Christian in Gaza

Christian in Gaza

The war in Gaza is attracting lots of headlines nowadays, but how many really understand what is going on, especially for the Christian minority in this war-torn land? Maria Khoury joins us to provide context and insight. Our second segment features Aristotle Papnikolaou, a professor of theology at Fordham University,...

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BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs of Hisaronu, a raucous tourist resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. The abandoned village’s air of mystery – and off-the-beaten-path feel – is precisely what...

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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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Patriarch John X: Words of Welcome to Patriarch Ephrem II Karim

Patriarch John X: Words of Welcome to Patriarch Ephrem II Karim

Note: This is unofficial translation was provided for OCN by Notes on Arab Orthodoxy. The Arabic original is available here. Patriarch John X’s speech welcoming Patriarch Ephrem II to the Monastery of Saint George al-Homeyra My brother, Your Holiness and Beatitude Patriarch Mar Ignatius Ephrem II Karim, My brothers the...

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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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8 Ways You Can Help Victims of Christian Genocide

8 Ways You Can Help Victims of Christian Genocide

Do you know what’s going in the Middle East right now? Ancient Christian communities are being driven from their homes, churches desecrated and destroyed, thousands of men, women, and children killed — some even publically executed in brutal fashion for their faith. The Syriac Orthodox bishop of Mosul has been...

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ISIS Committing Genocide Against Christians

ISIS Committing Genocide Against Christians

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1. News from the Middle East After Children Executed, Christians Flee Ancestral Home Our top story this week. According to the World Council of Arameans, ISIS terrorists...

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