B92: Serbian Church Bringing Canonical Charges Against Macedonian Bishop

B92: Serbian Church Bringing Canonical Charges Against Macedonian Bishop

BELGRADE — The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) announced Tuesday its decision to bring ecclesiastical charges against Archbishop Stefan. He is the head of the canonically unrecognized Macedonian Orthodox Church (MPC). The Synod issued a statement saying that by “inveterate persistence in schism the MPC participates in...

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Divine Liturgy on the 12th Sunday of Matthew

Divine Liturgy on the 12th Sunday of Matthew

This video was recorded live during Divine Liturgy this morning. Holy days occurring this week included the commemoration of St. Phanourios and Friday’s commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner. Today also marks the Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos. From a vile captivity,...

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Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) – Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further...

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Φυλακισμένοι

Φυλακισμένοι

Σαν τον νέο της ευαγγελικής περικοπής, ο οποίος παρόλο που ήταν τέλειος στην τήρηση των θρησκευτικών καθηκόντων, απέτυχε όμως να κάνει την υπέρβαση και να βρεθεί κοντά στο Κύριο, οφείλουμε να κάνουμε την διάκριση αυτή. Το πρώτο είναι εύκολο. Να είμαστε καλοί άνθρωποι. Το δεύτερο όμως, να πλησιάσουμε τον Θεό...

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Christian in Gaza

Christian in Gaza

The war in Gaza is attracting lots of headlines nowadays, but how many really understand what is going on, especially for the Christian minority in this war-torn land? Maria Khoury joins us to provide context and insight. Our second segment features Aristotle Papnikolaou, a professor of theology at Fordham University,...

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Living with EBOLA

Living with EBOLA

Paradise4Kids, the organization supporting Fr. Themi in his fight against EBOLA, just published a telephone interview with volunteer Eleni McDermott. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Eleni is currently helping Fr. Themi in Sierra Leone. Click here to listen to the interview. The EBOLA crisis in Sierra Leone continues to worsen, despite efforts...

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BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs of Hisaronu, a raucous tourist resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. The abandoned village’s air of mystery – and off-the-beaten-path feel – is precisely what...

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NPR: Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary to Ghost Town in 2 Months

NPR: Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary to Ghost Town in 2 Months

By Peter Kenyon The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qosh was humming with activity — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June. The Assyrian Christian villagers had opened their schools and homes to Iraqis fleeing the takeover of nearby Mosul by Islamist fighters calling themselves the Islamic State....

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CatholicCulture: Conversions to Christianity on the Rise in Egypt

CatholicCulture: Conversions to Christianity on the Rise in Egypt

By Catholic World News The situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt has improved since the 2013 military overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, and conversions from Islam to Coptic Christianity are on the rise, according to a report that appears on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. “Organizations close...

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Assembly to Hold Clergy Laity Gathering in Dallas

Assembly to Hold Clergy Laity Gathering in Dallas

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will commence its fifth annual meeting in Dallas, Texas with a pan-Orthodox Doxology and Clergy-Laity Gathering on the evening of Monday, September 15, 2014. All clergy and laity are invited to join in prayer during the Doxology, scheduled...

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Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

In all of God’s earthly creation, only the human person has the ability to ask questions and seek answers. Asking questions reflects the fact that men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. Asking questions is also part of the gift of reason and therefore needs...

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The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

The Children’s Word: A New Ministry at OCN!

Welcome to “The Children’s Word,” a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Each week, Presvytera Alexandra Houck writes this little newsletter for young parishioners! You will find age-appropriate articles, stories, and activities in every edition. The newsletter is provided in PDF format so that you can easily download and...

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