Bedrosyan: The Genocide of the Pontic Greeks

Bedrosyan: The Genocide of the Pontic Greeks

As we continue to watch the violence against Christian populations in the Middle East, it can be helpful to understand the modern history of persecution. Entire populations were eradicated in the first half of the 20th century. Raffi Bedrosyan describes the death of one such group, the Pontic Greeks in...

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Orthodoxy and the Environment

Orthodoxy and the Environment

The recent meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope in Jerusalem culminated in a joint declaration that in one significant section, less noted than it should have been, addressed the environment from Christian perspectives: “It is our profound conviction that the future of the human family depends also on...

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Saint Macrina the Elder: Bridge of Theology

Saint Macrina the Elder: Bridge of Theology

She’s called “Confessor of the Faith”. Her family contains so many saints she’s known as the mother and grandmother of saints. She should be given another title – Bridge of Theology – for her invisible contributions to the understanding of our faith, and its expression in the world. Born about...

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RT: Orthodox activists ‘confront’ Marilyn Manson band with eggs, holy water in Moscow

RT: Orthodox activists ‘confront’ Marilyn Manson band with eggs, holy water in Moscow

RT: Musicians of the iconic American rock band Marilyn Manson were reportedly pelted with eggs and sprinkled with holy water by Orthodox Christian activists ahead of the band’s Moscow concert. The gig was eventually delayed and canceled after a bomb threat. Known for his controversial onstage performances deemed by some...

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CNN: Extremism Fuels Abuse of Christians in Mideast

CNN: Extremism Fuels Abuse of Christians in Mideast

Raymond Ibrahim’s new opinion piece just published on CNN argues that extremism breeds extremism, and that Christians are suffering greater persecution today than at any time in their history. Read on to see if you agree with him. Extremism fuels abuse of Christians in Mideast By Raymond Ibrahim CNN Editor’s...

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Elizabeth Prodromou: No Room for Lukewarm as Mideast Christians Die

Elizabeth Prodromou: No Room for Lukewarm as Mideast Christians Die

Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou is a frequent contributor at OCN, where her knowledge and insights are greatly respected. The following is an excerpt of a recent article she wrote for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog, calling for action in the Middle East, where inaction has a high cost. No Room for...

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Egypt Unwrapped: Copts Still Waiting for Better Days

Egypt Unwrapped: Copts Still Waiting for Better Days

Egypt Unwrapped is a blog featured on The Majalla, a leading Arab magazine. Copts still Waiting for Better Days Where do Egypt’s Christians fit into Sisi’s religious vision? EGYPT UNWRAPPED blog: Exploring the political and social developments in Egypt as the dust continues to settle on the 25 January uprising...

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Patriarch of Antioch: Balance Tradition with Openness

Patriarch of Antioch: Balance Tradition with Openness

Homily of H.B. Patriarch John X In the Holy Liturgy celebrated at Balamand On June 29th 2014 On the Feast of the Antiochian See “O Antioch lift up your eyes and look around for your sons came like the pearls shining with the light of God from the West and...

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Icons Miraculously Survive Church Fire

Icons Miraculously Survive Church Fire

In October 2013, a historic Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia caught fire. The fire spread quickly, engulfing the church in a devastating, 4-alarm blaze. Yet, even amidst the destruction, firefighters and parishioners alike were amazed to discover that the church’s wooden icons were unharmed. “Not one of those pictures caught...

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Pravmir: Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refuges from Eastern Ukraine

Pravmir: Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refuges from Eastern Ukraine

We recently shared beautiful photographs taken by the monks of the Valaam Monastery and stories of the spiritual pilgrimages made to this special place. Here we see an example of other work ongoing at the Monastery. Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refugees from Eastern Ukraine in Valaam Metochion...

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Daily Star, Lebanon: ISIS Crucifies 8 Rebels in Aleppo

Daily Star, Lebanon: ISIS Crucifies 8 Rebels in Aleppo

OCN continues its efforts to call attention to the atrocities being committed in Syria and Iraq. It is difficult to see pictures and read stories of such atrocities, but the power of evil increases when the rest of the world turns a blind eye. Activists are now reporting the public...

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What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

If you don’t like spoilers beforehand for your books or movies, then read no further in this post! Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newberry-winning novel for young adults, The Giver, tapped into the dystopian tradition of Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, long before the Hunger Games books and movies became the...

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