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Arab Spring, IS aimed at demonizing Islam – Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, December 12, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia thinks that extremist paramilitary groups such as the Islamic State make…

Dec 12, 2014
The Sounding

A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

In 1905, a young Russian doctor volunteered to work for the Red Cross. In his memoirs he wrote: For thirteen years I worked twelve to fourteen hours a…

Dec 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Archpriest Chaplin: If Migrants Offend Russian Women, Male Relatives and State Will Defend Them

MOSCOW — Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin made international headlines for his recent comments arguing against an art…

Dec 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Interview with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

On December 6, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was enthroned by Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch as the new head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church…

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

Man of Steel, Part 3: Rockets and Hebrew Baskets

Have you heard the story of a newborn babe placed in a protected container and sent away to escape destruction, after which he is adopted by a people not…

Dec 11, 2014
Orthodox News

Interview with Patriarch John X of Antioch

On December 6, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch enthroned Metropolitan Joseph as the new head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America….

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 2

What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thank. The angels offer a…

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

“What do you want?” vs. “Who are you?” (With a nod to Straczynski’s Babylon 5)

It is common for us to lament the commercialization of Christmas, complaining that we have lost the “reason for the season.”  I think this is true. …

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

An Orthodox Family Reunion

I have heard some converts refer to their journey to the Orthodox Church as “coming home,” but that was never my experience, probably because a problematic…

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

Is This the End for Middle Eastern Christians?

A recent article by Douglas Murray in The Spectator asks a pressing question: Why are we abandoning the Middle East’s Christians to Isis? Murray’s…

Dec 11, 2014
Orthodox News

Patriarch John X of Antioch: We Are One Church and One Family

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, who is in the United States after enthroning His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph as the primate of the Antiochian…

Dec 11, 2014
The Sounding

Why Were Human Beings Created?

Why were human beings created? Q: I have asked many persons this question, but I have as yet not received a satisfactory answer. Maybe there is no answer….

Dec 10, 2014
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