Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America & Orthodoxy Today In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. by Douglas Cramer The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred … [Read more...]

Church Leaders Welcome Climate Of Religious Tolerance In Kuwait

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Source: Arab Times By Paul Francis X. Fernandes (Arab Times Staff) Egyptian Orthodox Church Holds Reception On The Occasion Of Egyptian Easter Season KUWAIT CITY, May 9: The Egyptian Orthodox Church in Kuwait held a reception on the occasion of the Egyptian Easter Season in honor of Sheikha Fariha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah the President of the Kuwait Association for Ideal Family and the Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. Sheikha Fariha was honored in the presence of Rev Emmanuel Garib, … [Read more...]

The Crushing of Middle Eastern Christianity

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by Richard L. Russell Source: The National Interest Americans of all political stripes have embraced the promotion of democracy as a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy. But this American democracy crusade has caused huge, and largely overlooked, collateral damage since the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks against the United States in 2001. The fall of authoritarian regimes throughout the greater Middle East has fueled growing persecution of minority Christian communities. The Pew Research Center has … [Read more...]

Head of Russian Orthodox Church Arrives in China

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Source: RIA Novosti BEIJING, May 10 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on Friday arrived in China for an official visit during which he will carry out services in Orthodox Cathedrals and meet with senior Chinese officials. “The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet with government leaders in China, leaders of religious groups, and also with the Chinese officials responsible for religious affairs,” the Patriarch’s press service told RIA … [Read more...]

How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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And why supporting Syria's rebels may extinguish Christianity in its oldest environs. By Andrew Doran The recent dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Texas briefly rekindled debate about the defining event of his presidency, the Iraq War. The visceral hatred of many for the war and the man having substantially diminished, a more sober assessment of both seemed to prevail in the coverage. In the same news cycle there appeared a seemingly unrelated event, the abduction of … [Read more...]

Georgians Wrestle With Abortion Issue As Gender Imbalance Grows

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Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty By Temur Kiguradze and Robert Coalso TBILISI/PRAGUE -- Georgia faces a serious and growing demographic problem. According to the United Nations, the ratio of newborn boys to girls in 1991 was 105 to 100. By 2000, it was nearly 110 to 100. And in 2011, it was almost 114 to 100. Together with its neighbors in the South Caucasus -- Armenia and Azerbaijan -- Georgia is on a trajectory to develop a gender imbalance on par with what has been observed … [Read more...]

The Politics of Human Rights: Orthodox Christianity Gets the Short End

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Source: Order of St. Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou [Washington, D.C. - 5/5/2013] Today is Easter for the world’s 350 million Orthodox Christians, who just completed their Holy Week of prayer and fasting  which culminated in today’s message of transcendent hope.  But all last week and today, Orthodox Christians the world over have been reminded that politics trumps human rights.  There’s a cruel irony in the fact that Orthodox … [Read more...]

Church vandalized: Allegan County [Michigan] worship house damaged for second time in six months

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Source: Mlive DORR, MI -- After his Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church was vandalized for the second time in six months, the Rev. Gregory Hogg was able to find solace in the misdeeds of others. “Because the Bible says that after doing good, we will suffer evil,” Hogg said on Tuesday, May 7, the day he learned that unknown suspects had defaced the church. A parishoner called Hogg, who resides in Byron Center, to tell him the church had been hit again, the pastor said. When he arrived … [Read more...]

CHURCH ARSON SUSPECT ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL

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Source: San Diego Union-Tribune By Dana Littlefield El Cajon — A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in unincorporated El Cajon, and later attacking his cellmate in county jail, was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges including premeditated attempted murder and arson. Darin Wayne Williams, 39, was arrested and booked into jail Jan. 27, hours after the early-morning fire started at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Christian Church.   At the end … [Read more...]

Bishops Remain Missing After Capture In Syria

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Source: National Public Radio Click here to Listen to the Story - All Things Considered (3 min 50 sec) TRANSCRIPT ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: As Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter this week, the Orthodox communities in Syria and neighboring Lebanon postponed festivities. Instead, they gathered in churches to pray for the safe return of two bishops kidnapped outside the Syrian city of Aleppo last month. While the Syrian opposition and the regime of President Bashar … [Read more...]