Four Principles from Patriarch Kirill on Islam, Western Immorality, and Interfaith Dialogue

Four Principles from Patriarch Kirill on Islam, Western Immorality, and Interfaith Dialogue

In a recent meeting with one of Turkey’s most important Muslim leaders, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow emphasized four things. 1. The Moscow Patriarchate looks forward to continued dialogue and strengthened relations with Muslim leaders, especially given the rapid decline of morality in the West. “It would be good...

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Every Five Minutes, a Christian Dies in the Middle East

Every Five Minutes, a Christian Dies in the Middle East

Blanca Ruiz recently published a startlingly article, featuring a Greek Orthodox priest who lives in Nazareth. Madrid, Spain, Dec 12 (CNA/EWTN News) — Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the...

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Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

Assurè, Noah’s Pudding

For the Greek Christians of Asia Minor, Assurè (Grk: Assurè / Arb: Ashure) was made on Christmas Eve as an offering to Christ and Panagia. These refugees brought Assurè to Northern and Central Greece. For Cretans, the Assurè became a dessert in the cities with no religious significance.   Assurè: Turkish Version...

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Interview with Patriarch John X of Antioch

Interview with Patriarch John X of Antioch

The Orthodox Christian Network is excited to share an interview with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch the day before the enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph as the new head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America. Watch Fr. Christopher’s interview with the His Beatitude as they cover several issues: the significance...

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Is This the End for Middle Eastern Christians?

Is This the End for Middle Eastern Christians?

A recent article by Douglas Murray in The Spectator asks a pressing question: Why are we abandoning the Middle East’s Christians to Isis? Murray’s answer is largely narrative. He attended a Syriac Christian church in the UK on a Sunday and spoke to the people there. Many are recent refugees,...

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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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Archbishop of Mosul Weeps for Flock

Archbishop of Mosul Weeps for Flock

His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, broke down during a recent interview. While explaining an annual tradition for the feastday of a local saint, the Archbishop wept with emotion: the feast had been kept uninterrupted for 1,500 years, despite many invasions, persecutions, and war,...

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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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Assembly of Bishops Issues Message to the Faithful, Statement on Middle East

Assembly of Bishops Issues Message to the Faithful, Statement on Middle East

Dallas, TX–The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded its fifth annual meeting on Thursday in Dallas, Texas. The Assembly issued a message to the faithful and a statement on the Middle East. Both texts can be found here: Message to the Faithful and Statement...

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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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