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First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia

December 3, 2018 Featured

John Anton (Correspondent – Coptic Affairs) – OCP News Service – 3/12/18 Riyadh- Saudi Arabia: A report by Cairoscese states that the first ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy was held in the conservative Islamic nation of Saudi Arabia. Several Coptic Christians attended the historic Liturgical service. Bishop Ava Mercorious of Shobra El Kheima served the Divine Liturgy at […]

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‘Don’t open doors to evil’: Top Saudi cleric calls concerts & cinemas a ‘depravity’

January 16, 2017 Featured News

RT.Com – 16/1/17 Cinemas and singing concerts are merely a depravity, Saudi Arabia’s top religious cleric said, adding that cinemas are dangerous as they may show films which are “immoral,” “atheist” and can change the country’s culture. “We know that singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity,” Grand Mufti Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh said […]

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“Francis and Kirill… The People of Syria Know Best” – Fr Georges Massouh on Francis and Kirill’s Joint Statement

February 20, 2016 Featured News

February 2016 – Notes on Arab Orthodoxy  Francis and Kirill… The People of Syria Know Best There is no doubt that the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Russia, just in its being held, is a historic achievement in relations between the churches and in restoring unity between Christians. A joint statement was […]

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The Letter of Prophet Muhammad to the Orthodox Monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mount Sinai

November 30, 2015 Featured News
 Prophet Muhammad

The Higher – 30/11/15 Visit Mount Sinai Monastery Website here: Read more on the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Mount Sinai: Also Read – Covenant of Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mt. Sinai Ashtiname of Muhammad: Prophet Muhammad ‘s Letter to the Monks of St. Catherine in Mt. Sinai offering protection religious freedom and peace. […]

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Famous Saudi Arabian Personality Dr Khalid Al Shamry Discovers Jesus Christ 

August 8, 2015 Featured News

August 2015 Visit FB PAGE: A Saudi Muslim discovers Jesus. Dr Khalid Al Shamry, a microbiologist, is now reaching out to Muslims with the gospel. His testimony in English “God bless you brothers and sisters., as you see… this is the work of our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ., He attracted me with his love […]

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June 24, 2015 Featured News

On 23 June 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with H. T. Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al-Rassi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Russian Federation. Taking part in the meeting, which was held at the DECR premises, were Damir Mukhetdinov, […]

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Archbishop Atallah Hanna Responds to Leaked Saudi Document

June 23, 2015 Featured News

22/6/15 The Arabic original can be found here. Clarification issued by His Eminence Atallah Hanna – Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebate in Jerusalem We were shocked yesterday by a document issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry that has been published across various social media sites. We do not know if it is real or a […]

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5th-6th century Christian monuments discovered in Saudi Arabia

February 6, 2015 Featured News

6/2/15 Ancient monuments of Christian culture have been discovered in the sands of the southern desert of Saudi Arabia, reports the Linga portal with the reference to news agencies. It is reported that a French-Saudi team of archaeologists carrying out excavations in the desert of the Najran region has discovered numerous inscriptions, carved on the […]

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27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

September 15, 2014 News – September 2015 Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and […]

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Syrian Archbishop: Assad is staying

August 2, 2013 Featured News

Sakher Naser and Ali Harb – 2/8/13 Archbishop Louka El-Khouri, patriarchal auxiliary of the Syrian Orthodox church, believes that the Syrian regime will not fall and President Bashar Assad will stay in power. Khouri adds that Assad will run in the promised 2014 presidential elections and will win, undoubtedly because the people support him overwhelmingly. […]

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Syrian rebels destroy Shi’ite site, loot churches: HRW

January 25, 2013 Featured News

Alexander Dziadosz | Reuters – 25/1/13 BEIRUT (Reuters) – Rebels in Syria have burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, as the longest and deadliest of the Arab Spring revolts becomes increasingly sectarian. The 22-month-old rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad started as a peaceful protest movement but has turned into […]

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Intolerance is rife in Islamic lands

August 10, 2012 News

STEVE HUNTLEY 9/8/2012 As the horrific attack on the Sikh temple in Wisconsin showed, no society is secure from the occasional outrage by a violent bigot. As a new report from the State Department demonstrates, too many governments around the world practice, countenance or acquiesce to repugnant and even deadly religious repression, and many […]

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Saudis release Christians

August 6, 2012 Featured News

6/8/2012 Almost three dozen imprisoned Christian Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia have been freed after months of being held by the authorities there. The 35 Ethiopians were imprisoned last December 17 for conducting a prayer meeting in a private home. “We understand that the Saudi’s assaulted, harassed, and pressured the Christians to convert to Islam during […]

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Syrian Christians in the war between fundamentalists and secularists, Sunnis and Shiites

June 12, 2012 Featured News

Samir Khalil Samir 12/6/2012 Al Qabas, Kuwait’s daily newspaper, reports the arrival in Syria of jihadists from Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Pakistan. Among them many are under 18 years of age. Turkey serves as a transit point for weapons and people. A war of fundamentalism against the Alawite Shia and Sunni fundamentalism against the secularism […]

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Europe bishops slam Saudi fatwa against Gulf churches

March 24, 2012 Featured News

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor 24/3/2012 PARIS (Reuters) – Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed. In separate statements on Friday, the Roman Catholic bishops in Germany and Austria slammed […]

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The World’s Worst Religious Persecutors – OpEd

March 21, 2012 Featured News

By Nina Shea 20/3/2012 Today, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (Uscirf) released its 14th annual report, which it is mandated to do under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The report identifies the world’s worst persecutors and makes foreign-policy recommendations, which are non-binding, to the administration and Congress. Its decisions are based […]

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Christians angry as Saudi Grand Mufti calls for churches to be destroyed

March 16, 2012 Featured News
Egypt's Copts at a service.

Joseph Mayton 16/3/2012 Christians across the Middle East are expressing anger and frustration after the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” In Cairo and Beirut, the anger was loudest, but also through their calls were gestures of tolerance. “I mean from a regular, end […]

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Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for “Destruction of All Churches in Region”

March 16, 2012 Featured News
Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia

Raymond Ibrahim 16/3/2012 According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait: a Kuwaiti parliament […]

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Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia

February 2, 2012 Featured News

1/2/2012 Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for “illicit mingling”, the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. Police arrested the group – including 29 women – after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah. The women were subjected to strip searches and the men beaten and called […]

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Growing Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina

January 21, 2012 Featured News

John Newton and Eva-Marie Kolman 20/1/2012 Christians and moderate Muslims are trying to stem the tide of Islamo-fascism in the heart of the former Yugoslavia. The rise of radical Islam in Bosnia-Herzegovina is going unchallenged by the authorities, the country’s leading bishop has warned. Cardinal Vinko Puljic, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, highlighted the growth of […]

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Saudi Arabia: 42 Ethiopian Christians arrested for Prayer Meeting

December 19, 2011 Featured News

18/12/2011 If Muslim migrants were subjected anywhere in the world to the injustices Christians and other expat workers face in Saudi Arabia, it would be front page news. By contrast, these stories quietly trickle out and go largely unreported. Even so, behavior like this from the Saudis does not create the image of a strong, […]

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