Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch

Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch

On June 16, 2015, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will meet with His All Holiness, Patriarchate Bartholomew. Joining us to explain the significance of this meeting is V. Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, the Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox,...

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Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?” (Matthew 25:37) Will this be your response?  Have you taken care to feed the hungry?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Georgia Vlitas to discuss a new triple​-phased initiative of the National Philoptochos Society.   The Greek Orthodox...

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Raising Awareness of the Struggles and Relief Work in Syria

Raising Awareness of the Struggles and Relief Work in Syria

​Guest host Seraphim Danckaert speaks with Samer Laham from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Syria regarding the joint effort of the Syrian Patriarchate and International Orthodox Christian Charities ​(IOCC​)​. With ​extensive experience ​in Syria, Mr. Laham is able to describe the current living conditions inside the country. ​These two organizations...

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Orthodox Christians in Humanitarian Work

Orthodox Christians in Humanitarian Work

How do Orthodox Christians participate in Humanitarian Work around the world? On May 7-8, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese will answer this question during an academic conference on the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology campus in Brookline, MA.  We’ve asked  V. Rev. Dr....

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Economic Crisis in Greece: An Update

Economic Crisis in Greece: An Update

In this episode, Fr. Christopher Metropulos speaks with Constantine M. Triantafilou, the Executive Director of International Orthodox Christian Charities, about the continuing economic crisis in Greece. With the help of generous support from the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc., the Hellenic Initiative, and others, the IOCC will be endeavoring to provide...

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Suffering, Upheaval, and Strife in Syria

Suffering, Upheaval, and Strife in Syria

​In this episode, Fr. Christopher Metropulos speaks with Mark Ohanian, who has just returned from Syria with a report on the horrific situation Orthodox Christians in that country are facing. Mr. Ohanian is the Director of Programs for International Orthodox Christian Charities; he describes the work that IOCC, in partnership...

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Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium

Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium

In this episode of OCN Now, Fr. Christopher Metropulos interviews Fr. Philemon Patitsas, Pastor of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, FL about their “Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium” that will be held on March 14, 2015. Joining in the interview is Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, one of the co-chairs...

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Oppose Parole for Man who Killed Fr. John Karastamatis

Oppose Parole for Man who Killed Fr. John Karastamatis

In this episode of OCN Now, Fr. Christopher Metropulos speaks with Foti Karastamatis, the son of Fr. John Karastamatis, who was murdered in 1985 by Edward Bowman. Edward Bowman will be facing a potential parole hearing on February 5 of this year. Mr. Karastamatis describes the sad details of being...

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Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

The new film “Selma” reminds us of a critical part of American history, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the civil rights movement in the direction of a peaceful protest against civil injustice in Alabama. The world has seen the March 26, 1965 cover of LIFE Magazine featuring His...

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Interview with Metropolitan JOSEPH

Interview with Metropolitan JOSEPH

Today, OCN Executive Director Fr. Christopher Metropulos spoke with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph in Washington, DC, where both are attending the IDC Summit calling attention to the plight of Christians in the Middle East. His Eminence is the newly elected Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese in the United States. Members...

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Orthodoxy and Islam: Boko Haram

Orthodoxy and Islam: Boko Haram

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian girls, killed masses of civilians, and called for Muslims around the world to “kill, kill, kill.” Ralph Sidway updates us on the group’s atrocities, discusses how it relates to other Islamic terrorist groups, and asks how they are receiving funding...

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Orthodoxy and Islam: Meriam Ibrahim

Orthodoxy and Islam: Meriam Ibrahim

Join Ralph Sidway and Fr. Chris as they discuss Meriam Ibrahim – the Sudanese Christian woman who was condemned to be lashed 100 times and then executed. Hear about the developments in her situation, the danger she faces from honor killings, and what her story can teach us. Ralph Sidway...

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