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CHRIST IS BORN; ADORE HIM AND VENERATE HIS HUMILITY

By Chor-Episcopos Dr. Kyriakos of Chicago Chief-Editor Remember that the celebration of Christmas was not one of the original feasts related to the mystery of Christ celebrated by the ancient Church. Among all the feasts of the Church the most important was the Celebration of Resurrection of Christ or Passover, or Pascha, because it was…

NATIVITY REFLECTIONS: WAITING WITH HOPE AND EXPECTATION

(This is one of our Nativity 2009 Editorials and written by Tenny Thomas, one of our contributors. Mr. Thomas holds graduate degrees from Cambridge University and Oxford University in United Kingdom, and is growing as a mature Orthodox Theologian by his own right and is reading for his doctorate in Theology at Columbia University, New…

Reflection: The Pascha of our Lord Jesus Christ- 2009

By Rev. Fr. Alexander Lukashonok, M.Div All too often among Christians, the celebration of the Pascha of our Lord Jesus Christ is viewed as the end. Our Lenten journey comes to a conclusion with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and now we can relax and forget about the Church, for the Victory has been won….

The Epoch of Orthodoxy – An Interview with Abbot Ephraim of Vatopaidi

(By Archimandrite Ephraim) On the 19th of May this year, a meeting occurred between students of Moscow theological schools and Abbot of Athonite monastery Vatopedi, Archimandrite Ephraim. The Vice Dean for Education, Abbot Bassian (Zmejev) received and greeted this respected guest. This was not the first meeting of this kind, since Abbot Ephraim had already…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit to Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul

ISTANBUL – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will attend the Papal Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul today. Patriarch Bartholomew will be received by Pope Francis at the entrance and the two leaders will jointly process into the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, where the Pope is to celebrate Mass for…

Pope Francis Returns to the Phanar to Attend Divine Liturgy

ISTANBUL – Pope Francis was enthusiastically greeted for a second time upon his arrival at the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, where he attended the Divine Liturgy to commemorate the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of the Church of Constantinople, the Byzantine name for present-day Istanbul. The Pope was received by Elder Metropolitan…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis Sign Joint Declaration

ISTANBUL – Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed a Joint Declaration with consequential importance for Christian unity and momentous impact on the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. The two leaders recalled with joy and gratitude their recent encounter in Jerusalem to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the meeting there of their predecessors,…

Departure of His Holiness Pope Francis from the Phanar

ISTANBUL – His Holiness Pope Francis departed the Phanar after attending the celebrations for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Thronal Feast on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, first-called of the Apostles and brother of St. Peter, the founder of the Church of Rome. The Joint Declaration signed by both Primates affirmed their personal commitment…

His All-Holiness visits UN Office in Geneva

On the morning of Friday, December, 5, 2014, His All-Holiness visited the seat of the United Nations in Geneva, together with his entourage, where he was warmly welcomed by Michael Møller, Acting Director of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as of the Economic Commission for Europe. Also present was Ambassador Alexandros Alexandris,…

Syrian church head condemns violence against religious institutions

Kochi : Condemning acts of violence against religious institutions, the Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II today urged the Union Government to ensure that religious extremism and violence do not ‘creep’ into Indian society. ‘We condemn any religious desecration of (institutions) Christians, Muslims or Buddhisits. These are sacred places and…

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