Moscow Patriarchate: China Authorises the Ordination of Chinese Orthodox Priests on Its Territory

Moscow Patriarchate: China Authorises the Ordination of Chinese Orthodox Priests on Its Territory

ASIA NEWS by Marta Allevato Moscow (AsiaNews) – In order to compensate for its isolation from the West over the Ukrainian crisis, Moscow has revived its strategic alliance with Beijing, a step that includes the Church. Indeed, for the first time in 60 years, the People’s Republic of China has...

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Καταντροπιασμένοι

Καταντροπιασμένοι

“Ο λαός δεν πρέπει να είναι μια άβουλη μάζα ανθρώπων. Είναι άνθρωποι, προσωπικότητες με υγιή κριτήρια σκέψης και ζωής. Κι αν εμείς οι ερμηνευτές και κήρυκες του Ευαγγελίου δεν είμαστε ανοιχτοί απέναντι τους κι απέναντι στα προβλήματα τους θα μας απορρίψους όπως ακριβώς έκαναν με τους Φαρισσαίους εκείνης της εποχής”...

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People as Liturgical Beings, Part 1

People as Liturgical Beings, Part 1

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou We usually characterize people as rational and independent beings. These attributes are correct enough, but don’t convey human nature in its completeness. Through the liturgical experience, we feel that, more than anything, people are liturgical beings. They were made to serve, to offer themselves...

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Demon Possession and Exorcism

Demon Possession and Exorcism

“The illnesses of the soul and the spirit are in many ways similar to the illnesses of the body,” says Fr. Andrew Demotses, pastor emeritus of Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, MA. He joins Fr. Chris to teach us about demon possession and exorcism. Much of what we...

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The Priest’s Supper

The Priest’s Supper

I came to the Orthodox Church by way of a high-church Lutheran congregation to which I’d supplemented a private study of Irish history, mythology, and the ‘ancient Irish’ church. Irish-American is the heritage I claim although in truth my blood is mixed with Dutch and German too. As a child,...

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The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

By Leith Fadel Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour. Sources in the area confirmed the kidnapping of Father Hanna Moussa of Qanaya from the St. Joseph Monastery by members of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist...

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The Sounding Orthodox Blog Celebrates 40+ Writers!

The Sounding Orthodox Blog Celebrates 40+ Writers!

As OCN begins celebrating its 20th Anniversary year of broadcasting, it also celebrates a milestone in the growth of one of its younger program offerings. The Sounding, OCN’s popular multi-author blog, now features more than 40 Orthodox Christian writers, ten times the number it started with 2.5 years ago. This...

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The Sacrament of Confession

The Sacrament of Confession

The odds are that the Sacrament of Confession is everyone’s least favourite sacrament. Not “the least needed,” just “the least favourite.” No one likes to look inside himself to survey and itemize the mess he finds there. It is like opening the fridge door and finding a large jar of...

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NBC: Elderly Greek Orthodox Priest Helps Inmates Buy Their Freedom

NBC: Elderly Greek Orthodox Priest Helps Inmates Buy Their Freedom

A soft-spoken 83-year-old Greek Orthodox Priest has dedicated his life to an unusual quest: buying prison inmates their freedom. Gervasios Raptopoulos has taken advantage of a quirk in the Greek justice system which enables people jailed for minor offenses to walk free by paying off a fine. The rule only...

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NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

For those of us watching the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq, it’s hard to imagine the courage it would take for a Christian to re-enter the city of Mosul. Less than a month ago, there was a mass exodus of Christians from the city as ISIS took control and...

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