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Al Arabiya: After Release, Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim Speaks Out

Meriam Ibrahim is still separated from her family, but she and they are both safe. Now she speaks out about her situation and her concern for her new baby….

Jul 07, 2014

Getty Iris: What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

If you lived at the time of the Byzantine Empire, what would your daily life be like? Read about this attempt to recreate the scents of worship, home,…

Jul 07, 2014

Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Many consider Russia to be the largest concentration of Orthodox Christians in the world, and with good reason. But a recent poll shows the situation may…

Jul 07, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

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….

Jul 05, 2014

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…

Jul 05, 2014

World Bulletin: Ukraine’s Orthodox Church Leader Dies

The Metropolitan of Kiev, who is the head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, has died at the age of 78. May his memory be eternal! World Bulletin reports:…

Jul 05, 2014

Vice President Joseph Biden to Speak at Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress

Are you planning to attend the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Clergy Laity Congress in Philadelphia this coming week? The Vice President is! The Archdiocese…

Jul 03, 2014
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