FORGETTING THE CHRISTIANS: CAN CHRISTIANS EVER BE THE VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE?

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Source: First Things by Mark Movsesian This past weekend, the United States began to intervene in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in northern Iraq. The Islamist group ISIS has made a lightning conquest of much of the region, persecuting religious minorities, and even some Sunni Muslims, everywhere it goes. In response, the U.S. has begun air drops of food and water to up to 40,000 Yazidi refugees stranded on Mt. Sinjar, where ISIS militants have them surrounded. And the U.S. undertook … [Read more...]

Gaza’s tiny Christian community under siege

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Source: Christian Today by Ruth Gledhill Severe conditions in Gaza are leaving the struggling Christian community open to the temptations of "an extremism which does not differentiate between race and religion," warns a report today. Christians in Gaza have been prevented from visiting holy sites in Bethlehem and Jerusalem since 2007, which disrupts their ability to uphold their religious faith, in contrast to other Christians from around the world who are freely able to visit these … [Read more...]

Tsipras Finishes Mt. Athos Visit

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Source: The National Herald ATHENS – Greece’s major opposition party leader, Alexis Tsipras of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) is back from a two-day visit of the monastic community of Mount Athos, located in Halkidiki Peninsula, northern Greece. Tsipras and his aides left via a Coast Guard vessel at the Monastery of Xenofontos harbour, after having attended the morning mass and had a meal with the monks. The Abbot of the monastery Alexios and the monks saw Tsipras and his … [Read more...]

Open Forum of Clergy and Laity at the Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops in September

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Editor's Note: First Open Forum of Clergy and Laity at the Assembly of Bishops September 15, 2014 is the first meeting of Bishops, Clergy and Laity in an Open Forum related to developing a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Church in the USA.  The "Clergy-Laity gathering" will take place following a doxology at Holy Trinity Church, Dallas,Texas.   The bishops will welcome questions and answers from those gathered to exchange ideas.  The Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, … [Read more...]

Despite the Danger, Courageous Former Rock Star Turned Missionary, Fr. Themi Adams, Has Decided to Stay Put with His Flock in Sierra Leone

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Source: The Christian Post By Dan Wooding/ Assist News Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, a courageous rock star turned missionary, Fr. Themi Adams, has cancelled a fund-raising trip to Australia, to be with his flock of about 3,000 families in Freetown, the country's capital city, to see them through the terrifying spread of the virus. At the same time, Sierra Leone's government said on Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and … [Read more...]

Saving Syrian Orthodox Chants

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Source: The American Conservative By ROD DREHER A friend passed on to me a must-listen Fresh Air interview with Jason Hamacher, an American punk drummer who went to Syria just before the war to record ancient Sufi and Christian liturgical music. Whatever you’re doing, stop and listen to this interview right now [below]:             From the transcript: And then two days later, the Archbishop of the United States for the Syrian … [Read more...]

BREAKING: ISIS JUST EMPTIED NINEVEH PLAINS – 200,000 ARAMEAN CHRISTIANS FLED

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network World Council of Arameans, Beirut: Last night, two Aramean children and a mother were killed as a result of a shameless attack by ISIS terrorists against Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) in North Iraq. At the same time, in the middle of the night, more than 40,000 Aramean families – comprising at least 200.000 human beings – fearfully fled their ancestral homes, towns and villages in the Nineveh region. Another unprecedented humanitarian disaster is now unfolding in … [Read more...]

Patriarchs decry Christian exodus, demand UN act

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Source: The Daily Star by Samar Kadi BEIRUT: The heads of Eastern churches expressed outrage Thursday over the displacement of Christians in north Iraq, appealing to the international community, and Arab and Islamic states in particular, to take swift action to stop the onslaught at the hands of jihadist groups. The patriarchs’ call came at the end of a meeting, held at the summer seat of the Maronite Church in Diman in north Lebanon, overshadowed by news of a fresh exodus of Iraqi … [Read more...]

Gaza archbishop says rockets were fired from church

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Source: The Times of Israel BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church compound, a site that sheltered hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes during IDF shelling in the area, was used by members of Hamas to launch rockets at Israeli territory, a prominent Christian leader in the Strip said Wednesday. When the Israeli army expanded its offensive in the Palestinian enclave several weeks ago, Archbishop Alexios of the Saint Porphyrios church made the decision to open … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress Viewed from Greece – The Spun Spin: The Reek of Tweak

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By C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. "Would an event ‒ let's say a baseball game ‒ played in a 50,000-seat stadium, attended by 30,000 ticket holders, be a 'successful' one?" "That would depend on how the game ends." "What if, in the bottom of the second inning, the electronic billboard is flashing, 'Success'?" "The franchise-owned concessionaire is trying to get people to drink more beer." "What's wrong with drinking more beer?" "It has nothing to do with what's flashing when the … [Read more...]