IOCC Provides Vital Winter Relief for Syria’s Children and War-Weary Families

IOCC Provides Vital Winter Relief for Syria’s Children and War-Weary Families

January 12, 2015 (Baltimore, MD) — Freezing temperatures, heavy snow and chilling winds sweeping across Syria are putting thousands of young lives in jeopardy as displaced mothers struggle helplessly to keep their small children warm and sheltered from the harsh winter conditions. Many live in shelled out buildings with no...

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An American Punk Drummer Who Is Saving Syrian Orthodox Chant

An American Punk Drummer Who Is Saving Syrian Orthodox Chant

After discovering there were absolutely no recordings of some of the most ancient of all Christian chanting styles, an American punk drummer decided to do something about it. Check out the interview below, produced by National Public Radio. In addition to a great story, it includes a couple of beautiful...

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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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Islamists blow up church, desecrate bones of Armenian genocide vitcims

Islamists blow up church, desecrate bones of Armenian genocide vitcims

Lord have mercy! Last month, a chilling report in the Independent, filed from Syria by Robert Fisk, revealed that “Islamists’ destruction of a shrine to the victims of genocide marks the latest chapter in a tragic national history.” The bomb obliterated a huge archive of historical records and scattered the...

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Patriarch John of Antioch: Jihadists Do Not Frighten Us

Patriarch John of Antioch: Jihadists Do Not Frighten Us

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Greek here. This English translation comes to us courtesy of Notes on Arab Orthodoxy. Patriarch of Antioch: “The Jihadists are a Foreign Body” Interview with Maria Antoniades | VIMA In his interview with VIMA, Patriarch John of Antioch highlighted the necessity of international...

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The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

By Leith Fadel Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour. Sources in the area confirmed the kidnapping of Father Hanna Moussa of Qanaya from the St. Joseph Monastery by members of the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist...

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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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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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