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Christian Persecution on 60 Minutes

This past week on 60 Minutes, an American reporter-centered investigative news program, the persecution of Christians in the Middle East was the first…

Mar 26, 2015

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Co-Sponsors Event at the United Nations for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women

NEW YORK – A panel discussion titled, Trafficking & Migration, Girls & Women: Human Rights Have No Borders, took place March 9, 2015, at the…

Mar 23, 2015

Highlights from the First Annual National Christian Rights & Freedom Symposium

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples Florida and the South Florida Archons hosted their first annual National Christian…

Mar 23, 2015

Wife of One of the 21 Coptic Martyrs Shares How She Found Peace

We’ve reported about the little Christian girl in Iraq who forgives ISIS for driving her from her home. Now, videos are starting to emerge of the…

Mar 19, 2015

ISIS Destroys Assyrian Churches, Holds Hostages

Reading news of ISIS atrocities can be exhausting and upsetting. But the atrocities are real, and they are happening right now, as you read this. It is…

Mar 19, 2015

Memory Eternal, Fr. Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko fell asleep in the Lord this afternoon. At 76, Fr. Thomas was a well-known and much loved Orthodox Christian priest, a theologian,…

Mar 19, 2015

First International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care

Under the auspices of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the first International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care…

Mar 17, 2015

Suicide bombings in Christian area of Pakistani city kill at least 14

While Christian martyrs in Syria, Libya, and Iraq continue to be in our prayers, let us also remember those in danger in other places. The Taliban is targeting…

Mar 16, 2015

On the New Martyrs of the Middle East: An Orthodox View

Bishop Thomas was asked dot offer a response to what is going on in the Middle East. Below is his response. Special thanks to Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick…

Mar 13, 2015

Fr. Matthew Baker: Our Next Great Voice

UNIVERSAL DESK: Terry Mattingly’s religion column for 3/10/15. As a high-school dropout, Matthew Baker worked the graveyard shift at a gas station…

Mar 11, 2015

Events Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement and Archbishop Iakovos in New York

As you know, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma. It also marks the 10th anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Iakovos. To help commemorate…

Mar 11, 2015

Exhausted Sudanese Refugees Struggle For Survival In New Land

March 9, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — Thousands of South Sudanese families who fled the violence and bloodshed from their country’s civil war now face…

Mar 09, 2015