03-14-2018 | Dom Leo Bonsall
    The Benedictine Monastery of Saint Mary on Mount Athos Dom Leo Bonsall Benedictine contacts with the Church of the East have been many and varied, but the foundation of the abbey of St Mary on Mount Athos and its continuing existence during a period when official relations between Rome and Constantinople were at a very low ebb is perhaps the outstanding example of monastic co-operation transcending the estrangement of East and West. The full history of the monastery has never been written, for much of it is shrouded in mystery. There are very few documents and the dating of...
  • Mystery as Reality

    03/13/2018 8:56:44 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 15 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | March 13, 2018 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    C.S. Lewis once discussed the question of how angels (and such things) could pass through a wall. His response was intriguing: he suggested that they could do so not because they were less substantial, but because they were more substantial. Just as a rock is more substantial than water or air, so, he posited, an angel (or such) is more substantial than our materiality. Of course, this is completely arguable and unprovable. But it is a useful image for thinking about another aspect of reality, that which the Church describes as “mystery.” Our tendency in thinking about anything we do...
  • Contraception Destroys the Individual, Family and Nation - Popular Russian Priest (Smirnov)

    03/12/2018 6:06:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 3/9/18 | Staff
    "According to morality, biology, and Christianity, contraception is completely unacceptable"Fr. Dmitry Smirnov is hugely popular Moscow priest, who advocates large families and home-schooling. He is the head of the Russian Church's Committee for Family, Motherhood, and Children. He is known for his outspokenness about issues such LGBT and abortion. And, as it turns out, his hard line extends to contraception. Methodically making his way through an array of arguments, Fr Dmitry states that "any contraception at all is a perversion of human nature" and that contraception is essentially "equivalent to abortion.: You don't have to agree in order to appreciate...
  • On the Veneration of the Cross: A sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent

    03/12/2018 9:40:53 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 03-19-2017 | St. John of Damascus
    Photo:     The word “Cross” is foolishness to those that perish, but to us who are saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:23). For he that is spiritual judges all things, but the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit. For it is foolishness to those who do not receive in faith and who do not consider God's goodness and omnipotence, but search out divine things with human and natural reasonings. For all the things that are of God are above nature and reason and conception. For should any one consider how and for...
  • Saudi Crown Prince Visits Cairo Coptic Cathedral, Meets Pope

    03/09/2018 6:18:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/5/18
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral on Monday in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official from the conservative Muslim kingdom. The visit was part of a three-day stay in Egypt for Prince Mohammed, his first public trip abroad since he became heir apparent last year. He will head for Britain and the United States later this month. Cairo and Riyadh have strengthened ties in recent years and Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from its rich Gulf Arab ally....
  • An Open Letter to Bishop Bambera, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Interreligious Affairs

    03/08/2018 8:46:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 28, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Your Excellency,You are to be commended for your December 29th statement asking Catholics to pray for “our Coptic brethren who are enduring martyrdom for the sake of Christ.” Catholics need to know the extent of the attacks on Christians in the Muslim world. As you point out, there have been 2,000 attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt in just the last three years. These have included several horrific church bombings and the slaughter of 35 Christians who refused to convert to Islam when their buses were ambushed by Islamic gunmen.Deadly anti-Christian attacks have become commonplace in the Muslim world. Catholics need...
  • Iraqi Hashd al-Sha’abi Fighters Discover Christian Mass Grave Near Mosul

    03/07/2018 5:49:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Press TV ^ | 3/2/18
    Iraqi pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have found a mass grave in the country’s northern province of Nineveh containing the bodies of dozens of Christians believed to have been executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists. An unnamed source from the Syriac Orthodox Church told Arabic-language al-Ghad Press news agency that the volunteer forces, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, unearthed the mass grave along with security troops in Halila region near the village of Badush, located some 15 kilometers northwest of Mosul. The source added the mass grave contains the bodies of 40 Christian victims, noting that...
  • The Egyptian Government "Legalizes" 53 Churches Built Before the Law on Christian Places of Worship

    03/05/2018 5:38:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The Egyptian government has provided full legal certificates to 53 churches with annexed service buildings already built before the new law on the construction of Christian buildings of worship passed by the Egyptian Parliament on August 30th 2016. A meeting of the government Commission set up specifically to conduct a census and examine the legalization of church buildings built before 2016 ratified the full compatibility of the 53 "legalizied" places of worship with the parameters defined by the new legal provisions. The Egyptian Premier, Sherif Ismail, in addition to technicians and representatives of the ministries of...
  • Greek Ministers Sworn in Without Church for First Time Since Founding of Hellenic State

    03/04/2018 5:15:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/2/10
    Newly-appointed Greek government officials were sworn into office at the presidential mansion in Athens yesterday without the presence of any representative of the Greek Orthodox Church. This is the first time this has happened since the founding of the Hellenic State in 1941, reports Romfea. The Holy Gospel remained on the shelf as the new ministers and deputy ministers took a civilian oath of office in the presence of President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The decision to take a purely political oath, without any Church representation, is another sign of the “frozen” relations between the Greek Church...
  • Fr. Dimitry Smirnov discusses Contraception

    03/03/2018 3:14:51 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-02-2018 | Fr. Dimitry Smirnov
    One of Russia's most well-known priests talks about the Orthodox Church's position on birth control. Subtitles are in English.
  • At the Heart of Lent

    03/02/2018 9:03:13 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 2 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | March 2, 2018 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You! (Ps. 119:11) Years ago, I heard a statement from an American monk: “The contemplative need go no further than his own heart to find the source of all violence in the world.” It struck me as true then and has only seemed more so as the years have passed. At the time (not long after the Vietnam War) this monastic was remarking on the many young people whom they had visiting his monastery who were “so deeply angry about peace.” The statement echoed an experience...
  • Patriarch Filaret Says Ukrainian Church Will Never Go Back To Moscow Patriarchate

    03/01/2018 5:17:09 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Filaret, has said the Ukrainian church will never go back under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate. "First of all, I want to tell the Moscow patriarch and the Russian bishops that the Ukrainian church will never go back to the Moscow Patriarchate. Why is that? Because we have our own state. Don't you see how deceptive Moscow is? One cannot trust them." Filaret told journalists in Kyiv on December 1 that the Russian Orthodox Church was "deceptive" on November 30 when it said he had written a letter to Russian Patriarch...