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  • Russian Cathedral That Was Turned Into Museum Of Atheism Is To Be A Church Again

    01/13/2017 6:16:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | Mark Woods
    A former Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted into a museum of atheism during the Soviet period is to be returned to the Church – and local people are protesting the move. More than 100,000 people signed a petition on change.org against the return of St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg. Built between 1818 and 1858 by French architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand, it was formerly the flagship church of Orthodoxy in Russia. The building is now used for concerts and is a major tourist attraction though religious services are occasionally held there. According to AFP the petition has been...
  • [Russian] Church Will Release Results of Yekaterinburg Relics Expertise by Second Quarter of 2017

    01/11/2017 5:53:34 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Principally new data obtained in course of investigationMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk tells when results of the church expertise of the criminal case on the murder of Nicholas II family will be released. "We hope that as the work is very extensive and the report will be very voluminous, it will be ready by the second quarter of this year: investigators will report to the Investigative Committee, and we will report to the coming Bishops' Council," the bishop told in his...
  • Abortionist Quits After St. Thomas Aquinas Visits Him in a Dream

    01/11/2017 6:23:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 9, 2017 | Angelo Stagnaro
    One night Stojan asked the man in black and white in his frightening dream as to his identity. "My name is Thomas Aquinas," he responded. Stojan, educated in communist schools that pushed atheism instead of real learning, didn't recognize the Dominican saint's name. Stojan asked the nightly visitor, "Who are these children?" "They are the ones you killed with your abortions," St. Thomas told him bluntly and without preamble. Stojan awoke in shock and fear. He decided he would refuse to participate in any more abortions.
  • President al Sisi: I Will Build the Largest [Coptic] Church in the Nation [Egypt]

    01/09/2017 2:00:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - It will be the largest Coptic Church of Egypt, it will be inaugurated by 2018 in the new capital which is being built on the margin of Cairo's metropolis, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will be among its direct sponsors. The announcement of the project was given by the same al Sisi on the occasion of his participation in the Christmas liturgy in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, celebrated by Patriarch Tawadros II. Egyptian President said he had destined 100 thousand Egyptian pounds in the first funding initiative, which involves the construction at...
  • Lenin Should be Buried, but Most Important is not to Inflict Harm, Russian Church Official Believes

    01/09/2017 1:43:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/6/17
    *** Red Square is not a cemetery and is not a place for such burialsMoscow, January 6, Interfax - Head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, rector of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk believes that Lenin's body should be interred, but authorities should take the final decision. "Red Square is not a cemetery, it is not a place for such burials, but it will be decided by people who are authorized to take such decisions, after listening to all opinions. And this decision will certainly influence many vectors. The most important thing is not to inflict...
  • St. Theophan the Recluse: The Nativity of Christ

    01/07/2017 7:35:08 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | A long time ago | St. Theophan the Recluse
    Glory to Thee, O Lord! Once again we greet the awaited bright days of Christ's Nativity. Let us be glad and rejoice. In order to raise our festivities to a higher level in these days, the Holy Church has intentionally instituted a fast before them—a certain amount of constraint, so that as we enter the festive period we might feel as though we were coming out into freedom. Nevertheless, the Church in no way desires that we give ourselves over to mere sensual delights and fleshly pleasures. Since the Church has from olden times called these days sviatki ("holy...
  • The Divine Services of the Nativity of Christ

    01/07/2017 7:32:12 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-10-2011 | Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
    Next to Pascha, the Nativity of Christ is the most joyous festival, and may justly be called the "Winter Pascha." The celebration of the Nativity of Christ was established very early, possibly already in the first century. But until the end of the fourth century, the Nativity of Christ was celebrated with His Baptism on the 6th of January (the 19th according to the New Style) and was called Theophany. Beginning in the fourth century, the Nativity of Christ began to be celebrated on the 25th of December (on the day of the pagan festival in honor of the...
  • CHRISTMAS MESSAGE by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

    01/07/2017 7:25:11 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-07-2017 | Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
         Your Eminences the archpastors, esteemed Fathers and deacons,all-honourable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! On this holy night I extend my heartfelt greetings to you all and from the depths of my soul I congratulate you on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ: the feast of the fulfillment of the promises of old for the salvation of the human race, the feast of the ineffable love of the Maker towards his creation, the feast of the coming into the world of the Son of God who is the Messiah. The Fathers have spoken much over...
  • Christmas in Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch: Muslims Closeness and Solidarity with Christians

    01/04/2017 5:54:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/2/17
    Mar Sako speaks of "grass roots revolt" against terrorism and violence, combined with a renewed commitment "in defense of life." The authorities in Basra for the first time celebrate the New Year and ask Christians to come back. A group of young Muslim Shiites of Najaf attend Mass in the capital and have lunch with the patriarch. Several Baghdad streets festooned with Christmas trees.Baghdad (AsiaNews) - In Iraq we are witnessing " grass roots revolt against terrorism, against violence", accompanied by a renewed commitment to the "defense of life, of peace, of joy"; in this way "it is possible to...
  • Death to the World: The last true rebellion

    01/03/2017 9:07:52 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    The Outline ^ | 12-02-2016 | Emily Brown
    You’re at a punk show. Someone dressed in all black hands you a bunch of black-and-white pages stapled together. Death to the World, says the cover. When you get home and open it up, you’re greeted by unrelenting doom:The last true rebellion is death to the world. To be crucified to the world and the world to us. This is Death to the World, a cult zine that’s punk on the outside, Eastern Orthodox Christianity on the inside. Typical articles have titles like “Death: Our Way of Life” and “One Hour of Suffering in Hell.” Pages are adorned with Medieval-looking...
  • Service of repentance for sin of abortion approved by Russian Orthodox Church

    01/03/2017 8:46:52 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-02-2016 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
    At its December 27 meeting in Danilov Monastery, under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church approved the text of a prayer service for forgiveness for the sin of abortion, reports life.ru. The “Moleben of Repentance for Forgivenes for the Sin of Killing a Child in the Womb” has been sent to the Moscow Patriarchate’s publishing house for inclusion in prayer books. The new service is “very important,” in the words of Vladimir Legoida, the head of the Patriarchate’s Department for Relations Between Church and Society and the Media. Abortion is unequivocally...
  • Egyptian Army Renovates Bombed Cairo Church Ahead of Coptic Christmas

    01/02/2017 4:21:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Coptic World ^ | 12/31/16
    The Egyptian army has completed the renovation of a church in central Cairo that was the scene of a bomb attack that killed 27 people earlier in December, a military spokesman announced on Saturday. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered that St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church be renovated after the attack on 11 December, which was claimed by a local ISIS affiliate, before Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January. "The Armed Forces Engineering Authority was able to restore the church’s destroyed areas while preserving the church's architectural heritage in 15 days to be ready to receive Christians for Christmas," read...
  • Patriarch Kirill Believes the Word 'Celebrations' Inappropriate to 100th Anniv. of October Revolt

    01/02/2017 4:14:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/30/16
    *** According to him, it is important not to repeat mistakes of the revolutionMoscow, December 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill says the word 'celebrations' is inappropriate referring to 100th anniversary of 1917 events. "The thing is not to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy, but to remember this date consciously, accompanying it with deep reflections and sincere prayers, so that mistakes committed a hundred years ago should teach our nations not to make the same mistakes at the current stage of development," the patriarch said at the session of Supreme Church Council. He believes that a hundred year anniversary...
  • Scenes from the funeral of assassinated Russian Ambassador to Turkey

    12/30/2016 3:52:00 PM PST · by NRx · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-23-2016 | Orthodox Church
    His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril served the Funeral Service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow for Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, assassinated by an Islamist.
  • Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates rite restoring to the Orthodox Church those fallen away

    12/29/2016 11:43:57 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-28-2016 | Patriarchia.ru
    December 26, 2016      On December 25, 2016, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Pentecost, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and day of commemoration of St. Spyridon of Tremithus, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokalamsk celebrated in the Moscow church of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon of the Mother of God the rite of union with the Orthodox Church for those who have temporarily fallen away from it, defecting into schism or sects. On this day 115 people renounced paganism, sectarian errors and schismatic false beliefs. Metropolitan Hilarion...
  • THE PROPHETIC ROLE OF MOUNT ATHOS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

    12/29/2016 11:36:13 AM PST · by NRx
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 12-23-2016 | Jean-Claude Larchet
    The following is a paper given by doctor of theology Jean-Claude Larchet (France) at the international conference, “Rus’—Holy Mount Athos: A thousand years of spiritual and cultural unity,” as part of the 1000-year anniversary celebration of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos (Moscow, September 21-24, 2016). It was published first in Russian translation on the website of the Synodal department for monasteries and monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church. Monasticism is basically a way to live the Christian life with a total commitment to renouncing the world and self-dedication to God. From this point of view, monasticism is the same...
  • DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF GEORGIA on the Council of Crete (SUMMARY) [Orthodox Caucus]

    12/29/2016 11:28:30 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 12-29-2016 | Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church
    In the synodical decision issued by the Georgian Orthodox Church the hierarchy of the Church of Georgia stated that: 1. The Cretan Council is not a Pan Orthodox Council, as four Churches did not participate in it; 2. The decisions of the Council of Crete are not obligatory for the Georgian Church, since the Council of Crete abolished the principle of consensus; 3. The documents issued by the Council of Crete do not reflect important critiques made by the Local Churches, and thus it is necessary for them to be corrected; 4. The documents of Crete need to reflect the...
  • Worship Cross to Commemorate Polar Explorers Will be Set Up in Arctic [Russia]

    12/28/2016 6:37:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/27/18
    Moscow, December 27, Interfax - A worship cross in memory of the first polar explorers will be set up on Shokalsky Island in one of the most cold regions of Russia. This event will be held in frames of the expedition on Huskies, regional edition of the Argumenty i Fakty weekly reports on Tuesday. Priests will join the expedition in Gyda and conduct a prayer service for elevating the cross. A test ride will start in early January, the main ride will be held in March, dogs will cover 1500 km for the month. Russian servicemen constructed two field churches...
  • Romania's President Says He Won't Name Muslim Woman to be PM

    12/27/2016 5:21:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    ANSA.It ^ | 12/27/16
    Iannis asks to nominate someone else(ANSA-AP) BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's president says he will not nominate as prime minister an economist who could have become the country's first female Muslim premier. President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday said he had "carefully weighed the arguments for and against" and decided not to nominate Sevil Shhaideh, 52, a relative political novice, to the post of prime minister. Iohannis called on the Social Democratic Party, winners of the Dec. 11 elections, which put her name forward last week, to nominate someone else for premier. He did not say why he would not name Shhaideh,...
  • Moscow Patriarch: Godless Society ‘Destined to Self-Destruction’

    12/23/2016 2:53:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church cautioned against one-sided commemorations of the centenary of the Russian Revolution. “It is important to avoid overstating or forgetting the heroism of our people, all those good things that happened in the past years, as well as understating or retouching the troubles and confusion that our motherland went through after 1917,” Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said on December 22, according to an Interfax report. A lesson of the Revolution is that a “society built on opposing God and his eternal moral law is destined to self-destruction,” he added. “One should remember that today,...
  • Fasting and Marital Relations [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    12/22/2016 7:54:03 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Question: "Are married couples required to abstain from sex during the fasts?" The short answer is "no." But a longer answer is necessary here. It is a pious custom for married couples to abstain from sex during the fasts, and when this is done by mutual consent, that is a good and laudable thing. However, the key word in the question is "required," and something that must be by mutual consent cannot therefore be required. St. Paul addresses this question directly: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a...
  • Patriarch Ilia to celebrate 47th mass baptism

    12/22/2016 7:00:24 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-22-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Photo: REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili      On December 24, His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia will celebrate his forty-seventh mass baptism, reports Blagovest. With the first mass baptism on January 19, 2008, Patriarch Ilia commenced his initiative to help improve the dire demographic situation in Georgia caused by post-Soviet abortion rates. Such mass celebrations are held four times a year in which the primate personally baptizes and becomes the godfather for the third and later children of married Orthodox couples. Patriarch Ilia has been the beloved leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church since the 1970s and is perhaps the most...
  • Keeping Christmas

    12/22/2016 6:56:13 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 12-17-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Photo: http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/      It is not unusual to give thought to how we keep a fast. Will it be in a strict manner? How will my fasting be possible when I’m at work or at school? How will I teach my children to fast? When we ignore the Fast, we feel guilty and the need to confess. It is strange, however, that we do not give similar thought and time to what it means to keep the Feast. For fasting is about the Feast—not about the Fast. Everything is about the Feast! Our popular culture has no difficulty keeping...
  • On the mysteries and miraculous power of Orthodox holy objects [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    12/22/2016 6:48:51 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-13-2016 | Andrei Muzolph
    Andrei Muzolph, teacher at the Kiev Theological Seminary, speaks on miraculous icons, incorrupt relics, myrrh-streaming relics, holy springs, holy oil and other Orthodox sacred objects.      —Andrei, are there many wonderworking icons in the Church? Is such a designation appropriate? And how can we explain it? —To answer your question, we first need to define what is an icon. An icon is a window into the heavenly realm. They’re important for believers because they depict the Kingdom of God, come with power (Mk. 9:1), because besides God and the angels, icons depict the saints as well—that is, those people who...
  • Putin, Pope Francis Discuss Protection of Christians in Conflict Zones

    12/19/2016 5:43:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 12/18/16 | Sputnik News
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis discussed the issue of protection of Christians in regional conflict zones and cooperation in the cultural-humanitarian sphere in a phone call on Saturday, the Kremlin said in a statementMOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Putin wished Pope Francis a happy 80th birthday and expressed desire to meet in person and discuss global issues. “The Russian president and Pope Francis exchanged views on the issues of protection of Christians in regional conflict zones and the importance of a constructive interconfessional dialogue to preserve moral principles in the international affairs,” the statement read.
  • Russian Church Insists on Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions....

    12/14/2016 3:28:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    *** Abortions committed in frames of mandatory medical insurance are similar to giving drugs and alcohol for freeMoscow, December 13, Interfax - The Russian Church insists on cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. "Abortions should stop being a part of mandatory health insurance, a norm of life for doctors, women and men, acceptable practice for society. Pregnancy is not an illness, and abortion is not a normal medical operation," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said in his article published on Tuesday by Izvestia daily. He reminded that abortion made on woman's...
  • Scientists Reconstructed the Face of St. Nicholas – Here’s What They Found

    12/12/2016 3:22:08 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 11, 2016 | N/A
    Liverpool, England, Dec 11, 2016 / 03:43 pm (CNA).- Scientists at a university in Liverpool recently unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th Century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University's Face Lab used a facial reconstruction system and 3D interactive technology to create the portrait, which was unveiled on Dec. 6, the feast day of St. Nicholas. It's #StNicholas day. Check out the facial depiction of St Nicholas we produced @LJMU @LSAD_2016 https://t.co/EQfjjHmRis #stnicholasday pic.twitter.com/MW1GpWhBWW...
  • On Muhammad’s birthday, bomb kills 25 at Coptic church in Egypt

    12/11/2016 7:39:10 PM PST · by Cronos · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    A bomb ripped through Cairo’s Coptic cathedral complex during Sunday Mass, killing at least 25 people and injuring 49, and delivering the bloodiest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in recent years, according to Egyptian officials and Christian community leaders. The explosion unfolded inside St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral at the 100-year-old Botrosiya Church, also known as the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, shortly after the 200 or so worshipers had stopped reading Bible verses and the priest was getting to ready to start his sermon, witnesses said. About 9:45 a.m., “everything turned black suddenly,” Qelliny Farag said. As...
  • Constantinople's Letter to the Archbishop of Greece: Defrock and Excommunicate critics of Council

    12/11/2016 9:54:36 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 08-12-2016 | Batholomew Patriarch of Constantinople
    In unprecedented and uncanonical fashion the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, is demanding that the Archbishop of Athens and the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the "Council" of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions. The Patriarchal letter names first of all, the one-time representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis, professor emeritus of Patrology, as the supposed "ring leader," but also implicates "those under him" who traveled with him to the Churches of Georgia, Bulgaria and Moldova before and after the Cretan...
  • Sunday of the Forefathers

    12/11/2016 9:36:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Bulgarian Orthodox Church ^ | 2-11-2016 | Sergei V. Bulgakov
    The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers occurs between the 11th and the 17th of December. This Sunday commemorates all the ancestors of the people of God, the holy patriarchs living up to the law, given on Sinai, and under the law, - from Adam to Joseph the Betrothed; together with them are commemorated "those who preached Christ" the holy prophets - from Samuel to Zechariah and to John the Baptist, and all the Old Testament righteous men, who were righteous in the faith in the coming of the Messiah. Especially in the service for this day are praised "the pious youths" Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, who "in faith were thrown...
  • The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God

    12/09/2016 2:27:35 PM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-09-2016 | OCA
    Saint Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married Saint Joachim (September 9), who was a native of Galilee. For a long time Saint Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them that they would be the parents of a daughter, Who would bring blessings to the whole human race. The Orthodox Church does not accept the teaching that the Mother of God was exempted from the consequences of...
  • Serbian Orthodox Christians March Against Gay Lobby

    12/08/2016 4:50:17 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-08-2016 | Orthodox Church
    The Serbian Orthodox Church holds a religious procession in Belgrade to protest the promotion of homosexuality and other attacks on Christian morality.
  • How God Created the World

    12/08/2016 7:14:50 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-08-2016 | Andrei Solodkov
         The time difference Hello, dear readers of Pravoslavie.ru. We are continuing our lecture series on the book of Genesis. At our previous meeting we discussed whether science has rejected God. We noted that many great scientists, such as Isaac Newton, Mikhail Lomonosov, Albert Einstein and others believed in God as the Creator and sustainer of this world. I would like to add a few more words to what was said last time. The main axiom supporting the idea that “science has proved there is no God,” is that our planet is billions and billions years old, and as...
  • St. Patapius of Thebes

    12/08/2016 5:48:25 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-08-2016 | OCA
    Saint Patapius was born at Thebes into a pious Christian family. Reaching the age of maturity, he scorned the vanities of the world and so went into the Egyptian desert where he became known for his ascetic deeds. Though he wished to dwell in silence, people began to come to him for advice. He went eventually to Constantinople, where he obtained a cell at the city wall, near the Blachernae church. But here, too, he quickly became known. The sick began to throng about, and he having been vouchsafed the gift of healing, began to help all the needy. After...
  • Natural Death and the Work of Perfection

    12/07/2016 10:35:35 AM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-07-2016 | Fr. Alexey Young
    Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/massalim/    I. Introduction: Illness, Suffering, and the Work of Perfection The contemporary debate concerning physician-assisted suicide is predicated, from the traditional Christian standpoint, first, on a belief that illness and suffering have no particular value or purpose and, second, that there is no life after death or, if there is, earthly life is not a necessary preparation or determinative for that life. Traditional Christianity, articulated in some detail by H. Tristam Englehardt in his article, “Physician-assisted suicide reconsidered: Dying as a Christian in a post- Christian age,”[1] can also be summarized in the following statement by St....
  • Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan

    12/07/2016 8:30:57 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-07-2016 | OCA
    Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was born in the year 340 into the family of the Roman prefect of Gaul (now France). Even in the saint’s childhood there appeared presentiments of his great future. Once, bees covered the face of the sleeping infant. They flew in and out of his mouth, leaving honey on his tongue. Soon they flew away so high that they could no longer be seen. Ambrose’s father said that the child would become something great when he reached manhood. After the death of the father of the family, Ambrose journeyed to Rome, where the future saint...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • Feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archbishop of Myra in Lycia

    12/05/2016 10:40:14 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-06-2016 | OCA
    Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God. As the fruit of the prayer of his childless parents, the infant Nicholas from the very day of his birth revealed to people the light of his future glory as a wonderworker. His mother, Nonna, after giving birth was immediately healed...
  • Pulling Back the Veil: Orthodox Patriarch Defends Francis

    12/05/2016 1:34:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Remnant Newspaper | December 5, 2016 | Hilary White
    Did you know that Amoris Laetitia is really about rewriting Catholic Trinitarian dogma? Did you know that with it, Pope Francis has freed us, not only from the “canonical regulations of man,” but from our Biblical concept of God as Father? And that we no longer have to concern ourselves with moral restraints or even behavioural preferences imposed by this “heavenly father”? Did you know that the Church no longer teaches that there is any divinely authored moral law at all?
  • Russian Patriarch consecrates Orthodox cathedral just yards from Eiffel Tower in Paris

    12/05/2016 10:34:50 AM PST · by NRx · 27 replies
    RT ^ | 12-05-2016 | RT
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has consecrated a new cathedral in central Paris, just yards away from the Eiffel Tower, with hundreds of worshippers attending the service he led there on Sunday. Trinity Cathedral was opened as part of a Russian cultural and spiritual center on the banks of the Seine River in the French capital. Around 500 Orthodox believers from the Russian community in Paris, including the offspring of Russia’s former princely houses, packed the church for the event. Renowned French singer, Mireille Mathieu, and Russian super-model, Natalia Vodianova, were also attending. The Patriarch called...
  • Greek metropolitan sharply criticizes Tsipras’ speech at funeral of Fidel Castro

    12/05/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-05-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and Aigialeia wrote on Thursday an open letter to Prime Minister Tsipras, condemning him for comparing the 1821 Greek Revolution with the 1959 Cuban Civil War, which he called a national crime and shame, simultaneously criticizing the extravagance of the Prime Minister’s “unnecessary” trip to Cuba, reports Russian Athens. (According to the presidential palace, the Prime Minister’s Cuba trip cost 22,900 euros, but according to the newspaper Ta Nea it was no less than $300,000.) In particular, he writes: “As reported by the mass media, you said the following blasphemous words: ‘Freedom or death was the...
  • Feast of St. Sava the Sanctified

    12/05/2016 8:25:27 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-05-2017 | OCA
    Saint Sava the Sanctified was born in the fifth century at Cappadocia of pious Christian parents, John and Sophia. His father was a military commander. Journeying to Alexandria on military matters, his wife went with him, but they left their five-year-old son in the care of an uncle. When the boy reached eight years of age, he entered the monastery of Saint Flavian located nearby. The gifted child quickly learned to read and became an expert on the Holy Scriptures. In vain did his parents urge Saint Sava to return to the world and enter into marriage. When he was...
  • Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

    12/04/2016 4:26:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/4/16 | Caroline Wheeler
    THREE archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and...
  • Bizarre move:Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article...endorsing Amoris Laetitia.

    12/03/2016 8:53:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 3, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "Bizarre move: Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article for L'Osservatore Romano endorsing Amoris Laetitia. Revisiting the contrasting positions of Moscow and Constantinople at the Synod of 2015" In what is surely one of the most bizarre twists in the debate on Amoris Laetitia, Pariarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, has penned an article unabashedly endorsing that exhortation. While it is no secret that the Kasperite and liberal wing have partly taken inspiration from Eastern Orthodox praxis, that L'Osservatore Romano would go to the extent of publishing an article from Bartholomew in support of AL will only exacerbate...
  • Feast of the Holy New Martyr Fr. Alexander Hotovitzky (killed by the Communists)

    12/03/2016 8:42:32 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-04-2016 | OCA
    The New Martyr of Russia Alexander Hotovitzky was born on February 11, 1872 in the city of Kremenetz, into the pious family of Archpriest Alexander, who was Rector of the Volhynia Theological Seminary and would later be long remembered in the hearts of the Orthodox inhabitants of Volhynia as a good shepherd. Young Alexander received a good Christian upbringing from his parents, who instilled in him love for the Orthodox Church and for the people of God. The future pastor was educated at the Volhynia Seminary and the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, from which he graduated with a Master’s degree...
  • Feast of St. John the Silent of St. Sabbas Monastery

    12/03/2016 12:41:36 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-03-2016 | OCA
    Saint John the Silent was born around 454 in the city of Nicopolis, Armenia into the family of a military commander named Enkratius and his wife Euphemia. The boy began to study Holy Scripture, and he loved solitude and prayer with all his heart. With the inheritance his parents left him, John built a church dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos. At eighteen years of age John became a monk, living an ascetic life of fasting, prayer and temperance with ten other monks at the church he had founded. At the request of the citizens of Colonia, the Metropolitan of...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the Council of Crete "It was neither Great, nor Holy, nor Pan-Orthodox"

    12/02/2016 12:25:13 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-02-2016 | Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
    Sofia, November 29, 2016 Photo: http://bknpk.com/?p=8976     At a full session meeting on 11.15.2016, protocol № 22, the Holy Synod reviewed the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World,” adopted at the Council on Crete, Greece in June of this year, and adopted the following declaration: At its session on 06.01.2016, protocol № 12, the full body of the Holy Synod decided to propose a postponement of the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, in order to continue preparing for it. Otherwise, the Holy Synod declared, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church would not take...
  • Feast of St. Stephen Urosh, King of Serbia

    12/02/2016 9:02:39 AM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-02-2016 | OCA
    Saint Stephen Urosh, King of Serbia, was son of King Dushan Nemany, and was born in the year 1337. In 1346 he was crowned king. Dushan sought the daughter of the French king for his son, but the Roman Pope insisted that the princess not change from the Latin confession. Dushan did not want to see a Catholic in his family, and because of this Saint Stephen Urosh entered into marriage with the daughter of Vlad, Prince of Walachia. Upon the death of his father (+ 1355), Saint Stephen Urosh became the independent and actual ruler of Serbia. He was...
  • Islamist Mob Destroys Christian Homes in Egypt

    12/01/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a churchThe homes and properties of Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked by radical Islamists after reports surfaced that a new church was going to be built. According to International Christian Concern, the attacks occurred in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish. The village is populated by more than 2,000 Christians and the nearest church is more than three miles away. The villagers decided the build a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, nursery and retirement home, prompting suspicions...
  • Holy Hatred

    12/01/2016 8:33:36 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 11-28-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    Lately I came across an interesting bit of theologizing. The author (who shall remain nameless) spoke of his love for Psalm 139 (“one of my absolute favorite psalms”). In it he said that “right smack dab in the middle of this Psalm, King David calls for God to slay his enemies and declares that he has nothing but hatred for them”. He refers, of course, to verse 21: “Do not I hate them that who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe them that rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my...