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VANISHING CYPRUS: “Revolution of the Mind”

By Andreas C Chrysafis November, 2014 (No 64) © Many times people have questioned me for advocating a mythical revolution. The reality of the matter remains that nothing changes unless people speak out and I am therefore pleased to see that finally a “Revolution of the Mind” is slowly taking root! It’s happening and changing Cyprus for the better. Things ... Read More »

Saint John of Damascus on Hell

Below are some very characteristic and very important passages from Saint John of Damascus on the subject of Hell: *1. Hell is not God’s punishment, but it is a state of receptivity. It appears that Hell and Paradise as “places” do not exist. There is only God, who is present in all places (omnipresent). Read More »

8th Sunday of Luke: Matt 9:9-13 “Go and find out what this means: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’’

“Go and find out what this means: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’’ (Matthew 9:13). There is not an exhortation in the whole of scripture that needs more desperately to be pondered by Christians today than this sentence that Jesus says to the Pharisees after they criticize him for associating with sinners. Mercy and sacrifice produce completely different conceptions of holiness. ... Read More »

The Orthodox Church in Pakistan

History of the Orthodox Mission in Pakistan Fr. John Tanveer was born into a Roman Catholic family in Hafizabad, Pakistan in 1952, the third of six children. His zealousness for the faith and thirst for learning led him to enroll in the seminary, and in 1986 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. For the next 10 years Fr. John ... Read More »

The Image of those Who Hope in God

By St Nektarios of Pentapolis How beautiful, pleasant and charming is the image of those who trust in the God Who saves, in God the compassionate, the merciful, the good God Who loves humankind. People who hope in God are truly blessed. God is always a help to them and they have no fear of anything that other people might ... Read More »

Pappou Niko’s eternal exile

“It was all for nothing, all my struggles, all my privations and I’m alone. I try to figure out the reason for this and each time, I am more and more at a loss.” – Nikos Syrmos DEAN KALIMNIOU My youthful recollection of pappou Niko is of an exceedingly tall old man, possessed of severe eyebrows perpetually pressed into a ... Read More »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »