Mosul’s Christians ask, ‘Where is the conscience of the world?’

Mosul’s Christians ask, ‘Where is the conscience of the world?’

By Karen Graham Digital Journal On Saturday, the Vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq warned that the end was “very near” for Christians in that country. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city, and six weeks ago, 35,000 Christians lived there. Today, there are no Christians in Mosul. Canon...

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A Place of Holiness, Retreat, and Martyrdom in North Lebanon

A Place of Holiness, Retreat, and Martyrdom in North Lebanon

Below are some pictures of the Monastery of Hamatoura in Kousba village, North Lebanon. The monastery is named after the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. In addition, at the monastery there are also relics of Saint Jacob of Hamatoura, who served as a priest in the monastery and was martyred on...

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The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The Commentator: Strangers in their own Holy Land

The embattled Christian communities in Bethlehem and Nazareth, which even those with ambivalent attitudes towards Israel are deeply concerned about By Inna Lazareva For a few days this May, the little town of Bethlehem faced a publicity onslaught. Quiet alleyways and subdued streets became a bustle of activity. Seemingly every...

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The Guardian: Cyprus divided: 40 years on, a family recalls how the island was torn apart

The Guardian: Cyprus divided: 40 years on, a family recalls how the island was torn apart

On the outskirts of a mountain village in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Lakis Zavallis, 72 in September, is scrambling about a rocky roadside hillside looking for an imitation-leather grip he had first used when he was a law student in London in the early 60s. Some 40 years ago he was...

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Greek Reporter: Shocking Photos for 40-year Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus

Greek Reporter: Shocking Photos for 40-year Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus

Sunday July 20, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the island’s division, the unsettling wail of the sirens in the early morning hours a stark reminder of the events of 1974 that brought about the current state of affairs. Memorial services will be held across the government-controlled areas for those...

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Al Jazeera: Iraq Christians get Islamic State’s warning

Al Jazeera: Iraq Christians get Islamic State’s warning

Source:  Al Jazeera Iraq Christians get Islamic State’s warning Islamic State group tells Christian community in Mosul they face death if they do not embrace Islam or pay tax. Imran Khan The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not...

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ICN: Sudan: More Christians in Danger, Warns Bishop

ICN: Sudan: More Christians in Danger, Warns Bishop

The recent case of Meriam Ibrahim is not the only instance of Christian persecution in Sudan. In this article from Independent Catholic News, a Catholic bishop in Sudan warns that other Christians there are in danger. Despite Meriam Ibrahim’s release, the situation has not improved. Sudan: More Christians in danger,...

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ICN: What Future Do Christians Have in the Middle East?

ICN: What Future Do Christians Have in the Middle East?

Violence against Christians in the Middle East continues with no foreseeable end. This region is where Christian history began on Earth, but will Christians ever be able to live there in peace again? Independent Catholic News offers this opinion piece by Michael Glackin. Viewpoint: What future do Christians have in...

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Beyond Torture: The Gulag of Pitești, Romania

Beyond Torture: The Gulag of Pitești, Romania

The Gulag Archipelago, an award-winning book by Alexander Solzhenitsyn about forced labor camps in the Soviet Union, exposed the massive scale of Communist atrocities and persecution of Orthodox Christians in the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn’s vivid account has been followed by others. The Italian journalist Antonio Socci, for example, estimated that...

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AINA: Churches Occupied, Mosques Destroyed, Nuns and Orphans Kidnapped in Iraq

AINA: Churches Occupied, Mosques Destroyed, Nuns and Orphans Kidnapped in Iraq

In addition to destroying rival Muslim holy places, ISIS militants now claim to have occupied cathedrals belonging to Chaldean and Orthodox Christians in Mosul. AINA has this report. Churches Occupied, Mosques Destroyed, Nuns and Orphans Kidnapped in Iraq By Paula Bolyard Islamists militants who seized parts of northern and western...

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