This Week in Orthodoxy, September 19, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, September 19, 2014

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are the stories making headlines this week:  Thirteen years after the loss of St. Nicholas at the World Trade Center, a date for the...

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In Defense of Christians: A Report on the Summit

In Defense of Christians: A Report on the Summit

On September 8th, I made my way to Washington DC, together with a diverse group of archbishops, bishops, priests, theologians, laymen, and politicians, to attend the 1st Inaugural Summit of the “In Defense of Christians” Conference (IDC). This was the first time people of faith met to discuss the killing...

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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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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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What Really Happened When Sen. Ted Cruz Addressed Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

What Really Happened When Sen. Ted Cruz Addressed Persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

The IDC Summit for Middle Eastern Christians, held in Washington, D.C. this week, had many important moments. The most frustrating of these was the keynote address at the Gala Solidarity Dinner. The keynote was given by Senator Ted Cruz — or, should I say, he attempted to deliver one. As...

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Sen. Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage at Middle East Christian Summit

Sen. Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage at Middle East Christian Summit

Seasoned Washington insiders say they’ve never seen anything like it. Sen. Ted Cruz, a high-profile speaker at The IDC Summit for Middle East Christians in Washington, D.C., was booed off the stage last night by a gathering of religious and political leaders concerned about the persecution of Christians in the Middle...

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Washington Summit to Call Attention to Plight of Middle East Christians

Washington Summit to Call Attention to Plight of Middle East Christians

Historic Gathering Will Feature Patriarchs from Middle East, Lawmakers and International Human Rights Activists By Joseph Cella Washington– The deteriorating situation facing millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East will be the focus of a bipartisan and ecumenical conference in the nation’s capital next month. The...

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