New Saint Proclaimed by the Orthodox Church of America

May 20, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On May 20, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that on Memorial Day weekend, mid-19th-century bishop Raphael Hawaweeny "will join sacred company and become St. Raphael, one of 11 people recognized by the Orthodox Church in America as saints." The bishop was born in Lebanon in 1860, arrived in the US in 1895, and has had several miracles attributed to him since his death, although miracles are not required for someone to be sainted in the Orthodox tradition. He is known in the church as one who spread the Orthodox faith through the United...

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Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches Move to Mend Rift in Chicago, Illinois

May 8, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 8, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Ukrainian Orthodox Archbishop Vsevolod has made a move to mend a rift between the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches by offering to share a vial of oil gathered from the bones of St. Nicholas. The oil, which reportedly oozes from the bones of the 4th century bishop's remains every year and is believed to have healing powers, will be shared by the St. Volodymyr Orthodox Cathedral and the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. The oil will be officially transferred in a...

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Cardinal O'Connor's Efforts to Promote Ties with Jews

May 5, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 5, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article on the late Cardinal John O'Connor's efforts to promote more positive relations between Catholics and Jews. Edward Koch, former Mayor of New York City and good friend of Cardinal O'Connor, stated: "I heard him say many times - in his homilies, in public statements, privately - that you could not be a good Catholic and be anti-Semitic...He would say, 'Jesus was a Jew. Mary was a Jew.' By that repetition, he was saying you have be pretty stupid to be anti-Semitic. I think that has...

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Pascha - Orthodox Easter

May 1, 2000

Source: The Arizona Republic

On May 1, 2000, The Arizona Republic reported that about 150 people celebrated Orthodox Easter at the St. Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Phoenix, AZ. Many Ethiopian Christians in the area used to worship at a Greek Orthodox church, but now an official Ethiopian Orthodox congregation has formed that meets in the gymnasium of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. The congregation was formed a year ago with the help of the Lutheran church, which has supported the Ethiopian congregation in offering services that combine...

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Pascha - Orthodox Easter

April 30, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On April 30, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that over 20,000 members of the 13 Eastern Orthodox churches in the St. Louis area will be celebrating Easter, which includes approximately 14 hours of services throughout the week between Orthodox Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, this year April 23rd-April 30th.

Pascha - Orthodox Easter

April 29, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 29, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article on Archbishop Demetrios' first Easter message since becoming the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. Archbishop Demetrios spoke out against "the lure of modern attitudes toward the human body." Demetrios continued: "We live in an age which glorifies and pampers the body, one which makes any and every effort to combat the aging process, to preserve the fleeting beauty of our nature, and to deny the painful sting of our mortality."

Egyptian Christianity Established in Maryland

April 28, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 28, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported on the Coptic Church, an ancient strain of Christianity from Egypt. The Coptic congregation at Savage, MD is the only Coptic congregation with its own building in the state; they worship in an Assembly of God church. Members worship in traditional style, chanting in Greek in a building decorated with an altar from Egypt and a wooden icon carved by workers brought from Egypt specifically to create it. They hope to pass their heritage on to their children, including knowledge of the...

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Ohio Motto Declared Unconstitutional

April 27, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 27, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "pinions were plentiful yesterday in the aftermath of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Ohio's 41-year-old state motto -- 'With God, all things are possible' -- is unconstitutional." Some wonder why the US national motto "In God We Trust" has been allowed while this motto is considered unconstitutional; others argue that the national motto is more vague than Ohio's and thus shows less of a bias toward Christianity specifically. Americans United for...

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Passover and Easter

April 16, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 16, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Interfaith Households Face Challenge at Holidays: Finding Common Ground Can Ease Celebration of Passover, Easter."

A Call to Celebrate Easter on the Same Date

April 1, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 1, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches have endorsed a call for all Christians to celebrate Easter on the same date. Currently, both Western and Eastern Christianity observe Easter on the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, but Eastern and Western churches use different calendars, so they mark the equinox on different days. The panel said that consideration should be given to the Orthodox view...

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