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Anti-Catholic Critics Oppose Orthodox Council on Unity CRISIS MAGAZINE - January 23, 2017 While the historic Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which took place in Crete this past June, sought to bridge the gap between Orthodox and non-Orthodox churches, it seems to have created a divide within the Orthodox Church itself. In recent developments, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds the title "first among equals" in the Orthodox Church, sent a letter to ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/aKZDwdtoFwg/orthodox-council-unity

Russian Orthodox Church Will Actively Participate in Restoring Syrian Shrines CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 22, 2017 Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk assures the Russian Orthodox Church will help restore destroyed churches in Syria. "Certainly, we will take part in restoring churches, but first of all, we should restore peace in the country. It is difficult to get down to restoration, when the power in the territory is changing hands every now and then," he said at his meeting with Moscow State Linguistic University students ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/russian-orthodox-church-will-actively.html

Octave of Christian Unity Prayers A CATHOLIC LIFE - January 22, 2017 ... Lapsed Catholics Prayer for the True Faith A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the end of the octave of prayers for the unity of the Church from the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in Rome (Jan. 18) to the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul (Jan. 25). (Apostolic Brief, Feb. 25, 1916; S. P. Ap., Nov. 15, 1927 and Dec. 10, ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/bD22IbZA5qc/octave-of-christian-unity-prayers.html

Moscow Patriarchate Church in Kiev Pelted With Molotov Cocktails CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 21, 2017 Vandals tried to set fire to the Peter Mogila Church (belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate) in Kiev on Monday. Four bottles containing an incendiary mixture thrown at the church bounced off its wooden walls, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said. "It was only a miracle, under the protection of the Holy Mother, that the church remained intact. The bottles were not smashed and bounced off the walls," the church ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/moscow-patriarchate-church-in-kiev.html

Upcoming Conference on "Psychology in the Service of God" BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 20, 2017 ... Orthodox and non-Orthodox, to attend the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute. Upon successful completion, and full course participation, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute, recognizing their continuing education in Orthodox theory and ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/upcoming-conference-on-psychology-in.html

Europe's Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Say They'll Stand Against Terrorism CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 20, 2017 Catholic and Orthodox leaders have pledged to stand together against fundamentalism and terrorism, as well as resisting forces working to erode and destroy religious belief in Europe. "Terrorist violence against people considered unbelievers or infidels is the extreme degree of religious intolerance - we unreservedly condemn it and deplore that such acts have developed in the soil of a misguided religious culture," the church representatives said in a joint message Jan. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/europes-catholic-orthodox-leaders-say.html

Chief of Staff: God Put the Hunger for Freedom in Our Hearts BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 20, 2017 "We want to put the concept of religious freedom (our Patriarch, Constantinople, the recognition of the struggle of the Orthodox Church) front and center in this White House." - Reince Priebus White House Chief of Staff Archon ( Greek Reporter ) - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Thursday praised the Greek Orthodox community and promised that the issue of religious freedom in Turkey will be a concern of the new U.S. administration. Priebus spoke ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/chief-of-staff-god-put-hunger-for.html

Russian Cathedral, Converted to 'Museum of Atheism,' Returning to Religious Use CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 20, 2017 A Russian Orthodox cathedral that was converted to a "Museum of Atheism" under the Communist regime will be restored to use as a cathedral. As a museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, built in 1818, has been a major tourist attraction, drawing nearly 4 million visitors last year. But over 100,000 people signed a petition asking for the building to be returned to religious use, and this week the petition was approved. References: Russian Cathedral That Was Turned ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/russian-cathedral-converted-to-museum.html

Region in Russia Stops Abortions on Feast of the Holy Innocents CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 18, 2017 A region in Russia banned abortion for a day on Wednesday to commemorate the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The Russian Orthodox diocese in the city of Yaroslavl declared January 11 a "day of silence without abortions", and said it was supported by the local health department. A statement on the diocese's website read: "The event is dedicated to the memory of Bethlehem children slaughtered by King Herod, who wanted to kill the newborn infant Christ. On this day it is forbidden ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/region-in-russia-stops-abortions-on.html

Chaldean Patriarchate Proposes an Iraq's Churches Council Based in Baghdad CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 18, 2017 ... would "promote the spirit of unity among the different Churches in Iraq, to coordinate the educational and social activities". The press release goes on to say that the Council would also "organize prayers meetings, unify the position and its discourse toward national issues, such as social justice, equality and the rights of Christians". It would also "activate the dialogue with the Muslim and other religions in order to promote a culture of peace and coexistence. The Council itself would ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/chaldean-patriarchate-proposes-iraqs.html

Get Your Anti-Latrocinium Picket Signs Ready BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 18, 2017 ( ARCHONS ) - With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, a symposium is scheduled at the Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral, Denver, CO, on Saturday, January 28, focusing on the historical, canonical and ecclesiastical significance of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which concluded in June 2016, including a review of the previous seven Ecumenical Councils.http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/get-your-anti-latrocinium-picket-signs.html

Arc of New Martyrs to Tour Russia BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 18, 2017 ... arc will be brought to all dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church," Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga was quoted as saying by the local metropolia. The arc is now being made, the metropolitan said. It will contain the relics of all new martyrs whose remains have been obtained. The event will be held to mark the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. The names of several dozens of people who died for faith in the years after the revolution are now ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/arc-of-new-martyrs-to-tour-russia.html

St. Herman Conference Sees Children From Across Country BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 18, 2017 ... Curating the Thoughts You Share (Mat. Ann Lardas), What is Friendship? (Fr. Michael Carney), Science and Orthodoxy (Fr. George Lardas), Cyber Bullying (Fr. Deacon Alexander Petrovsky) and On College, Keeping the Faith, and How I Almost Lost Mine (Misha Moibenko). Each speaker spoke with faith, passion and enthusiasm, along the way sharing a valuable pearl or two from their own experience with the audience. Engaging conversations followed both immediately after each talk and in more informal ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/st-herman-conference-sees-children-from.html

Bethlehem Shrine's Treasures Being Restored CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 18, 2017 ... there. Since 2013, Italian experts from the art restoration firm Piacenti SpA have been working with the Palestinian government to overcome cultural and religious differences and forge ahead with an ambitious restoration expected to cost $15 million when completed. "For those who have faith, this is the place where God arrived on earth, born in a cave that really existed under this church," Giammarco Piacenti, head of the project, told Religion News Service on a visit to Rome. "It was ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/bethlehem-shrines-treasures-being.html

Russian Orthodox Leader Grateful for 'Resurrection of Faith' Since Communism's Fall CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2017 ... afflictions which our people endured were in many ways determined by the destruction of our thousand-year-old statehood and the struggle against the people's religious faith," he continued, adding: We give thanks to God for the miracle he has revealed to the world—the resurrection of faith and piety within our people, for the restoration of holy sites once destroyed, for new churches and monasteries, the construction of which is a visible sign of the profound changes that have taken ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/russian-orthodox-leader-grateful-for.html

Matka Boska OstrobramskaA 19th Century Polish Copy of the Much... ALL ABOUT MARY. - January 17, 2017 Matka Boska Ostrobramska A 19th century Polish copy of the much revered miraculous image of Our Lady of Ostra Brama, or Gate of Dawn in English. The original icon hangs in a chapel above one of the city gates of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is an object of devotion for both Catholic and Orthodox Christians, especially in Lithuania, Poland and western Russia.http://allaboutmary.tumblr.com/post/155993145537

Belarus May Ban Religious Symbols in Medical Settings CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 16, 2017 ... guarantees religious freedom, and said that "the wearing of the cross and prayer to God before icons constitute a normal and essential part of the life and existence of the Belarusian people." The Eastern European nation of 9.6 million is 48% Orthodox and 7% Catholic, with 41% professing no faith. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Disclaimer No responsibility or liability shall attach itself to the blogspot 'Clerical Whispers' for any or all of the articles placed here. The ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/belarus-may-ban-religious-symbols-in.html

In Ethiopia, Church Works Against Genital Mutilation CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 15, 2017 ... placing of an article hereupon does not necessarily imply that we agree or accept the contents of the article as being necessarily factual in theology, dogma or otherwise. Editor + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/in-ethiopia-church-works-against.html

Diaster Upon Diaster, and Now Malta! MUSINGS OF A PERTINACIOUS PAPIST - January 15, 2017 ... their document come straight out and say it: holy Communion is for any Catholic who feels "at peace with God" and the Church's ministers may not say No to such requests. In my view the Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them (lay faithful and clergy alike!) to commit a number of objectively gravely evil acts. That their document was, moreover, published in L'Osservatore Romano, exacerbates matters for it deprives Vatican representatives of the 'plausible ...http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2017/01/diaster-upon-diaster-and-now-malta.html

Iraq Council of Churches Proposed BYZANTINE, TEXAS - January 13, 2017 ... among the different Churches in Iraq, to coordinate the educational and social activities". The press release goes on to say that the Council would also "organize prayers meetings, unify the position and its discourse toward national issues, such as social justice, equality and the rights of Christians". It would also "activate the dialogue with the Muslim and other religions in order to promote a culture of peace and coexistence. The Council itself would include two bodies. The first body ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/01/iraq-council-of-churches-proposed.html

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