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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
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

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
The Sounding

Integrity

It isn’t very often that we hear the word “integrity” in the religious language of our Greek Orthodox Church. Yet, if we scratch the surface, we…

Sep 14, 2014
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

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
Orthodox News

President Obama Meets with Patriarchs and Bishops

OCN received a copy of the above photograph today, after a team from OCN attended the IDC Summit in Washington, DC, this week. The accompanying letter…

Sep 13, 2014
The Sounding

O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

Perhaps I am preaching to the choir when I say that the older I become, the more I come to see that our world is full of paradoxes. Contradictions of all…

Sep 13, 2014
Orthodox News

What Really Happened When Sen. Ted Cruz Addressed Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

The IDC Summit for Middle Eastern Christians, held in Washington, D.C. this week, had many important moments. The most frustrating of these was the keynote…

Sep 12, 2014