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Orthodox Christian (Religion)

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  • Greek [Orthodox] Archbishop: ‘Islam Is Not a Religion’

    01/20/2021 6:18:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/18/21 | Jules Gomes
    Ieronymos II's 'courage' unlike 'complacency' of Pope FrancisATHENS, Greece ( - The Church of Greece has been forced to issue a clarification a day after comments on Islam by the outspoken Greek Orthodox archbishop of Athens and All Greece sparked a religious and political firestorm. "Islam is not a religion; it is a political party," His Beatitude, Ieronymos II stated in a Saturday interview with Open TV, describing the role of the Orthodox Church in Greece's struggle for independence from the Ottoman Turkish Islamic empire during the 1821 revolution. The archbishop described Islam and "its adherents" as following "a political...
  • On the Death of Nero ~ Classical and Early Christian Perspectives

    01/20/2021 1:19:51 PM PST · by Antoninus · 9 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 20, 2021 | Florentius
    I recently ran across a passage written by Lactantius in his enigmatic and fascinating work entitled On the Deaths of the Persecutors about the demise of the original persecutor of Christians, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus—that is, Nero. Writing in the early 4th century AD, or about 250 years after the fact, Lactantius says the following of Nero: When Nero heard of those things [that is, the growth of Christianity in Rome] and observed that not only in Rome but in every other place a great multitude revolted daily from the worship of idols and, condemning their old ways, went over to...
  • A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

    01/19/2021 8:01:24 PM PST · by lightman · 5 replies
    Antiochian Orthdox Christian Archdiocese of North America ^ | 18 January A.D. 2021 | Metropolitan Joseph
    January 18, 2021 Dear Reverend Clergy, Greetings and blessings to you and your families in the Name of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! I pray that you and your holy communities have celebrated joyous and grace-filled feasts of our Lord's Nativity in the flesh, Circumcision on the eighth day, and Baptism in the Jordan. In all of these holy feasts, we witness the love, humility, and obedience of our Lord. He was born to the humble Virgin and laid in a manger to unite His divinity to our humanity. He submitted to circumcision in the flesh in accordance...
  • Russia's Putin Marks Orthodox Epiphany With Icy Dip

    01/19/2021 6:32:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/19/20 | Staff
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, dressed in nothing but a pair of blue swimming trunks, immersed himself in the freezing water of a cross-shaped pool near Moscow on Tuesday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany. Russian state television broadcast footage of Putin, with the air temperature at minus 14 Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit), removing a sheepskin coat to enter the icy waters and submerging himself three times beneath the surface, in front of an ice-sculpted cross. Putin, 68, grew up under Communist rule where open shows of religion were frowned upon. As president, he...
  • Msgr Charles Pope "Finding Peace in a Difficult Moment"

    01/18/2021 1:50:59 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies ^ | 17 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    Some years ago, I wrote a parable of sorts to address why God might allow evil:An alien spaceship came near Earth to observe whether we were worthy of a visit. It focused its surveillance equipment on a random city and peered into a hospital operating room, where doctors were removing a cancerous tumor from a patient. The ship’s captain made the following report back to his superiors:This planet is to be avoided at all costs. Their most developed creatures exhibit great cruelty, putting other members of their species to sleep so that they cannot defend themselves. Then, they cut them...
  • Massacre ‘of 750’ Reported in Aksum Church Complex, Tigray, Ethiopia

    01/15/2021 6:22:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Times (UK) ^ | 1/15/21 | Rebecca Paveley
    REPORTS of a massacre of 750 people in the cathedral complex that reputedly houses the Ark of the Covenant have emerged from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Accounts have come from those who fled the town of Aksum and walked more than 200km to the regional capital, Mekelle. The massacre was first reported in dispatches from the Belgium-based NGO European External Programme with Africa (EEPA). The area is sealed off to journalists, but many reports of massacres have nevertheless emerged, some of which have been documented by Amnesty International. The former BBC World Service Africa editor and Senior Research Fellow...
  • Will India Forbid Confessions?

    01/12/2021 6:46:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 1/13/21 | PierLuigi Zoccatelli
    A Supreme Court case about the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church raises concerns among Catholics too.Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics in India are watching with concern a Supreme Court case about confession. Last week, the Supreme Court of India agreed to consider a petition by three lay members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, who argue that the requirement of mandatory annual confession in their denomination violates the Constitutionally protected right to privacy. The lawsuit follows two criminal cases, which started in 2018, where priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Kerala were accused of abusing confession to solicit...
  • Patriarch of Moscow: The Conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque is a Divine Punishment for the Ecumenical Patriarch

    01/08/2021 5:55:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Orthodox Times ^ | 1/7/21 | Kostas Onisenko
    Provocative statements were made by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, during his TV interview to the main channel of Russia, Россия-1, on the day that the Orthodox of Eastern Europe celebrate Christmas. More or less, the Russian Patriarch stated that the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a punishment from God to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. “I do not want to express any criticism to my fellow brother, however, unquestionably, everything that happened afterwards in Constantinople, proves the Divine Punishment. Patriarch Bartholomew placed the schismatics of Kyiv,...
  • Hope, Expectation of Miracle Human's Guiding Light - Putin

    01/07/2021 5:25:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/7/20
    Lipno Island, Novgorod Region, January 7, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken part in the Christmas liturgy at the unique church of St. Nicholas on Lipno Island built in the 13th century. Following the liturgy, the president congratulated Russians on Christmas and told journalists of the Rossiya 24 television channel about his understanding of God's love for humans. "God's love for humans is not in fulfilling every wish and request, but in allowing praying for him and for us in hope for the best," Putin said. According to Putin, hope and expectation of a miracle is the very...
  • The Life Aquatic – Underwater Ministry

    01/06/2021 6:56:44 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 8 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 6, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Baptism of Jesus is an event that, in many Churches, is passed over in relative silence. At most, they treat it as an act of obedience or humility. Christ is clearly not in need of repentance (He has no sin), and yet He insists that John should baptize Him. The Holy Spirit is seen to descend and rest upon Him at the completion of this act. That, in sum, is almost everything said about His Baptism throughout much of the Christian world. Not so, in Orthodoxy. The feast of Christ’s Baptism (known as Theophany), is one of the three...
  • Greek [Orthodox] Churches Will Open on Theophany Despite Lockdown, Church Will Cover Any Fines on Churches

    01/05/2021 5:32:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/5/20
    Despite the Greek Church’s strong protest yesterday, Greek authorities have reiterated that churches must remain closed on the feast of Theophany. Despite its initial decision that churches would be open to a limited number of faithful for Nativity, New Year’s, and Theophany, the government announced on Saturday that the feast of Theophany and the Great Blessing of the Waters will be served by the clergy in closed churches without any parishioners. According to authorities, the Church of Greece “should realize the critical importance of the current crisis for society, as it has done so far.” The Church endured a complete...
  • IRAQ - Shiite Leader Muqtada al Sadr Creates a Committee for the Return of Illegal Expropriations from Christian Property Owners

    01/05/2021 5:27:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al Sadr, head of the Sadist political group who enjoys strong representation in the Parliament of Baghdad, has ordered the creation of a Committee in charge of collecting and verifying news and complaints regarding cases of illegal expropriations from Christian property owners in various regions of the country. The decision was communicated in a statement published in the first few days of 2021, in which the names of the collaborators of Muqtada al Sadr chosen as members of the Committee are indicated, as well as the e-mail addresses and Whats App...
  • We Need Christian Alliance to Protect Persecuted African Christians—Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev)

    12/25/2020 5:34:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/23/20
    Christian churches and organizations should join in an alliance to more effectively work to protect African Christians who face severe persecution in many countries, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk said at a conference yesterday. Opening the conference, “On the Situation of Christians in Africa,” the Chairman of the Russian Church’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), noted that Christians in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Algeria, and other countries currently face especially severe persecution. The Russian Orthodox Church sees the support of these suffering Christians as part of its historical mission, Met. Hilarion said, reports the press service of...
  • An amazing understanding of Christmas

    12/25/2020 3:55:32 PM PST · by newberger · 5 replies
    Royal Hours for Christmas Eve - THe Eastern Orthodox Church
    Today is born of the Virgin him who holds all creation in the hollow of his hand. He whose essence is untouchable is wrapped in swaddling clothes as a babe. The God who from of old established the heavens lies in a manger. He who showered the people with manna in the wilderness, feeds on milk from the breasts. And the bridegroom of the Church calls the Magi. And the Son of the Virgin accepts gifts from them. We venerate thy Nativity, O Christ. —Verses from the Royal Hours, Christmas Eve, Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Biden's Idea of Allowing Gender Transitioning from Age 8 'Unacceptable' - Russian Orthodox Church

    12/24/2020 6:07:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/22/20
    Moscow, December 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has strongly spoken out about the proposal by United States President-elect Joe Biden to allow gender change for children from the age of eight. "In regard to Biden's decision about an eight-year-old child being entitled to change sex, I perceive such statements as being blasphemous. I think that people propagating such ideas should be locked up in prison because, from my standpoint, it is a crime to maim an eight-year-old child or an even a sixteen-year-old," the Synodal Department for External Church Relations' head Metropolitan Hilarion told the Church and the...
  • Being Found by God

    12/23/2020 6:17:05 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 8 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | December 22, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I was flying into Denver a year or so back to speak at a conference. Seated next to me on the plane was a very well-dressed Muslim woman, who looked quite professional in her outfit and her demeanor. About 45 minutes away from landing, she turned to me and spoke: “Are you a Christian priest?” I was wearing my cassock. “Yes,” I responded. “I have never met a Christian before,” she said. “Do you really believe that Jesus is God and that He died?” I was immediately put in mind of an exam I took in seminary. It was called...
  • Russian Church “In No Hurry” to Recognize Authenticity of Romanov Remains

    12/20/2020 5:57:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/16/20
    The Russian Orthodox Church is in no rush to recognize the authenticity of the remains of the Royal Martyrs found near Ekaterinburg, His Grace Bishop Evgeny of Ekaterinburg said at a press conference on Saturday. Earlier, Evgeny Pchelov, an associate professor of the Historical and Archival Institute of the Russian Orthodox University for the Humanities who participated in the Russian Church’s historical and documentary examination of the remains found at Ganina Yama, told RIA-Novosti that the complex of studies confirmed the authenticity of the remains. As Pchelov explained, it was possible to restore a fairly complete picture of what happened...
  • Call to Replace Lenin Monument with Royal Martyrs on Rostov-on-Don City Square

    12/19/2020 6:58:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/15/20
    A petition has appeared online for citizens of Rostov-on-Don to vote for authorities to officially consider replacing a monument to Vladimir Lenin on the central city square with a monument to the Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II. The petition, published on the Active Rostovite site of the Rostov-on-Don city administration, also calls for the historical names to be restored to all city streets. The initiative was published on December 11, and has received considerable attention in the local media. “In order to restore historical justice, I propose to return the pre-revolutionary names to all city streets existing today; to rename...
  • The Law of God is Above the Law of the State, Says Metropolitan of Morphou, Refusing to Accept Order to Close Churches

    12/18/2020 5:47:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/14/20
    His Eminence Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou explained in his Sunday sermon why he is unwilling to close the churches in his Metropolis despite the latest order from the state that all churches throughout the country be closed. “The law of God is above the law of the state,” he said. According to the latest order, all Church services are to be held without any of the faithful until December 31. Met. Neophytos announced to his flock last week: “In the metropolitan area of Morphou, we inform, as the local Metropolitan, that our holy churches will continue their operation and will...
  • Unique Documents on Demolished Moscow Churches and Chapels Published Online

    12/17/2020 5:34:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/11/20
    Thanks to a new project from the Moscow Archives and the State Inspectorate for Real Estate, unique documents on a number of churches and chapels destroyed in Moscow in the 1920s and 30s are now available online. The project aims to identify and publish documents connected with the historical appearance of the capital city, according to the official website of the Mayor of Moscow. All materials identified so far—plans, drawings, watercolor drawings of facades—are already available online on the website of the Moscow Archives in the “Unique Documents” section. “Thanks to our joint educational project, Muscovites will be able to...