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Funeral services for Metropolitan Nicholas, March 18
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America noted with great sorrow the falling asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, the Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the USA. Full Text
Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the nuclear explosion at Fukushima
It is with burdened and painful heart that the entire world is witnessing the drama of the tragic earthquake, which over the last days has afflicted Japan and cost numerous lives of our brothers and sisters. Moreover, it is with much anguish and sorrow that we behold the related devastation in the Land of the Rising Sun as well as in other nations of the Pacific. Full Text
Archon Behrakis slated to be the first recipient of the ‘Nicholas J. Bouras Award’
The Order of Saint Andrew is proud to announce that Archon Depoutatos George D. Behrakis has been named to be the first recipient of the “Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship.” A special tribute dinner dance will be held on June 5 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Full Text
Ekklesia reports on 'Turkish Protestants still face 'long path' to religious freedom'
A senior Turkish Protestant has said his country's small Christian churches still face severe hardships, despite recent pledges by the government to improve protection of religious rights - writes Jonathan Luxmoore. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Greek patriarch repeats call to reopen Halki seminary'
The 40-year silence of the Halki (or Heybeliada) seminary must end, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, repeating a long-time demand of the patriarchate, on Monday night at the premiere of the documentary “The Silent School” commemorating the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the seminary. Full Text
North Dakota adopts religious freedom resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
The North Dakota state Senate has adopted a resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. With this action, the North Dakota Senate joins 33 other states that have adopted similar resolutions of support. Full Text
Ecumenical Patriarch issues homily offering spiritual guidance for Great Lent
“The arena of the virtues has opened; those who desire to compete may enter, girding themselves with the good struggle of fasting.” (Triodion, Cheesefare Sunday) Or, better, the arena has always remained open, from the time that the All-Merciful Lord of Glory deemed it worthy to assume our nature. Since then, through His Church, he invites every person to participate in the boundless gifts of the grace of the Holy Spirit, particularly during this blessed period of Holy and Great Lent. Full Text
Archon Tribute Dinner honors Ambassador Kaskarelis of Greece
His Excellency Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of Greece to the United States was honored for his extraordinary support of religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Order of Saint Andrew. The event was held on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and hosted by National Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras. Full Text
Cornell University Law School reports on 'Professor Ndulo speaks on Turkey, religious freedom, and the European Union'
Orthodox Christianity has been tied to Constantinople for thousands of years. But now that Turkey is predominantly Muslim, that church, as well as other minority religions, has suffered from persecutions that range from governmental inaction to actual violence. Full Text
Archon Lenten Retreat, March 25-26, to focus on 'An Ancient Faith for a Modern World: Lessons on the Spiritual Disciplines of Great Lent'
It is with great joy and anticipation that we invite you and your families to attend the Eighth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 25 and 26. In continuing to foster greater connection with our sister Orthodox churches under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, this year's Lenten retreat will be at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States located in Somerset, New Jersey. Full Text
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