This Week in Orthodoxy, September 26, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, September 26, 2014


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:

  • The Assembly of Bishops of the United States of America affirmed support for its agencies at its annual meeting in Dallas last week.
  • Pope Francis hopes to visit Patriarch Bartholomew in Turkey in November.
  • The enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese in the United States is scheduled.

Segment 1: News from Around the World

Assembly of Bishops Affirms Support for Agencies
First up: Expressing their shared faith and “unity in Christ,” more than 35 members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States gathered in Dallas, Texas, for the fifth annual meeting of the Assembly.

The three-day event began on Tuesday, September 16th, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. A memorial for Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese was offered by the bishops and led by Metropolitan Joseph.

The liturgy was followed by a reception, and a well-received Question and Answer session between the panel of bishops and attending laity.

The second-day session featured presentations by the directors of the Assembly’s seven Pan- Orthodox agencies:

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
  • Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
  • Our own Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
  • Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC)
  • Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM)
  • and the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS).

These agencies are and have been manifesting the love and unity of the Church “on the ground”—responding to emergencies, assisting those in need, spreading the Gospel, visiting the prisoner, and educating and ministering to the Church’s youth. Each agency provided an overview of its history, current activities, celebrations, and challenges.

Pope Francis Plans Visit to Turkey
Next, Pope Francis has planned an official visit to Turkey at the end of November to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Bartholomew became the first Patriarch of Constantinople to attend a papal inaugural Mass, which led to the two men meeting in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem earlier this year, where they prayed together during their historic trip to the Middle East, and at the Vatican in June, where they joined in prayers for peace with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents.

A final “hurdle” stands in the way of the Pope’s possible visit, and that is the issuance of an official invitation by Turkey’s newly elected President. Patriarch Bartholomew invited Pope Francis earlier this summer, and, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the new Turkish president will be signing an invitation in the coming week.

Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph Announced
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has announced the details for events related to the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, which will take place the weekend of December 5 at the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York.
His Eminence was elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, that met in Lebanon on July 3rd. His Beatitude, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will preside over the weekends events.

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Segment 2: News from OCN

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And that brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” to a close. This program is made possible by a generous gift from the National Philoptochos Society in memory of former OCN Chairman of the Board Dr. George Mekras. For everyone here at the OCN Studio’s, thank you for watching. I’’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s Go Forth in Peace.

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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.