Government Forcibly Removes Fence Around Orthodox Church in Albania

Government Forcibly Removes Fence Around Orthodox Church in Albania

We have been sent several photos and videos from Tirana, Albania, where the government hired a private company to forcibly remove the fence around the border of the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral. The removal of the fence compromises security, and Church members are concerned about what the future will...

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The Economist: Church and State in Greece

The Economist: Church and State in Greece

The relationship of Church and State is a perennial issue in Orthodox circles, especially given the exceptionally close and occasionally complicated ties that were the norm during the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Russian Empires. The debate is taking on new urgency in Greece, whose constitution and legal tradition provides the Orthodox...

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Middle East Christians in Peril: Perspectives from an Orthodox Christian and Former Government Agent

Middle East Christians in Peril: Perspectives from an Orthodox Christian and Former Government Agent

In this episode, Bill Hinkle interviews Dr. Keith Massey, a former Arabic linguist at the National Security Agency and also Podcast Coordinator for the Orthodox Christian Network. Dr. Massey worked at the NSA for four years after 9/11, during which time he also served in Iraq. Their conversation covers the...

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A Congressman Reflects on Christian Persecution

A Congressman Reflects on Christian Persecution

In this episode, Bill Hinkle interviews Congressman Doc Hastings (R) of Washington State on one of the most pressing matters facing the Church today–the plight of Christians in the Middle East. The conversation touches on the complex political and historical setting behind the current crisis. Congressman Hastings further describes some...

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NY Times: The Middle East’s Friendless Christians

NY Times: The Middle East’s Friendless Christians

By Ross Douthat WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole....

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Armenian Weekly: Greece Adopts Bill Criminalizing Genocide Denial

Armenian Weekly: Greece Adopts Bill Criminalizing Genocide Denial

The Hellenic Parliament adopted a bill (54 to 42, three abstentions) on Sept. 9 criminalizing the denial of genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the genocide of the Pontic Greeks, thus becoming the third European country after Switzerland and Slovakia to adopt such a measure. The bill known...

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President Obama Meets with Patriarchs and Bishops

President Obama Meets with Patriarchs and Bishops

OCN received a copy of the above photograph today, after a team from OCN attended the IDC Summit in Washington, DC, this week. The accompanying letter notes that President Obama met with these Patriarchs and Bishops for 40 minutes, together with his National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Deputy National Security...

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A Holy Nation

A Holy Nation

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received...

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The Implications of Christians Forcing Christianity on Others

The Implications of Christians Forcing Christianity on Others

On the surface of the recent decision by the Supreme Court, it may seem SCOTUS has decided that when it comes to birth control, this is something that you need to buy on your own and it is not the responsibility of the employer to provide this through a federally...

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Liberty and Technocracy: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and an Orthodox Fourth of July

Liberty and Technocracy: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and an Orthodox Fourth of July

July 4 on the Old Calendar would mark the feast of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, the last Orthodox emperor and his family, slain on the Fourth of July. That coincidence brings up the meaning of Orthodox ideas of government in relation to what C.S. Lewis decried as modern technocracy,...

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