Religious Freedom

Protecting Freedom of Belief & Christian Minorities in Zones of Conflict

May 15, 2017 News
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 15/5/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was invited to give a talk in a discussion panel on “Protecting Freedom of Belief and Christian Minorities in Zones of Conflict”. Panelists included Prof. Thomas Schirrmacher, Director of the International Institute for Religious Freedom and President of the International Council of the […]

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Statement by Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

December 11, 2016 Featured News
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The Coptic Orthodox Church – UK – 11/12/16 His Grace Angaelos- General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom As another year draws to a close and we mark Human Rights Day 2016, the importance of the sanctity of every human life remains challenged in far too many places in our world. […]

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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE SUPPORTS GRANTING SPECIAL STATUS TO UOC-MP

October 10, 2016 Featured News
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RISU – 10/10/16 The Committee on Culture and Spirituality recommended the Parliament to adopt in the first reading Bill 4511 on the special status of religious organizations having their governing centers in Russia as the aggressor State. The draft law was presented at the Committee meeting on October 5 by its collaborators: MPs of Ukraine […]

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RELIGIOUS FEELINGS OF US BELIEVERS UNDER SERIOUS THREAT, ARCHBISHOP OF BALTIMORE WARNS

September 24, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 23/9/16 Catholic Archbishop William Lori, Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Religious Freedom which was set up in 2011 by Catholic hierarchs, has described as “irresponsible” the statements made by Chairman of the U.S. Federal Commission on Civil Rights Martin Castro in which the latter condemned religion as a cover for intolerance and homophobia, […]

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Chaldean Patriarch: State Secularism and Religious Freedom Answer to Fundamentalist Barbarism

May 1, 2015 Featured News

By Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako – 1/5/15 Baghdad — Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako has just returned home from Beirut (Lebanon), where he took part in a meeting on 27 April with the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches, including Patriarchs Ignatius Joseph III Younan and Ignatius Ephrem II. […]

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U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Calls for Criminal Prosecution of ISIS

May 1, 2015 Featured News
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By Mark A. Kellner http://www.deseretnews.com – 1/5/15 A U.S. government commission is calling for international prosecution of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, over the militant group’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The request is a first for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its […]

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USCIRF Condemns Abduction of More Than 200 Assyrian Christians and Urges Their Immediate Release

February 28, 2015 Featured News

28/2/15 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the abduction of more than 200 Assyrian Christians by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northeastern Syria and calls for the international community to work for their immediate release. “The lives of these Assyrian Christians […]

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Ohio joins 42 other states in supporting Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate

December 18, 2014 Featured News
On December 9, 2014, H. Steven Poulos, Aristotle Hutras, Angelo Coutris and former Ohio Congressman Zack Space gather together at the Ohio Capitol–the day of the final passage. Not included in the photograph, but in attendance that day at the Capitol, was Dr. Manuel Tzagournis.

Columbus, Ohio 12/15/2014 The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Ohio became the 43rd state to express its support for religious freedom for Orthodox Christianity’s Ecumenical Patriarchate on December 9th when the Ohio House of Representatives adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 in a unanimous 85-0 vote. The Ohio Senate had earlier adopted the […]

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CLARIFYING SENATOR CRUZ’S WALK AWAY FROM MIDDLE EASTERN CHRISTIAN SUMMIT

September 13, 2014 Featured News

CONTACT:    Joseph Cella, 703-286-9677 joseph@indefenseofchristians.org – September 2014 Washington – In Defense of Christians President Toufic Baaklini issued the following statement in response to the disruption at IDC’s Inaugural Summit Gala Dinner last evening: “In 1915, a German army officer named Armin Wegner… began to document a genocide that was taking place against Armenians. Over […]

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FARR: “IF YOU DON’T HAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A STABLE DEMOCRACY

September 12, 2014 Featured News

IDC – September 2014 Thomas Farr said religious freedom is critical to achieving peace and stability in the Middle East. The Catholic News Agency covered his remarks to the Catholic Information Center recently: Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the ongoing violence facing […]

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Congressman Slams Obama For Ignoring Christian Genocide In Iraq

July 28, 2014 Featured News
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By Tristyn Bloom – Daily Caller – 28/7/14 Virginia Republican congressman Frank Wolf accused the Obama administration of ignoring the genocide of Iraqi Christians Thursday, saying that “Christianity as we know it in Iraq is being wiped out.” “I believe what is happening to the Christian community in Iraq is genocide,” he said in a speech to […]

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Albanian Orthodox Periodical Magazine “Kërkim”, No. 11 now Available

April 11, 2014 Featured News

Albanian Orthodox Church – April 2014 In this New Edition of the Magazine “Kërkim”, you will be informed about: The Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical on the Occasion of the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan – by the Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew pg.5. The Religious Freedom is Inextricably Linked […]

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Christians Fight for Middle East Religious Freedom Watchdog

February 20, 2014 Featured News

By Ryan Mauro Frontpage Magazine – 20/2/14 Global persecution of Christians, especially in the Muslim world, is one of the most overlooked human rights disasters of the 21st century. Christian activists are demanding that the State Department add a new envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East, but their campaign is stymied by those concerned […]

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The Future Of Egypt’s Copts

February 19, 2014 Featured News

By Samuel Tadros – 19/2/14 http://www.eurasiareview.com The fall of the Mubarak regime in February 2011 unleashed a monumental and contagious wave of optimism. Images of Christians and Muslims holding hands in Tahrir Square were broadcast around the world and gave credence to the narrative that a new more liberal and democratic Egypt was being born. […]

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Turkey, Religious Freedom and the Current State of Christian-Muslim Dialogue

October 22, 2013 News

VICTOR GAETAN – 22/10/13 The politically moderate Muslim country is the traditional site of Mary’s House and the birthplace of St. Paul SELÇUK, Turkey — Thankfully, there are places where the simple coexistence of faithful Christians and Muslims is a joy to witness. In a peaceful grove of trees overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus […]

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Scapegoating the Copts

July 31, 2013 Featured News

31/7/13 On July 3, Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), was ousted from power. His detractors came from many segments of Egyptian society, but it is the Coptic Christian community that the MB is scapegoating as the principal actor behind his removal. The Middle East Media Research Institute reports that, in […]

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The 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom to be held in Berlin, Dec 4-5, 2013

July 12, 2013 Featured News

New York, NY 7/10/2013 With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate invite you to attend and witness the Second Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom: “Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey.” It will take place in Berlin, Germany, December 4 and 5, 2013. This […]

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The Hope: An End To The Religious Freedom Chasm In Turkey, by Archon Dr. Cary J. Limberakis

July 10, 2013 News

Philadelphia, PA – 7/9/2013 The following article written by Archon Dr. Cary J. Limberakis was published on the National Philoptochos Society blog, “Philanthropy by Philoptochos,” on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is an organization of women whose collective drive, dedication and heart help those who need it most. Philoptochos is […]

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Turkey’s Continuing Siege: Remembering the Fall of Constantinople

May 30, 2013 Featured News

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Alexandros K. Kyrou 29/5/13 29th of May 2013 marked the 560th anniversary of the fall and capture of the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, to the forces led by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, Mohammed (Mehmet) II. Mehmet took the title “the Conqueror” for […]

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Ecumenical Patriarchate hosts International Conference on Edict of Milan

May 24, 2013 Featured News

Istanbul, Turkey 5/21/2013 Religious Freedom Today — Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate honored the 1700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine the Great’s “Edict of Milan” by hosting an international and interfaith one-day seminar in collaboration with the Council of European Episcopal Churches at the Conrad […]

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Religious Freedom Today-Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later

May 17, 2013 Featured News

Istanbul, Turkey 5/16/2013 Istanbul, Turkey, 17-18 May 2013 1700 years have passed since 313 when, through the Milan Edict of Toleration, Emperor Constantine granted freedom of conscience and freedom of worship to all cults, thus putting an end to centuries of persecution against Christians in the Roman Empire. Since then, Christians have enjoyed religious freedom, […]

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