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  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide

    09/20/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    The Destin Log ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 | Dr. Barry K. Carpenter
    THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: Persecution of Christians affects millions worldwide By Dr. Barry K. Carpenter Published: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM. Christians around the world are experiencing unprecedented persecution. Reporter and news analyst Kirsten Powers, interviewed in the Daily Beast, said, “Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. The silence has been nearly deafening.” It seems open season on Christians. It is more pronounced, more bold, more contagious, and in more numbers than at any other time in history. It may appear to...
  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality Aramaean in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 717 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to theVatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

    09/14/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | September 12, 2014 | Francis Phillips |
    Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev: No Winners In A World War

    09/01/2014 6:18:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
    A century ago, the First World War began. On 28 July 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, then on 1 August, Germany declared war on Russia, and over the course of a few short days, several more world powers joined the conflict either on their own initiative or by needs. Over the next three years, more and more countries joined both warring sides, dragged into the quicksand of fighting that was growing to encompass the European continent and far beyond it.
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • In Defense of Christians Summit - Sep. 9-11, 2014

    08/19/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    idcsummit ^ | August 18, 2014
    The mission of IDC is threefold: awareness, advocacy and unity. First, IDC hopes to increase awareness among our fellow citizens, the media, and policymakers about the faith and courage of those persecuted individuals and communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians and religious minorities, whose plight is worsening by the day. We are told in Hebrews 13 to continue to remember those mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering. As Christians, we are called to band together to shine a bright light on this ongoing, deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and to make it an issue of urgency for...
  • Putins Russian Spring Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s

    07/30/2014 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 6 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Putins Russian Spring Idea was Invented by Russian Fascists in 1920s Staunton, July 30 Commentators in Moscow and the West ever more frequently draw parallels between Vladimir Putins ideas and actions and those of fascist regimes in the first part of the 20th century, but few have focused on the fact that one of the Kremlin leaders most-cherished ideas, that of the Russian Spring, was invented by a Russian fascist in the 1920s. In a blog post, Pavel Pryannikov corrects that gap, pointing out that the Russian Spring in fact is not an invention of the present time but...
  • "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" - French elected officials lead the way

    07/26/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 26, 2014
    FULL TITLE - "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" French elected officials lead the way: will those elsewhere follow suit, or remain silent? As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again. One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked...
  • Israeli Christian Leader: 'We Must Unite Against Terror'

    07/21/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/21/2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader in Israel's Greek-Orthodox Church, wrote a letter to various ambassadors stationed in Israel asking they support the IDF during Operation Protective Edge and unite against terrorist to "safeguard the Holy Land." Here is the complete text: Edmond Burke, the 18thcentury Irish philosopher and political theorist, said, The only thing necessary for evil to win is for good men to do nothing. Therefore, we are all brothers in the face of evil, with no regard to religion, race, and faith. The outcry about the atrocities we are crying out together.As the spiritual father of...
  • The last Christian families leave Mosul

    07/18/2014 3:32:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/18/2014
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Erbil, Dohuk and other areas of Iraqi Kurdistan which are considered safer. This is confirmed by sources of the local Chaldean community to Fides Agency. The new exodus has accelerated in the past two days, after Sunni insurgents and militants of the Islamic Caliphate began to mark with letters of recognition the homes of Christians and Shiites. As reported by the website www.Ankawa.com, the evacuation of the last Christians is also due to the intensification of the bombing carried out...
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 3 July A.D. 2014 | Fr. George Kevorkian
    A Message from Metropolitan Joseph Venerable Hierarchs, Brother Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees: Christ is in our Midst! It is with joy that we confirm the election of Archbishop Joseph by the Holy Synod of Antioch to be the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of New York and all North America. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph asked me to convey to all of you his love and prayers. He said that he stands ready to lead this Archdiocese with the support and assistance from each and every one of you, and looks forward to working together for the...
  • Russian Patriarch Honors Communist Party Leader

    06/28/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    rferl.org ^ | June 27, 2014
    T he head of the Russian Orthodox Church has awarded Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov with an order for "glory and honor." Patriarch Kirill gave the order to Zyuganov in Moscow on June 27, one day after the longtime communist leader celebrated his 70th birthday. Kirill said Zyuganov -- who in 2010 called for the re-Stalinization of Russia and has called the Soviet Union "the most humane state in human history" -- deserves the award as "one of the most famous Russian politicians who has expressed interest in the welfare of the nation and the protection of traditional moral values."...
  • Changing Face of New York Jewry(Jews to become NYC GOP votiing block)

    06/22/2014 5:22:47 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 100 replies
    In 2012, the average New York Jew looks a little less like Jerry Seinfeld and a little more like Tevye the Milkman. New Yorks Jews are poorer, less educated and more religious than they were 10 years ago, according to a landmark new study of the citys Jewish population. Theyre also less liberal: More than half of the Jews in New York City live in Orthodox or Russian-speaking homes, both of which lean heavily conservative. The study, conducted by UJA-Federation of New York, counted 1.5 million Jews in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, up from 1.4 million just...
  • Pope Francis tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/08/2014 1:45:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 8, 2014 | FRANcis X. Rocca
    Pope Francis (front L), Israeli President Shimon Peres (front R), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (rear L) and Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the Orthodox Christians, arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray together at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi Pope Francis has called on God to act where human efforts have failed to end what he described as violence inspired by the Devil during a ceremony attended by the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian territories. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the Evil One, employing a variety of means, has...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at Invocation for Peace

    06/08/2014 1:03:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered remarks to the participants in the Invocation for Peace here at the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Abbas' prepared remarks. ******************************* In the Name of God, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, Your Holiness Pope Francis Your Excellency President Shimon Peres, Your Beatitudes, Honorable Sheiks and Rabbis Ladies and Gentlemen It is indeed a great honor for us to meet again with His Holiness Pope Francis in fulfillment of his kind invitation to relish his spiritual and noble presence, and...
  • Pope Francis: a prayer for peace

    06/08/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis Pope Francis delivered remarks to the Presidents of Palestine and Israel, Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and delegations representing Jews, ChristiansMuslims, all of whom were gathered in the Vatican Sunday evening to pray for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's prepared remarks. *********************************************Distinguished Presidents, I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my...
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks to peace gathering

    06/08/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered remarks at the Invocation for Peace gathering in the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Peres' prepared remarks. ************************* Your Holiness Pope Francis, Your Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, [ACKNOWLEDGMENTS] I have come from the Holy City of Jerusalem to thank you for your exceptional invitation. The Holy City of Jerusalem is the beating heart of the Jewish People. In Hebrew, our ancient language, the word Jerusalem and the word for peace share the same root. And indeed peace is the vision of...
  • Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Look to New Council at Nicea

    05/30/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical council to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports. Patriarch Bartholomew revealed that he and the Roman Pontiff had agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated. The Council of Nicea, held in 325, brought together over 300 bishops and approved the formula of faith now known as the Nicene Creed.
  • Is Holy Communion Real or Symbolic?

    06/02/2014 3:21:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,090 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | June 2, 2014 | Shane Schaetzel
    by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, available from http://fssp.org One of the greatest tragedies of the Reformation is the loss of authentic holy orders in Protestant communities, and as a subsequent result of that, the loss of the real presence in Holy Communion. Of course this is not a problem for a large number of Protestants who no longer believe in the real presence of Christ in Holy Communion anyway. Transubstantiation is the belief that the bread and wine elements in communion, really and truly, become the actual body (flesh) and blood of Jesus Christ once they are...
  • Christian activists gather enough support to launch bill banning abortion [no, not US: Russia)

    05/31/2014 8:12:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    RT.com ^ | May 29, 2014
    A pregnant woman and her child pass by a banner with an echography of a fetus during a rally against abortion in Moscow (AFP Photo / Alexey Sazonov) A group of Orthodox Christian activists claim that they have gathered 100,000 signatures under a petition seeking to completely ban abortions in Russia a number enough to make it a valid legislative initiative. In the near future all the documents will be submitted to the authorities and the activists will be waiting for an official reaction to their demands, a member of the Public Chamber, priest Aleksander Pelin was quoted...
  • Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025

    05/31/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 29, 2014 | NAT da Polis
    Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis "we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries , the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was...
  • THE IMPERATIVE TO BE BAPTIZED SHOWS ITS NECESSITY

    05/23/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by discipler · 73 replies
    The Imperative to be Baptized shows its Necessity Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," Mt 28:19 [baptize the verb means be buried, immersed; verb does not mean sprinkle water; the person is baptized, not the water] "For you are saved by grace through faith" Eph 2:8,9 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved] "Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16 [Therefore...
  • Orthodox Jewish Website Condemns Judges Forcing Circumcision on Gentile

    05/19/2014 4:02:19 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 55 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    Dont get me wrong, as a Jewish person, I support with every fiber in my body the requirement, even the need for Jewish parents to circumcise their sons. But over the years, Ive read tons of evidence proving both sides of the circumcision debate, and I have had no use for them. The only valid reason I see for the brutal attack with a sharp knife on a defenseless infant is if God said so.
  • REX: Carl Bildt thinks Eastern Orthodoxy is main threat to western civilisation

    05/05/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 21 replies
    Focus News Agency ^ | 5/4/2014 | Staff Writers
    Stockholm. Carl Bildt, Swedens Minister for Foreign Affairs and one of the architects of the EU Eastern policy, thinks Russia has changed for the worse in the past several years. While it demonstrated attachment to western values in the first decade after the Soviet Union fell apart and tried to impose them on its citizens, Russias current leadership takes a firm stand against the West, the Russian agency REX reported. In the words of Mr Bildt, Vladimir Putin demonstrates attachment not to world but to Eastern Orthodox values, which becomes clear from a Twitter post of his [Bildts]. The new...
  • Adagio For Strings-Чечня{Chechnya}

    04/23/2014 8:31:06 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 6 replies
    A dramic video about the First Russian-Chechen War.
  • COMMUNION AND CHILDREN

    05/04/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | April 8, 2014 | Anna Nussbaum Keating
    My two-and-a-half-year-old son has never liked to be still. Everywhere he goes, he runs. So taking this little rambunctious boy to Mass on Sundays has often been a chore. For months we never made it through an entire liturgy without someone having to take him outside to run. I hated being relegated to the cry room, so I engaged him in what was going on. I would whisper in his ear, drawing his attention to the statues, the candles, or the stained glass. “Is that Jesus? Look, there’s Mary and Joseph.” I would attempt to teach him the responses, whispering,...
  • For Orthodox Christians, Red Eggs Embody the Meaning of Easter

    04/20/2014 12:02:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jonathan Pitts
    Tradition that goes back centuries is kept alive by faithfulOn Sunday morning, as Christians in the region and around the world take part in the Easter traditions they enjoy, an observer might be tempted to ask: How do the ways they celebrate the holiday reflect its meaning? Children pet bunnies and gobble jelly beans. Wal-Mart sells more than 500 types of Easter confection, including unicorn- and space alien-themed baskets. Just a few of them allude to Christianity. How does eating a package of Peeps recall the man Christians believe redeemed the world by rising from the dead nearly 2,000 years...
  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

    04/18/2014 1:33:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Maria Antonova
    Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian.
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • Lakewood teen was to touch, knock down Orthodox woman for gang initiation, police say

    04/09/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    nj.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
    LAKEWOOD A teenager was arrested and charged Tuesday night with bias crimes after he was reported luring or harassing females on the street, police said. Police say the teenager intended to touch and knock down a woman from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an MS-13 gang initiation. Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, three counts of bias intimidation and three counts of bias harassment, said Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith. Police were called initially at 7:30 p.m. to the area of 5th Street and Princeton Avenue about an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl, Staffordsmith said....
  • The Real Presence: Our Supernatural Knowledge of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/31/2014 8:13:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    TheRealPpresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    Our Supernatural Knowledge of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.Remember the master theme that we are looking at now is our knowledge of God. We have already seen something of what the Scripture tells us about our natural rational knowledge of God. Why natural? Because, we can acquire knowledge of God by the use of our natural native reason. Through reflection of the works of nature beginning with the sun, moon and stars, the mountains and the seas and ending with the beauty of a small child or the budding of the trees in spring. In the present conference...
  • The Real Presence: The Holy Eucharist is the Whole Christ [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/23/2014 7:56:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Holy Eucharist is the Whole Christby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The most fundamental question to ask about the Blessed Sacrament is, "Who is the Holy Eucharist?" And the correct answer is: The Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ. There is more behind this answer than many Catholics realize. When the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century defined the meaning of the Eucharist, it declared that "the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore the whole Christ, is truly, really and substantially contained in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist."...
  • MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP

    03/19/2014 9:55:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 19 March A.D. 2014 | Staff
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming.
  • Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

    03/19/2014 3:13:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | March 19, 2014 | Carl Bunderson
    (Click on image to see full size) Infographic: Persecuted and Forgotten? Credit: Aid to the Church in Need New York City, N.Y., Mar 19, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency. The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces,...
  • Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

    03/18/2014 8:37:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3/14/14 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraines border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church called for prayers that brothers of one faith and one blood never bring destruction to one another. Russia has prided itself on its revival of Orthodox Christianity after decades of Soviet persecution, but a war with the Ukraine could splinter the Russian Orthodox Church. That church has its roots in Kiev, where Prince Vladimir baptized his people as Christians in 988, an event viewed as a cornerstone of Russian and Ukrainian identity. It...
  • The Real Presence: Living in the Presence of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/16/2014 8:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Living in the Presence of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.There is no single subject in spiritual literature that is more highly recommended or insisted upon as more indispensable than the spirit of recollection or living in God's presence. There is no question about its fundamental role. The important thing is, how do we grow or develop in this living in God's presence? What do we mean by "presence"? What do we mean by living in God's presence with our minds, or mentally? And what do we mean by living in that same presence with our wills, or volitionally?...
  • The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council

    03/14/2014 7:26:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/14/14 | Fr. Cyril Hovorun
    The announced 2016 council of Eastern Orthodox Churches is historical, but expectations should be modestAn Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A Communiqu of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches released on March 9th stated that the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016. This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as far as the 1920s, had an active phase in...
  • Israel passes law to conscript ultra-Orthodox Jews into military

    03/12/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 12 Mar 2014 | AP
    Law passed in Knesset on Wednesday will require army to conscript increasing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews each year Israeli lawmakers passed a contentious law on Wednesday meant to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military the culmination of a drive for reforms that has resulted in mass protests by the religious community in Israel and beyond. The issue of conscription of the ultra-Orthodox is at the heart of a cultural war in Israel. The matter featured prominently in elections last year that led to the establishment of the centre-right government, which has pushed for the legislation. Wednesday's vote passed 67-1...
  • The Real Presence: The Sacred Heart Is The Holy Eucharist [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/12/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2000-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    The Sacred Heart Is The Holy Eucharistby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the early Church in the time of Divine Revelation. Like all other true devotion in the Catholic Church, devotions to the Sacred Heart is based on divine revealed truth.Two passages in Sacred Scripture are the revealed foundations for the Sacred Heart devotion. The first is Christ's invitation to His followers, "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart." The second revealed foundation is Christ's Sacred Heart being pierced on the cross by the soldier's lance....
  • Fifty thousand Orthodox Jews take over TEN BLOCKS of New York in protest over Israeli army plan..

    03/10/2014 5:51:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    AP ^ | March 10, 2014 | Staff
    Ten city blocks of Manhattan became a river of black Sunday as 50,000 dark-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets to protest Israel's proposal to force their young boys into its army. The gathering took up a stretch of Water Street, with demonstrators standing behind police barricades amid tight security as they prayed in solidarity with their brethren in Israel. 'These kids, a lot of them don't know how to hold a gun. They don't know what physical warfare is,' said Long Island rabbinical student Shmuel Gruis.
  • Address by EP Bartholomew to assembled Patriarchs

    03/06/2014 6:28:13 PM PST · by lightman · 3 replies
    Byzzantine TX ^ | 6 March AD 2014 | Josephus Flavius
    It is hard to express how comprehensive and important this address is. Questions people have been posing for decades are discussed here. You will also see two major points that will not be discussing in the upcoming council. It is well worth reading in its entirety. (Ecumenical Patriarchate) - Your Beatitudes and most venerable Brothers in Christ, First-Hierarchs of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches, and honorable members of your entourages, Welcome to the courtyard of our Church, the martyric and historical Ecumenical Patriarchate, this humble servant of unity in Christ for us all. From the depths of our heart, we...
  • New Bible Storyteller app for children out ... and it's free

    03/05/2014 5:43:44 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | February 23, 2014
    The aim is to bring children closer to the Holy Scriptures by presenting them in an entertaining and innovative way Luigi AlbinianoRome Reading the Bible has never been more fun. Bible Storyteller is an app for tablets and smartphones, designed especially for children, which teaches them about the Holy Scriptures through entertaining and engaging animated pictures and audio files.The stories, protagonists and events of the New and Old Testaments grouped into various sections in the main menu are presented in a multifunctional app with an attractive interface that makes it even easier to use.The texts and the interesting...
  • Ukraine Priests in Frontlines, Ministering to People Amid Violence

    02/22/2014 3:02:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 21, 2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Ukraine priests speaking to the crowd at the backdrop of armed guards Striking images have been released, showing Ukrainian priests on the front lines before armed guards and burning barricades, reaching out to the people in the midst of violent conflict between the Ukrainian government and protesters, which led to close to 100 deaths on Thursday. "Ukraine's Orthodox and Catholic priests have been frequently seen on or near the front lines of the clashes, ministering to protesters and riot police alike, though at times some have appeared to more closely align themselves near the protesters," The Washington Post reported...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting

    02/10/2014 6:07:43 PM PST · by lightman · 40 replies
    The Judicial Watch Blog ^ | 5 February AD 2014
    <p>Conduct Unbecoming - Senator John McCain Explodes In Angry Tirade During Meeting With Syrian Christian Leaders After They Detail Atrocities Carried Out By His Rebel Allies....</p> <p>Previously John McCain was angered when it was pointed out "his people" (the rebels in Syria) were actual kidnappers. Now he embarrasses himself to the extent Lindsey Graham needs to apologize for McCain's angry and petulant behavior.</p>
  • A Prayer given at a Pro-life Rally on January 22, 2014

    01/24/2014 7:34:55 AM PST · by lightman · 9 replies
    Byzcath.org ^ | 22 January A.D. 2014 | Fatgher Michael
    A Prayer given at a Pro-life Rally on January 22, 2014 O Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast conceived by the will of the Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit, and wast made flesh in the womb of the Holy Virgin for our salvation and for the life of the world; Who while yet in the womb of Thy Mother wast acknowledged and worshipped as God in the flesh by John the Forerunner who leapt for joy in his mothers womb: Thou art the same Lord who spoke through the prophet David saying, Thou didst form my inward...
  • Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to.....

    01/18/2014 10:21:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    mail online ^ | John Hall
    FULL TITLE: Fancy an (icy) dip? Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians plunge into freezing water to 'purify their souls' as temperatures drop to -17C Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians have plunged into icy water around Eastern Europe to mark the feast of Epiphany. In temperatures as low as -17C, the believers wore little more than basic swimming costumes as they leapt into lakes and plunge pools to confirm their willingness to follow Jesus, who is said to have been baptised in the River Jordon. With snow piled high around the water, its no wonder many of the Christians grimace as...