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St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero Consecrated

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero Consecrated Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, with the faithful and other members of the clergy present, consecrated the rebuilt St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, the only place of worship destroyed in 9/11. Credit: GOARCH Early on Monday morning, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, with the faithful […]

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Archbishop Ιeronymos again tests positive for Covid-19

Archbishop Ιeronymos again tests positive for Covid-19 The influential primate of the Church of Greece, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, this week has again tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, marking the second infection of the same virus for the octogenarian hierarch. Ieronymos lasted tested positive for Covid-19 in November 2020. According to […]

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Rotunda in Thessaloniki: The Oldest Surviving Church in Greece

Rotunda in Thessaloniki: The Oldest Surviving Church in Greece The imposing Rotunda in Thessaloniki. Public Domain The Rotunda, built by Roman emperor Galerius in 306 AD, is the oldest of Thessaloniki’s churches and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built at the turning point between the pagan and Christian world, probably as a temple […]

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St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Schenectady rewards Greek school students

St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Schenectady rewards Greek school students St. George Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek School Board sponsored the end-of-the-year celebration and moving-up ceremony on June 2. Students kicked off the celebration by reciting the Greek National Anthem followed by an opening prayer and welcoming remarks from Fr. Neofitos Sarigiannis. The program’s 25 […]

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Ukraine Orthodox Church Cuts All Ties With Russian Church Over War

Ukraine Orthodox Church Cuts All Ties With Russian Church Over War Ukraine’s recently formed Orthodox Church has declared it will become completely independent from the Russian Church. The branch of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church that remained loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate after the 2019 schism between them, has said it will break with the Russian church […]

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Vartholomaios says Russian church has ‘disappointed us’ over Ukraine

Vartholomaios says Russian church has ‘disappointed us’ over Ukraine The Russian Orthodox Church has let Christian Orthodox fathers down by supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual head of some 260 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, said in an interview. Moscow calls its three-month-old invasion a “special military operation” to rid Ukraine of […]

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Churches of Serbia, North Macedonia, end decades-old dispute

Churches of Serbia, North Macedonia, end decades-old dispute The head of Serbia’s Orthodox Church said Tuesday that he would recognize the full independence of the church in neighboring North Macedonia, signaling an end to a decades-old religious dispute. The Macedonian Church unilaterally announced its independence, or autocephaly, from the Serbian Church in 1967, while the […]

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The American far-right and the Orthodox Church

The American far-right and the Orthodox Church NPR recently highlighted how Orthodox Christian churches in the US are drawing in far-right American converts that show strong strains of nativism and white nationalism, along with a strong admiration for authoritarianism and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dr. Sarah Riccardi-Swartz and Dr. Aram Sariksian join Thanos Davelis to […]

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North Macedonia welcomes Patriarchate’s recognition of Church of Ohrid

North Macedonia welcomes Patriarchate’s recognition of Church of Ohrid North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski has welcomed the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognize North Macedonia’s Orthodox church as the Church of Ohrid. On Monday, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, chaired by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, declared North Macedonia’s church, led […]

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Op-Ed: The Ukrainian Church of shelters and catacombs, the geopolitics of Eastern Orthodoxy

Op-Ed: The Ukrainian Church of shelters and catacombs, the geopolitics of Eastern Orthodoxy By Evangelos Venizelos* In the wake of the Russian attack and the war in Ukraine, the arguments heard in 2018-2019 regarding the granting of autocephaly [independence from the Moscow Patriarchate] to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine came to the surface once more, […]

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Holy Week in Smyrna in 1920

Holy Week in Smyrna in 1920 Easter outside Agia Fotini Church in Smyrna in 1920. Orthodox Easter in the city (modern-day Izmir in Turkey) on the coast of Asia Minor was always the biggest holiday of Christians in the East. It was an opportunity not only for all members of Smyrna’s parishes to meet, but […]

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Hidden Byzantine Church in Istanbul Revealed in All Its Glory

Hidden Byzantine Church in Istanbul Revealed in All Its Glory Photos of the ruins of an underground church and holy spring in Istanbul, in the former Byzantine city of Constantinople, have recently been released to the public. Photo: www.Twitter.com/@KPW1453 A hidden Byzantine church and a holy spring were recently discovered at an excavation site in […]

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Holy Thursday Commemorates Last Supper in the Greek Orthodox Church

Holy Thursday Commemorates Last Supper in the Greek Orthodox Church The Last Supper by Valentine de Boulogne (1625-1626). Public Domain Holy Thursday and the Last Supper is the culmination of the Divine Drama in the Greek Orthodox Church, as the last day of Jesus Christ on earth. It is the day that Judas Iscariot betrays […]

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Easter service crasher arrested

Easter service crasher arrested A man who entered a church in the Agios Panteleimonas area of Athens on Saturday and started shouting in Arabic from the microphone during an Easter service has been arrested, Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos said on Wednesday. “The Arab man who created a problem in the Church of St Panteleimon […]

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The Island of Sifnos, Unassuming Gem of the Western Cyclades

The Island of Sifnos, Unassuming Gem of the Western Cyclades The church of Taxiarches, in the village of Vathy on Sifnos. Photo Credit: Zde /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 Sifnos, one of the islands of the Western Cyclades, is a balance of beautiful beaches, nightlife, pristine white villages, low-impact tourism — and perhaps the best food […]

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Ancient Byzantine Church Discovered Under Turkish Lake

Ancient Byzantine Church Discovered Under Turkish Lake St. Neophytos Basilica, Nicaea. Credtis: Arkeofili/Public Domain The remains of a 1,500-year-old basilica constructed in honor of St. Neophytos have now emerged after water levels in Lake Iznik in the province of Bursa had dropped recently, the newspaper Daily Sabah reports. The basilica in northwest Turkey, hidden underwater for […]

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre’s ancient altar rediscovered, researchers say

Church of the Holy Sepulchre’s ancient altar rediscovered, researchers say Pressed against a wall in a back corridor of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a stone slab bore testimony only to the graffiti etched on it by multitudes of pilgrims through the ages. But the 2.5 x 1.5 metre stone turned out to be […]

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Archbishop Elpidophoros Slams Russia’s Orthodox Church on Ukraine

Archbishop Elpidophoros Slams Russia’s Orthodox Church on Ukraine Elpidophoros criticized the Russian Orthodox Church and singled out Patriarch Kyrill for their stance on the invasion of Ukraine on Monday. Credit: GOA/D.Panagos Archbishop Elpidophoros of America slammed Russia’s Orthodox Church for supporting the invasion of Ukraine signaling out its head Patriarch Kirill in a speech delivered […]

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Greece’s Miracle Church: 17 Oak Trees Sprout From its Roof and Walls

Greece’s Miracle Church: 17 Oak Trees Sprout From its Roof and Walls The Church of Agia Theodora in the Peloponnese. Credit: EntaXoyas/CC3/Wikipedia A tiny church in Greece’s Peloponnese dating from the 11th or the 12th century is a miracle of nature, and for the faithful, a sign of God’s power. Religious pilgrims and sightseers alike […]

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Ten Majestic Aegean Sea Churches in Greece Dedicated to the Virgin Mary

Ten Majestic Aegean Sea Churches in Greece Dedicated to the Virgin Mary Greek church Credtis: Emma Van Sant/Unsplash There are numerous Marian churches in Greece. Some majestic, some humble and unassuming, many of them built on rocks on inaccessible hills, or even in caves long the stunningly beautiful shorelines of the Aegean sea. Their histories are filled […]

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The “Russian World” ideology, the invasion of Ukraine, and the Orthodox Church

The “Russian World” ideology, the invasion of Ukraine, and the Orthodox Church Instead of strongly condemning Russian President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian Patriarch Kirill has given his full-throated support to the Kremlin. This support stems from an ideology supported by both Putin and Kirill known as “Russian World”, which links faith with Russia’s nationalist […]

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Ukraine invasion splits Orthodox Church, isolates Russian patriarch

Ukraine invasion splits Orthodox Church, isolates Russian patriarch Russian Patriarch Kirill’s full-throated blessing for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has splintered the worldwide Orthodox Church and unleashed an internal rebellion that experts say is unprecedented. Kirill, 75, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sees the war as a bulwark against a West he considers […]

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Orthodox Church Splits From Russia Requests to Join Constantinople Patriarchate

Orthodox Church Splits From Russia Requests to Join Constantinople Patriarchate The Saint Nicholas of Myra in Amsterdam has asked to join the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. Credit: Saint Nicholas of Myra A Russian Orthodox church in Holland said on Saturday it is cutting ties with the patriarchate in Russia and has requested to join the […]

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Russian Orthodox church in Amsterdam splits with Moscow

Russian Orthodox church in Amsterdam splits with Moscow A Russian Orthodox church in Holland has said it is cutting ties with the Moscow patriarchate and has requested to join the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople instead. “Is no longer possible for them to function within the Moscow patriarchate and provide a spiritually safe environment for our […]

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Church of Greece ready to receive refugees from Ukraine

Church of Greece ready to receive refugees from Ukraine The Holy Synod sent an encyclical to all the Metropolises of the Church of Greece, to inform the body of their ability to offer hospitality to Ukrainian refugees in ecclesiastical sites and institutions (camps, boarding schools, monasteries) or in vacant apartments and houses of ecclesiastical legal […]

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Historic monuments in northern Greece to undergo restoration

Historic monuments in northern Greece to undergo restoration The church of Panagia Acheiropoietos in Thessaloniki, the Palaeologan frescoes in the churches of Agia Aikaterini, Agios Nikolaos Orfanos and Profitis Ilias, the Orta mosque in Veria, the central church of Maximianoupolis in Komotini and other important monuments in northern Greece, inscribed on the UNESCO protection list, […]

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UK man hands Cyprus Church icon taken by his officer father

UK man hands Cyprus Church icon taken by his officer father An 18th-century icon that a British officer spirited out of war-wracked Cyprus in 1974 was returned Wednesday to the island’s Orthodox Church by the officer’s son to reunite it with those “who really appreciate what it stands for.” A representative of the Cyprus Archbishop […]

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Greece’s Open-Air Church that Looks Up to the Skies

Greece’s Open-Air Church that Looks Up to the Skies  Monks and hermits lived during the Byzantine era. Credit: I love LIMNOS/Facebook The church of Panagia Kakaviotissa in Greece’s island of Lemnos is one of the most impressive Greek Orthodox places of worship in the world. Perched on top of Kakavos mountain on Lemnos island, it […]

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Greek Orthdox Church in US: Leadership 100 concludes 31st annual conference

Greek Orthdox Church in US: Leadership 100 concludes 31st annual conference The 31st Annual Conference of Leadership 100 was held from February 10-13 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples in Naples, FL where its Executive Committee approved $4,484,900 in grants for the year 2022. At the conference Demetrios G. Logothetis of Chicago was elected Chairman by the […]

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Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Religious Dialogue in Greece

Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Religious Dialogue in Greece Credit: Interorthodox Church of Greece The Interorthodox Center of the Church of Greece has worked to bring Greek Jews and Orthodox Christians together to help combat antisemitism in Greece. By Evan Bourtis Last October, primary and secondary school teachers from across Attica and Chalkida gathered in a […]

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