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Final Greek Easter Insights

Rick Steves | Posted 04.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our crew is heading home after two busy weeks of filming (first in Italy, then in Greece -- since Orthodox Easter was a week later than Western Christ...

Easter Finale: Duck!

Rick Steves | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rick Steves

Just before midnight on Easter Saturday, Nafplio's main square fills with people. The bishop gives a blessing and declares that Christ is risen. Then the candlelight (which came to Nafplio from Jerusalem via Athens, as it does each Easter) is brought out and sparks a sea of flickering flames, as it spreads from candle to candle.

Jesus' Funeral March

Rick Steves | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here are a few more photos from my recent TV shoot in Greece -- one of several countries included in my upcoming Rick Steves' European Easter public t...

Participating in a Somber Greek Orthodox Good Friday

Rick Steves | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...

The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

Thousands of Orthodox Christians attended Holy Week services in Greek Orthodox churches in Central and South America this year -- but most were not of...

Getting Friendly With Greek Orthodoxy

Rick Steves | Posted 04.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our Easter special for public television is in the can. We finished shooting on Eastern Orthodox Easter -- which was this past Sunday -- in Nafplio, Greece. A fun part of my work is to give another culture meaning so it becomes less foreign to an American visitor.

Jim Morphesis: 'Wounds of Existence' at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

John Seed | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Based on themes inspired by the Greek Orthodox faith and the paintings of Old Masters, Morphesis' works of the past four decades communicate the artist's ideas about both human vulnerability and transcendence.

Suspected Hate Crime At Jerusalem Seminary

AP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police say a fire has damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem in what they suspect is a hate crime. Police spokesma...

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

When Religion Goes Wrong

Georgia Kolias | Posted 03.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

I believe that religion can be comforting and enlightening and bring order to a world that feels chaotic. However, that only works when all people feel welcomed. It works when the basic principle is love and finding community through kindness and acceptance. In cases when acceptance is not offered, religion can scar a person's soul.

Greek And Turkish Cypriots Find Common Ground In Effort To Restore Dilapidated Monastery

Reuters | MICHELE KAMBAS | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - On a remote outcrop in divided Cyprus, Greeks and Turks have put aside decades of enmity to restore their shared cultural heritage, batter...

Ground Zero Greek Orthodox Church Begins Rebuilding, 13 Years After 9/11 Attack

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicho...

Greek Orthodox Church Welcomes Muslims Fleeing From Gaza Violence

Reuters | Nidal Al-Mughrabi | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise...

Catholic And Orthodox Church Plan Historic Gathering

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

UPDATE 6/3/14: Vatican spokesman Rev. Thomas Rosica said in a statement that the event has not been confirmed, and it is "very early to jump to conclu...

Orthodox Church Plans First Council In 1,200 Years At Historic Location

Reuters | Dasha Afanasieva and Tom Heneghan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL, March 9 (Reuters) - Patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peac...

Political Issues On Hold So Urgent Repairs On Church Of Nativity Can Proceed

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Two weeks before Christmas, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Middle East in a century dumped several inches of sn...

Prayer for Ukraine

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

We appeal to God's mercy and grace that He may protect and illumine all people involved so that no further hurt might be inflicted

Orthodox Wedding Crowns and Two Men (PHOTOS)

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Together, Andrew and I dared to break the canons of a church that would declare our love false and our marriage impossible. We dared to receive the Divine's blessing for our family with tangible Greek traditions that date back over 50 generations. We dared to have the wedding of our dreams.

Without Knowledge We Are Clueless

Gregory C. Pappas | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Gregory C. Pappas

We witnessed hate groups attacking immigrants in public and Nazi symbols parading on the streets of the birthplace of democracy. "This is not my Greece," I thought to myself. This wasn't the Greece of my father and grandfather.

Protesting Interfaith? The Importance Of Advancing Our Dialogues

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

I had never before seen anyone protest an interfaith gathering. But yesterday, a small group of protestors verbally and physically harassed our group of religious leaders and foreign dignitaries. This response and the nature of our cross-cultural encounters leaves much to be desired.

The New Passover

V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris

Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.

Syrian Greek Orthodox Patriarch Enthroned In Damascus

AP | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's Greek Orthodox Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial mass in Damascus on Sunday amid civil war. John Yazigi...

PHOTOS: Brrrr.. Orthodox Celebrate Epiphany With Icy Plunge

AP | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Thousands of young men leapt into icy rivers and lakes across eastern Europe on Sunday to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in ce...

Revered Jerusalem Church Comes Alive At Night

AP | DANIELA BERRETTA | Posted 05.31.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM — After the last tourists leave the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City at nightfall, a little-known but centuries-old tr...