ORTHODOXY IN IXCAN: A STORY OF RESILIENT FAITH

Inside view of temporary church

The Mayan Orthodox Church - April- May 2016-  Father John Chakos Up until the late fifties, the sparsely populated jungle area of Ixcan in western Guatemala was thought to be worthless by the government. In an effort to populate the region for the benefit of the indigenous tribes, a program of land reform was initiated. ...

Pope Francis Will Visit Armenia

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - April 2016 The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin announces that His Holiness Pope Francis, accepting the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Armenian authorities and the Catholic Church; 2016 will visit Armenia from June 24 to 26. Source:  

Hundreds of Penn. children sexually abused by ‘predator priests’ – grand jury report

© Ahmad Masood

www.rt.com - March 2016 Over the course of 40 years, hundreds of children in Pennsylvania were sexually abused by dozens of Roman Catholic priests, a new state grand jury report said, adding that the behavior was also covered up by bishops. "The heinous crimes these children endured are absolutely unconscionable," said state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to ...

COMMENTS ON THE JOINT DECLARATION WITH THE POPE

Facebook - 14/2/ 2016 Fr. George Maximov, a dynamic and tireless missionary priest who has served in mission fields throughout the world, offers some thoughts on the joint declaration signed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis. To begin with, let me remind those who already by the mere fact of the meeting are lamenting: “all is lost, all ...

Russian Orthodox spokesman: Common date for Easter celebration acceptable– if Orthodox calendar is Used

Russian Orthodox spokesman: common date for Easter celebration acceptable– if Orthodox calendar is used

CatholicCulture.org - June 2015 Responding to a statement by Pope Francis that all Christians should celebrate Easter on the same date, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has said that the proposal would be welcome—as long as the Catholic Church accepts the Orthodox method of setting the date. Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy director of ecumenical affairs for ...

Large Number of Filipinos Join Orthodox Church : Mass Baptism Held

April- May 2015  Philippine Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate With Great Joy and Gladness, we would like to announce the reception of 200 former Aglipayan (Philippine Independent Catholic Church)  faithfuls to the bossom of the Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. This 200 newly baptized Filipino Orthodox Christians comes from the following places: April 18, ...

Infallibility and Pope Sixtus V

Pope Sixtus V.jpg

The Infallibility of the Bishop of Rome and the Comical Case of Pope Sixtus V Presbyter Basil A. Georgopoulos - April 2015 On July 18, 1870 at the 4th conference/1/ of the 1st Vatican Council – considered as the 20th Ecumenical Council by Roman-Catholics – after a long historical gestation,/2/ and amidst opposition,/3/ Pope Pius VIII read ...

Old Armenian Catholic Church Bombed in Syria

Raymond Ibrahim - January 2015 A number of Christian churches, some around 200 year old, were bombed by Islamic rebels last Friday in Aleppo, Syria. Among them was the Armenian Catholic Cathedral, St. Rita — or, “Our Lady of Pity,” built in 1830 — which was left partially destroyed. According to the Aleppo-based Rev. Fr. Krikor Milad, ...

Metropolitan Hilarion and Pope Francis discuss Greek-Catholics’ actions in Ukraine

Metropolitan Hilarion, Pope Francis discuss Greek-Catholics’ actions in Ukraine

Interfax religion Moscow, October 20, Interfax - Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, has discussed the situation in Ukraine with Pope Francis in the Vatican. “The head of the Department for External Church Relations shared with the pontiff his deep concerns about the involvement of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church ...

Russian Church urges Uniates to stop subversive activities against it in Ukraine

Moscow, October 17, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate official urges Greek Catholics to abstain from participating in Ukrainian politics and supporting schismatics in the country. “On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, I would like to address the representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church present in this hall with an appeal to renounce any statements ...

Russian Church accuses Uniates of enticing violence against Orthodox Christians in Ukraine

  Moscow, October 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has again expressed its concerns about the support provided to Ukrainian radicals by Greek Catholics (Uniates). "When blood was shed and the first people were killed in the streets of Kiev and other cities of Ukraine, bishops and priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for the ...

Church Leaders gather at Lambeth to pray for the Middle East

United Kingdom - September 2014 On 3 September, following the initiative of His Grace Bishop Angaelos, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury invited leaders and representatives of the Middle East Churches in the UK to gather “in Solidarity with Christians in the Middle East: Rejoicing in their Faith and Sharing in their Collective Pain”at Lambeth Palace on ...

Chaldean Patriarch Appeals to ‘Conscience of the World’

Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako - 26/8/14 Iraqi Christians along with other minorities have received a fatal blow at the core of their lives and their existence whether through displacing more than a hundred thousand Christians by force, or looting their possessions, money, and documents, or occupying their houses for just being Christian! I visited the camps ...

Vatican Meeting of the Catholicos of All Armenians and Pope Francis

May 2014 On May 7, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, left for the Vatican on a fraternal visit. On May 8, in the Apostolic Palace, His Holiness met with His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and Leader of the Catholic Church. Present at the meeting were  His Eminence Archbishop ...

Ecumenical Patriarch in the Netherlands

5/1/14 Click here for the Address by His All-Holiness to the National Council of Churches. Click here for the Address by His All-Holiness at the Old Catholic Cathedral. Click here for the Quasimodo Lecture by His All-Holiness. Click here for the Address by His All-Holiness on the occasion of the meeting with the Dutch Ecumenical Community. Click here for the ...

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church continue to deliver false Criticisms on Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Authorities

George Alexander and Kisha D Dorado OCP News Service - 6/4/14 Belgrade: The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Rite (UGCC) continue to deliver false accusation and blindly criticisms against Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian authorities for the ongoing situation in Crimea. These blind allegations have come out after  Crimea joined the Russian Federation. Several Roman Catholic Medias reported that ...

Assyrian Church of the East Hosts Major Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Event in Beirut

February 2014 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 The Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon has hosted an ecumenical celebration marking the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The event, on 26 January 2014, was held at St George Cathedral of the Assyrian ...

Roman Catholic Church to Canonize Archbishop Stepinac – the mass murder of Orthodox Christians?

Croatian fascist leader Ante Pavelic awarding the Archbishop A. Stepinac the highest honor. (medal shown here in photograph) of the Croatian Nazi state. Stepinac was both an official and an accomplice in the Holocaust in Yugoslavia. The Roman Catholic Church to this day refuses to acknowledge their involvement or the guilt of Stepinac.

    Grey Carter - 15/2/14 For more info visit - Jasenovac: Download and Read Vatican Holocaust:  Once the Ustasha Archbishop Stepinac is canonized, he becomes officially a Catholic saint This is outrageous! I don’t know how come, and  about the process,  but it’s on Pope Franz to make the right decision – says  Efraim Zurof , director of the center  ” Simon ...

Russian Orthodox Church: repentance must precede baptism of babies born to surrogate mothers

4/1/13 The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement on the baptism of infants born to surrogate mothers. After expressing sympathy for spouses struggling with infertility, the synod cited a 2000 Russian Orthodox bishops’ document and stated that it is morally licit for spouses to use artificial insemination as long as fertilized eggs ...

US court reverses conviction in Catholic Church child sex abuse case

Catholic Monsignor William Lynn (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

27/12/13 A Roman Catholic Church official who has been jailed for 18 months for failing to protect children from a known sexual predator within the Philadelphia Archdiocese had his conviction reversed Thursday by a Superior Court and was ordered to be released. A three-judge Superior Court panel dismissed prosecutors’ arguments that Monsignor William Lynn was responsible for ...

Metropolitan Dioscoros Yuhanon paves historic visit to Independent Catholic Church and St Gregorious Community

unnamed (12)

OCP News Service - 6/12/13 Exclusive  Read- REDISCOVERY OF ST. MARYS INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE INDIAN MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH IN CHEMPATTY Also, read- The Lost Orthodox Christians of St Gregorious of Parumala in Dindigul: Tamil Nadu/Chempatty: on 6th December 2013, Metropolitan  Dioscoros Yuhanon of the Chennai diocese of the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church made a historic visit to the Independent ...