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Flash Floods in Serbia

Flash floods swept across eastern Serbia Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind widespread destruction. This video, uploaded yesterday, shows a violent force…

Sep 17, 2014

Greek Reporter: Church of Greece Revenues Drop

By Nikoleta Kalmouki During the last five years, Church of Greece revenues have decreased by 70%. Βelievers offer fewer donations, while the number of…

Sep 17, 2014

Annual Assembly Convenes with Clergy-Laity Gathering in Dallas

Dallas, TX — The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America commenced its fifth annual meeting Monday, September 15,…

Sep 16, 2014

CNN: Video Shows Police Attacking Christians in China

Christians in China report they are facing the worst persecution in decades. Watch this video to learn what is happening, and why the Communist party is…

Sep 15, 2014

Ground Blessing for Saint Nicholas at World Trade Center Set for October 18

NEW YORK – A Ground Blessing ceremony for the St. Nicholas National Shrineat the World Trade Center is set for Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m….

Sep 15, 2014

In Defense of Christians: A Report on the Summit

On September 8th, I made my way to Washington DC, together with a diverse group of archbishops, bishops, priests, theologians, laymen, and politicians,…

Sep 15, 2014

PMC: Coptic Pope Meets with Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today visited the newly-built St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Markham with His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope…

Sep 14, 2014

ZENIT: Catholic-Orthodox Commission to Discuss ‘Synodality and the Primate’

The eighth plenary session of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church will take…

Sep 14, 2014

NY Times: The Middle East’s Friendless Christians

By Ross Douthat WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a…

Sep 14, 2014

NL Times: Jesus Relics, Silver Box Stolen from Greek Orthodox Church

A silver reliquary belonging to the Greek orthodox church in Rotterdam was stolen on Saturday afternoon. According to the church, the box contained pieces…

Sep 14, 2014

Armenian Weekly: Greece Adopts Bill Criminalizing Genocide Denial

The Hellenic Parliament adopted a bill (54 to 42, three abstentions) on Sept. 9 criminalizing the denial of genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian…

Sep 14, 2014

UUTISET: Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The…

Sep 13, 2014