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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Ecumenical Patriarch: Persecutions in Iraq Unjustifiable Before Both God and Humankind

Ecumenical Patriarch: Persecutions in Iraq Unjustifiable Before Both God and Humankind

Statement By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life,...

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It’s Genocide, Syriac Orthodox Bishop Says of ISIS Attacks on Christians

It’s Genocide, Syriac Orthodox Bishop Says of ISIS Attacks on Christians

“It’s genocide, ethnic cleansing.” Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Nikodimos Daoud of Mosul gave this impassioned — and now famous — interview to MEMRI TV several days ago. In it, the Archbishop says that he waited to speak out against ISIS because he did not want his flock in Mosul to suffer...

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WTHR: Iraqi Christian Family in Indianapolis Prays For Those Still There

WTHR: Iraqi Christian Family in Indianapolis Prays For Those Still There

By Emily Longnecker, WTHR reporter INDIANAPOLIS – For one Indianapolis family, watching the images of Christians being killed in Iraq is horrifying. They call it a holocaust and know that could very easily be them dying for their faith, had they not made the decision to leave and come to...

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