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‘Christians in Turkey Are Second-Class Citizens’

May 10, 2014 Featured News
Halki Theological Seminary

By Walter Flick http://www.dw.de - 10/5/14 The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Batholomew of Constantinople, arrives to Germany May 10. During his nine-day visit, the 74-year-old will meet with state representatives including Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck. He’ll also be a guest of honor at major Christian churches, and receive […]

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Turkish PM Erdoğan’s steps ‘not enough,’ Greek Orthodox Patriarch says

May 9, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for improving rights for Christians, but added pointedly, “it is not enough.” In an interview with The Associated Press in his Istanbul office, Bartholomew expressed disappointment that Erdoğan had not re-opened the Theological School of Halki, the […]

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Archbishop Hanna holds prayers for the release of abducted Aleppo Bishops

April 26, 2014 Featured News

26/4/14 Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA) Archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church Atallah Hanna called for prayer on Friday for the release of the two abducted bishops in Aleppo, Paul Yazig, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, and John Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo. The prayer came during liturgical celebrations of the […]

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Christian Palestinians reject calls to join Israeli army

April 26, 2014 Featured News

26/4/14 Representatives of orthodox national institutions in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories have rejected the recruitment of Christians in the Israeli army yesterday. At a meeting in Jerusalem the foundations emphasised that the churches, Christian institutions and members of Christian denominations strongly reject recruiting their children in the Israeli army on the basis of ethical, […]

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Patriarch john X : Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other

April 22, 2014 Featured News

22/4/14 Yazigi: Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other. Damascus, (SANA) Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, John X Yazigi hoped that it will become clear enough that violence exacts a much heavier price than peace. Yazigi, who led an Easter mass at the Greek Orthodox Mariamite Cathedral […]

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Introducing Mayan Orthodoxy

April 16, 2014 Featured News

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico – April 2014 Visit website here: Who are the Mayan Orthodox? The Mayan Orthodox are a group of several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans who came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. They are called “Mayan” Orthodox because the majority of the converts are […]

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Continued Support for Relief Work in the Philippines

April 14, 2014 News

April 2014 NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America continues to support  recovery efforts in the Philippines. Through a recent $40,000 grant to the  International Orthodox Christian Charities, the Archdiocese will finance a home  reconstruction and agriculture assistance project. This project will be coordinated by IOCC and implemented in  collaboration with the Greek […]

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Palm Sunday at the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus

April 14, 2014 Featured News

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Anthioch and All East – 14/4/14 His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, presided over the Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday in the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus. His Grace Bishop Efraim (Malouli), priests and deacons participated in the liturgy. A large congregation of the faithful filled the […]

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Donates to Cephalonia and Cyprus Donates to Cephalonia and Cyprus

March 4, 2014 Featured News

Iro-Anna Mamakouka – March 2014 The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America offered 25,000 dollars for the earthquake victims of Cephalonia, western Greece. According to the Archdiocese of America, the Archbishop Demetrios of America sent the financial assistance of 25,000 dollars to the Holy Metropolis of Cephalonia, in order to boost the needs of Cephalonia’s earthquake […]

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Prince Charles Visits Greek Orthodox Church in Doha – Qatar

February 22, 2014 Featured News

  22/2/14 Read more here: Doha: On the fifth day of The Prince of Wales’s tour of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, His Royal Highness visited the Doha Religious Complex. The Prince paid visit to the St Isaac and St George Greek Orthodox Church, which has a vibrant congregation from orthodox communities from across the Arab […]

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Greek Inspirations on St. Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014 Featured News

Konstantinos Menzel – 14/2/14 If love could be defined, then it would contain the most intense and vitalizing feeling, but also the most oppressive one, as it requires a positive response in order to be fulfilling. From Plato, who mentions in his Symposium “that universal love and interest is for the sake of immortality,” to the harsh Schopenhauer who calls […]

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Patriarch Youhanna X Appeals for Peaceful Solution to Political Crisis

January 26, 2014 Featured News

26/1/14 Greek Orthodox leader Youhanna X Yazigi urged the Lebanese on Saturday to resolve their political disputes peacefully and avoid a constitutional vacuum. The Patriarch of Antioch and All the East condemned the latest security incidents that are taking civilian lives. “The latest suicide bombings are a reflection of the rejection of others,” he told reporters at Rafik Hariri International Airport before traveling […]

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Martin Luther King’s Great Greek Friend & Supporter

January 21, 2014 Featured News

Anastasios Papapostolou- January 2014 Archbishop Iakovos is known in the U.S. as the committed and caring pastor who put the Greek Orthodox Faith on the map for Americans and beyond. He is also known as the first Greek Archbishop in 350 years to officially confer with a pope, leaving behind a tremendous body of work as the primate of the […]

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Oxford University Press Releases Rev. Dr. Pentiuc’s The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition

January 7, 2014 Featured News

7/1/14 Oxford University Press will release the latest book by Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, on January 9, 2014. The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition provides a general overview and a detailed analysis of the primary ways in which the Old Testament has […]

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Celebration of Holy Epiphany in Australian Cities

January 4, 2014 Featured News

Nikoleta Kalmouki- 4/1/13 Epiphany, in Greek “Theophania” or “Fota,” is one of the most important days for the Orthodox world and it is celebrated in January 6. According to the Orthodox tradition, this day indicates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Traditionally, a priest throws a cross in the […]

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Greek Church Goes Digital

December 30, 2013 News

Nikoleta Kalmouki - December 2013 One would say that the Greek Orthodox Church is rather conservative and doesn’t keep pace with technology, but it appears that things are starting to change. The  Archdiocese of Athens, trying to reduce bureaucracy, has created a communication network. The Greek Orthodox Church is entering the digital age by enabling the request of various church […]

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Ringing the bells in Bethlehem, to keep those old Christmas traditions alive

December 28, 2013 Featured News
Khadir Jaraiseh, 22, pulls the ropes of four bells in a short tower of the Church of the Nativity, for prayer services of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Bethlehem, December 22, 2013.Photo by AP

The Associated Press - December 2013 The old Christmas traditions in the Church of the Nativity are waning, but some Christian Palestinians still strain to keep them. A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition — ringing the bells of Bethlehem. Twice a week, Khadir Jaraiseh climbs to the roof […]

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Audeh Calls for Respecting Constitutional Deadlines, Resumption of Dialogue

December 25, 2013 Featured News

Naharnet Newsdesk – 25/12/13 Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh called on officials in his Christmas sermon on Wednesday to respect the constitutional deadlines and resume dialogue among each other. “The country will not be well and will collapse of we didn’t exert efforts to find consensus,” Audeh said at the St. George cathedral […]

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Greek Orthodox bishop denies urging Syrian Christians to take up arms

December 19, 2013 Featured News

CWN -19/12/13 A Greek Orthodox bishop has denied urging Syrian Christians to take up arms, according to a new Fides news agency report. Bishop Lukas El Khoury, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, had allegedly said that “every young Christian in a position to do so should take up arms to protect […]

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Syrian Catholic bishop condemns Orthodox bishop’s call to arms

December 14, 2013 Featured News

CWN – 14/12/13 A Greek Orthodox bishop’s exhortation to Syrian Christians to take up arms is “insane” and “reckless,” a Syrian Catholic prelate told the Fides news agency. Bishop Lukas El Khoury, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, had said that “every young Christian in a position to do so should […]

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Famagusta church ‘re-opens’

December 12, 2013 Featured News

December 2013 Hundreds flocked to the mediaeval Ayios Georgios Eksorinos church in occupied Famagusta, for the first Greek Orthodox service in 56 years, described as the largest gathering of Greek-Cypriot faithful in a service held in the occupied territories since 1974. Ayios Georgios Eksorinos, situated within the walled city, had been abandoned from 1957 because […]

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