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Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking…

Jul 14, 2014
The Sounding

The Power of a Random Act of Kindness

I have seen this heartwarming and inspirational video bouncing around social media recently that is actually a commercial for a life insurance company…

Jul 14, 2014
Orthodox News

ICN: What Future Do Christians Have in the Middle East?

Violence against Christians in the Middle East continues with no foreseeable end. This region is where Christian history began on Earth, but will Christians…

Jul 14, 2014
Orthodox News

IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more…

Jul 14, 2014
Orthodox News

DOAOCA: Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon to Visit Alaska July 18-30

The Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Alaska will have the honor of hosting the miraculous Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos….

Jul 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Watch: Plans for St. Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero, NYC

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was the only church of any kind that was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Nestled near the…

Jul 12, 2014
The Sounding

The Longest Procession in the Orthodox Church

Public processions on feast days are normal in the Orthodox Church. Large groups of believers will gather at a church or monastery and then walk outside…

Jul 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Metropolitan Stefanos: Four Attributes of a Christian Family

The following excerpt is taken from an address by His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical…

Jul 12, 2014
The Sounding

Help Climbing Out of a Slump

I have been in a slump! A long slump… it has engulfed nearly every aspect of my life. I have felt like I’m in the waiting place. “The…

Jul 12, 2014
Orthodox News

Pravoslavie: About 35,000 New Martyrs in Database of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University

MOSCOW – The martyrs for the faith in the 20th century included in the database of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities (Moscow) number…

Jul 11, 2014
Orthodox News

Pravmir: Up to 500 Refugees Are Being Fed Daily for Free at the Athonite Metochion in Kiev

Refugees from the conflict in Ukraine are finding shelter with the monks in Kiev. Up to 500 Refugees Are Being Fed Daily for Free at the Athonite Metochion…

Jul 11, 2014
Orthodox News

CNN: Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

Have you heard of the rock churches of Lalibela? Instead of rising up above the ground, as most buildings do, they are reached by climbing long stairways…

Jul 11, 2014
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