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SVOTS Seminary President Paves Way for African Students

August 10, 2017 Featured
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SVOTS – July – August 2017 There’s an Ugandan proverb: “The path to your heart’s desire is never overgrown.” Over the summer, seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield has been proving that maxim. Through recruitment efforts in both Nigeria and Uganda, he’s been clearing the path for more African students to attend St. Vladimir’s Seminary—fulfilling a […]

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90,000 CHRISTIANS KILLED IN 2016, NUMBERS COULD INCREASE IN 2017

January 4, 2017 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 4/1/17 2016 was a deadly year for being a Christian. According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, which monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, around 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith throughout the year, reports ABC News. Another 500 to 600 million are hindered from practicing their faith freely, […]

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Massive Killings of Christians in Africa ‘Dreadful’ – Russian Patriarch

August 30, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – August 2016 Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill said that the events in Nigeria and Central African Republic linked with massive murder of Christians are particularly “terrible.” MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The situation with mass murder of Christians in Africa is “dreadful,” Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill said on Monday. “We […]

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Making our way to the Church of Benin

November 29, 2015 Featured News
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Orthodox Mission Fraternity – November 2015 In early September, by the grace of God, we paid a pastoral visit to the Republic of Benin. Arriving in Cotonou, the largest city of the country, we met with the local priests and discussed the various issues of the parishes and particularly the ever-surging challenges they encounter due […]

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Islamic State Executes Another Copt in Libya?

July 31, 2015 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim – Coptic Solidarity – 30/7/15 According to sources in Libya, there are unconfirmed reports, including from the Libyan Herald,  that on July 23rd, the Islamic State executed another Egyptian Christian they seized over a week ago at a road block near Nufaliya, an Islamic State stronghold southeast of the city of Sirte. Bekhit Nageh Efrank Ebeid, a […]

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Christian Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Pressured to ‘Cut Throats of Christians’ in Nigeria

July 1, 2015 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim – 1/7/15 In Nigeria, Boko Haram escapees continue to testify to the brainwashing that the Chibok girls are facing at the hands of their captors — girls being convinced to slit the throats of Christians and to carry out suicide attacks. More than 200 girls remain missing after Boko Haram stormed a government school […]

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Patriarch Kirill concerned by Christianophobia in Europe

May 5, 2015 Featured News
Patriarch Kirill concerned by Christianophobia in Europe

Interfax-religion Moscow, May 5, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has spoken about harassment of Christians in Europe. “The phenomenon of Christianophobia is present not just in the Middle East. And what about Pakistan, Nigeria and several other African countries? And what about well-off European countries where people are not allowed to […]

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The Orthodox Mission in Nigeria, “Support Education – Combat Poverty”

March 6, 2015 Featured News
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March 2015 The program of the Orthodox Mission in Nigeria, “Support Education – Combat Poverty”, which started a few years ago, includes the construction of a kindergarten and primary school in Karmem, a mountainous village of Benue state in Central Nigeria. The construction works began with the foundation of the school in May 2013 on […]

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Over 4,000 Christians Killed for Faith-Related Reasons in 2014: Report

January 10, 2015 Featured News
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Sputnik – January 2015 4,344 Christians were killed and 1,062 Christian churches were attacked for faith-based reasons between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014, according to World Watch List (WWL). The number of Christians killed is over two times greater than the 2,123 victims in 2013. MOSCOW, January 7 (Sputnik) — At least 4,344 Christians […]

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Orthodox Missionary Efforts Provide free Education in Nigeria

July 21, 2014 Featured News

Alexandrian Orthodox Patriarchate Nigeria – 21/7/14 The Holy Diocese of Nigeria, in its effort to provide free education to poor children, started erecting a kindergarten and a primary school at Karmem village in Benue state, in Central Nigeria. The school has started operating in grass thatched huts and accomodates 186 students. The total amount of […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch’s Statement condemning religious violence in Northern Africa

May 20, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The Ecumenical Patriarchate has witnessed with great pain and distress the recent manifestations of religious violence against women in Northern Africa, which have profoundly and justifiably concerned the global community. It expresses its outright and unequivocal condemnation of the kidnapping in Nigeria of scores of young women, who are forcibly subjected to espouse […]

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Easter: A Time of Joy, But Also Danger for Persecuted Christians

April 20, 2014 News

By April Thompson http://www.commdiginews.com – 20/4/14 DALLAS — This year the liturgical calendars of the Eastern and Western churches coincide, and all of Christendom will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 20. Christians often mark this most important holiday in Christianity with pageantry and by inviting non-Christians in their communities to join their celebrations. However, for believers […]

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Jizya-Vigilantes Target Christian Minorities

March 14, 2014 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim – 14/3/14 In the al-Nafura region of Asyut, Egypt, an increasingly common scene took place earlier this month. Isaac Eli—a Coptic Christian—was abducted under threat of gunfire. According to sources, four “unknown persons” armed with automatic weapons came upon the Coptic wood merchant while he was working in front of his home, coerced him […]

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Terrorists Slaughter Dozens of Nigeria Villagers

February 18, 2014 Featured News

18/2/14 Islamic terrorists murdered dozens of villagers in a northeastern state in Nigeria Sunday. They chanted “Allah is great” as they murdered an estimated 63 people. “As I am talking to you now, all the dead bodies of the victims are still lying in the streets,” Nigerian resident Abubakar Usman told Reuters. “We fled without […]

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Bartholomew I: Peace in Syria and throughout the world

August 18, 2012 News

NAT da Polis 17/8/2012 The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is concerned about the situation in the country and the fate of the Syrian Christian community. Pain for the rest of the Middle East, Nigeria and Sudan. Need to combat religious fundamentalism manipulated for political purposes. “A crime committed in the name of religion is a […]

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Christians “will not know peace again” if they do not accept Islam – the Boko Haram

July 11, 2012 Featured News

Ahmed Saka 11/7/2012 A radical militant sect has claimed responsibility for weekend attacks that have killed at least 58 people including two lawmakers in central Nigeria. Christians “will not know peace again” if they do not accept Islam, said a statement from the Boko Haram sect obtained by the Associated Press on Tuesday, which added […]

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Lagos governor urges closer religion-state links

February 22, 2012 Featured News
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (right) being decorated with the Lion of Alexandria Medal by the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope Theodore ll (left) during his courtesy visit to the Governor at the State House, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, February 20, 2012.

22/2/2012 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday advocated the deepening of relationship between governments and religious bodies as means to provide solution to the numerous challenges facing humanity. Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Lagos House Ikeja while playing host to the Patriarch and Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope […]

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As religion grows, so does inter-faith conflicts in Africa

February 19, 2012 Featured News

Isaac Mwangi is the immediate former chief sub-editor of the The EastAfrican E-mail:isaacmmwangi@gmail.com 19/2/2012 With both Muslim and Christian populations in sub-Saharan Africa growing rapidly, issues of inter-faith relations will become increasingly explosive if measures are not taken to address growing tensions between the two major faiths in countries across Africa. The January 20 bombings […]

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Patriarch Kirill urges Nigerian govt to resolutely crack down on terror

January 5, 2012 News

Moscow, January 4, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent condolences to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan following the death of dozens of people as a result of terrorist attacks targeting Christian churches on Christmas Day. “The murder and persecution of Christians, the destruction of churches and worshippers’ homes have become systematic […]

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Islamofascism And The War on Nigeria’s Christians

December 28, 2011 Featured News

12/27/2011 Islamofascism: Scores of Christians attending Catholic mass in Nigerian churches were slaughtered in their pews by massive bomb blasts on Christmas Day. While decried as “un-Islamic,” a frightening number of Muslims believe the bombings are justified. The year that began with a New Year’s attack on an Egyptian Coptic Christian Church that killed 21 […]

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Christmas Day terrorist attacks kill Nigerian Christians

December 26, 2011 Featured News
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Jim Kouri, Law Enforcement Examiner 25/12/2011 Islamic terrorists detonated bombs throughout Nigeria on Christmas Day targeting Christian churches that were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. At least 40 people were killed and dozens more were injured. The al-Qaeda affiliated Boko Haram , who wish to impose Sharia law in the country, claimed responsibility for […]

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