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Assembly of Bishops issues common statement on sanctity of life

To mark the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States of America, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA [AOB] and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB] issued a common statement, titled “Seeking Life, Mercy, and Healing.”

Orthodox Nun Gabrielia and Indira Gandhi : The Story Untold

What can be the relation between a poor Greek Orthodox Christian nun and the Iron lady of India? It seems to be a very interesting story. Many Orthodox faithful, particularly in India, remain unaware about this incident. Gerontissa Gavrielia (Elder Gravilea)was a Greek Orthodox nun who spend several years in India taking care of the poor and sick.

Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium Announced for June 2016

Minneapolis, MN – The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (www.isocm.com) will host a pan-Orthodox music symposium at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral from Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, 2016. The event will include presentations and workshops, music reading sessions, rehearsals, and will culminate in a festive hierarchical All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.  The event will also feature a special concert by the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana.

According to Archpriest Ivan Moody, ISOCM’s board chairman, the aim of this symposium is to bring together people involved in all aspects of music-making in the Orthodox Church - chanters, choir singers, composers, conductors and musicologists. Father Ivan said, “An event like this reinforces the idea that we can all learn from each other and together enrich the worship of the Church.”

Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung Goes Orthodox in Russia

The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church.

Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports.

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Annual Symposium A Great Success!

Annual Symposium A Great Success!
Annual Symposium A Great Success!
Annual Symposium A Great Success!
Annual Symposium A Great Success!

Over 100 attended to hear Father Josiah Trenham present the Cross and the Crescent, a thought provoking discussion that reviewed the history of Orthodoxy and Islam and it's impact on today's society. The single most significant historical event in the history of Orthodox Christianity is the rise of Islam. Nothing compares to its impact on the life of the Church in the world- not the Crusades, not the Great Schism, not the Bolshevik Revolution. This lecture compared Christian and Muslim views of mission and the world, and described how Orthodox Christianity has related to Islam over our more than 14 centuries of mutual life. Go to www.ancientfaith.com in two weeks to listen to this lecture.