Prayers for Peace in the Middle East and News from North America

Prayers for Peace in the Middle East and News from North America


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

Segment 1: News from around the Globe

Ecumenical Patriarch Attends Prayers for Peace at Vatican
On Pentecost Sunday, June 8th, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew joined Pope Frances at the Vatican during an Invocation for Peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Also in attendance at the prayers for peace in the Middle East were Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders.

The Patriarch read from the Book of Isaiah and exhorted those in attendance not to lose hope in the quest for peace.


Antiochian Archdiocese in North America Votes for Next Metropolitan
On June 5th, a Special Convention of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America was convened in Chicago, Illinois, and voted to nominate three candidates for Metropolitan who will be reviewed by the Holy Synod of Antioch.

The three candidates are Bishop Basil, Bishop John, and Archbishop Joseph.


Kidnapped Bishops Reportedly “In Good Health”
An unconfirmed report in the al-Akhbar newspaper on June 7th claimed that the two bishops kidnapped in Syria in April 2013 are currently near the Turkish border and are “in good health.”

Other reports have proven false, so we can’t confirm the bishop’s health or safety, but we’ll continue to monitor this tragic and uncertain story that has been going on for well over a year.


Segment 2: Coming Up

St Basil Academy to Celebrate 70th Anniversary
Saint Basil Academy will celebrate its 70th Anniversary, June 21st, on its picturesque campus by the Hudson River, in Garrison, NY.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will lead the celebration, and Mike Emanuel, FOX News chief congressional correspondent, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Saint Basil Academy is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s home for children in need. It was established in 1944 to house orphaned children and later became a school to educate young Greek women to teach the Greek language in parish communities.

Today it is once again a safe haven for children within a nurturing and spiritual environment.
Among its alumni is former Senator Olympia Snowe, long-time senator of the State of Maine, who stayed at St. Basil’s from third to ninth grade after her parents’ untimely death.


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About author

Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.