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  • Poll: Most Florida Jews support Clinton (Orthodox support Trump)

    08/29/2016 8:27:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 08/29/16 05:42 | Ben Ariel
    The vast majority of Florida Jews will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election in November, a new poll has found, according to JTA. Orthodox Jews were the only Florida Jewish demographic to support Trump in the poll, according to the news agency. The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found Clinton was beating Trump among Florida Jews, 66 percent to 23 percent.
  • Aid workers accused of trying to convert Muslim refugees at Greek camp

    08/02/2016 12:36:55 AM PDT · by Cronos · 48 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2 Aug 2016 | Patrick Kingsley
    Christians working in Greeces most notorious asylum detention centre have tried to convert some of the Muslim detainees, who have been held under the terms of the EU-Turkey migration deal. On at least two occasions in recent months, aid workers have distributed conversion forms inside copies of Arabic versions of the St Johns gospel to people held at the Moria detention camp on Lesbos. The forms, seen by the Guardian, invite asylum seekers to sign a statement declaring the following: I know Im a sinner ... I ask Jesus to forgive my sins and grant me eternal life. My desire...
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

    06/27/2016 5:09:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    The Council of Crete ^ | 06-27-2016 | The Great & Holy Council of Crete
    Official Documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church Back Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church ΕλληνικάEnglishрусскийfrançais ENCYCLICAL OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH Crete 2016 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit With a hymn of thanksgiving, we praise and worship God in Trinity, who has enabled us to gather together during the days of the feast of Pentecost here on the island of Crete, which has been sanctified by St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Will Not be Legitimate if Held Without Some Churches - Metropolitan Hilarion

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

    05/25/2016 10:58:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 05-25-206 | Metropolitan Saba (Esber)
    On the Issue of the Orthodox "Diaspora" Introduction It seems, during the course of work on the Great Orthodox Council, that the issue of the "diaspora" will be the most important, in the sense that there is no issue more important than it. Due to serious disagreements that currently exist between the Orthodox Churches, mostly due to historical factors, the other working papers, most of which have been agreed upon, were formulated according to the lowest common denominator of agreement and not at the level hoped for by the people of God. The issue of the "diaspora," however, has remained urgent because...
  • Fires around Orthodox Easter torch 3 churches in 3 cities

    05/03/2016 10:19:09 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 2, 2016, 9:07 AM | CBS/AP
    CBS/AP May 2, 2016, 9:07 AM Fires around Orthodox Easter torch 3 churches in 3 cities Investigators in three cities are looking into large fires at Orthodox churches that occurred around the religion's Easter celebrations and caused widespread damage. The blazes in New York City, as well as Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, caused only minor injuries, according to multiple reports.
  • Midtown Manhattan cathedral engulfed in flames: 'Irreplaceable' 160-year-old Orthodox Christian...

    05/01/2016 6:38:11 PM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/01/16 | Chris Pleasance
    "Midtown Manhattan cathedral engulfed in flames: 'Irreplaceable' 160-year-old Orthodox Christian church is consumed by fire" A 160-year-old Orthodox Christian cathedral in New York has been completely destroyed after a huge fire tore through it on Sunday The blaze broke out at the Serbian Cathedral of Saint Sava on 25th Street in Manhattan's Flatiron district at around 7pm. It is not known how the fire started, though it is believed to have broken out on the first floor of the building before consuming the interior and roof. An FDNY spokesman said that nobody was believed to be inside the building at...
  • [You Tube] LIVE: Putin and Medvedev attend Orthodox Easter Liturgy Mass in Moscow

    04/30/2016 8:40:43 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 9 replies
    Youtube: Easter at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Putin and Medvedev in attendance Orthodox service at the magnificent new Moscow cathedral.
  • Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

    04/24/2016 4:44:16 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 16 replies
    Express ^ | 4-22-2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    TURKEY'S Islamist government has stepped up its war on Christianity by seizing all the churches in one city and declaring them state property. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken control of six churches in the war-torn southeastern city of Diyarbakir in his latest move to squash freedom of speech and religious movement. The state-sanctioned seizure is just the latest in a number of worrying developments to come out of increasingly hardline Turkey, which is in advanced talks with the EU over visa-free travel for its 80 million citizens. Included in the seizures are Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, one of...
  • The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again

    04/17/2016 6:27:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2016 | Myra Adams
    A new study released last week included new evidence that links and further authenticates two holy relics that millions of Christians believe offer physical proof of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But before we explore the research and the relics, let us recall a New Testament passage concerning faith in Christ and the need for physical evidence. I mean the familiar story of doubting Thomas (John 20:2429). The apostle Thomas was absent when the resurrected Christ appeared to some of the apostles. On hearing the astonishing news, Thomas declared, Unless I see the nail marks in...
  • Memory Eternal! +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 2016

    04/18/2016 5:37:59 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 18 April A.D. 2016 | Metropolitan Joseph
    +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 2016 It was with great sadness that we learned of the falling asleep in our Lord Jesus Christ of His Eminence Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou) on Sunday April 17th, 2016. I was personally blessed to know Metropolitan Constantine during my time in Damascus, and I can certainly testify to his holiness, and prayerfulness. It can truly be said that he was a man of God. Metropolitan Constantine was born in 1924 in Damascus, Syria where he was educated in the city's parochial schools. Desirous of entering upon an ecclesiastical career, His Eminence was blessed to study...
  • In meeting with Orthodox, Donald Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

    04/15/2016 4:30:45 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post (jpost.com) ^ | 2016 April 15 | Uriel Heilman
    There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday's one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He's a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss. But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, US foreign policy in the Middle East and...
  • New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person

    04/12/2016 4:26:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | Paraula
    The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo almost certainly covered the cadaver of the same person. This is the conclusion from an investigation that has compared the two relics using forensics and geometry.The research was done by Dr. Juan Manuel Miarro, a sculpture professor at the University of Seville, as part of a project sponsored by the Valencia-based Centro Espaol de Sindonologa (CES) (The Spanish Center of Sindonology).Transparency acetate on three-dimensional model used in the investigation of Juan Manuel Miarro . LINTEUM The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the...
  • London: Orthodox teens harassed by man yelling 'Kill the Jews!'

    04/12/2016 12:45:02 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/16 | Matt Wanderman
    Two Orthodox teenagers were verbally attacked in London on Monday. The pair, one aged 14 and the other 17, were walking in the Stamford Hill neighborhood when a strange man came at them yelling "Allah Akbar! F---ing Jews! Kill the Jews!" Though the assailant did not physically harm the two, he remained in the area and yelled anti-Semitic remarks to other passers-by. The two teens quickly called Shomrim, the local Jewish neighborhood watch organization, for help. Police officers arrested the man for disturbing the public order with racially aggravating circumstances. He has not been identified and is only described as...
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Orthodox Three Bar (eight-pointed) Cross

    04/03/2016 12:08:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    AORORR ^ | Archive of Russian Old Ritualist Resources
    The symbolism of the "complete" Cross (much of which is contained in the Old Rite Russian prosphora seal and on metal and wood icons) is quite complex. Since the OId Rite tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church is much richer than the New Rite Church in its use of symbolism to teach the faithful, this article should be of benefit to those unfamiliar with this tradition.Through the Cross came our Salvation. We are constantly reminded that Christ died for us when we see the Image of the Cross (depicting the crucified Lord), and we are reminded that He rose from...
  • Moscow Region Duma Holds Conference to Combat Abortion

    03/28/2016 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 28 2016 17:04 | Igor Tabakov
    The Moscow Region Duma held a conference titled Therefore choose life, for both thou and thy seed to promote chastity among adolescents and lower the abortion rate, the Duma's official web portal reported Friday. The conference was dedicated to combating the growing rate of abortion in Russia and preserving family, motherhood and childhood values. Attendees included deputies of the regional government, NGO representatives and members of the Russian Orthodox Church. The conference aims to use lectures, seminars and conferences to promote chastity amongst young students and to oppose abortion, the official website reported. Spokesman Igor Bryntsalov drew attention...
  • With an Orthodox focus, Ted Cruz reaches out to Jewish donors and voters

    03/21/2016 11:40:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    When Ted Cruz headlined a recent fundraising luncheon in New York, the Baptist senator was presented with a gift: a menorah. "It was very heartfelt," Mica Mosbacher, a Cruz supporter who was there, said of the feelings on both sides. "He strikes a chord with the Jewish community." Cruz, the son of a pastor, has spent several years aggressively courting the support of Jewish voters, particularly those who are Orthodox. Touting his conservative views on Israel, his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and his adherence to traditional values, Cruz has found a conservative niche in the Orthodox community in...
  • Trump Blessed by Greek Orthodox Priest

    03/14/2016 1:21:48 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 13 replies
    http://www.thenationalherald.com/102394/ ^ | Friday, October 16, 2015 | Constantinos E. Scaros
    Trump Blessed by Greek Orthodox Priest Friday, October 16, 2015 | By Constantinos E. Scaros Donald Trump blessed by Greek Orthodox priest Emmanuel Lemelson at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
  • Johnny Cash reading from the 9th chapter of Revelation with Greek Orthodox Choir

    03/12/2016 3:15:45 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 13 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Oct 12, 2010
    A recording of Johnny Cash reading from the 9th chapter of Revelation and I added in the Choir of NYC, Astoria's Greek Orthodox Church.
  • Franklin Graham and Russian Orthodox Church to Conduct International Summit (shortened)

    03/12/2016 6:57:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 3 replies
    Christianity Daily ^ | 3.10.2016 | unknown
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is hosting an international summit on religious persecution in Moscow in collaboration with the Russian Orthodox Church. The summit, called 'The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians,' will be taking place from October 28-30, 2016. Franklin Graham announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning that 'The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians' is called in view of rapidly increasing persecution of Christians around the world in recent years, as also documented by last year's study on persecution by Open Doors, which found that 2015 was the worst year of Christian persecution.
  • Fasting and Great Lent (Lent is coming!)

    03/05/2016 5:56:32 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    AOC ^ | Antiochian Orthodox Church
    FASTING AND GREAT LENT THE TRIODION Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means "Passover" and is commonly called "Easter",). It is the central part of a larger time of preparation called the Triodion season. The Triodion begins ten weeks before Easter and is divided into three main parts: three Pre-Lenten weeks of preparing our hearts, the six weeks of Lent, and Holy Week. The main theme of the Triodion is repentance--mankind's return to God, our loving Father. This annual season of repentance is...
  • Russian slanders the Bible, faces jail time

    03/03/2016 5:12:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/16 | Nissan Tzur
    Viktor Karsenov (38), a resident of the city of Stavropol in southern Russia, is facing repercussions for the opinions he wrote in a debate on religious faith on VK, the largest social network in Russia, back in 2014. Karsenov, an avowed atheist, wrote in a post that "there is no God. If I say that the collection of Jewish legends termed the 'Bible' is bullshit, that's a sign that for me that's how it is." Another user of the VK social network issued a complaint to the police against Karsenov, accusing him of hurting the feelings of the religious. According...
  • Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS (Thanks Russia's effort)

    02/01/2016 2:03:22 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cruxnow.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Inés San Martín
    Anti-Christian persecution Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS By Inés San Martín Vatican correspondent January 29, 2016 ROME — According to one of Syria’s most prominent Catholic leaders, if the West doesn’t commit to fighting extremism in the region, violence will escalate until there are no Christians left in the Middle East. “We have to say that the morale of the Christians in Syria and Iraq is getting lower, because we see how the world powers don’t care about the survival of minority communities, but [only] about their own geopolitical interests,” Syriac Catholic Patriarch Youssef III...
  • Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Declaration Affirming ‘Partnership’ With Christianity

    12/20/2015 11:45:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Dec 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A group of prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the United States and Europe have issued a historic public statement affirming that Christianity is "the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations" and urging Jews and Christians to "work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era." "Jesus brought a double goodness to the world," the statement reads. "On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically" and on the other hand "he removed idols from the nations," instilling them "firmly with moral traits."
  • The First-Ever Orthodox Vesper Service is Celebrated at the Cologne Cathedral

    12/17/2015 12:14:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    On 27 November 2015, Orthodox Vesper service was celebrated for the first time in history at the Cologne Cathedral during the autumn session of the Orthodox Episcopal Conference in Germany. Over one thousand worshippers from the Orthodox communities of Cologne and the neighboring cities attended. The Cologne Cathedral is unique church; its main sanctuary was consecrated in September 1322 on the site on which the believers used to gather for prayers even in the first centuries of Christianity. The celebration of an Orthodox service became possible thanks to friendly support by Dompropst Gerd Bachner and Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop...
  • Ordination of new assistant pastor is reflection of church’s growth

    12/14/2015 6:13:21 AM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 12-13-2015 | Peter Samore
    SALT LAKE CITY — He wears a long beard and a long, black cassock wherever he goes, which often produces stares from inquisitive onlookers. “People were welcoming … curious about who I was because of what I was wearing, but weren’t afraid to have a conversation,” said Rev. Father John Mahfouz. He wears the traditional, ascetical garb of the Orthodox Christian Church which he says has helped him, his wife and young children fit in in Salt Lake City. “We feel that this is a good place to raise a family,” Father Mahfouz said. “So, we’re very happy.” On Sunday,...
  • A Call to Reject all Hateful Speech and Actions Against our Muslim Friends and Neighbors

    12/13/2015 4:37:55 AM PST · by lightman · 91 replies
    The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America ^ | The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
    The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Englewood, New Jersey As Orthodox Christians, we take to heart the commandments of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, especially the commandment that He has told us is the greatest, that is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). We have watched with dismay as several public figures have played on the fear which they assume has swept over this country. Specifically, a recent news release from the Trump campaign has called for “a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States”. We reject in...
  • Patriarch: Catholics and Russian Orthodox uphold ‘the same Gospel values’

    12/10/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | December 04, 2015 | Catholic World News
    Catholic World News Patriarch: Catholics and Russian Orthodox uphold ‘the same Gospel values’ December 04, 2015 The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with two Catholic priests on December 2 and expressed appreciation for the work of the Catholic Church in Italy. Patriarch Kirill told the prior and administrator of Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari that “Bari is a sacred place for Orthodox Christians like Mount Athos or holy sites in Palestine” and that “theologians discussing theological issues sitting at the table is one thing, but people contacting our brothers in the West, moreover at the holy site,...
  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity: St Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    12/07/2015 6:23:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Greek American Girl ^ | 11-02-2015 | Greek American Girl
    The Ladder of Heavenly UnityMoses approached the divine fire of the Burning Bush with the footsteps of his mind bare, completely free from any human trains of thought, wrote Saint Maximos the Confessor. Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals – together with all earthly logic – monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity – some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.One need look...
  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • On the Knowability of God in the Cappadocians and St. John Chrysostom

    11/25/2015 8:13:27 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-26-2015 | Jesse Dominick
    St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Gregory the Theologian The fourth century was one of great Christological and Trinitarian controversy for the holy Orthodox Church. The Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325 proclaimed the condemnation of the theology and person of the Alexandrian presbyter Arius who taught that the Son and Word of God was but an exalted creature, created ex nihilo by the will of God, and that, therefore, there was a time when He was not. The Synod declared that the Logos is indeed of the same essence (ομοούσιος, homoousios), or consubstantial with...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage"

    11/01/2015 6:14:58 PM PST · by lightman · 7 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 29 October AD 2015 | Metropolitan JOSEPH
    Metropolitan Joseph's Archiepiscopal Directive On So-called "Same-Sex Marriage" Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America October 29, 2015 Christ is in our Midst! At the recently concluded meeting of the hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the attached directive was reviewed and approved for distribution to all of our clergy and laity.< Prologue The holy Church offers to her spiritual children the tender and sweet milk of the Gospel and the nourishing and substantive meat of spiritual guidance, encouragement, discipline, and reproof, so that Her children may flourish "in the fatherly adoption." Ours is a Christian...
  • Patriarch Kirill: The West is no longer Christian

    10/28/2015 1:03:01 PM PDT · by Altenkrug · 24 replies
    CypLive ^ | October 28, 2015
    Western countries do not identify themselves with the Christian tradition and harass those who defend Christian values, said Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on Wednesday at a meeting with US preacher Franklin Graham at the St. Daniel Monastery. "Russian Church during the Cold War was actively developing relations with Western Christians. We were living in difficult conditions of atheistic ideology and perceived Western civilization as Christian civilization. We appreciated the freedom in which they lived, Christians in the West, and considered them our brothers and allies" - said the Patriarch. He stressed with regret that in recent years...
  • A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

    10/20/2015 11:25:13 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 8:54 p.m. ET | Ralph Gardner Jr.
    A Church Near Ground Zero Reimagined St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Designed by Santiago Calatrava By Ralph Gardner Jr. Oct. 15, 2014 8:54 p.m. ET It took two hours of talking with architect Santiago Calatravawe touched on rock climbing, the Swiss cheese dish raclette, Rembrandts self-portraits and New York Citys tradition of great civic architecturebefore I realized how appropriate the placement is of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which will overlook the 9/11 Memorial. And not just because its the rebirth of the church, a fixture in the neighborhood since the 19th century until it was destroyed by the collapse...
  • Letter #45, 2015: The Best Talk at the Synod

    10/19/2015 2:07:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 19, 2015 | ROBERT MOYNIHAN
    “My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned by the communists for 17 years. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later. My mother waited all those years for my father, although she didn’t even know if he was still alive…” —from an address given at the Bishops’ Synod on the Family on Friday, October 16, by a Catholic woman doctor from Romania, Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, head of the Association of Catholic Doctors in Romania. Her talk is being called by many “the best talk at the Synod”“Not only us, the Catholic...
  • Study: Ultra-Orthodox will make up half UK's Jews by 2031

    10/18/2015 5:47:32 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10/16/2015 | JTA
    Haredi Orthodox Jews will soon account for half of the British Jewish population, according to a study of the kingdoms Jewis
  • Egypt Will Begin Construction of Church Dedicated to ISIS Martyrs

    10/10/2015 12:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 10/10/15 | Thomas D. Williams Ph.D.
    In the coming days, construction will commence on a new church in Egypt dedicated to the martyred Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya in February.The new church, bearing the name Church of the Libyan Martyrs, will be built in the Minya Governorate, south of the capital, Cairo. The church will cost $1.3 million, half of which has already been raised.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi granted permission for the construction of the church last February after Islamic State militants murdered 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.According to Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt,...
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history.In recent years, however, theres been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, its often not implemented in practice.Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • A Prayer for September 11

    09/11/2015 6:24:54 PM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 11 September A.D. 2014 | Bishop BASIL
    O Lord our God, Who art Thyself, the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, the Savior of the storm-tossed, the Haven of the voyager, the Physician of the sick; be all things to our land which fourteen years ago on this date was devastated by the cowardly and hateful acts of false martyrs; who imitated wicked Herod in his slaughter of the 14,000 innocents. To those who lost loved ones, grant the comfort thou didst impart to Mary and Martha before Thou didst raise their brother Lazarus from the dead, and care for them as Thou didst...
  • Pew: Orthodox Jews mirror evangelical Christians, vote GOP [Romans 11]

    08/28/2015 9:21:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/26/2015 | Paul Bedard
    In a shift sure to impact American politics, a new study of the growing orthodox Jewish population shows that they are in virtual lockstep with the nation's conservative evangelical Christians, with 57 percent identifying with the Republican Party. A new Pew Research Center survey published in the Jewish journal Forward found that orthodox Jews mirror evangelical Protestants and Catholics in their devotion to God, their politics and even how often they attend services. "Orthodox Jews vote, believe, worship, act and raise their children more like white evangelical Protestants than like their fellow Jews," said the Forward. "If the Orthodox grow...
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • Pray for the Reposed! (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:35:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1992 | Hieromartyr John of Riga
    The death of people who are close and dear to us is one of the most difficult trials sent to us by the Lord God during this temporary life. There are no tears more bitter than the tears of a mother for the beloved child of her heart who goes to the grave before his time. What sorrow can we compare to the sorrow of widows and orphans? Nonetheless, our Lord and Saviour turns to these people, the most unfortunate ones in the eyes of the world, saying respectfully, "Do not weep!" The Apostle Paul commands these sorrowing ones, saying,...
  • ROC Seek Return of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg

    07/28/2015 11:45:21 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie RU ^ | July 26, 2015 | Paul Gilbert
    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) have confirmed that they have filed a petition to local politicians in St Petersburg to discuss the return of St. Isaac's Cathedral, which is currently an historical monument and a museum. Russian media sources report that the news of the proposal has generated heated discussion in Russian society. Maxim Reznik, the deputy of the St. Petersburg legislative, and who also chairs the legislatures commission for culture, confirmed on Thursday that he had received information on a petition filed by Metropolitan Barsanuphius, the ruling hierarch of the diocese for the return of the citys landmark cathedral....
  • Orthodox Jewish Man Beaten In Williamsburg In Latest Possible Hate Crime

    07/07/2015 4:02:10 PM PDT · by familyop · 21 replies
    CBS New York ^ | July 7, 2015 | CBS New York
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The NYPD is investigating another possible hate crime in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There have been four attacks against the Orthodox Jewish community in a week the most recent came late Monday night. As CBS2s Ilana Gold reported, a 65-year-old man was attacked around 11 p.m. across the street from his home near Wilson Street and Wythe Avenue. A teenage boy and girl ran up to him from behind and started punching him in the face and laughing about it, investigators said...The neighbor said his son heard the victim screaming for help and then the son ran...
  • A whole island pretending to be blind...: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

    07/03/2015 8:10:40 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 171 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 3 July 2015 | Flora Drury For Mailonline
    Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin - and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves. Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse. James Angelos' The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society - from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families...
  • American Orthodox Jews fearful of 'gay marriage' decision

    06/28/2015 5:00:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 6/28/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Maybe this will be an impetus for American Orthodox Jews to make aliya. There's some real fear going around about the future implications of last week's US Supreme Court decision forcing the states to allow 'gay marriage' and how that might impact Orthodox Jewish institutions. [T]he Orthodox Jewish community has a different view. This was voiced by, among others, the Orthodox Union and the Agudath Israel of America. The latter, in a statement Friday, warned that its members faced moral opprobrium and were in danger of tangible negative consequences if they refuse to transgress their beliefs. To judge by...