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Turkey Presses Conversion of Hagia Sofia After Pope References Genocide

Turkish officials continue to deny or play down the facts about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. At a recent Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite at St. Peter’s…

Apr 20, 2015

Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda in 2015

Can Orthodox weddings be celebrated on Saturdays? Are group confessions permissible? How are catechumens prepared for reception into the Church? The answers…

Apr 16, 2015

IOCC Assists Refugee Families Under Attack Near Damascus

April 16, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — Last week’s attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000…

Apr 16, 2015

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Youth Ministry Update

NEW YORK — Your Ministry Updates is a series of videos that highlights the work of  the Archdiocesan Ministries and its Institutions. This project…

Apr 16, 2015

Paschal Blessings from Archbishop Demetrios

The day of Resurrection; let us be radiant for the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us say, even to those that hate us, ‘Let us forgive…

Apr 15, 2015

Fires Break Out in Two Greek Orthodox Churches

Fires Break Out in Two Greek Orthodox Churches  Since the celebration of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord, two Orthodox churches have suffered devastating…

Apr 14, 2015

Why We Must Pray for Myriam

Myriam is a 10 year old who fully understands Christianity …. Essam Nagy, is the presenter of one of SAT-7 KIDS’ most popular programs called ‘Why…

Apr 13, 2015

After the Crucifixion Comes the Resurrection

2015 Paschal Message of the National Commander As we Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior when He trampled down death and rose…

Apr 13, 2015

Are We Irrelevant Christians?

This past week, the Washington Post wrote of Pope Francis’s remarks highlighting whether the world has ‘looked the other way’ while Christians…

Apr 13, 2015

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2015

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace…

Apr 12, 2015

2015 Paschal Message of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

In the video above, his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios delivers his paschal message for 2015. Below, you can watch his paschal message in Greek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct86Mh1vtn4&feature=youtu.be…

Apr 11, 2015

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2015

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace…

Apr 10, 2015