This Week in Orthodoxy, September 12, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, September 12, 2014

Hello, I’m Emmy Louvaris with “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. These are the stories making headlines this week: The White House has set out its plan for combating ISIL. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops...

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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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World Responses to Persecution of Christians

World Responses to Persecution of Christians

Hello, I’m Emmy Louvaris with “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. These are the stories making headlines this week: The United Nations’ Human Rights Council will hold a special session on September 1st to discuss the...

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St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St. Symeon the Stylite: His Astonishing Ascetical Life and Its Relevance Today

St Symeon the Stylite is one of the great figures in the early history of monasticism. By the time he renounced the world in his youth in the late fourth century, the mature form of monasticism pioneered by St Anthony in Egypt was already almost a hundred years old. Symeon’s...

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Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

Reuters: Syrian Refugees Top 3 Million, Half of All Syrians Displaced

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) – Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further...

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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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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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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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