This Week in Orthodoxy, December 5, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, December 5, 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 Ron Spiegel, in for Emmy Louvaris.

These are the stories making headlines this week:

  • Pope Francis visited His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople.
  • A new Orthodox nursery school began operations in a small Jordanian town outside of Amman.
  • Preparations are underway at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York for the enthronement of the new Antiochian Patriarch.

Segment 1: News from Around the World

Meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch with the Pope

First  to Constantinople, where His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew prayed with Pope Francis this past weekend, and issued a joint declaration to intensify efforts to promote the full unity of all Christians, and above all between Catholics and Orthodox.

The meeting follows a tradition set by Pope John Paul II and continued under Pope Benedict XVI, and falls on the Thronal Feast of St. Andrew.

Services were broadcast on the Vatican website and additionally simulcast on the website.

His All Holiness made history in March of 2013 by being the first Patriarch in history to attend the installation of a Pope.

Orthodox Nursery School in Jordan

On to Jordan, where a new model of an Orthodox nursery school, under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has begun operations in the town of Fuheis.

The 1300-square-meter school serves 120 children, and is part of a larger network of Orthodox schools that aids nearly 6,000 students, and employs around 820 educators and personnel.

The new school was completed three months ago and received blessings from His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem.

Fuheis is a small town of aproximately 13,000 people and is the only remaining predominately Christian town in Jordan. Sixty percent of those in the town are identified Greek Orthodox Christians and are among some of the world’s oldest Christian populations.

Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph

Finally, in New York, the Antiochian Orthodox Church is preparing St. Nicholas Cathedral for the enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph.

The Enthronement will take place the weekend of December 5th.  Expected to be in attendance will be His Beatitude Patriarch John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.  OCN’s Fr. Chris Metropulos is attending the Enthronement and will interview both Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph. Watch for these video interviews in the near future on our website.

The Church services will be covered live by Noursat and streamed on our website,

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That is it for “This Week in Orthodoxy.” For everyone in our studios, I’m Ron Spiegel. 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.