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Fall From Grace: Praying Before Meals Off the Menu for Finnish Kindergarteners

September 19, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 19/9/17 After being a Lutheran nation for centuries, Finland seems to be taking strides towards secularism. According to recently-introduced early education guidelines, Christian prayers have been effectively banned from Finnish kindergartens. Instead, children will be taught about a variety of religions, as well as atheism and agnosticism. Until now, many Finnish daycare centers […]

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Church of Sweden Caught Sheltering Illegal Migrants Amid Projected Influx

August 29, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 29/8/17 The Church of Sweden has landed in an ethic dispute after a police raid unearthed its practice of sheltering illegal migrants. While the church officials accused the police of using them as bait, the police retorted that no one was exempt from Swedish law, not even a house of God. Over the […]

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Acts of Faith: Refugees Switch to Christianity to Avoid Deportation From Finland

July 30, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 30/7/17 When in Finland, do like the Finns do. This must be the logic of Muslim asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq who according to recent reports are converting to Christianity by the hundred. Many of the apostates suggest they are facing persecution as infidels, which is why returning to their home […]

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OCA, Finnish Orthodox youth directors discuss cooperative efforts

June 19, 2017 News
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JOENSUU, FINLAND [OCA Youth] – June 2017 Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry and the Orthodox Youth Association of Finland [ONL] met at the Finnish Orthodox Seminary here on June 7, 2017 to discuss plans for future shared projects and events.  The meeting was made possible […]

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THE FEAST OF RESURRECTION OF PASCHA AT THE HOLY SEPULCHRE (2017)

April 19, 2017 Featured
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The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – April 2017 At midnight on Holy and Great Saturday 2nd/15th April 2017, at the turn of Sunday, 3rd/16th April 2017, the Patriarchal Hagiotaphite Entourage came down from the Central Monastery to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection. There, at the Catholicon, Matins of Easter Sunday was held with the […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Meets with Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

March 25, 2017 News

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 25/3/17 HELSINKI, FINLAND: On March 20, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; met with Archbishop Kari Mäkinen, Archbishop of Finland and Turku and Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The meeting was held in the Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral Hall of Helsinki, as […]

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Minneapolis Conference to Explore the Future of Orthodox Church Music

June 20, 2016 Featured News
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The International Society for Orthodox Church Music – 20/6/16 Over 140 participants from 31 states and 5 countries to arrive for June 23-26 event Minneapolis, Minn. – The future of Orthodox Church music in North America and the English speaking world will be the focus of a four-day conference which opens at St. Mary’s Orthodox […]

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Metropolitan Mar Yulios selected to Lausanne Orthodox Initiative Steering Panel

September 11, 2015 Featured News

OCP Correspondent – OCP News Service- September 2015 Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios selection to Lausanne Orthodox Initiative steering panel is recognition for Orthodox-Evangelical world HELSINKI, Finland: The third Lausanne Orthodox Initiative (LOI) consultation which was held outside Helsinki from September 1 to 5, 2015 has elected an Indian Orthodox Bishop in HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios to the […]

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Paschal Message from Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland

April 11, 2015 Featured News
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April 2015 “Do not be afraid” Two months ago we began our journey on the way of Great Lent together. Every one of us fasted according to their powers and many received thereby refreshment of body and renewal of soul. Now it is time to carry our spiritual blossoms, grown in fasting and repentance, to […]

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Letter of Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland for the Great and Holy Lent 2015

March 1, 2015 Featured News

March 2015- The Finnish Orthodox Church “Guard the door of my lips” The right to social critique has not always stood at the core of society’s values. For example, in ancient Greece, there was no freedom of speech, and one reason the philosopher Socrates paid for his speech with his life. The present respect for […]

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9th Sretensky Readings in Finland

February 14, 2015 News

On February 9, 2015, the 9th International Educational Sretensky Readings held under the theme ‘Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles and Europe’s Christian Enlighteners. Towards the Millennium of the Demise of the Baptizer of Rus’ concluded their work. The readings were organized by Archpriest Victor Lyutik, dean the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Sweden and rector of the church […]

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New Finnish Bishop to deliver SVOTS Commencement address

February 8, 2015 News
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YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] – February 2015 His Eminence, Metropolitan Elia, newly consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Oulu of the Orthodox Church of Finland, will be the main speaker at the Saint Vladimir’s SeminaryCommencement on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Metropolitan Elia, formerly known as Priest Matti Veli Juhani Wallgren, is an alumnus of the […]

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Finnish Orthodox Metropolitan Elijah of Oulu Ordained

January 27, 2015 Featured News

January 2015 – Church of Finland The Orthodox Church of Finland received a new bishop when Archimandrite Elijah was ordained as bishop and installed as the Metropolitan of Oulu on Sunday, 11 January 2015, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Oulu. Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland presided at the ordination and installation. […]

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The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music to be held at the University of Eastern Finland in June 2015

January 19, 2015 Featured News

January 2015 Visit Website here: The Sixth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, “Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music,” will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 7 – 13 June 2015. The Conference takes place at the School of Theology at the University of Eastern Finland. The International Society for […]

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Reverend Father Matti Wallgrén Elected Finnish Metropolitan of Oulu

January 10, 2015 Featured News

December 2014- January 2015 The General Assembly of the Orthodox Church of Finland has elected the Reverend Father Matti Wallgrén to be the next Metropolitan of Oulu. The election was held on 26 November in the Church of the Transfiguration of Valamo Monastery. The episcopal synod had nominated Arsenius, Bishop of Joensuu, and Matti Wallgrén, […]

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Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

September 4, 2014 Featured News
Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

4/9/14 On September 2, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinenn of Turku and Finland. The meeting took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at the St. Daniel Monastery, Moscow. Patriarch Kirill warmly welcomed Archbishop Mäkinenn and […]

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DECR chairman meets with Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

September 3, 2014 News

September 2014 On 2 September 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinen of Turku and Finland. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the DECR premises, by the Revd. […]

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An Orthodox Future for Finland?

July 6, 2014 Featured News
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Orthodox England – July 2014 Foreword Nearly 100 years since the aggressive Western attempt to take over the last bastion of Christendom in Russia in 1917, there are reasons for pessimism and for optimism. On the one hand, in the south, the West has taken over the Patriarchate of Constantinople and made it into a […]

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Pope Theodoros II Meets the President of Finland

July 5, 2014 Featured News

June – July 2014 On Thursday 26th June 2014,His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Leon, Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland and the Sirector of his Private Office the Very Reverend Archimandrite Apostolos Trifyllis, met with His Excellency the President of Finland Mr. Sauli Niinisto […]

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Archbishop Leo of Finland: Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches form fullness of Orthodoxy

June 24, 2014 Featured News

Kisha D Dorado (OCP Delegate of Serbia, Balkan and East European Region) OCP News Service Eastern – Oriental Orthodox Christian Unity 24/6/14 Also read: Historic Meeting of Patriarchs of Alexandria and Archbishop of Finland in Helsinki Helsinki: In his speech during the reception provided to the Patriarchs of Alexandria on 23rd June 2014, Archbishop Leo […]

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Historic Meeting of Patriarchs of Alexandria and Archbishop of Finland in Helsinki

June 24, 2014 Featured News

Kisha D Dorado (OCP Delegate of Serbia, Balkan and East European Region) OCP News Service – 24/6/14 Eastern – Oriental Orthodox Christian Unity Helsinki: The Finnish Orthodox Church celebrates the historic meeting of three Hierarchs from the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox family. Pope & Patriarch Tawadros II of Alexandria All Africa – Primate of the […]

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