An Orthodox priest in the Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) region
of Russia has been commended by the Russian Ministry of Health for
his work in reducing the number of abortions in his district. His
personal efforts in counseling and helping women to keep their babies
has reduced the abortion rate in the Volgograd region by 25 percent
over the past five years.
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - The body of the Greek-Orthodox priest
Fr. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of the church of St. Elias in Qatana,
was found today in the Jaramana neighborhood (north of Damascus) not
far from the place where he was kidnapped, on October 19, by unidentified
armed group (see Fides 24/10/2012).FOR
WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials from several countries
say Iran in recent weeks has virtually completed an underground nuclear
enrichment plant, racing ahead despite international pressure and
heavy economic sanctions in what experts say may be an effort to give
it leverage in any negotiations with the United States and its allies.
His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate,
Locum Tenens, will chair the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops
of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the members of
the Holy Synod will consider a number of current issues and review plans
for the 17th All-American Council, slated to convene at Holy Trinity Church,
Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
American Atheists (AA), a prominent secular group, is
unleashing a contentious billboard campaign seemingly aimed at bashing
presidential candidates’ — and the general populations’
religious beliefs. While attempting to boost its own standing, AA is using
the two billboard as an opportunity to lambaste Christianity. CNN has
more about the atheist-led campaign:
A prominent atheist group is using next month‘s Democratic National
Convention to take aim at the presidential candidates’ religion,
planning to put up billboards targeting Mormonism and Christianity in
Charlotte, North Carolina, during the week of the convention there.
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Black Bishop: End 'Slavish
Devotion' to Democratic Party
African-American Christians have traditionally aligned
themselves with the Democrat party.
But these days, a growing number of black ministers are calling on their
church communities to take a closer look at the issues and support the
candidates that best reflect their values.
Posted by Daniel Greenfield Bio ? on Oct 6th, 2012
Since Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was interrogated, arrested
and charged as a show of appeasement to the Muslim world and a warning
to those who would exercise their right of free speech to offend Muslims,
a number of civil rights groups have spoken out on the subject. The ACLU
has not been one of them.
The Electronic Freedom Foundation and the First Amendment Center have
made clear public statements on the dangerous and troubling actions of
the Obama Administration, but the ACLU has been completely absent in the
greatest free speech case of this century.
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Saad al-Katatny elected head of Muslim Brotherhood's
Freedom and Justice Party, says goal is to "institute Islamic Sharia
law." PHOTO: REUTERS/POOL NEW
Saad al-Katatny was elected chairman of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s
political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, Egyptian media reported
Friday. He beat out FJP’s acting leader Essam al- Erian in a vote
that took place October 6.
The FJP is Egypt’s largest political party, currently occupying
47 percent of all seats in the country’s lower house of parliament.
BROOKLINE, MA -- Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) has designated October
as Orthodox Awareness Month to foster an understanding of Orthodox Christianity
and educate students on college campuses across North America.
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Greece's near bankrupt public
healthcare system has left state-run hospitals with a rapidly dwindling
stock of medical supplies and medicine, and healthcare workers struggling
to care for critically ill patients. International Orthodox Christian
Charities (IOCC) is responding to the country's escalating healthcare
crisis with a shipment of more than $1.3 million in medical supplies destined
for Greek hospitals in Athens and the island of Crete.
Great Martyr Dimitrios, the Myrrh-flowing and Wonderworking
Saint, was a Christian and the son of the military commander of Thessalonica
in the early fourth century. St. Dimitrios was the only son and was,
because of this, most carefully cherished and educated. When his father
died, Dimitrios was appointed by Emperor Maximian to take his place.
Maximian was an opponent of Christ and charged Dimitrios to persecute
and to kill the Christians in that city.
Instead, Dimitrios disobeyed Maximian and openly confessed and preached
Christianity. Hearing of this, the Emperor was furious and on his
way back from battles against the Sarmathians he went to Thessalonica
to look into the matter. He summoned Dimitrios and questioned him
about his faith. Dimitrios confessed his belief as well as his disgust
for idolatry (and thus openly criticising the Emperor himself). The
enraged Emperor cast him into prison, and Dimitrios, knowing his fate,
had his servant Lupus give his wealth to the poor (being glad that
suffering for Christ was to be his lot).
Violent Islamic antisemitism increasingly becoming a common feature
of European life. "Islamic radical shot dead by anti-terrorism
police in France after opening fire on offices in dawn raid,"
by Peter Allen in the Daily Mail, October 6 (thanks to all who sent
Police have reportedly fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators as
they protested against the collapse of rial. Last Modified: 04 Oct
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With the blessing of His Holiness Kyrill,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and the First Hierarch of the Russian
Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, a joint pastoral conference
of the Eastern American Diocese and the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA
will be held on October 11-13, 2012. The working portion of the conference
will be held in the parish center of Holy Virgin Protection Church in
Nyack, NY. The All-Night Vigil on Friday, October 12, will be held at
Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in Nanuet, NY, while the
Divine Liturgy on October 13 will be held at Three Saints Patriarchal
Church in Garfield, NJ. The Sretensky Male Choir of Moscow will sing the