This Week in Orthodoxy, October 10, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, October 10, 2014


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

These are the stories making headlines this week:

  • Parishes within the Orthodox Church of America’s Archdiocese of Canada have nominated a new Archbishop to take over the vacated See of Ottawa.
  • The special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing a Pan-Orthodox Council was completed.
  • Archbishop Demetrios of America is making an official visit to Cyprus.

Segment 1: News from Around the World

OCA Archdiocese of Canada Nominates New Archbishop

First to Canada, where an OCA Archdiocesan Council, acting as a search committee, nominated Auxiliary Archbishop Irénée to fill the vacated Holy See of Ottawa and Canada.

For the past four years, Irénée has served as administrator for the church in Canada after the suspension and removal of Archbishop Seraphim.

His Grace’s name will be presented before the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America for a full vote.

Meeting of Special Inter-Orthodox Commission in Switzerland

Now over to Switzerland, where a Special Inter-Orthodox Commission met to prepare for the Pan-Orthodox Council scheduled to meet in the spring of 2016.

The Council cannot be considered Ecumenical in nature, and the participants hope that this Council, which was fifty years in the planning, will help clarify common positions on current problems facing the church and its parishioners. Commission attendees also took into account many of the changes made in Protestant Faiths during recent years that resulted in a liberalization of doctrines and moral teachings.

Among other topics expected to be addressed are the ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Archbishop Demetrios to Visit Cyprus

Finally, on the invitation of Cypriot President Anastasiades, His Eminence,Archbishop Demetrios of the Americas will be visiting the Republic of Cyprus at the end of this month.

His visit will include meetings with Cyprus’ top governmental, religious, and institutional officials as well as visiting many religious historical sites.

Archbishop Demetrios has been a frequent visitor of Cyprus and has, in the past, petitioned Washington for a resolution to the Cypriot issue.

Some of Cyprus’ historical religious sites, which His Eminence may visit, include:

  • The Church of Saint Lazarus in Lanarca.
  • The nine Byzantine churches in the Troodos Mountains, which have a protected World Heritage status.
  • The Machairotissa Monastery, which is said to have contained an Icon of the Virgin Mary written by the Apostle Luke. The icon made its way to Cyprus from Asia Minor during the Iconoclast period. The icon miraculously survived a 1530 fire, which destroyed much of the church.

His Eminence will also meet with Archbishop Chrysostomos, who is expected to return to Cyprus this Friday after undergoing spinal surgery in Germany.

Segment 2. News from OCN

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For everyone in our studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.

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About author

Dean Argiris

Constantine (Dean) Argiris is a lifelong Orthodox Christian from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago who has devoted his time to raising awareness of the 1915-1922 Asia Minor Genocide. His works on the Greek economic crisis have been published in international Greek diaspora news media outlets. Professionally, he works in the political scene as a Staff Assistant to a Chicago Alderman. Previously, he worked as a party-paid staffer for the Illinois Senate, a Regional Field Director for President Obama's "Organizing for America" and has run a number of federal and state level political campaigns as an independent consultant.