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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
Father Chryssavgis to lead Archon Lenten Retreat, March 25-26
It is with great joy and anticipation that we invite all Archons and their families to attend the Eighth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 25 and 26. This year's Lenten Retreat will be led by Father John Chryssavgis who will focus on "An Ancient Faith for a Modern World: Lessons on the spiritual disciplines of Great Lent." Full Text
Kairos Journal reports on 'Increasing Challenges for Christians in Modern Turkey'
Turkey has been a secular republic for almost a century. Nevertheless, the country is being pulled in opposite directions by powerful forces. On one side are secularizing pressures, which have led many in Turkey to look increasingly westward toward Europe. Full Text
Forum 18 News Service reports on 'Turkey: The fundamental problem and how it might be solved'
It is becoming increasingly clear that Turkey should allow full legal status for religious and belief communities of all kinds – including atheists and agnostics. But it is also becoming clear that the issue cannot be addressed indirectly, as a by-product of addressing other problems. Full Text
USA Today reports on 'Who will defend Mideast Christians?'
Perhaps the situation in Egypt will resolve itself peacefully. Or perhaps we'll see a long stretch of public unrest before the nation finally stumbles its way into a new form of stable government. But there's one easy prediction to make: Whatever happens, Egypt's Coptic Christians are going to be hurt, unless the United States makes a major diplomatic effort to help them. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Hammarberg concerned about freedom of religion in Turkey'
A Council of Europe commissioner has said that although positive steps have been undertaken to allow religious minorities to freely practice their faith in Turkey, a number of outstanding issues remain which require the attention of the Turkish authorities. Full Text
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