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  • Synod Authorizes Pat. Kirill to Stop Mentioning Head of Greek Orthodox Church if it Associates...

    10/20/2019 7:30:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/17/19
    Moscow, October 17, Interfax - The Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate has warned the bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church about the consequences that the recognition by them of the non-canonical Church of Ukraine (the Orthodox Church of Ukraine - OCU) may have. "The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church authorizes the Holy Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to stop mentioning His Beatitude Archbishop of Athens and All Greece in the diptychs if the head of the Greek Orthodox Church starts mentioning in his services the head of one of Ukraine's schismatic groups or takes other actions...
  • Liberalism Not Useful for Russians - Russian Orthodox Church's Rep

    10/18/2019 6:22:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/19
    Moscow, October 18, Interfax - The liberal idea is foreign to the Russian mentality and is no good for Russian people, the first deputy head of the Synodal Department for Church's Relations with Society and Mass Media, Alexander Shchipkov, said. "Liberalism is not beneficial for Russians, neither in a conservative package, nor in a social one. The societal caste model and the ability of some to survive at the expense of others do not coincide with what is written in the Gospel. We need a value-based traditionalism, which corresponds to our identity," Shchipkov said at a meeting of the World...
  • The Good That Lies Within

    10/18/2019 11:34:54 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 7 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | October 18, 2019 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. Solzhenitsyn’s statement that “even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained,” is, I think, the single most hopeful statement regarding humanity that I have ever encountered. It is, first, an axiom of Orthodox Christian belief. A notion of total depravity,...
  • Informal talks reportedly underway between Russian and Greek Churches to resolve crises

    10/17/2019 9:41:58 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 10-17-2019 | Staff
    Moscow, October 17, 2019 Informal talks between the Russian and Greek Churches are underway, looking for a way to resolve the crisis that has arisen in Orthodoxy thanks to Constantinople’s meddling in the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Church and in the relations between the two Churches following Saturday’s meeting of the Greek Bishops’ Council, a source in Greek Church circles told RIA-Novosti. The discussions are also connected with today’s session of the Russian Holy Synod, which is already underway. “It is possible to avoid a deterioration of the situation if the ROC comes out with a proposal to Archbishop...
  • Miraculous 17th-Century Icon of Christ, Lost 90 Years Ago, ..Returns to St. Basil’s on Red Square

    10/15/2019 6:07:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/15/19
    A miraculous 17th-century icon of Christ has finally returned home after being lost during communist times. The revered “Savior of Moskvoretesky” (Pantocrator) Icon was believed lost after 1927, but returned to the Holy Protection Cathedral on Red Square, commonly known as St. Basil’s, yesterday, reports TASS. Lost more than 90 years ago, the miraculous icon was discovered in an antique market and bought by collector Stanislav Nikolaev last year, and was restored over the summer. “The icon has found its place, I hope for many years, and perhaps, forever. The icon came to me, as I said, quite by accident,...
  • Making the World a Better Place – Or Else

    10/14/2019 7:44:37 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 2 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | October 14, 2019 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    If you lurk around social media, particularly in conservative conversations, you will have undoubtedly seen something about recent statements on the part of a minor Democratic candidate for the Presidential nomination. I have no interest in the politics of the matter. However, the exchange goes to the heart of the modern impulse and serves as an excellent example of modernity’s dangers. The exchange: Don Lemon: Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same sex marriage? O’Rourke: Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for...
  • Wooden Masterpiece Cathedral Consecrated After Extensive Restorations in Kazakhstan

    10/13/2019 7:29:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/10/19
    An amazing example of Russian wooden architecture and beautifully-painted cathedral was officially reopened after extensive restoration and consecrated on Tuesday, October 8. The small consecration and festive Divine Liturgy in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s Ascension Cathedral were celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan. The beautiful wooden cathedral is considered a spiritual, historical, and cultural pearl of Kazakhstan, and was consecrated as part of the ongoing celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Synaxis of New Martyrs and Confessors of Kazakhstan and the creation of the Astan and Almaty Dioceses, reports the press service of the...
  • In A First, Greek Church Recognizes Orthodox Church Of Ukraine as independent from Russia

    10/13/2019 1:59:58 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Oct 2019
    An extraordinary meeting of the leadership of the Church of Greece decided on October 12 to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox churches to take such a step. The Orthodox Times said the Greeks' formal recognition will take place on October 19 in Thessaloniki, with Archbishop Ieronymos and the OCU's Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine present. The Patriarchate of Constantinople, generally considered the spiritual headquarters for Orthodoxy, granted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence in January in a move that was adamantly resisted by Moscow and the Russian...
  • Greek Church recognizes Ukrainian schismatics [Orthodox Caucus]

    10/12/2019 9:44:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 10-12-2019 | Staff
    Athens, October 12, 2019 Updated 10/12/19, 4:20 PM Romfea The Bishops’ Council of the Greek Orthodox Church, gathered in an extraordinary session today, has resolve to recognize the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), which was previously recognized only by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which created the new structure last December, reports Romfea, the Orthodoxia News Agency, and vimaorthodoxias.gr. “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko, the primate of the OCU, has already sent Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens a letter thanking him for the Greek Church’s recognition. The Greek hierarchs gathered to hear a recommendation from Abp. Ieronymos, who in his report referred to...
  • Pro-Abortion Candidate Elizabeth Warren Sings "Jesus Loves the Little Children" At Event

    10/11/2019 11:17:11 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 49 replies
    Pulpit & Pen ^ | 10/11/2019 | News Division
    The front-running Democratic Presidential candidate who is pro-abortion up until the first breath sang a rendition of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" at CNN's LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren sang the song in defense of gay marriage. She did not apply the song or its lyrics to unborn children who are slaughtered relentlessly by Democrat-protected abortuaries and whose blood money fuels her campaign. The church I grew up in, the first song I remember singing, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus Loves the little children of the world."...
  • Tolkien’s Long Defeat and the Path of History

    10/09/2019 6:22:13 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 30 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | October 9, 2019 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “Actually I am a Christian,” Tolkien wrote of himself, “and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory” (Letters 255). +++ History as a long defeat – I can think of nothing that is more anti-modern than this sentiment expressed by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is a thought perfectly in line with the fathers and the whole of Classical Christian teaching. And it’s anti-modernism reveals much about the dominant heresy of our...
  • President Duterte Invites Russian Orthodox Missionaries To The Philippines

    10/08/2019 5:06:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    “I’m planning to invite the Russian Orthodox missionaries to come to the Philippines so that we can look for a place where we can build the Orthodox Church. It was built many years ago by the Russians, 1922″. – Duterte Moscow-Russia- Rodrigo Duterte the President of the Philippines has extended an invitation to the Russian Orthodox Church and her missionaries to expand her presence in the country. Discussion is underway for the reconstruction of the Russian Orthodox Church that was hit by American bombers during the liberation Philippines. Duterte believes that Orthodox Christianity can curb the spread of extremist and...
  • "Don John of Austria is going to the war." ~ October 7, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/07/2019 8:50:00 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 6 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | October 7, 2019 | Florentius
    October 7 is the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary, formerly the feast of Our Lady of Victory. The date marks the 448th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto in AD 1571. The Battle of Lepanto was a miraculous victory in which the combined ships of the Christian Holy League under Don John of Austria, defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in a decisive battle that blocked Turkish imperial aggression from the western Mediterranean. Six years before in AD 1565, the Knights of Saint John had gained a similarly miraculous victory over the Turks at the Siege...
  • The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

    10/06/2019 1:55:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-24-19 | Kevin DeYoung
    Kyle Harper’s From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Harvard, 2013) is an impressively learned and important book. Still a youngish man (which means younger than me), Harper is already a professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. As an expert in the history of the late Roman world, Harper explores in this volume how the Christian sexual ethic, so despised and seemingly inconsequential in the first century, came to be codified in law by the sixth century. Harper does not take sides in this...
  • What is the “Apocrypha”?

    10/06/2019 9:00:00 AM PDT · by NRx · 173 replies
    Fr. John Whiteford's Commentary and Reflections ^ | 07-19-2019 | Fr. John Whiteford
    Question: "What do the terms "apocrypha" and "deuterocanonical" mean, and how does the Orthodox Church view them?" The question of the Biblical canon is a somewhat complicated one, because it developed over a very long period of time, and there certainly have been some historical disagreements on the matter. The word "canon" comes the Greek word κανών, which means a measuring rod, or a rule. And so when we speak of the canon of Scripture, we are speaking of the lists of books that affirmed to be Scripture. Christians have a precisely defined New Testament Canon, about which there...
  • Orthodox Faithful of Ekaterinburg Call for Name of..Communist to be Removed from City Street

    10/06/2019 7:58:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/2/19
    Representatives of the Orthodox community of Ekaterinburg have been fighting for Khokhryakov Street, named after a Bolshevik revolutionary who was personally involved in the brutal murder of several clerics, to be renamed. They initially called for and collected hundreds of signatures for it to be returned to its historical name of Tikhvin Street, though authorities refused because there is now another street in the city with that name, reports Russian Line. “The name should not be identical or confusingly similar to the name of another object located on the territory of the same settlement,” the mayor’s office said. The street...
  • Our Lady of Fatima Taking Her Place in St. Petersburg [Russia]

    10/02/2019 6:37:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    FSSPX News ^ | 9/30/10
    About 40 bishops and ordinaries of sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches gathered at the Vatican from September 12-14, 2019. Received in audience by the Supreme Pontiff, approved a project to construct the first official sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima in St. Petersburg, in the heart of Russia.The first sanctuary officially dedicated by the Catholic Church to the Virgin of Fatima will soon see the light of day in Russia, more than a century after the apparitions of Our Lady in Portugal. The information has been confirmed from Siberia by the Apostolic Administrator of Novosibirsk, Bishop Joseph Werth. Surprising...
  • Chaplin: Francis and Kirill Will Meet in Kazakhstan in 2021

    10/01/2019 5:32:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 9/26/19 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    Vsevolod Chaplin was president of the social sector in the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. He was dismissed in 2015 for overly extremist positions. His revelation is an attempt to stop the meeting between the Pope and Kirill. For him, "the current pope has consciously decided to be the fifth column of the globalist project, which wants to destroy Christianity". In June 2018, Nazerbaev, then president, invited Pope Francis to the Inter-religious World Congress.Moscow (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis and the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow Kirill (Gundjaev) could meet in 2021 in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, recently...
  • "You Urge Me to Make a New Work from the Old" ~ September 30, Feast of St. Jerome

    09/30/2019 11:48:13 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 2 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | September 30, 2019 | Florentius
    For this date in the year AD 420, the Chronicon of Prosper of Aquitaine (written in the mid-5th century) contains the following notice: Hieronimus presbyter moritur anno aetatis suae XCI pridie kalendas Octobris. That is, in English: “The priest Jerome died at the age of 91 on 30 September.” His full name was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus, but he is known to later ages simply as Saint Jerome, Doctor of the Church. Along with Augustine of Hippo, Jerome was one of the most voluminous scholars of antiquity whose works have come down to us. In his own book entitled: De Viris...
  • Christian School Opens in Iraq after 4 Year Takeover by IS

    09/29/2019 4:34:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/19/19 | Heather Preston
    A Christian primary school will welcome pupils for the first time after being forcibly converted into an Islamic State military base for four years. According to freedom charity Open Doors, St Joseph’s primary school was taken over by Islamic State just after it was built in 2014. Following an invasion by IS militants, thousands of children were forced to flee from the town of Qaraqosh with their families, while the new school was quickly transformed into a military base. Qaraqosh has the largest Christian population in the Nineveh Plains, northern Iraq. After the liberation of the city, also known as...