NEW BOOK: OUT OF THE AFRICAN LANDS: THE STORY OF ST. PERPETUA AND HER COMPANIONS

Lessons from a Monastery - May 2016 In the African provinces of the Roman Empire conversion to the Christian faith is punishable by death. This does not stop Perpetua and her companions, however, from seeking entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven even if living for Christ means having to die for Him. Out of the African Lands is ...

Gone is the Glory of Constantinople… But Christ Remains

Fr Georges Massouh: Gone is the Glory of Constantinople... But Christ Remains Notes on Arab Orthodoxy - May 2015 Jesus announced that the worship of God is not tied to a specific place as God is not contained by space and He cannot be bound in an exclusive place toward which those who want to be in His ...

The Truth about the Crusades

Raymond Ibrahim - February 2015 Were the Crusades a reflection of the “terrible deeds [done] in the name of Christ” as U.S. President Obama recently warned, or were they a reflection of something else, namely, centuries of Islamic jihad?  In the following essay, one of the top historians of the Crusades definitively answers the question. Thomas Madden ...

St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy

St. Basil the Great

By John G. Panagiotou- December 2014 Many things are said and written about the great Cappodocian Father of the 4th century St. Basil the Great of Caesarea. In Basil the Great, we find the consummate theologian, liturgical scholar, ascetic and evangelist of the Faith. Too often, however, one more aspect of Basil is left overlooked and ...

The Primacy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Janaury 2014 At times, as in our days, there arises the issue of the privilege of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the so-called Primacy, which is not just an honor of politeness, but it has specific canonical responsibilities. It is known that the primacy of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is ...

Honoring The Extraordinary Religious History Of The Syrian City Of Homs

Lucas Van RompayChair, Department of Religion, Duke University 3/3/2012 To many, Syria's third largest city was largely unknown until it became, in recent weeks, the site of a bloody siege pitting rebels against government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. In fact, Homs has a rich and variegated history that adds a special dimension to what's happening today. ...

2013, HOMAGE YEAR OF SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN

The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us: On 7 September 2011, the working session of the Standing Meeting of Saint Constantine and Helen decided to submit to the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church for approval the proclamation of the year 2013 as Homage Year of Saints Constantine and Helen, because in ...