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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Let light shine in the darkness: Jim Foley

Let light shine in the darkness: Jim Foley

These are dark times. Christians in the Middle East are being slaughtered, crucified, raped, marked, and driven out of their homes. Russia and the Ukraine are battling. Ebola is battering already impoverished African nations. Beloved Robin Williams, hopeless, commits suicide. My friend just died from cancer, leaving her family bereft....

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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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Telegraph: Al-Qaeda Closes in on Syrian Christian Stronghold

Telegraph: Al-Qaeda Closes in on Syrian Christian Stronghold

By Ruth Sherlock, Beirut Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria is attacking one of the country’s remaining Christian strongholds, as it presses its offensive against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Jabhat al-Nusra fighters, who have pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, are encircling the historic Christian town of Mhardeh and...

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AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

AINA News: ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family

(AINA) — Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her family as they were leaving Baghdede. ISIS escorted the family, as well as many other residents, to the Khazar checkpoint and told them to leave and never return. The girl was last seen by her mother...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: Violence in the Middle East

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Violence in the Middle East

In June of 2014, the city of Mosul fell to the militant Islamic group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As most are aware, Mosul is but one of many cities that has fallen victim to demonic violence in recent months. Among the victims of...

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AINA: 5 Refugees Dying Per Day

AINA: 5 Refugees Dying Per Day

(AINA) — The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization* has issued its latest report, dated August 21, 2014, on the situation in North Iraq. Status of Refugees In Arbel there are now 5 refugee deaths per day, going back to August 7. The number of refugees has overwhelmed the relief agencies. There...

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Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians

Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians

Christians are by no means the only ones who oppose the extremist ideology and horrific practices of ISIS. In this short video clip, which includes English subtitles by MEMRI, an Iraqi TV host expresses his deep sorrow at the persecution of Christians and his indignation at the abusive and violent...

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Syria Pulse: Aleppo’s Forgotten Christians

Syria Pulse: Aleppo’s Forgotten Christians

By Edward Dark ALEPPO, Syria — Walking through the largely Christian neighborhoods of Aleppo city — Azizieh, Siryan, Sulaimaniyah and Midan — you can still see the posters of the two bishops kidnapped by Islamist militants last year hanging on shop windows, walls and even cars. The people here haven’t...

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A Christian City in Syria is Standing Up to ISIS

A Christian City in Syria is Standing Up to ISIS

Editor’s Note: This article originally appears in Arabic here. This English translation comes to us courtesy of Notes on Arab Orthodoxy. Mhardeh Defiant against al-Nusra… “It Will Not Fall, With God’s Permission” by Faraj Obagi Mhardeh, the city of the sun along the Orontes, refuses for its fate to be...

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