Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
Inspired by the IOCC, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond. Please join us in raising awareness for their countless acts of kindness, and we invite you to learn more about the IOCC and their sorrow for the recent attacks.
The Executive Director of IOCC, Constantine M. Triantafilou, conveyed grief, mourning, and sadness on behalf of IOCC for the tragic and irrational loss of life in France, Lebanon, and Egypt in a recent statement.
“In the face of this inhumanity, we pray for those communities and families who have been affected by these terrible acts,” said Triantafilou. He added that the global staff of IOCC will “recommit ourselves to demonstrating our care and assistance for people around the world who are confronted daily with violence and oppression, and for those in need of aid who have fled unspeakable brutality, especially in the Middle East.”
Along with the grief and sorrow expressed by IOCC, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, expressed his deepest sorrow, sympathy, “unequivocal condemnation” for the horrible terrorist attacks.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, while in Dallas, eloquently shared his voice on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America, “Today the whole civilized world is yet again in shock, indignation and mourning. I express, on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and the entire Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, our unequivocal condemnation for these horrific acts of violence and terrorism in Paris. We, here in America are no strangers to such acts of terror and violence. We stand together in pain and prayer with the people of France, the families of the victims, and our Orthodox hierarchs, clergy, and the faithful members of our communities in Paris. We stand together with each other as we ask our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to help us get through this unthinkable tragedy and to guide and strengthen us. As we face the aftermath of this despicable event, we are encouraged by the words of the Apostle Paul: neither death, nor life…nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers … nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).”
The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is committed to the support of her sister agencies under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. This includes IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities). “In the spirit of Christ’s love, IOCC offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond”. IOCC has undertaken significant initiatives to help those in need. Notably 92% of every dollar donated to the IOCC directly helps those affecting dire situations.
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