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Orthodox church group will operate Web site

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CHICAGO (AP) — Orthodox Christian Laity, which represents several U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches, has assumed financial responsibility to operate Orthodox News, a Web site that provides information to church members.

Orthodox News publisher Stephen Angelides said the growing volume of stories became too great for his small editorial staff. He felt Orthodox Christian Laity had better resources to operate the service.

The site was launched in 1999, weeks after news and commentary disseminated by a now-defunct Web site had helped topple the U.S. leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Archbishop Spyridon. Critics had accused the archbishop of stifling dissent.

Orthodox News is edited by administrative law judge Stephen Angelides, a Greek layman, from his home near Oakland, Calif.

Orthodox Christian Laity, founded in 1987 with offices in Chicago, is currently promoting more independence for Greek Orthodoxy from the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch as a step toward a self-governing church that would unite the various Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States.