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Rev Dr. Themistocles Adamopoulo to lead Archon Lenten Retreat, March 27-28, in Southampton, NY
With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Twelfth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 27 and 28 under the superb chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros. Full Text
PBS' Religion and Ethic Newsweekly program reports on 'Halki Seminary'
Once the world’s leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was closed by the Turkish government 43 years ago. The US and religious freedom activists want it reopened. But Turkish officials have long said that won’t happen until Greece improves conditions for Turkish minorities living there. Full Text
Archons Manos and Pablecas appointed Regional Commanders of Metropolis of Chicago
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and in consultation with His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, and pursuant to the Archon governing Bylaws, National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis has appointed John G. Manos, Archon Eutaxias, and Gus M. Pablecas, Archon Ostiarios, Regional Commanders for the Archons of the Metropolis of Chicago. Full Text
Archons of South Florida to host Religious Freedom Events
The Archons of South Florida will be hosting several religious freedom events. Full Text
Christmas 2014: Remembering those who suffer for the Faith; Christmas Message from the Commander
This year as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we behold around the world our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering violent and constant persecution. Hierarchs, clergy, monastics and Orthodox communicants are murdered, kidnapped and suffer unspeakable indignities. Full Text
Full interview with Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis in Hurriyet newspaper, entitled 'The Pope's Visit to Istanbul was for Patriarch Bartholomew'
The Pope’s visit to Turkey was of immense importance on several levels: First, it was a visit to a worldwide leader of another Christian church, namely Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, whose church Pope Francis regards as indispensable for Christian unity. Full Text
Ohio joins 42 other states in supporting Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Ohio became the 43rd state to express its support for religious freedom for Orthodox Christianity’s Ecumenical Patriarchate on December 9th when the Ohio House of Representatives adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 in a unanimous 85-0 vote. The Ohio Senate had earlier adopted the resolution in May. SCR 21 is the 53rd such resolution to be adopted in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in these states. Full Text
Aleteia reports on 'Orthodox Theologian Sees "Big Step Forward" with Francis Visit to Istanbul'
A leading Orthodox theologian has said that Pope Francis’s words while visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul “represent a big step forward.” Full Text
The Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Ecumenical Patriarchate title would elevate Turkey's reputation'
The Turkish government can ‘only benefit from recognizing the ecumenical status of the Patriarchate’ a senior official from the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate says in an exclusive interview Full Text
The Orthodox Christian Network reports on 'Persecution of Christians: What You Should Know'
The systematic persecution of Christians in Iraq is indicative of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East; cruel and barbaric. Like many minorities, these Indigenous inhabitants of Iraq have suffered under various regimes; however, the situation worsened in the last few weeks when the militant extremists ISIS (or DAESH as per their Arabic acronym) started a genocide, “cleansing” the Christians from Iraq, in order to establish an Islamic Caliphate State. Full Text
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