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March 9, 1996 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During Lent, Christianity's season of fasting and penitence, a quarrel has grabbed hold of the Orthodox Church that is so acrimonious that priests and experts say it could ultimately lead to the greatest split in Christendom in more than 900 years. At immediate issue are souls, churches, monasteries and 8,750 acres in the small Baltic nation of Estonia.
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March 17, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
A new institute established at Loyola Marymount University will try to heal centuries-old wounds between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. The Huffington Ecumenical Institute was officially launched last month, boosted by a $5-million pledge from philanthropist Michael Huffington that will be matched by the university over several years.
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June 11, 1994
Although "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau refers to the Catholic church as blessing same-sex unions, most, but not all, of the claims of such unions point to rituals and practices of Catholics who later came to be identified with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Church spokesmen dispute the claims made in a book by Yale University professor John Boswell.
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September 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A high Vatican official has accused the Georgian Orthodox Church of issuing false information in a successful attempt to block the signing of a pact to guarantee religious freedom for Catholics. Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican foreign minister, made the charge in a recent statement issued by the Vatican as he left Tblisi at the end of a failed two-day mission to the Georgian capital.
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March 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A nun was found stabbed and beaten to death at the Eastern Orthodox Church school in Kendall where she lived and worked, and an 18-year-old monk confessed to the slaying, police said. Mykhaylo Kofel, a Ukrainian belonging to the Byzantine Monastic Order of the Eastern Orthodox Church, was jailed without bail on charges of murder and burglary. The nude body of Sister Michelle Lewis, 39, was found at Holy Cross Academy, which shares its campus with the monastery.
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October 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Eastern Orthodox Church elevated Metropolitan Bartholomeos to patriarch to succeed Patriarch Dimitrios I, who died Oct. 2. Patriarch Bartholomeos I, 51, played a key role with Dimitrios I to broaden contacts with re-emerging churches in East Europe. He will preside over 14 autonomous churches, including those of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. He also is head of the Australian Eastern Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of North and South America.
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July 19, 1986 | Associated Press
The Ecumenical Patriarchate says it expects permission soon from the Turkish government to rebuild the delapidated, old center of the world's 250 million Eastern Orthodox Christians. Patriarch Dimitrios, "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox leaders in various countries, now works with his staff in cramped, crumbling stone buildings. Relations between the Eastern Orthodox church and Turkish authorities have been strained over the years.
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June 17, 1994
We found the Los Angeles Times' note accompanying Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" last week (which concerned John Boswell's book, "Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe") to be highly misleading in implying that the same-sex union ceremony uncovered by Professor Boswell was primarily a phenomenon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the early Christian era, there was no clear division between the Eastern and Roman branches of the Christian Church. Professor Boswell shows that the same-sex ceremony was practiced throughout Europe and, in fact, he found the largest number of early manuscript copies in Italy--with no less than eight copies in the Vatican itself.
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June 2, 1994
While informative, your May 5 article, "Small But Growing Orthodox Church Needs Larger Home," requires clarification. As an Orthodox Catholic of Greek heritage, it was difficult muddling through distorted Roman church history to discover and appreciate my own faith. Contrary to the Western world's belief, all roads do not lead to Rome. It should be noted that the three great faiths of the world--Islam, Judaism and Christianity--all originated in the east. In the early years of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the church was administered by the five historic patriarchal centers: Jerusalem (where it all began)
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April 23, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Holding a red-dyed Easter egg, Eve Tibbs, 40, will crack it against another held by a family member. "Christ is risen," the Yorba Linda woman then will say. And her counterpart will answer, "Truly he is risen." The eggshell represents the tomb of Christ. The red color denotes his blood. And the yolk symbolizes his Resurrection. This tradition is part of Easter Sunday celebrations for many of the tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians in Orange County.
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September 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians, has called for Turkey to change its requirement that only Turkish citizens can become patriarch, citing dwindling numbers of those eligible to succeed him. Bartholomew, 63, said Turkey should let the patriarch be elected from top clergy around the world, and give the winner Turkish citizenship, as occurred in 1948 when Athenagoras, a U.S. citizen, became patriarch.
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July 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
At a site of Orthodox Christian study for more than 1,000 years, desks are kept dusted and ancient manuscripts carefully preserved. There is everything except students. The Halki Theological School -- on an island off Istanbul -- was closed in 1971 by Turkish authorities in a huge blow to the spiritual heart of Orthodoxy. Without the seminary, the Orthodox are denied a center for theological study and clerical training in what was the ancient Byzantine capital.
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June 28, 2001 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, few dreams have driven Pope John Paul II more passionately than that of a "total communion" between Roman Catholicism and the Eastern Orthodox churches that left the Vatican fold nearly 1,000 years ago. But rather than speeding such a reunion, the end of the Cold War has, to his dismay, given rise to bitter rivalry between Orthodox and Catholic communities in the former Soviet bloc that are reemerging from decades of Communist rule.
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April 15, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
For the first time in five years, Eastern Orthodox and Western Christian churches celebrate Easter today on the same date, thanks to a mathematical coincidence that has temporarily masked centuries of disagreement over when to observe the Resurrection. Many Christians in both traditions began making their way to Easter services Saturday night and early this morning, proclaiming in hundreds of languages and differing liturgies their shared belief that Jesus rose from the dead.
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March 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A nun was found stabbed and beaten to death at the Eastern Orthodox Church school in Kendall where she lived and worked, and an 18-year-old monk confessed to the slaying, police said. Mykhaylo Kofel, a Ukrainian belonging to the Byzantine Monastic Order of the Eastern Orthodox Church, was jailed without bail on charges of murder and burglary. The nude body of Sister Michelle Lewis, 39, was found at Holy Cross Academy, which shares its campus with the monastery.
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January 29, 2001 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Honoring Roman Catholic communities that survived Soviet persecution, Pope John Paul II said Sunday that he has named two archbishops from Ukraine and one from Latvia to the rank of cardinal, in an unexpected enlargement of the body that helps him govern the church. The pope also elevated four other archbishops to the College of Cardinals, including two from Germany, one from Bolivia and its first black South African member.
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September 9, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The growing use of English as a primary or exclusive language among Orthodox Christians in the United States has drawn concern from a ranking prelate recently, but some clerics believe the trend is inevitable, even beneficial. Archbishop Iakovos, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, has warned that Greek-Americans are cutting "ourselves off from our historic past" by not drilling their children in the fundamentals of Greek.
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December 16, 2000 | Religion News Service
Leaders of the nation's 6 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, declaring that "the church is not a museum and we are not her curators," called this week for a widespread spiritual reawakening and a commitment to evangelizing the "mission territory" of North America. The bishops of the eight ethnic Orthodox churches in North America released their statement Thursday to mark the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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November 2, 2000
IRVINE 8pm Music British composer John Tavener based his new work, "The Bridegroom," on the liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox church. Anonymous 4 and the Chilingirian Quartet will play the first North American performances of the work, which was co-commissioned by St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church. The performance is part of the Eclectic Orange Festival, sponsored by the Philharmonic Society, and will take place under the new mosaic recently installed inside the church's dome.
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