Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

“It is not freedom when we say everything is permitted. This is slavery.” These words from St​.​ Paisios the Athonite, one of the newly canonized saints of our Church, could well be directed towards our individualist, contemporary society. On this July 4th weekend, we Americans celebrate the freedom we received on the occasion...

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USCIRF Commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

USCIRF Commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today solemnly marks the 100 year anniversary of the tragic killing of over one million Armenians in what is now modern-day Turkey. USCIRF recognizes the profound significance of this day and the deep wounds it continues to evoke for the Armenian people,...

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Why We Must Pray for Myriam

Why We Must Pray for Myriam

Myriam is a 10 year old who fully understands Christianity …. Essam Nagy, is the presenter of one of SAT-7 KIDS’ most popular programs called ‘Why is that? He interviewed Myriam in Irbil, Kurdistan During Christmas 2014. Quoting Cairo-born and based, Kuwait-raised Nancy, a qualified Christian psychologist working with a...

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8 Recommended Books to Understand Christian Persecution

8 Recommended Books to Understand Christian Persecution

Like many Orthodox Christians, you may be wondering about how to understand Christian Persecution and how to get involved.  “The public is oblivious to what is going on in the birthplace of Christianity. It is horrifying; Martyrs are being made by the hundreds every day.  The Christians Right and Freedom...

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The Call to Action in Defense of Persecuted Christians by Father Philemon Patitsas

The Call to Action in Defense of Persecuted Christians by Father Philemon Patitsas

Father Philemon Patitsas, Presiding Priest of the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Naples, FL) , presented the, “Call to Action, in Defense of Persecuted Christians”, during the First Annual National Christian Rights Freedom Symposium whose theme was, “Uplifting Christ, Witnessing for Our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremis”, on...

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Promise, Law and Freedom – Living the Word of God by Father Fouad Saba

Promise, Law and Freedom – Living the Word of God by Father Fouad Saba

Rev. Father Fouad Saba, Dean of the St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral (Coral Gables, Florida) and speaker on the subject of religious freedom, presented ‘Promise, Law and Freedom – Living the Word of God’, at the First Annual National Christian Rights Freedom Symposium on March 14, 2015. Organized and hosted...

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Christian Persecution on 60 Minutes

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 segment of the show. This full segment gives us true insight into the oppression that Christians of the Middle East deal with on a daily basis by...

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Highlights from the First Annual National Christian Rights & Freedom Symposium

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 Rights and Freedom Symposium – ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.’ The symposium featured several prominent speakers including Dr. Anthony...

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

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

Bishop Thomas was asked to offer a response to what is going on in the Middle East. Below is his response. Special thanks to Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick for his contribution.  In recent months, images and stories of Christians being killed for their faith in the Middle East have flooded our...

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Before Being Killed, Children Told ISIS: ‘No, We Love Jesus’

Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” has seen violence and persecution against Christians unprecedented in recent decades. In the video embedded below, he recounts the story of Iraqi Christian children who were told by ISIS militants to convert to Islam or be killed. Their response?...

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