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Evagelos Sotiropoulos holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter @evan_sotirop

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Orthodox Primates Gather To Proclaim Unity

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:56 PM

Unity the Focus of Holy and Great Council Opening Session; Patriarch Irinej of Serbia Calls All Orthodox Churches to Participate


The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has commenced in Crete.

Ten of the fourteen Church Primates concelebrated the...

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The Holy and Great Council: Orthodoxy's Opportunity

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 10:07 AM

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'" records Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (5:37).

Five short months ago a Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place in Chambésy, Geneva. At that time, all autocephalous churches agreed to convene the Holy and Great...

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The Holy and Great Council: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 6:29 PM


With the journey to Pascha having reached its ultimate destination at the glorious Resurrection of the Lord, the Orthodox Church has now embarked on the Pentecostarion period.

Pentecost (the descent of God the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem - Acts 2:1-11) will be celebrated on June 19th. This...

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Analyzing the Holy and Great Council

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 2:07 PM

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the January Synaxis of Primates in Chambésy to proceed with the Council was historic and almost one hundred years in the making....

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Russia's Holy Power Play

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:25 PM

Most people know President Putin but few have heard of Patriarch Kirill.

The Russian patriarch, who often has the same objectives as Putin, operates with less attention and in many ways fewer restrictions.

Both men employ what can be broadly described as a three-pronged approach: strengthen the homeland, grow Russia's...

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The Nativity of Christ: Living Orthodox Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Christmas is before us. How will we choose to celebrate it? And what, by the way, are we actually celebrating?

For Christians, Christmas is the Great Feast of the Nativity according to the flesh of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

With inspiring eloquence, St. John the...

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Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:15 PM


Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the historic city of Constantinople (Istanbul), high-ranking religious leaders gathered recently to examine and deliberate on a range of both spiritual and secular issues.

The assembly in Taksim Square -- where the imposing Republic Monument commemorating...

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Why I Love Orthodox Monasticism

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 9:14 AM

I went to Greece almost every summer during my child and teenage years and, without fail, would visit various monasteries during my stays.

During the summer's major feast days -- especially the Dormition of the Theotokos commemorated on August 15th -- city dwellers and village folk alike would gather together...

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Living Orthodox Great and Holy Lent

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 9:41 AM

I have written on these electronic pages previously about Living the Orthodox Resurrection Service and Living the Orthodox Holy Week; now, to complete the trinity, albeit in reverse order, is my untrained take on living Lent.

It is difficult to truly experience the spiritual fruits of...

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What Does Xronia Polla Mean to You?

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 4:39 PM

If you're Greek or have ever socialized with Greeks, you've likely heard of the versatile expression, Xronia Polla (Χρόνια Πολλά).

Want to wish a Greek person happy birthday? Tell him Xronia Polla!

Is it someone's Name Day (when Greek Orthodox celebrate their patron saint/ecclesiastical feast)? Wish her Xronia Polla!


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Turkey's Opportunity With the Ecumenical Patriarchate

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The actions -- and inaction -- of Turkey in the fight against the evil Islamic State reinforces the foreign policy axiom that there are no permanent allies or enemies, just interests.

As the U.S.-led mission continues to drop bombs on Islamic State targets and fighting in the strategic city of...

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Why Don't We Listen to God?

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 8:31 PM

We (Canadians) just celebrated the Thanksgiving Day-long weekend.

During a food-filled family dinner, my pregnant cousin remarked how her midwife requested she restrict her diet in response to a weight issue; there were other reasons I don't quite remember as I was focusing hard to finish my second piece of...

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Happy (Ecclesiastical) New Year!

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:47 PM

On September 1st, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Beginning of the Indiction, that is, the Ecclesiastical New Year.

Before the Greek (or Constantinopolitan) Indiction was introduced by St. Constantine the Great in 312 and decreed by the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea (325 A.D.), the day of...

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Living the Orthodox Holy Week

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:32 PM

This week is Holy Week. This week offers us so many blessings. This week we are called to sacrifice in order to honour and commemorate (as we can never full repay it) the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for mankind. This week is a chance for deep repentance (change). This week...

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The Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Great Church of Christ

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:31 AM


The Triumph of Orthodoxy, the celebration of true doctrine over heresy and the definitive restoration of the icons are joyously commemorated by the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on the first Sunday of Great Lent.

This year's feast, celebrated on March 9,...

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Saint Philothei: 16th Century Martyr, 21st Century Role Model

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:41 PM

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ," St. Paul wrote in his First Epistle to the Corinthians (11:1).

The most excellent way to follow the Apostle's prescription is to practice Christ's own words recorded in the Gospel of John: "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (14:15).

Those who...

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The Unceasing Mission for Religious Equality in Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 12:48 PM

The historic city of Berlin will host an historic international conference on religious freedom this week. Chiefly organized by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, the conference's theme is "Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey."

The December 4th...

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Saint Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer: A True Martyr

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:56 PM

The term martyr is often misused in modern discourse.

A martyr is not one who chooses to die; rather, it is when one involuntarily - but without hesitation - suffers torment at the hands of others because of a public declaration or confession of faith, that they genuinely receive the...

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The Dormition: Pascha of the Summer

(10) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:39 AM

In the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom celebrated in the Orthodox Church, the priest repeats the following prayer a number of times: Let us commit ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

The ecclesiastical year, which begins on September 1st, has been divinely developed...

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Pentecost: the Salvific Mission of the Church Begins

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 2:20 PM

The Orthodox Church observed the Great Feast of Pentecost on June 23rd. Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday (50 days) after Pascha and 10 days after the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost -- also referred to as Trinity Sunday -- marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on about 120 disciples.

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