SOAS to Host Conference on Communities in Crisis – Syria and Iraq

April 21, 2016 Featured News

Romina Istratii – Dept. of Religion – SOAS- April 2016- OCP News Service  Info in PDF Here- FINAL.communities in crisis flyer 190416 v2 Dept. Website here: London: The Centre of World Christianity at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London (SOAS) will host an important conference various communities in Syria and Iraq on […]

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Statement by Bishop Angaelos on the upcoming Genocide debate in the House of Commons

April 20, 2016 Featured News

Coptic Orthodox Church UK- Media and Communications Office- April 2016 With the recent welcomed recognition by the European Parliament and the United States Congress and Administration of ‘acts of genocide’ against Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities in Syria and Iraq, the upcoming House of Commons debate on this matter will be looked upon with anticipation […]

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Two Christian Bishops Were Kidnapped : Has a ‘Silent’ World Forgotten Them?    

April 15, 2016 Featured News

The Orthodox Way – April 2016 It’s been two years since two top Christian clergymen were kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, prompting the brother of one of the victims – himself a senior cleric – to raise alarm that “the world is silent.”“We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately, the world is silent […]

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Metropolitan Joseph Meets with CAMECT (Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches Together)

April 10, 2016 Featured News

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America-April 2016 On Monday, April 4, 2016, His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph attended a meeting of CAMECT (Christian Arab and Middle Eastern Churches Together) at the Armenian Orthodox Prelacy in New York. His Eminence was accompanied by the Archdiocese Vicar General, Archpriest Thomas Zain. Nearly all of the various […]

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“The Twin: My Mother and Syria” – Book Signing Ceremony

April 1, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – April 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a book signing ceremony at Al-Assad Library in Damascus. The book “The Twin: My Mother and Syria” which was newly published is written by the Syriac author Mrs. Siham El-Youssef. It is a novel describing the daily life of an old […]

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Walk for Peace in Syria

March 30, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – March 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II headed a “walk for peace in Syria” with the clergy of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and the participants of the Suryoyo Youth Gathering in Aleppo. The walk stretched from the center where the Suryoyo Youth Gathering took place to Mor Gewargis Church […]

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ISIS actions in Iraq and Syria ‘genocide’ – Kerry

March 20, 2016 Featured News
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. © Gary Cameron – March 2016 READ- Statement by Bishop Angaelos following US declaration of Genocide for Christians, Yazidis, Shiite Muslims and other minorities in the Middle East: The United States has determined that Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday. […]

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White House: ISIS extermination of Christians can’t be called genocide yet

March 2, 2016 Featured News
© Omar Sanadiki / Reuters – 2/3/16 The Obama administration says Islamic State’s persecution of Christian minorities in Iraq and Syria is not genocide. The point where it is accurate to term it as such “has not been reached,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a press briefing. Asked whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is practicing genocide in […]

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Visit of the Charge d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy to Syria

February 24, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 24/2/16 Damascus: His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Her Excellency Mrs. Isabel Rauscher, Charge d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy in Syria, at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Holiness and Her Excellency discussed the current situation in Syria as well as the recent developments that took place. Her […]

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Emergency Medical Aid Fills Need for Care of Syrians

February 22, 2016 Featured News
A relief worker from IOCC Syria partner, DERD, comforts Ali, 11, after emergency surgery to remove shrapnel embedded in his skull from an explosion near his home in Homs, Syria. IOCC is providing lifesaving and disability-preventing surgeries for thousands of Syrians like Ali. Photo: Rasha Kaba/IOCC – February 2016 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent need for medical assistance in Syria. The number of injured people continues to rise due to the escalating violence brought on by five years of civil war, with UN estimates that over 250,000 people have been killed and […]

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“Lasting Peace in Middle East Linked to Justice, Not Violence” – Patriarch Kirill

February 22, 2016 Featured News – 22/2/16 Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that he felt the “pain of all Christians who are oppressed today” inside the Catedral Metropolitana Ortodoxa. SAO PAULO (Sputnik) – A lasting peace in Syria and the Middle East can only be linked with justice and is unachievable through war and violence, head of […]

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February 21, 2016 Featured News

Orthodox England – Archpriest Andrew Phillips – 21/1/16 Archpriest Andrew Phillips in Colchester, England answers some comments on the recent meeting of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis in Havana, and offers thoughts on the coming Great Council in June. Below we quote comments from a letter from a correspondent in Wales. We quote […]

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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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Boko Haram Slaughter 52 People in Nigeria

December 29, 2015 Featured News

OCP News Service – 29/12/15 Nigeria- Africa Read More Nigeria: The Nigerian Terror group Boko Haram have killed more than 52 people in a suspected attack. Several reports claim that the terror group has attacked and killed many Christians on Christmas day in Kima Village of the Bui local government area. Thye have also […]

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2015 Nativity Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude John X – Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

December 22, 2015 Featured News

22/12/15 By the mercy of God Patriarch John X, The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East (Read the Arabic version) To my brother pastors of the Antiochian Holy Church, and my children throughout the Holy See “I behold a strange, most glorious mystery: heaven—the cave, the cherubic throne—the Virgin, the manger—the place where […]

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Is Religion the Cause of Wars?

December 7, 2015 Featured News
Miron Çako

Original Article Published in 2014 – Miron Çako, Head of the Office of Catechism – The Albanian Orthodox Church- December 2015 These days have been tense, watching and hearing about 129 victims being slain and many others wounded in the streets of Paris due to the pathological violence of some fundamentalist extremists. They think that by killing […]

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Indirect info suggests two metropolitans kidnapped in Syria executed

December 5, 2015 Featured News

Moscow, December 2, Interfax – According to some reports, two Syrian hierarchs, namely Orthodox Church of Antioch Metropolitan of Aleppo Paul and Syro-Jacobite Metropolitan of Aleppo John-Ibrahim, kidnapped in 2013, were executed. “Leader of the only Middle Eastern Orthodox Party Mashriq Roderick Khoury spoke of this at a meeting with coordinator of the inter-faction State […]

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IOCC Relief Eases Hardship For Syrian Refugees And Greek Hosts

November 25, 2015 Featured News
Hundreds of tired and hungry Syrian refugees with little more than a backpack carrying all of their worldly possessions arrive daily on the Greek island of Chios. Many are mothers with small children, along with a growing number of unaccompanied teens as young as 14. IOCC is responding to their most urgent needs with ready to eat meals and helping ease some of the strain on Greece

October-November 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In spite of worsening weather on land and sea, the number of refugees from Syria and other war torn countries landing on the Greek isles this year has surpassed 500,000. Greece remains the busiest entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean. Overwhelmed Greek island authorities lack the […]

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ISIS Release 10 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

November 25, 2015 Featured News
Two of the ten Assyrian hostages released by ISIS (AssyriaTV).

25/11/15 (AINA) — ISIS today released 10 Assyrians that it captured on February 23 when it attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. Most have not returned. Five of the ten Assyrians who were released […]

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Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Meets ‘In Defense of Syria’ Delegation from Sweden

November 21, 2015 Featured News

21/11/15- FB Page of Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from a Swedish organization “In Defense of Syria” at the patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus. The delegation is visiting different areas and officials in Syria in order to assess the humanitarian need and to help as much […]

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Fr. Georges Massouh: Holy War isn’t Holy

November 14, 2015 Featured News

Notes on Arab Orthodoxy – November 2015 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” (Mark 13:32-33) No one knows the hour when the end of times will […]

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