Introduction

THE MODERN CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX WORLDS

When Americans think of Christianity, they generally think of Protestantism or Roman Catholicism. Unless they have grown up in an Orthodox community, they will probably not be so aware of the Orthodox Church.

In the media we often see the pope at a grand ceremony greeting young people, or blessing the sick. We are used to seeing Protestant pastors on television, and often they are active in local community affairs as well. The same is true for the Orthodox churches. They too have world leaders who draw huge crowds, care for the sick, preach, appear on television, and are active locally.

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