Euthanasia: the Church accepts it only from God!

Euthanasia: the Church accepts it only from God!

Angelos Alekopoulos   People are free and autonomous and can decide on matters pertinent to their lives and even as regards their death. According to the Church, people are an image of God, autonomous, certainly, but only in terms of their relationship with others. Our freedom has to do with...

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Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. Opening Remarks: Panel Chair/Archon National Secretary The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis Moderator: Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent, Lauren Green Panelists: US Commission on International Religious...

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Who is free?

Who is free?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The great news which Christianity tells the world every day is that things are judged, as regards their true worth, not by evaluating their external features, but by what they are in essence. We have to judge things not by their colour or shape but by...

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The Theology of Gender – 17. Canons and freedom

The Theology of Gender – 17. Canons and freedom

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara Anything that takes place in the Church aims at the salvation of the people and thus, involves a pastoral element. In the same way, the canons of the Church are primarily pastoral texts and have as their objective the guidance of Christians in the spiritual life and the...

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Only violence against our false self brings us freedom

Only violence against our false self brings us freedom

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   All of this (see Coercion and violence are the basic characteristics of the patricidal society, also by Bishop Amfilohije) is inevitable, because necessity and violence beget only violence and enslavement. This is clear from the waves of organized terrorism today, which...

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Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

”THE DIVINE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH are words in which we converse and speak to God with our worship and with our love. The hours spent closest to Paradise are the hours spent in the church together with all our brethren when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, when we sing...

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Watch Be the Bee Episode 89 – The Freedom of Forgiveness

Watch Be the Bee Episode 89 – The Freedom of Forgiveness

Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .   Watch Be the Bee Episode #89 – The Freedom of Forgiveness St Dionysios of...

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ISIS Captives Rescued in Iraq

ISIS Captives Rescued in Iraq

Across the world, many are suffering and still display faith. The Orthodox Christian Network highlights these important news events and reminds us to always pray for peace.  Sixty-nine prisoners were freed on October 22nd, after a raid by Kurdish and American Special Operations forces at an Islamic State (ISIS) prison...

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Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

“It is not freedom when we say everything is permitted. This is slavery.” These words from St​.​ Paisios the Athonite, one of the newly canonized saints of our Church, could well be directed towards our individualist, contemporary society. On this July 4th weekend, we Americans celebrate the freedom we received on the occasion...

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PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

Once the world’s leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was closed by the Turkish government 43 years ago. The US and religious freedom activists want it reopened. But Turkish officials have long said that won’t happen until Greece improves conditions for Turkish minorities living there. Watch the PBS video above to...

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