Eastern Church: December 2010 Archives

The commemoration of the Nativity of the Lord in all places of the world moves my heart as it does for all people of good will. More than ever the Christmas observance in Baghdad at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, the place of the brutal killings of Christians --laity and clergy alike-- on October 31, 2010.
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May the newborn Savior, Jesus --Emmanuel-- lead us more deeply into our humanity
and to perfect union with God the Father.
Whitney Jones for ENI, wrote that "America's Eastern Orthodox Parishes have grown 16% in the past decade, in part because of a settled immigrant community according to new research." Her article follows:

Alexei Krindatch, research consultant for the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, said the 16 percent growth in the number of  Orthodox parishes is "a fairly high ratio for religious groups in the United States," Religion News Service reports. 

The number of Orthodox parishes has reached 2,370, and the Orthodox community in America consists of more than 1 million adherents across 20 different church bodies, according to the 2010 U.S. Orthodox Census.

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The top five largest Orthodox churches in the United States are Greek Orthodox (476,900), Orthodox Church in America (84,900), Antiochian Orthodox (74,600), Serbian Orthodox (68,800) and Russian Orthodox (27,700).

Two of these church bodies - the Bulgarian Orthodox Eastern Diocese and the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese - experienced a growth rate of more than 100 percent. Both churches began with a small number of parishes in 2000 and are supported by a community of established eastern European immigrants.
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interview pic.jpgThe victims of the Church bombing in Baghdad on October 31st speak out. Rome Reports interviews those who healing from the attack.

Many are resolved not to be thrown to the curb because of their faith in Christ. The home is Baghdad; their culture is situated in Baghdad. Why can't they live in peace?

The Catholic News Service reported tonight that...

Pope Benedict XVI met privately Dec. 1 with two dozen Iraqis who were injured when their cathedral in Baghdad was attacked Oct. 31. In early November, the Italian foreign ministry arranged for 26 injured Iraqis -- including three children -- and 21 accompanying family members to fly to Rome. The injured were treated at the Gemelli Hospital and their family members were housed in apartments belonging to the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, which operates the hospital. Nicola Cerbino, hospital spokesman, said Dec. 1 that only two of the injured were still hospitalized, but they were well enough to travel with their family members to the Vatican for the brief audience with the pope. The entire Iraqi group -- close to 50 people -- will remain guests of the university until mid-December, Cerbino said. After that, the Italian foreign minister will help them return home or settle elsewhere, he said. Fifty-eight people died in the attack on the Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad Oct. 31 after military officials tried to end a terrorist siege of the church.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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