Sacred Sites and Property Rights of Persecuted Christians

Sacred Sites and Property Rights of Persecuted Christians

Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou discussing Sacred Sites & Property Rights, from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Photos: ©GOA/Dimitrios Panagos Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom. Managing Director Elenie Alexiou sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou to discuss Sacred Sites and...

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Illustrated manuscripts of Holy Land – Proskynetaria

Illustrated manuscripts of Holy Land – Proskynetaria

Soterios Cadas Proskynetaria is the name given to manuscripts containing descriptions of the monuments of Palestine, especially the Christian ones. They have many points of similarity with modern travel books or tourist guides to archaeological sites. The name derives from the word Proskynetarion with which the majority of them begin,...

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The Walk to Golgotha – Holy Land Film Series

The Walk to Golgotha – Holy Land Film Series

The Walk to Golgotha takes us to the places and moments that led to the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.The film is part of a series on the Holy Land filmed on a pilgrimage with Fr.Gerasimos Makris and his wonderful parish members from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in...

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What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

What are Christians Doing Today in the Holy Land?

It is four in the morning, and while everyone else is trying to get a good night’s sleep, Orthodox Christians from all corners of the Holy Land collect themselves to march in a beautiful procession in honor of  the Virgin Mary.  Every year, based on the Old Julian Calendar, the...

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Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in Israel

Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in Israel

An unexpected discovery along the Sea of Galilee is shedding new light on the world in which Jesus lived. Synagogue where Jesus likely preached uncovered in IsraelBy Ofira Koopmans Dec. 22, 2014 Haaretz Some would call it luck, others coincidence. Father Eamon Kelly calls it “providence.” When his Catholic organization,...

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Recollections of Jerusalem: Interview with Anya Berezina Derrick

Recollections of Jerusalem: Interview with Anya Berezina Derrick

I had the pleasure of recently speaking with Anya Berezina Derrick about her new book, Recollections of Jerusalem, published by Holy Trinity Publications. Her book is a memoir and autobiography that opens up a wonderful world of history and spirituality from a unique perspective: What inspired you to write Recollections...

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The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The embattled Christian communities in Bethlehem and Nazareth, which even those with ambivalent attitudes towards Israel are deeply concerned about By Inna Lazareva For a few days this May, the little town of Bethlehem faced a publicity onslaught. Quiet alleyways and subdued streets became a bustle of activity. Seemingly every...

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Imagining the Holy

Imagining the Holy

I grew up in a Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, hearing the stories of the Bible every Sunday just as I still do now as an Orthodox Christian. And my imagination filled in the details of the tales proclaimed from that pulpit. As I heard about Jesus and the places he...

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Wall Street Journal – Is Google Replacing God?

Wall Street Journal – Is Google Replacing God?

‘Is Google Replacing God? – asked the Wall Street Journal in an excellent article published on June 12, 2014.  The article highlights a report by the MIT Technology Review that shows a correlation between “increased Internet use and the decline of religious affiliation.”  Specifically, “the percentage of people in the...

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Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

This past Friday (March 14, 2014), our group of 50 OCN pilgrims departed from the Holy Land and returned to our homes in the United States. I had the opportunity to interview many of the pilgrims and ask them their reflections from the trip. Their insights are reflected below, together...

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