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    Sunday of Orthodoxy: Message of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America

    Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Gathering in our Churches as members of the undivided Body of Christ to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, we call to mind the holy men and women who defended holy icons, succeeded in restoring them, and pronounced the authentic faith and worship of the Church. Among these heroes of our faith, we commemorate the blessed emperors: Michael, Theodora, and Irene, the holy patriarchs and confessors: Germanos, Nikephoros, and Methodius, and the holy ascetics: John Damaskenos and Theodore the Studite.

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    Patriarchal Catechetical Homily on the occasion of the beginning of Great Lent

    Our Orthodox Church recommends that, during this period of Great Lent, we focus our attention toward sincere repentance, “the melting pot of sin,” according to St. John Chrysostom. Repentance is the first topic of our Lord Jesus Christ’s preaching and the very essence of the Christian teaching. It is the Church’s daily invitation to us all.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Beginning of Great Lent 2014

    On this journey we are led by the prayers and services of the Church to reflect on our struggles and our spiritual challenges. We are called into the holiness of worship and the presence of God, so that we might see our weaknesses and the aspects of our lives that are contrary to His divine and saving will. However, Lent is not a time of despair, hopelessness and defeat. It is a season of grace.

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    Archdiocese supports the earthquake striken Kefalonia and a day-care center for children in Cyprus

    His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has sent on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America $25,000 of financial assistance to the Holy Metropolis of Kefalonia, for the relief of those adversely affected by the catastrophic earthquakes of Jan. 26 and Feb. 3, 2014 and the many aftershocks that still continue on the island.

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    Archdiocese Supports Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

    NEW YORK – Through a recent grant to IOCC, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is providing financial support to people in the Philippines who have suffered extensive damage to their homes as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

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    Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2014

    Contact: Stavros Papagermanos Tel.: 212-570-3530 Email: pressoffice@goarch.org

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    FAITH Endowment Announces Summer 2014 Financial Aid Travel Grants to Ionian Village

    Continuing for the eighth consecutive year, “FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism” will once again sponsor a series of financial aid travel grants this summer to campers participating in the Ionian Village Summer Camp program. FAITH provides full and partial scholarships to those participants that qualify.

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    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem May 24-26, 2014

    His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will meet with Pope Francis May 24-26, 2014 in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

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    The Christos and Georgia Trakatellis Fellowship for 2014-15

    The Christos and Georgia Trakatellis Fellowship Fund applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available from the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

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    Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for Feb. 9-20, 2014

    Contact: Stavros Papagermanos Tel.: 212-570-3530 Email: pressoffice@goarch.org

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    2014-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships Available

    Applications and instructions for three scholarships administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are now available for awards to be made for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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    New Annotated Guide to the Sunday Gospel Readings

    The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched an ongoing project to create an easy to use annotated guide to the Triodion, Great Lent, and Holy Week Gospel readings.

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    Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of St. Photios and St. Photios National Shrine Day

    Events, as the above, are also witnesses of the strength of faith in our lives as Greek Orthodox Christians and in our Greek American community. We have and continue to see how our faith brings us together in mutual support and commitment to the mission of the Church and the sharing of the Gospel. Many who are members of our Hellenic organizations are also members of our parishes and contribute their time and resources regularly to ministry at all levels of the Church in America. In addition, they lead and serve both in the parish and the Greek American community in promoting the cherished relationship of our heritage and our faith.

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    Lecture of Archbishop Anastasios for the Three Hierarchs - “In our troubled world, we should advance forward in the spirit of the Fathers”

    Archbishop Anastasios of Albania delivered a lecture last night, Jan. 30, 2014, during the celebration for the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters, titled “In Line with the Fathers: The Dynamic Understanding of the Tradition of the Three Hierarchs.” The event, attended by some 350 people, took place at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan, and was part of a series of events of the Archdiocese for the annual celebration of Greek Letters.

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    Fordham University Confers an Honorary Doctorate to Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

    Fordham University conferred yesterday, January 28, 2014, an honorary doctorate degree of Humane Letters, the highest honor of the University, to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, in an official ceremony at Fordham’s University Church.

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    Nicholas Kladopoulos, former Greek Education Dept. Director, falls asleep in the Lord

    Dr. Nicholas Kladopoulos, 87, former director of the Archdiocese Office of Greek Education, passed away Monday, January 27, after a brief illness.

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    Assembly Faces Temporary Withdrawal of Participation by Hierarchs of Patriarchate of Antioch

    Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, has issued the following statement in response to the temporary withdrawal of the Hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from their participation in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

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    Archdiocese Warmly Welcomes Archbishop Anastasios

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America welcomed today with enthusiasm and love His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios hosted a luncheon in honor of Archbishop Anastasios, with the participation of religious leaders including the Roman-Catholic Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan, diplomats and lay leaders of the Archdiocese.

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    Archdiocese Celebrates the Three Hierarchs and Greek Letters

    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will mark January 30th, the Feast of the Three Hierarchs St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom and will celebrate the Day of Greek Letters with various events in Parishes and Metropolises around the country.

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