Number of Orthodox Increase, Catholics Decrease in Central, Eastern Europe

The majority of residents of Central and Eastern Europe are Orthodox Christians, their numbers increasing while those of Catholics have been decreasing, according to new findings of the Pew Research Center. Overall, about 57% consider themselves Orthodox, including residents of ten countries with an Orthodox majority, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia, and […]

“The People Bring Much More…”

The household of God is generous.  Whether in the Old Testament, or in the New, we see in Scripture that those believers honored God above and beyond their means. They met and surpassed the needs of the Temple and of the Church. Tithes and offerings are what keep the Churches full, and the people cared […]

Catholics and Lutherans Converting to Orthodoxy in Latvia

The Orthodox Church in Latvia is increasingly filling up with former Catholics and Lutherans. by Grigory Shugaev European Christians are complaining about the emptying of churches. The older generation is dying, and only a few adherents are replacing them. It would seem that a Catholic country such as France, at the Easter services—and not just anywhere […]

Wisdom, Philosophy, and the Event of Christ: An Interview with Nicholas Smith

by Tudor Petcu Another in a series of interviews with Orthodox converts, Tudor Petcu today interviews Nicholas Smith.  1.) I would like to begin our dialogue by taking into account the similarities between philosophy and Orthodoxy given the fact that is much easier talking about their differences as worldviews. What would be from your point […]

In Honor of St. Nicholas, the Great Procession of Velikoretskoe

This year the pilgrimage in conjunction with the presence of the relics of St. Nicholas from Bari. On Thursday, June 8, one of the largest processions in Russia – indeed a real pilgrimage – was completed, the “Veliko-Peoplesko-Russian, or pan-Russian procession”, to a village in the north of the country. This year the procession was […]

Finding the Communion that Never Ends

by Jon Boatwright My journey to the Orthodox Church began in a way that has been hard for me to put into words. People often ask me why I converted to the Eastern Church from a Protestant tradition. That’s usually when I start rambling. But I’ve also discovered that many others have similar difficulties. It’s […]

Amazing Miracles That Communism Couldn’t Stop

God survived in Russia. Communism did not. by Patti Armstrong Communist governments don’t like religion. They are not even too fond of their own people. Death comes easily and frequently to their citizens. The global communist body count is estimated to be over 149,469,000 citizens killed or starved to death by their own governments since […]

My Journey into the Orthodox Church

by Fr. Joshua Genig I recall being deeply moved by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ recounting of his journey from Lutheranism into the Roman Catholic Church (“How I Became the Catholic I Was”). It is a move that not a few have made, with denominational provenance spanning most every Protestant confession. Though I journeyed in a […]

A Life in a String of Epiphanies

by Reader John I’ve been blogging now for more than seven years, and religion has been a frequent topic. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never set out an orderly account of my religious pilgrimage or explained just what my beefs are with the Christian traditions I’ve left. I intend to remedy that right now. I considered serializing this, […]

Salt Lake City Welcomes 25 New Orthodox Christians on Holy Saturday

They had examined the history books, but more importantly their own souls, and after a year of intense preparation and purification, twenty-five catechumens were baptized and chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church. They all joined the Body of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Salt […]