Christianity faces a Middle Eastern exodus

Star News Services 1/9/2012 The final outcome of the Arab Spring will not be known for years, perhaps decades, but in the meantime Christian communities across the Middle East continue to wither. The latest to face a possible exodus are Syrian Christians, many of whom are on the wrong side of the deepening civil war there. The birthplace of ...

Catholicos Aram I: We must support Armenians of Syria

29/7/2012 Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church continues to be in contact with the clergy members of Syria’s Armenian community and to follow their activities, press service of the Great House of Cilicia informs. Learning about the financial difficulties of some Syrian-Armenia families, the Catholicos allocated money to the ...

State of Fear: Syria’s Christians Face the Specter of Civil War and Sectarian Violence

By Kurt J. Werthmuller 3/2/2012 Will the endangered Christian communities of the Middle East survive? Editor's Note: This is a part of a multi-part series on Christians in the Middle East. See Dr. Werthmuller's comments on Egypt here and here, as well as his introduction to the series. On a hill above the ancient, well-worn route between Aleppo and ...

Why Christians in Egypt Are Holding Their Breath, Part 2

By Kurt J. Werthmuller 26/1/2012 The long-term future of Christians in Egypt is fraught with peril. Paradoxically, the last century has been a period in which Copts have experienced both a reinvigorated sense of communal identity and increasing socio-religious pressure. In terms of the former, the mid-20th-century "Sunday School movement" (whose leaders in its heyday of the 1930s ...

Why Christians in Egypt Are Holding Their Breath, Part 1

By Kurt J. Werthmuller 23/12/2012 A guided tour through the Christian communities of the Middle East begins with a community founded in the Apostolic generation. The Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner lays nestled in the shadow of Cairo's Muqattam Hills, in an unbearably squalid neighborhood (unofficially known as "Garbage City") that is home to tens of thousands ...

Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House: Report

25/10/2011 Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a ...

In Egypt, Rockville man witnesses attack on Coptic Christians

Susan Singer-Bart, Staff Writer 26/10/2011 Post-revolution events worry county’s Middle Eastern activists. Harry Malek attended a church service in Cairo, Egypt, the morning of Oct. 9, then watched on TV in the afternoon as police attacked worshippers marching from the church to a television station. The Coptic Christians were protesting the burning of a church in southern Egypt 10 ...

Cyprus Archbishop cautions over fate of Middle Eastern Christians

2/9/2011 Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos ΙΙ attended a gathering of the Primates of the four Patriarchates and the Αutocephalous Church of Cyprus, at the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, speaking about the dangers which Christians face in Middle Eastern countries, due to potential prevalence of extremist elements. The Archbishop referred to raids in places of ...

ME Council of Churches meeting to take place in Cyprus

By Argyro Nicolaou 24/8/2011 THE GENERAL Assembly of the Middle Eastern Church Council will take place in Cyprus late in November, Archbishop Chrysostomos announced yesterday. He announced the event following a three-hour long meeting he had with the Lutheran Bishop Munib Yunan, the representative of the Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia Aram, the Maronite Bishop Bulosh Matar and the ...