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  • City of Moscow bans ‘gay pride’ parades despite [EU] court order to allow them

    05/26/2011 8:25:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Wed May 25, 2011 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    City of Moscow bans ‘gay pride’ parades despite court order to allow them by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Wed May 25 8:30 PM EST MOSCOW, May 26, 2011 ( - The City of Moscow has announced its intention to defy the European Court of Human Rights and continue its prohibition on “gay pride” parades, citing the “moral damage” that may be inflicted on the young. According to homosexual activist Nikolai Alekseev, the government of Moscow is concerned about “the large number of letters received in protest against the Pride events and Russia’s international obligation to protect the rights of children...
  • Pope Receives [Papal] Tiara From Catholics & Orthodox Today in Audience (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2011 9:45:28 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Orbis Catholicus Secundus ^ | 05/25/2011 | John Sonnen
    At today's weekly general audience the Holy Father received a new tiara made for him and presented by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. The tiara was commissioned by Dieter Philippi (, a German Catholic businessman who has a great devotion to the papacy as well as to the call to Christian unity. The tiara was created in Sofia, Bulgaria by Orthodox Christians of the Liturgix studio ( Today a small delegation of Roman Catholics and Bulgarian Orthodox on pilgrimage in Rome had the honor to present the tiara to the Holy Father in the name of Christian unity. Congratulations to...
  • Fire damages Dacula church sanctuary (Romanian Orthodox)

    05/13/2011 3:48:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 5 May 2011 | Josh Green
    DACULA — Fire officials are investigating a Thursday morning fire that heavily damaged the sanctuary of a Dacula church. Fire crews responded to Saint Mary Romanian Christian Orthodox Church in the 2800 block of Winder Highway at 8:27 a.m. when a passerby reported smoke issuing from the church. Crews found fire inside the building’s floor system and walls in the sanctuary and pulpit area, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge. No one was at the church when firefighters arrived, and no injuries were reported, Rutledge said. Crews brought the blaze under control at 9:20 a.m. An exact cause is...
  • Sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Holy Absolution {aka by others Confession/Penance}

    05/04/2011 4:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10) Last week we heard about what Baptism means for daily life. Baptism is not just a once in a lifetime bath, but an ongoing dying and rising of the Christian. Daily the sinner dies in the death of Jesus....
  • Fasting out of love [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    04/20/2011 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | February 21, 2009 |
    Fasting out of loveGod doesn't want a fulfilled obligation; he wants our hearts Published: February 21, 2009     By Tara LittleAssociate EditorThe 40-day penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates in the Easter Triduum, the celebration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Christians observe Lent primarily through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before his public ministry began. While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God's revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the...
  • Almsgiving -- one of the three pillars of Lent [Catholic Orthodox Caucus]

    04/20/2011 9:38:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | March 7th, 2007 | Mark Shea
    Almsgiving March 7th, 2007 by Mark Shea One of the traditional emphases during Lent is the duty of "almsgiving". The tradition of the Church here comes straight out of ancient Israel and the duty that was enjoined upon the Jews by God to care for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. In many ways, ancient Israel was commanded to take care of the weakest and least in their midst. For obedience to this command, great mercies and benefits were promised. For disobedience, some of the most strenuous and frightening curses are reserved. The sense that comes across very strongly...
  • Fourteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/19/2011 10:31:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Diocese of Saint Cloud ^ | not given | on the Liturgy
    Fourteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum  1. When does the Triduum begin and end? The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday. 2. May another Mass besides the Mass of the Lord’s Supper be celebrated on Holy Thursday? Ordinarily, no other Mass may be celebrated on Holy Thursday. However, by way of exception, the local Ordinary may permit another Mass in churches and oratories to be celebrated in the evening, and, in the case of genuine necessity, even in...
  • About Catholic Marriage: Five Suggestions for Holy Week [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2011 11:06:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | not given |
    About Catholic Marriage Five Suggestions for Holy Week Palm Sunday (April 17) marks the beginning of the most solemn week of the Church’s liturgical year. During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his earthly life, beginning with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.For nearly 40 days the Christian faithful have practiced the disciplines of Lent: prayer, fasting and good works. Now the Church invites us to an even deeper spirit of prayer as we follow Christ on his journey to the cross.Here are five suggestions for couples to use...
  • Russian Orthodox leadership proposes alliance with Catholics

    03/26/2011 4:26:43 AM PDT · by dangus
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | March 24/26, 2011 | Yelena Yakovleva, Rossiyskaya Gazeta
    The Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church should accept each other not as rivals, but first and foremost as allies, working to protect the rights of Christians, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the ROC’s Department for External Church Relations in a speech at an international meeting of Christians in Wurzburg, Germany. "The future of Christianity in the third millennium depends on the joint efforts of the Orthodox believers and Catholics,’’ Hilarion said. Bishop Hilarion later expanded on his statement: “The idea of a strategic alliance with the Catholics is an old idea of mine. It came...
  • European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools [15 "Yes" 2 "No"]

    03/18/2011 11:51:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011 European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issues its ruling. Credit: Council of Europe Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italian public schools can continue to display crucifixes in classrooms, overturning an earlier decision that declared them to be a human rights violation.Seventeen judges of the Grand Chamber gave the 15-2 ruling on March 18, holding that there had been “no violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to...
  • 2011 Catechetical Homily on the opening of Holy and Great Lent

    03/06/2011 11:01:30 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies ^ | Sunday March 6, 2011 | Bishop Bartholomew of Constantinople
    CATECHETICAL HOMILY On the Opening of Holy and Great Lent + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome And Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ With our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, “The arena of the virtues has opened; those who desire to compete may enter, girding themselves with the good struggle of fasting.” (Triodion, Cheesefare Sunday) Or, better, the arena has always remained open, from the time that the All-Merciful Lord of Glory deemed it worthy to assume our nature....
  • Christian Unity on Free Republic [Vanity]

    03/05/2011 5:29:44 AM PST · by WPaCon · 479 replies
    WPaCon | March 5, 2011 | WPaCon
    Lately, there seems to be a lot of conflict on the religion forum. Much of this has been between Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox. To show that we are all united as Christians and to reduce animosity, I hope we can all agree to one of 4 following statements: 1) I am Catholic. I love Orthodox and Protestant Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians and Protestants to definitely be Christian. All Christians need to work together to defeat our common enemies-- specifically Islam, liberal postmodernism, and totalitarian communism. 2) I am Protestant. I love Orthodox and Catholic Christians. I consider Orthodox Christians...
  • So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/26/2011 11:13:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 142 replies · 3+ views
    RSVBible/EWTN ^ | St. Matthew and Catholic Orthodox Caucus
    So What Shall We Do during These Forty Days of Lent? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]   The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for the celebration of the Resurrection and to strengthen ourselves in our beliefs for dealing with a hostile world. We accomplish that through prayer and penitence, almsgiving and self-denial/fasting.   In light of this purpose of Lent, SOME Catholic and Orthodox posters will absent themselves from FreeRepublic completely during Lent's forty days.    (They will just silently disappear!)   Great Lent for Orthodox begins on March 7th.  Lent for Catholics begins on March 9th  ...
  • Is the Bible the Only Revelation from God?

    02/24/2011 2:33:41 PM PST · by Natural Law · 40 replies ^ | 2005 | Greg Herrick
    Introduction Has God made himself known only in the Bible and/or Jesus? Are there any other ways in which He has revealed himself to us? If so, how? What is the nature, extent, and value of that revelation and how does it compare with the knowledge we have of God through Christ and Scripture? Does everyone inherently know God? If so, in what way(s)? These are just some of the questions we will treat in this brief paper. Our use of the term “revelation” comes from the Greek term ajpokavluyi" (apokalupsis) and means “to uncover, reveal, disclose,” or “make known”...
  • Bible Reading: 1 Maccabees 3 {Ecumenical thread}

    02/13/2011 1:24:26 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    Douay-Rheims ^ | 175 BC | Judas Maccabee
    Judas Machabeus succeeds his father, and overthrows Apollonius and Seron. A great army is sent against him out of Syria. He prepares his people for battle by fasting and prayer. [1] Then his son Judas, called Machabeus, rose up in his stead. [2] And all his brethren helped him, and all they that had joined themselves to his father, and they fought with cheerfulness the battle of Israel. [3] And he got his people great honour, and put on a breastplate as a giant, and girt his warlike armour about him in battles, and protected the camp with his sword....
  • Russian faithful to get 'sacred texts' on mobiles

    MOSCOW — Hundreds of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia have signed up to a new service to receive "sacred texts" -- short messages from the Bible sent to their mobile phones. Nearly 3,000 subscribers have signed up for the service that sends excerpts from the Bible and other religious works, said Father Iosaph Sorokin of Voskresenie (Resurrection), the Moscow-based Orthodox youth group that launched the service last month. "This is an opportunity to remind people of eternal values," he told AFP on Sunday, as new requests for subscriptions arrived on his mobile phone. The project, dubbed the "Kind Word", offers...
  • Church's interference in secular issues justified - Patriarch Kirill (Russia)

    Moscow, February 1, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the Church's interference in secular matters is justified. Patriarch Kirill was enthroned as the 16th leader of the Russian Orthodox Church exactly two years ago. The Patriarch conducted a liturgy at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on Tuesday morning. The present period differs from the past by "the presence of some apocalyptic tension because the power of the force of sin over mankind is stronger today than ever," Patriarch Kirill said. The Russian Orthodox Church could "not stay indifferent to this multiplication of evil," he...
  • Holy Water Miracle [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/01/2011 9:28:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | not given |
    The true nature of water has its destiny in the salvation of man and the world. The blessing of waters doesn’t “make bad water good”. It restores the water to its original state. The prayer at the blessing of water causes the revelation of the true 'nature' and 'destiny' of water, and thus of the world. By being restored through the blessing to its proper function water becomes again a means of communion with God. Christ in His baptism purified the nature of the waters. He came to redeem not only human beings but, through them, the entire material...
  • Myrrh Weeping Icon Comes To Bakersfield

    01/31/2011 6:37:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    KERO Ch 23 ABC ^ | 1/30/11 | Kimberly Foley
    This Weekend, 'A Window To Heaven' Appeared At St. George Greek Orthodox ChurchBAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- According to Tom Dorlis, the vice president of the parish council for St. George Greek Orthodox Church, back in 2007, around the time of the financial crisis, a portrait of the Virgin Mary, from Hawaii, started to cry an oily substance that smells like roses. Parishioners at the church, located at the intersection of Truxton Avenue and 'U' Street, said there's no doubt that the weeping icon is a gift from god, whether you're a believer or not. “What the myrrh-streaming icon is, is basically...
  • Russian Church Leader Ignores ‘Abkhazia’ in Georgian Patriarch's Title

    01/07/2011 1:17:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    Civil Georgia ^ | January 7, 2011
    The Russian Patriarch Kirill skipped over “Abkhazia” from an official title of the Georgian Orthodox Church leader in a Christmas congratulation message. In an apparent move to emphasize that Abkhazia is part of the Georgian Orthodox Church’s canonical borders, its main decision-making body, the Holy Synod, decided on December 21 to also make the Patriarch Ilia II Metropolitan of Tskhum-Abkhazia and Bichvinta (Pitsunda). But in the letter sent to Ilia II to congratulate the Christmas, Russian Patriarch refers to the Georgian Church leader with his previous title: “Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia...
  • Russia: Rocket-propelled grenade of peace fired at church in Muslim Caucasus

    01/03/2011 1:13:00 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | January 3, 2011
    More "tension between Christians and Muslims," which almost always seems to "flare up" when Muslims attack Christians somewhere. Islamic Tolerance Alert from Ordzhonikidze: "Church set on fire in Russia's Muslim Caucasus," by Amie Ferris-Rotman for Reuters, January 3 (thanks to Twostellas): MOSCOW -- Unidentified attackers set a church ablaze with a grenade in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus late on Sunday, media reported, in the latest act of violence in a region where Moscow is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency. No one was hurt in the attack on the Russian Orthodox Church, state-run RIA news agency reported, which took...
  • Egypt on high alert ahead of Coptic Christmas (Jan. 6)

    01/03/2011 12:10:06 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 3, 2011 | Samer al-Atrush
    CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt was on high alert on Monday ahead of the Coptic Christmas holiday following a New Year's Day church bombing that killed 21 people, as investigators raced to identify those behind the attack. Police cancelled leave for senior officers and were tightening surveillance of airports and ports to prevent suspects from leaving the country, as new checkpoints were set up across the nation. Security was also to be beefed up at churches for Christmas which Copts celebrate on January 7, security officials said. The clampdown comes amid concerns of new protests by Copts following overnight clashes at...
  • Praying to the Saints - Why do Catholics Venerate the Saints?

    12/28/2010 1:10:16 PM PST · by NYer · 163 replies · 9+ views
    The historic Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ—the saints—for their intercession has come under attack in the last few hundred years. Though the practice dates to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, the other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans—meaning that all-told it is shared by more than three quarters of the Christians on earth—it still comes under heavy attack from many within the Protestant movement that started in the sixteenth century.   Can They Hear Us? One charge made against it is that the saints in heaven...
  • Please Stay in the ELCA

    12/11/2010 7:40:38 AM PST · by Enought · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 12/9/10 | Dan Skogen
    Exposing the ELCA cartoon called "Please Stay in the ELCA." Here is the link.
  • Strong Orthodox Opposition to Palestinian State

    11/25/2010 11:24:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 11/25/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Orthodox Jewry in the United States is "fairly solid" in its opposition to a PLO state in the heartland of Israel - though a slight crack has been noted. For instance, the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) has urged American political leaders to reconsider its "two-state solution" policy. The NCYI also initiated a grass roots effort aimed at “enlightening” U.S. leaders regarding the dangers of pushing for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. In late 2007, when the future of the Jerusalem appeared to be on the table at the Annapolis talks, a broad coalition of Orthodox organizations wrote...
  • Is Russia Entering An Era Of Modular Christianity?

    In order to radically expand the number of Russian Orthodox churches and to ensure that urban Russians will have a church to go to within walking distance, the Moscow Patriarchate has launched a program to build modular churches first in Moscow and hten elsewhere. But while such prefab churches will allow the Russian Orthodox Church to expand its physical presence, many Russians are concerned that these new buildings will compromise the architectural landscape, and others are convinced that having more churches is no guarantee that there will be more Christians. Patriarch Kirill earlier had reached an agreement with former Moscow...
  • Moscow Patriarchate, Vatican wage common fight against secular liberalism - Patriarch Kirill

    Moscow Patriarchate, Vatican wage common fight against secular liberalism - Patriarch Kirill Moscow, November 19, Interfax -Despite a difficult relationship between the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches, they have been effectively cooperating along many avenues, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told students and diplomats at the Russian Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. "Together with the Roman Catholic Church we have been defending the traditional Christian concept of family and human values from aggressive secular liberalism. Our Churches are waging a common fight against medico-biological experiments incompatible with respect for human dignity," His Holiness said. Cooperation...
  • Christopher Hitchens Warns of the Rising Influence of Christianity in Russia in Matters of State.

    11/05/2010 9:45:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Ministry Values ^ | 11/2/10 | Stephen Ryan
    Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev go to Church frequently, kiss precious icons of the Virgin Mary and seek political and moral counsel from the Russian Orthodox Clergy. Furthermore, to the surprise of many Americans, particularly Evangelical Christians, Vladimir Putin wears a Christian cross with him at all times. On ABC's Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos recently interviewed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you, the American public doesn't know all that much about you personally. But I was fascinated to be-- in reading your biography to learn many of the details. You were brought up in Soviet...
  • New Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin orders city to find 200 land plots for Orthodox Churches

    By Stephen Ryan October 25, 2010 "if the new mayor turns to ordinary people rather than investors" it will be "the biggest and the most long-awaited wish of the Russian Orthodox Church." Father Vladimir Just off the heals of President Dimitry Medvedev's recent decision to create a new Russian holiday - a public holiday that marks the adoption of Christianity in 988, new Moscow Mayor has ordered the city administration to locate 200 building lots to construct new Orthodox Churches. This is the latest demonstration of the Kremlin's support for an Orthodox Church that has grown increasingly powerful since the...
  • Moscow Patriarchate urges new mayor to build at least 200 churches and let priests to schools

    Moscow, October 21, Interfax – Today when the Sergey Sobyanin is officially approved as new Moscow mayor, the Patriarchate expressed hope that he will realize the program of building 200 new Orthodox churches and priests will get access to city schools. "We certainly expect that Moscow government, mayor and his office will further cooperate on the project of building in the city 200 churches at the first stage initiated by His Holiness the Patriarch," head of the patriarchal press service Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky told an Interfax-Religious correspondent. The priest reminds that Moscow has the lowest rate of churches per capita...
  • 50 Happiest Occupations In the World [Ecumenical]

    10/17/2010 6:23:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 60 replies ^ | October 14, 2010 | RefreshingNews9
    50 Happiest Occupations In the World If you start working a full-time job at the age of 21 and wrap up your career at 65, you’ll have spent an average of 91,520 hours on the job! That’s a lot of hours toiling away at any career, even if it’s the dream gig you imagined you’d have when you were a kid. Wide-eyed youngsters can have their eyes on serious cash when exploring the job market, but those who’ve been in the work force over a decade know that you need more than a big paycheck at the end of the...
  • Turkey: Bartholomew I. Sees Hope for Patriarchate: And Reunion

    10/12/2010 12:39:22 PM PDT · by 0beron · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/12/2010 | Tancred
    Patriarch Bartholomaios I hopes for the re-opening of the Seminary of Chalki by 2011 -- 15 Diaspora-Metropolitans of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including Metropolitan Staikos of Austria, have Turkish citizenship. Constantinople ( Bartholomaios I, Greek-Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, sees signs for an improvement of the situation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. In an interview with "Kathpress" on Monday afternoon in the Phanar in Istanbul he said, it is very certain, that the Seminary in Chalki will be reopened in 2011. Bartholomew referred to the most recent address of the Turkish Vice Prime minister Bülent Arinc, who had explained in...
  • Local Christian Book Store’s Name [In Kittanning, Pa.] Called “Offensive"

    09/29/2010 9:18:07 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    The Kittanning Paper ^ | September 29, 2010 | KP NewsDesk
    HomePlace A Classified AdSubmit EditorialSubmit AnnouncementToday’s EditionAbout UsCirculationContact Us Local Christian Book Store’s Name Called “Offensive” Christian Book and Gift Shop owner Don Toy (right) told host David Croyle that his store was rejected by an advertising agency because the name “Christian” is offensive. The owner of Kittanning’s only Christian book store said he was denied advertising on a restaurant menu because the name “Christian” is offensive.Reverend Don Toy, owner of the Christian Book and Gift Shop, appeared on last night’s Talk of the Town program on Family-Life TV, to describe a national movement against Christianity that has made...
  • Catholic, Orthodox Move Toward Unity

    09/27/2010 11:11:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    VIENNA — Roman Catholic and Orthodox theologians reported promising progress in talks on overcoming their Great Schism of 1054 and bringing the two largest denominations in Christianity back to full communion. Experts meeting in Vienna last week agreed that the two could eventually become "sister churches" that recognize the Roman pope as their titular head but retain many church structures, liturgy and customs that developed over the past millennium. The delegation heads stressed that unity was still far off, but their upbeat report Friday reflected growing cooperation between Rome and the Orthodox churches traditionally centered in Russia, Greece, Eastern Europe...
  • The Future of Christian Unity

    09/25/2010 6:38:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    CE ^ | September 25, 2010 | Gail Finke
    In separate diplomatic but stern warnings this month, the Orthodox and Catholic Churches addressed the Archbishop of Canterbury in his own palace and told him that the future of Christianity in Europe will not be a half-hearted, vague sentiment that accommodates itself to the mores of the time, but a vigorous and bold faith that stands for Christ and against the errors and whims of the age.The first salvo came from Russia, when Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, spoke at the annual dinner meeting of the ironically named Nicean Club.After reminding...
  • Pope: Pray for Reestablishing Communion Between Catholic and Orthodox Church

    09/23/2010 7:01:34 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/23/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    At his General Audience on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Pope Benedict asked for prayer for the success of the current meetings being held by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church in Vienna. The Vatican Information Service released the following statement: " (T)he Holy Father invited people to pray for the success of the work of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which is currently meeting in plenary session in the Austrian capital, Vienna. "The theme of the current phase", he said, "is the...
  • Traditional vs. Progressive -- Alliance Between Orthodox and Catholic to Give Europe Back Its Soul

    09/13/2010 2:52:09 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/12/2010 | Tancred
    [London/Rome] A few days from the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Scotland and England, the "Number two" in the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Direcoter of the "Foreign Office" of the Moscow Patriarchate, will make his visit to Great Britain. On the 9th of September he will meet [has already met] in Lambeth Palace with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the Primate of the Anglican Communion. In a certain way "he makes straight the way of the Pope", as the Pope's meeting on the 17th of September is described by Vaticanist Sandro Magister in the Weekly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: META-OUSIOSIS, 09-11-10

    09/11/2010 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 09-11-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):META-OUSIOSIS Transubstantiation of the bread and wine at Mass into the body and blood of Christ. The Greek Fathers used this expression to identify what takes place at the Eucharistic Consecration. It is a meta or change of one ousia or being, that of bread and wine, into another ousia or being, that of Christ's body and blood. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • America Repent for your portion has been measured and found lacking !

    09/08/2010 8:34:38 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 59 replies · 1+ views
    America your portion has been measured in full and the time of true shaking has come ! Now watch as I touch your pocketbooks , watch as I annihilate the sin in your lives and watch as All this occurs I set the captives free and destroy the rebellious as korah for I shall swallow up sin and it's roots . I shall cleanse this nation as never before . There shall be crevasses where there has been great rivers allowing the ocean in , Deserts where there has been pools of great waters , Mountains where there has been...
  • Meditation on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    09/07/2010 9:14:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | not given | Father Johann G. Roten, S.M.
    Meditation on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin MaryThe History of the Liturgical Celebration of Mary's Birth [Mary's Birth; Master of the Pfullendorf Altar] The Churches of Constantinople in the East and Rome in the West celebrate liturgies in honor of Mary's birth from the sixth and seventh centuries on. The origin of the liturgy is traced to the consecration of the church in Jerusalem in the sixth century that has been traditionally known as St. Ann's Basilica. The original church built in the fifth century was a Marian basilica erected on the spot known as the shepherd's field and...
  • Lost Treasures Return to Russia's Red Square

    08/29/2010 3:46:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies ^ | Updated: 17 hours 48 minutes ago | John William Narins
    Lost Treasures Return to Russia's Red Square Updated: 17 hours 48 minutes ago Text Size John William NarinsAOL News (Aug. 28) -- A ceremony on Moscow's Red Square today celebrated the restoration of two huge icons that graced two of the Kremlin's gateways for half a millennium before vanishing during the first decades of the atheist Soviet state. The icons of Christ and St. Nicholas, key symbols of Russia's national and spiritual history, were apparently saved from destruction by a singular act of insubordination on the part of one or more Soviet-era workers. They were rediscovered in May and...
  • Religious Freedom, Property Rights vs. Government Control. Vermont: remove the Cross of Dozulé

    08/23/2010 4:15:57 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Warner Todd Huston
    As the left falls all over itself to claim that building the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque is the perfect chance to “showcase” our “Constitutional freedoms” and our religious tolerance, there is another state where religious tolerance is not as noticeably on display as it is for New York’s Muslims . Naturally, in Vermont, it is the religious freedom of Christians being denied. To be sure, the Old Media is not nearly as interested in this story. Richard and Joan Downing own a hilltop property in Lyndonville, Vermont and on that property they’ve built a family chapel where they host weekly Catholic...
  • First Mass in 88 years celebrated at Turkish monastery

    08/20/2010 7:47:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | August 20, 2010
    Patriarch Bartholomew I Rome, Italy, Aug 19, 2010 / 07:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Last Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I presided over the first liturgical celebration at the Turkish monastery of Sumela in nearly 90 years. The celebration raises awareness to the ongoing situation concerning religious freedom in the country, according to one Vatican expert.The celebration took place on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Eastern tradition, and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the West. Liturgical celebrations had been prohibited at the monastery since it passed into...
  • Memory Eternal + Metropolitan Christopher

    08/19/2010 1:14:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Archdiocese | 19 August AD 2010 | Bishop THOMAS Joseph
    Announcement through Bishop THOMAS regarding the death of His Eminence, Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Please pray for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace. May God bless you all and grant you good health. Please see the announcement of the passing of His Eminence, Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER of the Serbian Archdiocese. Please send your condolences to the Serbian Archdiocese at the following address: P.O. Box 519 Libertyville, IL 60048
  • Need Help From RCC & Orthodox. Is Obama A Christian If He Believes That Jesus Isn't The Only Way?

    08/19/2010 9:41:47 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 50 replies
    8/19/2010 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I ask for some help from Roman Catholics and Orthodox faiths here since this seems to boil down to the Nicene Creed. If I am not mistaken, and I don't believe that I am, based upon what I have read about the Nicene Creed, the Nicene Creed affirmed (among other things) that Jesus Christ was the only Way of salvation, that He is 100% Man and 100% God, and that he was of the same substance as the Father. A recent survey was conducted, and in that survey the number of people believing that Obama is a Muslim has risen...
  • What About the Ground Zero Church? Archdiocese Says Officials Abandoned Project

    08/17/2010 1:58:53 PM PDT · by goldendays · 42 replies ^ | August 17, 2010 | Judson Berger
    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America accused New York officials on Tuesday of turning their backs on the reconstruction of the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, while the controversial mosque near Ground Zero moves forward. The sidelined project is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, a tiny, four-story building destroyed in 2001 when one of the World Trade Center towers fell on top of it. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has for the past decade been trying to rebuild its house of worship. While the mosque project cleared red tape...
  • Why We Should Preach After The Gospel

    08/11/2010 11:25:00 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 1 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 8/11/2010 | Fr. Johannes Jacobse
    Since moving from a large parish to a mission parish I’ve changed my ways. The sermon is always after the Gospel reading. I used to think that the rubrics required it because the reading was fresh in the minds of my hearers. While this is true, I’m no longer convinced this is the primary reason. I see something new: The timing of the sermon vivifies – breaths life into – the Eucharistic half of the Liturgy. ... It all boils down to this: When the Gospel is preached, Christ is revealed.
  • Greek Orthodox Church Destoyed in the WTC Collapse

    09/16/2001 3:19:54 PM PDT · by crazykatz · 25 replies · 629+ views
    GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA | September 14, 2001 | Church Staff Writer
    ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH DESTROYED IN TWIN TOWERS ATTACK New York - The terrorist attack against the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that killed an estimated 5,000 people, also destroyed tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Churchlocated about 500 feet from ground zero. On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, Fr. John Romas, pastor, attempted to go to his church but was turned back by police. Wednesday, he was permitted to visit the site to view what was left of the church. "It would break your heart," he said of the devastation he witnessed. "It's one thing to see it ...
  • Metropolitan Theodosius Prays at "Ground Zero"

    09/23/2001 12:24:07 PM PDT · by FormerLib · 6 replies · 183+ views
    Orthodox Church in America | Archpriest John Matusiak
    NEW YORK, NY -- As Metropolitan Theodosius made his way to "Ground Zero" on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 19, he witnessed countless fire fighters, police, military personnel and civilian volunteers digging through the rubble of what had once been the World Trade Center. Gone were the "walking wounded." Few of the concerned relatives and friends of missing WTC employees remained in the area. As Metropolitan Theodosius and his companions drew closer to the massive heap of twisted steel and concrete, they encountered a lone woman keeping vigil for her three grown children, from whom she had heard nothing since ...
  • George Demos: We Must Rebuild Orthodox Church at Ground Zero

    08/08/2010 1:43:47 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 22 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 8/3/2010 | Anastasios Papapostolou
    Greek-American Conservative Republican Candidate for Congress in the First District of New York George Demos appeared on Fox News recently. Demos called on The Port Authority’s Executive Director Chris Ward to immediately stop his bureaucratic roadblocks and that the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero must be a top priority.