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OCMC News: The Gift of Peace and the Spread of Orthodoxy in Northern Uganda

OCMC – In northern Uganda, an area that has been decimated by war and is finally becoming more secure, “every day, everywhere you go, people are…

Jul 09, 2014
Orthodox News

AINA: Churches Occupied, Mosques Destroyed, Nuns and Orphans Kidnapped in Iraq

In addition to destroying rival Muslim holy places, ISIS militants now claim to have occupied cathedrals belonging to Chaldean and Orthodox Christians…

Jul 08, 2014
Orthodox News

Metropolitan Hilarion: War Always Leads to More War

SAN FRANCISCO: July 3, 2014 Epistle of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia We, the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox…

Jul 08, 2014
Orthodox News

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses CLC Opening via Skype, Archbishop Demetrios Opens 42nd Clergy-Laity With Keynote Address

PHILADELPHIA – His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed from the Phanar in Constantinople the delegates of the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress…

Jul 08, 2014
Orthodox News

Al Arabiya: After Release, Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim Speaks Out

Meriam Ibrahim is still separated from her family, but she and they are both safe. Now she speaks out about her situation and her concern for her new baby….

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgies celebrated in the Orthodox Church have deep roots in the earliest centuries of Christian worship and have formed countless saints….

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Two of the best Orthodox Christian commentators on current events today are (in my view) John Kass, the main columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Rod…

Jul 07, 2014
Orthodox News

Getty Iris: What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

If you lived at the time of the Byzantine Empire, what would your daily life be like? Read about this attempt to recreate the scents of worship, home,…

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

Encountering Orthodox Christianity for the First Time

There’s a lot to like in this short YouTube video. It’s produced by SoulPancake, a company founded by actor Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight…

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

Fr. John Romanides on Life on Other Planets

In 1965, the Boston Globe ran a series of articles about life on other planets. One article was authored by Fr. John Romanides, who presented an Orthodox…

Jul 07, 2014
The Sounding

Slipping

One psalm tells me, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). That’s good news. Why do…

Jul 07, 2014
Orthodox News

Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Many consider Russia to be the largest concentration of Orthodox Christians in the world, and with good reason. But a recent poll shows the situation may…

Jul 07, 2014
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