In the wake of another cold-blooded school shooting, this time by a teenager who had been baptized in the Orthodox faith, rector of the Church of St. Jonah in Spring, Texas (ROCOR) Fr. John Whiteford talks about a sore them—how to keep ourselves going in the spiritual life and how to impart this to our children, against the growing tide of anti-Christian cultural norms.
A Georgian royal couple living in Europe, Prince John Bagrationi and the famous model Kristina Dzidziguri, were married in an Orthodox service in the ancient Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the town of Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia, on Sunday.
The International Day of Protection of Children is celebrated throughout the world annually on June. The holiday was established by decision of the Women’s International Democratic Federation congress in November 1949, and was first celebrated in 1950.
Members of the Russian human rights movement Women for Life are calling for a monument to victims of abortion to be erected in Moscow, as a challenge to Russians to seriously think about the scourge of abortion that plagues their country.
It is also many years of a painstaking work of ingenious teachers who step by step bring these children closer to the understanding of the following: “I just cannot hear and see. But my life is filled with joy, interesting events and colors. And I thank God for this every day.”
The marriage bond is a cross-like connection, a connection founded on God’s blessing, which presupposes that the couple are entering into it consciously, with a readiness to transcend themselves and overcome their egos in order to communicate with one another.
Fr. Vitaly baptizes and integrates children into Church life, and Ekaterina teaches and comforts them. And the adolescents who once lived in an atmosphere of debauchery, brawls and rowdiness now sing with shining faces in the church choir, and never forget to pray before eating.
Following the Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Holy Ascension Banchensky Monastery yesterday, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine visited the children’s treatment-rehabilitation center “Faith, Hope, and Love,” to greet the orphans cared for by the monastery with the Paschal joy of the Risen Lord.