St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Pennsylvania USA (video)

St. Tikhon’s Monastery An overview of the activities at the monastery and monks. St. Tikhon’s Monastery is the oldest Orthodox monastery in the Americas, located near Scranton, Pennsylvania in South Canaan Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The whole truth about Vatopedi

An issue of national importance which has been capturing the attention of the whole country for decades as well as the various Greek ministries and the Greek national security authorities, has become a matter of internal political squabbling, of investigative committees and of unrestrained chit-chat because of ‘additional external factors’. The consequences of such furor will possibly be felt by the entire nation for years to come. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

On the World and Family by Elder Ephraim

May an angel of God, my child, follow you and show you the path of God and of your salvation. Amen; so be it. I pray that God gives you health of soul, for this is a special gift of sonship which is bestowed only upon those souls that have been completely devoted to the worship and love of God.

The world attracts the youth like a magnet; worldly things have great power over the newly enlightened soul that just started to find its bearings and see its purpose in life and the duty calling him. «Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.» [1] God has stored up pleausres for eternity, for both He and our soul are eternal. There is no comparison between the pleasures of the world and the pure pleasures of God.

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The Life of the faithful Christian is a continuous Feast

A Homily of the Late Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens

Translated and edited by Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, PhD, DD, DTh

 Note: This year’s Celebration of the Feast of Christmas and the Feasts of the Twelve Days of Christmas, invite us to reflect on the important meaning of the Feasts which the Church has instituted for our life. All the church Feasts are connected with the Divine Economy, i.e. with the becoming man of the Son and Word of God, the Mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ, which constitutes the basis and the perspective of our salvation and the salvation of the world. This great and vital matter is the subject of the present Homily of Archbishop Christodoulos of blessed memory who fell asleep in the Lord on 28 January 2008.

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The first known Greek to arrive in America after Columbus is honored with a statue at Clearwater Beach.

Stories about the Greeks and Pinellas County often begin with the arrival of Greek sponge divers in Tarpon Springs around 1905.

But Michael Servos thinks the history of the Greeks in Pinellas should start much earlier – nearly 500 years ago.

Servos, 57, of Belleair Beach is president of the Panhellenic Federation of Florida. This Saturday at Clearwater Beach, the federation will dedicate a statue of Theodoros or Theodore, a Greek crewman in an ill-fated Spanish expedition that arrived in Florida in the spring of 1528.

The federation, a nonprofit umbrella group for more than a dozen Greek organizations, donated the 900-pound bronze statue to Clearwater. Clearwater city commissioners voted to accept it in September 2003.

«We’re delighted to have it,» said Art Kader, Clearwater’s assistant parks and recreation director.

The statue stands at Pier 60 Park. The federation chose Clearwater as a home for the monument after learning that a Spanish expedition that included Theodore came through the area on its way to North Florida.

«We were doing a lot of research for the first Greek who came to America,» Servos said. «After a long search that we did (learn) that the first Greek came to the Clearwater area. … We were very surprised, very pleased and very blessed, too.»

The statue, made in Italy, cost the federation $75,000, Servos said. The base, shaped like the prow of a ship and sheathed in sparkling black granite, cost another $25,000.

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Signs That Swine Flu Has Peaked


Although federal health officials decline to use the word “peaked,” the current wave of swine flu appears to have done so in the United States.

Flu activity is coming down in all regions of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, though it is still rising in Hawaii, Maine and some isolated areas.

The World Health Organization said Friday that there were “early signs of a peak” in much of the United States.

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U.S. combat injuries rise sharply

image004-01By Ann Scott Tyson

Washington Post Staff Writer

More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of those injured in combat since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. 

The dramatic increase in amputees and other seriously injured service members comes as October marks the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Expanded military operations, a near-doubling of the number of troops since the beginning of the year and a Taliban offensive that has included a proliferation of roadside bombings have led to the great increase in casualties. U.S. troops in Afghanistan are suffering wounds at a higher rate than those who were serving in Iraq when violence spiraled during the military «surge» two years ago. In mid-2007, 600 U.S. troops were wounded in Iraq each month out of about 150,000 troops deployed there. In Afghanistan, about 68,000 troops are currently installed, with about 350 wounded each month recently.

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Annual Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe

The Hellenic League of America, HLA is proud to announce this year’s annual Academic Conference on the Asia Minor Catastrophe, hosted by the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago, on Saturday November 7th, 2009. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Pan-Pontian Federation of USA & Canada, the Hellenic Link-Midwest and the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations ‘Enosis’, will focus on the experiences of Ottoman Hellenes living in Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace during the Hellenic Genocide. A follow-up to last year’s Conference, which addressed several important issues dealing with the struggle for recognition of our Genocide. For more information concerning this year’s conference please visit the Pontian Greek Society of Chicago’s web site []

Conference registration documents and program and the letter from the Pan-Pontian Federation USA , can also be downloaded from the HLA homepage, please see URL link at the very top above for online copy of this press release. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Greece sweet talks US but marries Moscow


Author: Kostis Geropoulos

Ilham Aliyev, the first president of Azerbaijan to carry out an official visit to Greece, met with almost all of the Mediterranean country’s top leaders who hailed the visit, highlighting the emphasis Athens places on Baku. The significance is not because of Greece’s historic ties with Azerbaijan or that the Azeri leader is a poster-child for democracy (that’s another future column all together: Authoritarian leaders and energy – are there any other kind?) But because Azerbaijan has a precious resource for European consumers – gas. And Washington insisted on it. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »