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The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Logismoi, or these ‘evil thoughts’, may be manipulated to stir up anxiety and anger aimed against those people with whom we are closest. This often…

Oct 07, 2014
Orthodox News

The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

By Leith Fadel Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour….

Oct 07, 2014
Orthodox News

National Post: With ISIS an hour away, one of the only remaining Christian communities makes its ‘last stand in Iraq’

By Matthew Fisher IRBIL, Iraq — With extremists flying the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham less than an hour down the road, the future…

Oct 07, 2014
The Sounding

Recollections of Jerusalem: Interview with Anya Berezina Derrick

I had the pleasure of recently speaking with Anya Berezina Derrick about her new book, Recollections of Jerusalem, published by Holy Trinity Publications….

Oct 06, 2014
Orthodox News

Georgian Patriarch Will Baptize 600 Babies in Mass Ceremony

The religious leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church is preparing to baptize about 600 babies in a mass baptism this Sunday. The occasion will be the 37th…

Oct 06, 2014
Orthodox News

Religion News: Atheists Tweet More Often than Muslims, Jews, Christians, Study Shows

By Kimberly Winston A new study of Twitter finds that self-identified religious users are more likely to tweet to members of their own faith than to members…

Oct 06, 2014
The Sounding

I Wish We’d All Been…Smarter

Aging Jesus People like me will remember singer Larry Norman, one of whose songs became something of an anthem in those heady days of Jesus People enthusiasm…

Oct 06, 2014
Orthodox News

Gulf Times: Serbian Shrines in Kosovo Surrounded by Hostility

By Thomas Brey The magnificent patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church near Pec, in western Kosovo, is home today to just 20 or so nuns, 15 of them…

Oct 04, 2014
Orthodox News

Ownership of Landmark Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Settled

After years of uncertainty and disputes about the ownership of Sofia landmark Alexander Nevsky cathedral, Bulgaria’s caretaker cabinet settled the matter…

Oct 04, 2014
Orthodox News

Israel Seizes Lands from Russian Orthodox Monastery

Orthodox Monastery at the Sea of Tiberias Partially Appropriated The Russian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mary Magdalene, located in Tiberias (Northern…

Oct 04, 2014
Orthodox News

Georgian Patriarch Asks Media to Stop Traumatizing People with Bad News

At the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia addressed his flock with a Sunday sermon, singling out the journalists and “the…

Oct 03, 2014
Orthodox News

Virtual Tours of 28 Historic Polish Orthodox Churches

Grass is always greener, get to know yours! A new project Cerkiew.pl: „Puszcza Knyszyńska – Szlakiem Prawosławia” („Puszcza Knyszyńska- route…

Oct 03, 2014