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Baptism in ruins of Arab village disrupted by Jewish neighbours

Shlomi residents called out racial slurs, say Israeli Arabs; Shlomi official sympathizes with residents, calling baptism ‘provocation.’ By Jack Khoury | April 28, 2014 A baptism ceremony held in the ruins of the uprooted Arab village of al-Bassa on Sunday was disturbed by several residents of Shlomi, the Jewish town that was built over part of the village’s lands. A ... Read More »

Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Lahanodolmathes Orfanoi)

By Lisa Stanton (www.greekvegetarian.blogspot.com.au) The word ‘orfano’ is used at the end of a Greek dish title to indicate that it’s a vegetarian version of a dish that would normally contain meat. The dish is considered ‘orphaned’ without its meat component. Ingredients (Serves 4-5): 1 large cabbage 2 cups cooked lentils 1/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice 1 tablespoon tomato paste ... Read More »

Pasta with Sausage and Cheese

By Dora Kitinas Gogos Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 ounces semi-cured Greek pork sausages, or sweet Italian sausages, cut into 1-inch pieces Kosher salt, to taste 8 ounces pasta, preferably garganelli or penne 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 ounce blue cheese, crumbled 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

On September 7, 2013 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited the Holy Cathedral of St. Symeon in Tallinn, Estonia. Early that afternoon, His All-Holiness presided over Vespers Service in the same church, at which time he delivered the Homily. Below is an excerpt of this Homily, in which he addressed the topic of the relationship between Church and Family, and ... Read More »


The traditional Greek dish of meat sauce, pasta and creamy bechamel sauce INGREDIENTS: Meat sauce: 1 1/2 kgs ground veal (or beef, though minced lamb can also be used) 1 large or 2 medium-sized yellow onion(s), finely diced 1 tsp. dried rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 cloves of garlic, grated 1 1/2 cups fresh strained tomato juice (or 1/4 cup ... Read More »

Worshippers at Templestowe’s St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church cop parking fines at midnight Paschal Service

PARKING officers have headed out on the town late on a Saturday night – not to party, but to fine parishioners of a Templestowe church. More than 2500 people flocked to the Greek Orthodox Church of St Haralambos for a midnight mass to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter on Saturday, May 4. Many worshippers, including Templestowe resident Angelina Alexandrou, returned to ... Read More »

Revani (Greek Semolina Cake)

This Greek semolina cake is laced with orange syrup INGREDIENTS: For the cake: 1 cup flour 3 tsp. baking powder 1 cup fine Semolina (or Farina) 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) 1 cup sugar 3 eggs separated (reserve whites) 1 tsp. vanilla extract zest of 1 lemon 1 cup milk pinch of salt For the syrup: 1 1/2 cups ... Read More »

Boureki of Hania (Haniote Vegestable Bourek)

By Dora Kitinas Gogos A traditional Cretan version of a vegetable pie PASTRY: 1 cup of olive oil 3 cups plain flour 1 shot of ouzo 1/2 to 1 cup of water (as much as needed for a soft dough consistency) Salt and pepper METHOD FOR PASTRY: Place the flour in a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Make ... Read More »

Communique of the First Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

The members of the First Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney from 16-18 October, 2010 under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. The Assembly commenced with a Divine Liturgy manifesting our essential Eucharistic unity at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Redfern, Sydney. ... Read More »