This Week in Orthodoxy, May 15, 2015

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris.

These are the stories making headlines this week:
• Cyprus peace talks resume.
• The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Washington DC was consecrated on May 10th.
• Fr. Christopher Metropulos is the new president of Hellenic College Holy Cross.

Segment 1: News from Around the Globe

Peace Talks in Cyprus Resume
First up, leaders of ethnically split Cyprus agreed to restart peace talks on May 15th. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and the newly elected, moderate leftist, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who swept the Turkish Cypriot election in April, met for the first time last week, and the encounter has opened a door as both “agreed it was important to use the momentum created and opportunity to move forward without delay.”

Cyprus, an island in the east Mediterranean, has been divided since the Turkish army invaded in 1974, defying attempts by generations of diplomats to find a settlement. Northern Cyprus is financially and militarily supported by Turkey, which is the only country recognizing it as a legal state. The Greek Cypriot government, which in practice controls only the south, represents the whole island in the European Union, which recognizes the Northern area militarily controlled by Turkey.

Consecration of Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC
Next up, in the nation’s capital, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia was consecrated on May 10th. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presided, with over a thousand people in attendance. Together with His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, he tapped the front doors of the church with the Episcopal staff and with a loud voice exclaimed: “Lift up the gates, O you rulers, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors and the King of glory shall enter.”

Archbishop Demetrios in his homily to the congregation, commended the community for its steadfast Christian Orthodox witness in the nation’s capital for over a century. In the early days of Christianity, when the Church was heavily persecuted, Christians met in underground burial places and celebrated the Eucharist on the graves of martyred saints. After the Church was recognized, this custom was continued by placing relics in the altar table during the consecration of a church: a reminder that the Church was built on the blood of martyrs and their faith in the Lord. Archbishop Demetrios in his Homily said, “The consecration of a church invites us also to be consecrated anew in our faith and in the teachings of our Lord and His Gospel.”

New President Elected of Hellenic College Holy Cross
And finally, from New York, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced the election of the V. Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos as the next president of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Following a rigorous process beginning in October 2014, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect Fr. Christopher Metropulos as the next president of the institution, in succession of the V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas C. Triantafilou, who after a fifteen-year tenure will retire at the end of June 2015.

After working in varying pastoral capacities within the Archdiocese, Fr. Metropulos served as Dean of Admissions for HCHC for 5 years. He eventually moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he has been the Senior Pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church since 1989 and operated as the the founder and Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Network.

His Eminence, in announcing Fr. Metropulos’ election, said: “I kindly ask for prayers and support for the president-elect, and I express the need to work by any and all possible means to continue the very important legacy of the retiring president Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou. I strongly believe that by the contribution of all and the help of God, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology will reach new levels of spiritual enhancement and academic achievement.”

Segment 2. News from OCN

OCN Hero
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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy” to a close. For everyone here in our OCN studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.


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