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    UOCUSA First Hierarch To Be Present At Crete Council

    "His Eminence Metropolitan Antony [of the UOCUSA] Selected As Member of Ecumenical Patriarchate's Delegation At The Holy And Great Council" ( How interesting that the Church of Constantinople decided to include the head of its Ukrainian...
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    Former OCA Metropolitan in Moscow

    Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) concelebrated with Patriarch Cyril of Moscow and other hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church this past Saturday in Moscow ( - any word on why he's visiting Russia? The Moscow Patriarchate still refers to him as...
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    Anthimus I of Constantinople

    Is Patriarch Anthimus I of Constantinople, who consecrated St. Jacob Baradaeus, venerated as a saint by any of the Oriental Orthodox Churches?
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    Special Midwestern Diocesan Assembly Scheduled for October - "BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [MW Diocese Communications] — The 53rd Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest will be held at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014...Immediately preceding the Assembly, a Special Diocesan Assembly will be...
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    Fast of the Catechumens

    I just stumbled across the existence of the Fast of the Catechumens - is this just the Armenian Orthodox version of the Fast of Nineveh? Is it an older, longer version of that fast? According to the Echmiadzin Catholicate ( it...
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    OCA Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania to Nominate Next Bishop So the American Orthodox/OCA Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania is holding a special diocesan assembly tonight to nominate a candidate for election as the next Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern...
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    Happy New Year!

    መልካም አዲስ አመት, happy Ethiopian New Year, and happy Nayrouz to all the Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Copts out there! Some sweet pictures from Ethiopian New Year celebrations in San Jose:
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    Altar Etiquette

    Is it normal for everyone in a Coptic Orthodox church to go into the altar after the anointing (?) of the image of Christ during Holy Week? (After the service where everyone's given some of the spices?)
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    The status of Emperor Constantine in the Oriental Orthodox Churches

    And yet St. Constantine is on the Coptic Orthodox calendar, and historically prominent though he was, he wasn't exactly a shining beacon for much of his life...
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    Russian Orthodox Holy Synod Creates Metropolia, Dioceses and Elects New Bishops There's way too much to translate and quote, but at its meeting today in Kiev the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church established the Dioceses of Bishkek and Dushanbe in Central Asia, Arsen'ev and Nakhodka in the Russian Far East...
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    Suryoyo Challenge Turkish Surname Restrictions "Members of Turkey’s Syriac Christian community are leading a legal struggle to adopt last names that reflect their identity despite a Constitutional Court ruling earlier this year that barred...
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    Karl Marx Monument News (non political discussion) "Penza, July 14, Interfax - Monument to Carl Marx at the Sovetskaya Square in downtown Penza was dismantled as a cathedral will be erected instead of it, the Penza Diocese told Interfax... [b][Color=green]Edited for the news posting policy - MK.
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    Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of Toledo Nominates Next Bishop "Archimandrite Alexander (Golitzin) was nominated as the candidate for Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese at the diocese’s Fifth Congress-Sobor [in Fort Wayne] Saturday, June 9, 2011..." It may be early for an axios, but all the same, axios! :-)
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    Priest Hanged in Kyivshchyna "Kiev, June 30, Interfax - A priest was found hanged on the porch of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Church in the town of Malaya Berezanka in the Kiev region, Ukraine..." So sad :-(. God grant him rest!
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    Interview with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan on Division of Dioceses 'Our task is to develop missionary, charitable, youth, catechetical and teaching activities in deaneries and parishes, and this requires the attention of every diocesan bishop, [of every diocesan bishop] visiting to each deanery. One bishop, who is...
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    New Martyrs of Naousa Glorified in Greek Macedonia 'On the morning Sunday, 26 June, the glorification of the 1,241 New Martyrs of Naousa martyred in the city in 1822 was held in Naousa's Church of the Transfiguration...' Representatives of...
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    360th Anniversary of the Battle of Berestechko Remembered in Plyasheva 'June 26, 2011 - On the Sunday of All the Saints of the Ukrainian Lands, in St. George's Monastery at the Cossack Tombs, the solemn annual commemoration of the Ukrainian Cossacks and peasants who died in the Battle of Berestechko...
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    Victims of Jadovno Camp Commemorated in Croatia 'In the open pit in...Jadovno, yesterday, His Grace Bishop Gerasim of Upper Karlovac, with the assistance of clergy and monks of the Eparchy of Upper Karlovac, served the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy, followed by a memorial for all...
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    Bulgarian PM Calls for Mandatory Religious Education "Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, declared Saturday he supports making religious education in schools mandatory..." Interesting comment near the end about atheism being the biggest threat to Bulgaria.
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    Muslims Surround Church in Upper Egyptian Village "Hundreds of Muslims surrounded the church of St George today in the village of Beni Ahmed West, 7 KM south of Minya, vowing to kill its priest Father George Thabet, who was serving the morning mass and was locked in the church with a number of...