Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America takes part in annual March for Life in Washington on January 24. Jonah, born James Paffhausen, in white cap, wants the church to \

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Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America takes part in annual March for Life in Washington on January 24. Jonah, born James Paffhausen, in white cap, wants the church to "step out in the public square" on social issues.

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Orthodox church leader Metropolitan Jonah, left, talks with a rabbi at the March for Life.

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Orthodox church leader Metropolitan Jonah, left, talks with a rabbi at the March for Life.

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Monk Gregory Stevens, left, and Michael Zachariades help with Jonah's vestments.

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Monk Gregory Stevens, left, and Michael Zachariades help with Jonah's vestments.

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At Washington's St. Nicholas Cathedral, Jonah prepares to conduct the liturgy of the Theophany.

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At Washington's St. Nicholas Cathedral, Jonah prepares to conduct the liturgy of the Theophany.

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Jonah reaches for the bishop's miter.

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Jonah reaches for the bishop's miter.

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Of the top American Orthodox branches, the OCA, with about 85,000 members, has the highest percentage of Sunday service attenders at 40 percent weekly and has grown the most in the past decade, at 21 percent. Much of the growth has come from converts -- evangelical Protestant ones at that -- whose presence has helped steer the OCA in a more conservative direction.

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Of the top American Orthodox branches, the OCA, with about 85,000 members, has the highest percentage of Sunday service attenders at 40 percent weekly and has grown the most in the past decade, at 21 percent. Much of the growth has come from converts -- evangelical Protestant ones at that -- whose presence has helped steer the OCA in a more conservative direction.

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Metropolitan Jonah blesses water.

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Metropolitan Jonah blesses water.

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Jonah in his Washington office with his assistant, monk Gregory Stevens.

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Jonah in his Washington office with his assistant, monk Gregory Stevens.

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