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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2010 No comments

Dear friends and readers,

I wish you all to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your prayers.

God Bless You!

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Eastern Rite Catholics fear for their rights in Ukraine

October 8th, 2010 2 comments

While in the Western Europe and United States the Orthodox Churches are presenting themselves very open to dialogue with the Catholic Church, the reality in the Orthodox countries is totally different.

In Ukraine, recently, the Orthodox Church is trying to stop the Greek-Catholics to build a new church in Odessa on their own land. For many people living in Western democracies something like that might sound unbelievable. Unfortunately, this is the reality that the Catholic minority is living in.

Jonathan Luxmoore wrote an informative article about what is happening in Odessa.

In Western Europe and United State the Catholic Church offers hundreds of Catholic churches to the Orthodox communities to conduct their religious services.

In Ukraine on the other hand, like in Romania, the Orthodox Church does everything in its power to stop the Catholics to take their properties confiscated by the communists back or to build new churches.

This is the hypocrisy of ecumenism practiced by the Orthodox Churches.

Two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

October 1st, 2010 No comments

Two Romanian solders part of the NATO coalition fighting in Afghanistan were killed, and another one was injured Friday after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).

Major-sergeant Marius Florin, 25, (foto right) and solder Cristian-Petru Filip, 26, (foto left) died after their HUMVEE was attacked with an IED, according to a release from the Romanian Defense Ministry.

Corporal Vasile Zbanca injured in the attack was evacuated by a helicopter and is in a stable situation.

Traian Basescu, the Romanian President, sent a letter to the families of the killed solders expressing his condolences and saying that “they will always remain in our memory for their courage in serving the peace and security.”

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, maintains a contingent of 1,663 soldiers in Afghanistan. So far, 17 Romanians have been killed and more than 50 injured in the mission there.

Arch. Dolan speaking at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast

September 29th, 2010 2 comments

After a long period of inactivity on Facebook, I went back last week to accept all the friendship requests that were pending.

Trying to relax between the clicks, I visited the page of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver where somebody posted a link to the speech of Archbisop Timoty Dolan of NY given at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast on September 21, 2010.

I watched the speech and I was amazed by it. Not only by the way it was delivered, but by what it was said in it.

All catholics should watch this speech.

To make the job easier for people wanting to watch it, I copied only his speech from livesteam.com and I posted it on YouTube.

I hope you will enjoy watching it and I am really curious about your feedback.

21 Sept. 2010 – Archbishop Timothy Dolan at Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast – part 1

21 Sept. 2010 – Archbishop Timothy Dolan at Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast – part 2

1000 friends on Facebook

September 29th, 2010 1 comment

I registered on Facebook more than a year ago, but I did not use it too much. Being busy with many things I just did not have the time to “stay connected.”

All this time I was getting requests from many people that wanted to connect with me and I did not have the time to accept their on-line friendship.

Last week I said “that’s it; I have to spend some time on Facebook and accept the requests.” I worked two days to go through all of them.

On the second day night, tired after so many clicks, I checked my profile and I could not believe my eyes: I had 1,000 friends. That was really a surprise for me.

I even posted a message on Facebook to make sure that the date and time when I reached 1,000 friends will be carved in stone “for the record.” Not only that, but I even took a print screen of the page. :)

I think Facebook is a great tool that allows you to get in touch with people and to be approached by many. And this tool should not be ignored by those that want to get in touch with the younger generation.

For those interested, the link to my profile on Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/FrChrisTerhes

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First message

September 15th, 2010 No comments

Finally, after years of questions from friends why I don’t open my own blog, I did it.

I’ve started www.christerhes.com, my personal blog, with the intention to write more about the situation of the Greek-Catholic community from Romania which is facing currently a process of cultural and religious cleansing.

The Greek-Catholic Church was the only Church abolished by the communist regime in Romania, and after the fall of communism our believers continue to suffer severe violation of human rights and our heritage is being destroyed with the clear intent to “wipe us all” from the country. More about this subject in the next posts.

Furthermore, I want to write more about who we, the Greek-Catholics or Eastern Rite Catholics – as we are known here in USA -, are.

When I present myself somewhere here in the States as Greek-Catholic, many are asking, kind of correcting me: “Greek-Orthodox?”

In other instances, I am asked: “How can you be Catholic if you are not Roman-Catholic?” Or, “How can you be Catholic priest if you are married?” (Yes, I am married).

I hope I will be able to answer some of these question in my future posts.

Also, I will write or comment about subjects or topics that I consider important or useful. Otherwise, I don’t want to waist your time and mine.

I am looking to your input and your feedback through comments or emails is greatly appreciated.

Thanks and might God bless you!

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