Metropolitan Hilarion: War Always Leads to More War

Metropolitan Hilarion: War Always Leads to More War

SAN FRANCISCO: July 3, 2014 Epistle of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia We, the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, having convened a regular session of the Council of Bishops in the God-preserved city of San Francisco, hereby mark an...

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Daily Star, Lebanon: ISIS Crucifies 8 Rebels in Aleppo

Daily Star, Lebanon: ISIS Crucifies 8 Rebels in Aleppo

OCN continues its efforts to call attention to the atrocities being committed in Syria and Iraq. It is difficult to see pictures and read stories of such atrocities, but the power of evil increases when the rest of the world turns a blind eye. Activists are now reporting the public...

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NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

For those of us watching the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq, it’s hard to imagine the courage it would take for a Christian to re-enter the city of Mosul. Less than a month ago, there was a mass exodus of Christians from the city as ISIS took control and...

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Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus. There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives. What is happening today, primarily...

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Peace, Faith, and War

Peace, Faith, and War

Why is peace so important to us, as human beings? The world around us is full of war, disaster, hatred, and struggle. Our own inner world can be scarred by sadness and anxiety. Yet no matter how hard it is to find, we keep seeking peace. Why? And where can...

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Vatican Radio: Mosul now emptied of Christians, says Catholic Archbishop

Vatican Radio: Mosul now emptied of Christians, says Catholic Archbishop

A Catholic archbishop seeking shelter in a village a few miles outside the beleaguered city brings us this report on the flight of Christians from Mosul. The city was taken by an Islamic extremist group that also controls parts of northwestern Syria. Other news agencies are reporting that all those...

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Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Bishops Abducted in Syria

Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Bishops Abducted in Syria

1. We, the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, representing millions of Orthodox Christians, express our grave concern over the escalation of unrest and ongoing violence in countries throughout the Middle East, especially in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. 2. Our Assembly denounces...

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IOCC Assists Displaced Syrians Fleeing Embattled Kessab

IOCC Assists Displaced Syrians Fleeing Embattled Kessab

April 3, 2014 (Baltimore, MD) — Intense fighting this past week in Kessab, a predominantly Armenian Christian town in northwestern Syria, forced hundreds of families to flee for their lives to safety in Lattakia, a coastal town 36 miles away. International Orthodox Charities (IOCC), in cooperation with the Greek Orthodox...

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Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

PHOTO: Lebanese women cook side by side with Syrian refugee women to prepare lentil soup that will feed 240 Syrian refugee families living in the Akkar district of northern Lebanon. Most of the refugee families receiving the delivered hot meals do not have kitchens needed to cook. IOCC created the...

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Syrian Nuns Freed

Syrian Nuns Freed

Thirteen nuns and three workers kidnapped months ago from Mar Thekla in Ma-loula, Syria, by al Qaeda-linked rebels, were released today. After a 9-hour journey, they were met in the hillside village of Jdaidet Yabous by Greek Orthodox church officials. Mother Pelagia Sayaf, the abbess of the monastery, said the...

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