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What Elder Porphyrios, a Famous Monk-Priest, Says About How Parents and Teachers Need to Treat the Young

What Elder Porphyrios, a Famous Monk-Priest, Says About How Parents and Teachers Need to Treat the Young

ABOUT PARENTAL EDUCATION AND UPBRINGING

The education, says elder Porphyrios, lasts throughout life (lifelong education) and starts from fetal life, and constantly evolving. The most important educations and upbringing is the one held by the family.

According to elder Porphyrios, the family is the first physical means of upbringing [...]

Announcement of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia about the non canonical actions of Patriarch of Serbia in Indonesia

Announcement of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia about the non canonical actions of Patriarch of Serbia in Indonesia

Much to their surprise, the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia were informed via the official website of the Orthodox Church of Serbia about the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch of Serbia Irinej to Indonesia and his participation in an Interfaith Conference, organized by the Government of the aforementioned Asian country.

The Renovation of Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral in Singapore

The Renovation of Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral in Singapore

During August many renovation works were made at the Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Singapore under the guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Konstantinos of Singapore and South Asia. The Orthodox Metropolitanate would like to thank the donors for their kindness and contribution and all the members of the Orthodox Community in Singapore who helped with the finishing of renovation.

Overseas News

Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope

Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has greeted crowds in Rome’s St Peter’s Square after his election as the Catholic Church’s new Pope.

Appearing on a balcony over the square, he asked the faithful to pray for him. Cheers erupted as he gave a blessing.

The first Latin American [...]

2012 was in top 10 warmest on record

2012 was in top 10 warmest on record

US scientists say that 2012 was among the 10 warmest years the world has experienced since 1880.

Nasa researchers said it was the ninth warmest year while experts from another American agency said it was the tenth.

Both teams said that temperatures would have been higher if it [...]

British Airways Check-In Clerk finally wins her court battle over right to wear a cross

British Airways Check-In Clerk finally wins her court battle over right to wear a cross

Daily Mail, January 16

by Stephen Doughty and Davis Wilkes

British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida triumphed over the airline yesterday after a six-year battle to wear her cross at work.

Her right to profess her religious belief should have trumped the airline’s powers to mould its [...]

Ecumenical Patriarchate

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Boğaziçi University’s 150th anniversary.

Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the [...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

Adlon Hotel, Berlin

(December 4, 2013)

Your Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America,

Your Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany,

Your Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France,

Beloved Co-celebrants in the Lord;

Your Excellencies and Honorable Representatives of Governments;

Beloved and Esteemed [...]

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

We have come to September 1st, the beginning of the ecclesiastical year, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate and subsequently the entire Orthodox Church designated as a day of prayer for the natural environment. Since then, as a result of this initiative, the interest in protecting the natural environment has expanded more broadly and numerous measures are now taken for the sustainability and balance of the earth’s ecosystems as well as for all related problems.

Faith

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Behold a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding [...]

Homily on Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer by Saint John Chrysostom

Homily on Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer by Saint John Chrysostom

On the holy martyr Saint Ignatius, the God-Bearer, Archbishop of Antioch the great, who was carried off to Rome, and there suffered martyrdom, and thence was conveyed back again to Antioch.

1. Sumptuous and splendid entertainers give frequent and constant entertainments, alike to display their own wealth, and to show good-will to their [...]

Saints Boniface and Aglaia as Models for our Lives

Saints Boniface and Aglaia as Models for our Lives

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

 

Saints Boniface and Aglaia lived in the third century and both were Christians. Saint Aglaia belonged to the class of noble and wealthy Roman women. She had a merciful heart and for this reason she was always inclined to charity and good works. Saint Boniface was secretary, property manager [...]

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Human Rights and the Orthodox Church

Human Rights and the Orthodox Church

What is the meaning of the term «human rights»?

The adjective «human» attributes something to all humans in general. «Rights» belong to each human individually, unconditionally and without exceptions. Each individual existence, being human, is a bearer of rights.

The word «right» refers to the claim-demand of an individual, [...]

The First Icons of Christ and the Virgin

The First Icons of Christ and the Virgin

The teaching of the Church, according to which images are an integral element of the Christian Gospel from its very beginning, is also expressed in the tradition which asserts that the first icon of Christ appeared during His life on earth. In the West, this image was called “the Holy Face.” In the [...]

The Orthodox Church as seen by the Roman Church

The Orthodox Church as seen by the Roman Church

After the Schism between Constantinople and Rome, the Roman Church tended to work on the assumption that there was no Church in the East, but only scattered Christians. Although this contention may be dismissed as a polemic exaggeration, Rome interpreted Christian universality as universality of the West. The situation was changed by Pope [...]

South Asia News

Pakistan rain and storms kill dozens

Pakistan rain and storms kill dozens

At least 32 people have been killed and dozens more injured after three days of heavy rain and storms in Pakistan, officials say.

Most of the deaths were in the north of the country, where roofs caved in and houses collapsed, killing several children.

Six members of one [...]

Deaths of pygmy elephants sparks concern in Malaysia

Deaths of pygmy elephants sparks concern in Malaysia

A forlorn and frightened pygmy elephant calf, reaching out its trunk to touch its dead mother.

That’s the heartbreaking scene local authorities came across recently as they patrolled the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in northeastern Borneo.

The mother was one of 14 elephants, the latest one discovered Thursday, found dead over the past few weeks [...]

Cemetery as battleground for ‘soul of Singapore’

Cemetery as battleground for ‘soul of Singapore’

Millie Phuah arrived at Singapore’s Bukit Brown cemetery on a humid morning, armed with a rake and gloves to clear fallen branches and decaying leaves from her ancestors’ graves.

“I’ve got my great-grandparents on this side … and my grand-uncle will be on this side,” she said, pointing in opposite directions. [...]

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Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

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Behold a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding [...]

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Homily on Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer by Saint John Chrysostom

Homily on Saint Ignatius the God-Bearer by Saint John Chrysostom

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On the holy martyr Saint Ignatius, the God-Bearer, Archbishop of Antioch the great, who was carried off to Rome, and there suffered martyrdom, and thence was conveyed back again to Antioch.

1. Sumptuous and splendid entertainers give frequent and constant entertainments, alike to display their own wealth, and to show good-will to their [...]

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Saints Boniface and Aglaia as Models for our Lives

Saints Boniface and Aglaia as Models for our Lives

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By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

 

Saints Boniface and Aglaia lived in the third century and both were Christians. Saint Aglaia belonged to the class of noble and wealthy Roman women. She had a merciful heart and for this reason she was always inclined to charity and good works. Saint Boniface was secretary, property manager [...]

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The Celebration of Christmas (3 of 6)

The Celebration of Christmas (3 of 6)

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3. Pagan Origins? We will consider first the objection that holidays in general (including Christmas) have pagan and non-Christian origins, and that they are accompanied by actions such as drunkenness and prostitution. It is true that it may seem some holidays may coincide at a time when ancient peoples celebrated their own holidays. It seems [...]

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The Celebration of Christmas (2 of 6)

The Celebration of Christmas (2 of 6)

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2. Objections to the Celebration of Christmas However, there are many who are called “Christians” who refuse (as strange as it may seem) to celebrate this moving yet joyous event in the history of mankind. We have in mind the so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses who raise their objections about whether to celebrate this event of the [...]

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The Celebration of Christmas (1 of 6)

The Celebration of Christmas (1 of 6)

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1. The Meaning of Christmas Christmas is a Theophany – a manifestation of God. The Apostle Paul, in his First Epistle to Timothy, writes: “God was manifested in the flesh” (3:16). And how was God manifested in the flesh, having been born as a man? For He was a man like us, of flesh and [...]

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