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A Thing of Beauty: An 18th Century Russian Version of “Hallelujah”

The poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” So it is with…

Sep 01, 2014
Orthodox News

AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

(AINA) — Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her family as they were leaving Baghdede. ISIS escorted the family,…

Sep 01, 2014
The Sounding

An Orthodox Christian Response to Beheading by Muslims

I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount…

Sep 01, 2014
The Sounding

St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St Symeon the Stylite is one of the great figures in the early history of monasticism. By the time he renounced the world in his youth in the late fourth…

Sep 01, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 31, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 30, 2014
Orthodox News

Living with EBOLA

Paradise4Kids, the organization supporting Fr. Themi in his fight against EBOLA, just published a telephone interview with volunteer Eleni McDermott….

Aug 29, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 28, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 28, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 28, 2014
Orthodox News

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…

Aug 28, 2014
The Sounding

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…

Aug 28, 2014
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