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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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    Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras Visits Archbishop Demetrios

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America met with the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, Oct. 1, 2015, at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

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    Educational Training Seminar at St. Demetrios in Astoria, NY

    The Department of Greek Education is organizing an educational training seminar on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the St. Demetrios Greek-American Day School in Astoria, NY.

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    Live Stream of St. Nicholas Church and National Shrine

    A live stream video feed is now available to view the real time rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

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    Dr. Antoine Harovas, 82, Passes Away in the Lord

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America mourns the unexpected passing of Dr. Antoine C. Harovas, 82, Archon Aktouarios of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and a faithful steward of the Church.

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    Archbishop Demetrios Participates in Multi-religious Gathering with Pope Francis at 9/11 Memorial

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, attended yesterday September 25, 2015 the multi-religious gathering with Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, representing Orthodox Christianity in the United States.

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    Rev. Dr. John Tavlarides Passes Away in the Lord

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the passing of Rev. Dr. John Tavlarides, retired pastor of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Washington, DC. Fr. Tavlarides passed to the Lord on September 21, 2015 in Berlin, MD. He was 84.

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    President of Cyprus Nicos Anastsiades Meets with Archbishop Demetrios

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, visited yesterday Sept. 23, 2015 at 7 pm, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who welcomed him to his office at the Archdiocese Headquarters. President Anastasiades is visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

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    Emmanuel Hatziemmanuel, 94, Passes Away in the Lord

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America mourns the passing of Emmanuel Hatziemmanuel, 94, former director of the Department of Greek Education, who passed away in the Lord, September 16, in Florida, where he was residing.

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    Ionian Village Summer 2016 Announces Program Dates

    The Office of Ionian Village has announced the dates for its Summer 2016 programs. Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesos, Greece. Celebrating over 45 years of ministry, Ionian Village continues to offer the Orthodox Christian youth of America an unparalleled spiritual and cultural summer camping experience.

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    Evacuation Ordered for Monastery and Saint Nicholas Ranch - Fire in Central California Continues to Spread

    The Rough Fire in central California has now grown to nearly 120,000 acres and is only at 30% containment. Over 2,200 firefighters are battling this enormous fire which was caused by a lightning strike on July 31, 2015. The air quality continues to deteriorate with light ash falling throughout the region. Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center and the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring, located in Dunlap, CA, are in the immediate area of the fire and as of Friday, September 11, 2015 they have been ordered to evacuate the premises as the fire is headed in the direction of these properties.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - September 14

    The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is a blessed day and celebration of the tremendous power of the Cross of our Lord. Through the Cross the power and wisdom of God have been revealed. By the Cross we are reconciled to Him, and we can find true and enduring peace. It is the Cross that directs us to Christ and to the way of salvation and eternal life.

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    Patriarchal Message for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of the Natural Environment

    As everyone knows, September 1st of each year has been dedicated at the initiative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – and recently also by the Roman Catholic Church – as a day of prayer for the protection of the natural environment. On this day, we especially beseech the supreme God to gladden His creation so that human life therein may be joyful and fruitful. This prayer includes of course the petition that the inevitable natural climate changes may occur and be permitted within tolerable levels both for human survival and for the planet’s sustainability.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment

    On this Feast of the Indiction which marks the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year, we are led by our beloved Ecumencial Patriarchate in observing the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment. The relationship of our commemoration and observance is significant due to the changing of the seasons, our agrarian heritage in relation to marking time, and the strong foundations of our worship and theology in the relationship of our Creator to His creation.

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