Two Magicians Baptized Orthodox Christians in Eastern Congo

Thanks to Robert Arakaki for bringing this to our attention, and to Google translate for making it somewhat understandable. He is now called Theophane. After having assisted with the Orthodox Catechism in Bunia, East Congo, he had given us all a great surprise by abandoning all magical practices, that tied him to the devil and […]

First Chinese Priest Ordained by Russian Orthodox Church in the last 60 years

Yu Shi, a former banker and devout Orthodox Christian in China, was sent to study Orthodox theology in Russia in 2012. Later this year, he is expected to be the first Chinese priest ordained by Russian Orthodox Church to be recognized by the Chinese government. He will serve in Harbin, Helongjiang Province in the Holy […]

Feodor Dostoevsky; Orthodox Convert

On February 9, 1881, Feodor Dostoevsky parted this world as his family read to him the Gospel parable of the prodigal son. This article in Orthodox America from the 100th anniversary year of Doestoevsky’s death commemorates the great writer, and shows his significance to the Orthodox Church. his work is exceptionally timely for us here […]

Moscow Patriarchate: China Authorizes the Ordination of Chinese Orthodox Priests on its Territory

by Marta Allevato Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also […]

Orthodox Church in West Turkey Opens after 93 years

Miracles still happen! The church of Agios Konstantinos in the town of Menemen in Turkey’s western province of ?zmir opened on Sunday for its first service in 93 years, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Menemen mayor Tahir ?ahin among the attendees. An olive tree was planted on the grounds of the church and doves were […]

The Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan

The First Divine Liturgy in 38 Years With the grace of God, the prayer and blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Saturday 10 January 2015, saw the laying of the foundation stone By His Eminence Narkissos Metropolitan of Nubia, of the first Missionary Centre in South Sudan, […]

Orthodoxy in the UAE

By Caline Malek The National ABU DHABI — Greek Orthodox Christians are building a church in Mussaffah to accommodate the hundreds of worshippers living in the capital. In addition to the 700 Abu Dhabi families registered with the church, Father Stephanos Neaimeh believed there were 300 to 400 more unregistered families in the emirate. “The […]

My Journey to the Ancient Church, Part Four

by Jeremiah LANDING GEAR IS DOWN — I’M COMING HOME After years of feeling spiritually homeless I knew where I belonged. Keeping with an early tradition of the Church in which many converts were brought in the day before Pascha (Easter), I was chrismated on Holy Saturday and partook of my first communion on Pascha. […]

My Journey to the Ancient Church, Part Three

by Jeremiah LOSING INTEREST After months of what felt like dry liturgical services, my quasi-Pentecostal mindset wondered: where is the Holy Spirit in all of this? I recognized the validity the Orthodox Church’s claims to have the same beliefs and practices as the early church, but what good is that if the Holy Spirit has […]

My Journey to the Ancient Church, Part Two

by Jeremiah WHAT IS THIS ORTHODOXY? I tried the charismatic movement, I ran in progressive Christian circles, I went back to my roots of conservative Christianity, and I even considered starting my own home church. Nothing had a satisfactory answer. A spiritual mentor of mine suggested I look into Eastern Orthodoxy (he himself was not […]