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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Thanksgiving Day 2015

    However, we should also recognize that the act and attitude of thanksgiving is also related to struggle and hardship. The first Thanksgiving, which provided the origins of our national observance, followed an arduous and costly journey to this land by the Pilgrims. To escape persecution, they made a lengthy voyage to this continent, faced disease and death, and attempted to establish a new home in very challenging physical and natural conditions. Their survival of these hardships through faith and hope led them in 1621 to offer thanksgiving to God for His amazing grace and providence.

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    First Lady of Cyprus Andri Anastasiades Honored at Chrysanthemum Ball

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos chapter honored the First Lady of Cyprus Mrs. Andri Anastasiades during this year’s 62nd Chrysanthemum Ball, which took place Friday Nov. 20, 2015 at a central New York City Hotel.

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    Internet Ministries Launches Two New Websites for the Study of the Bible and Liturgical Texts

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, and, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative.

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    Archbishop Demetrios Expresses Condemnation and Sorrow for Paris Attacks

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America expressed deep sorrow and unequivocal condemnation for the barbaric terrorist attacks last night in Paris.

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    In-Service Training Seminar for Teachers of the Direct Archdiocesan District

    Two hundred and sixty teachers and administrators attended an in-service training seminar for teachers who serve in the day and Greek afternoon/Saturday schools. The annual Staff Development Seminar was successfully organized Tuesday, November 3, (Election Day), by the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education and was held at St. Demetrios High School in Astoria, NY, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine

    This is the witness that will be offered by our Saint Nicholas National Shrine. Centrally located, it will be a beacon to all who visit Ground Zero. The light that will shine from this place will not only be by architectural design, but a light that will illuminate the path to God. Saint Nicholas and the ministry offered there will shine forth the truth of the Gospel and grace that comes through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Holy Unmercenaries - November 1

    On this feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we are reminded by their faithful witness of the priority of serving those in great need, especially the sick, the poor, the elderly, and the orphaned. These two selfless and holy men gave their lives and abilities to helping any who had need of healing and comfort. They were true stewards of the power of Christ and the hope, restoration, and eternal life He offers.

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    Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos to be Installed as the 21st President of HCHC

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) will install the Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos as the 21st President of HCHC on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 pm in the Pappas Gymnasium. The event will be streamed live at

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for OXI Day 2015

    Our annual commemoration of OXI Day this year marks the 75th anniversary of a heroic stand against the forces of Fascism and an affirmation of the values that are essential for human life and well-being. On October 28, 1940, faced with an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to allow the Italian army to occupy Greece, the Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas and the people of Greece responded with a resounding “NO.” Even before the time to respond to the ultimatum had expired, Italian forces began entering Greece over the border from Albania. However, in the spirit of the reply of “NO,” Greek forces resisted fiercely, keeping the Axis forces out of Greece for almost six months.

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    Archbishop Demetrios Meets with the President of Hellenic Republic, Prime Minister and Archbishop of Athens

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America had separate meetings yesterday October 21, 2015, with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Prime Minister Mr. Alexis Tsipras and His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece. Archbishop Demetrios travelled to Athens this week to attend and participate in the International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

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    Archbishop Demetrios highlights the contributions and role of IOCC in Middle East Conference, in Athens

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated in the proceedings of the international conference titled Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, October 18-20, 2015, in Athens.

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    Archiepiscopal Encyclical: National Leadership 100 Sunday

    On this Sunday, October 25, following the Feast of Saint Iakovos on October 23, and the day prior to the Feast of Saint Demetrios on October 26, we give thanks to God for the faithfulness and the benevolent dynamism of the members of Leadership 100 and celebrate the manifold accomplishments of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund for more than three decades since its founding by Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory.

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    Vice President Joe Biden is the Recipient of the 2015 Athenagoras Human Rights Award

    Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Western Hemisphere together with Archons’ National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis presented the Athenagoras Human Rights Award to Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. The award was presented during the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Award Banquet held at the New York Hilton, Oct. 17, 2015.

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    Announcement of the Holy Eparchial Synod

    The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular fall meeting at the Synodal Chamber of the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on October 13th and 14th, 2015. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presided at the meeting with the participation of all the Members of the Synod.

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    Vice President Joe Biden to Receive Athenagoras Human Rights Award

    Contact: Stavros Papagermanos Tel.: (212) 570-3530 or Marissa Costidis (732) 522-1637 Email:

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    Archdiocese Issues Statement on Recent Scandal

    In recent days, with heavy heart we have been confronted with a most regrettable matter involving a member of our Clergy, Rev. Fr. George Passias, and an adult female parishioner. We acknowledge the expected reaction of the faithful to feel deeply hurt and utterly disappointed, and the serious danger of scandalization. At the same time we know that the only one who walked on the face of this earth and was sinless was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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