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Barnabas Fund: Freedom to report the persecution of Christians threatened

Editorial – 26/01/2017 The freedom to report both incidents of anti-Christian persecution and the ideology motivating such attacks is central to what Barnabas Fund and other organisations have done for many years. Yet those freedoms are now under threat, particularly in the UK, but also in other Western countries. This is a three-pronged attack. First, although the press has been ... Read More »

Islamists admit pressuring police to register “blasphemy” case against Indonesian Christian governor

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 One of the prosecution’s witnesses in the “blasphemy” trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, has admitted to threatening to potentially incite mob violence to get police to press charges. The secretary of an Islamic organisation, who reported Ahok to police for “blasphemy” in September for an alleged anti-Islamic comment made online, has admitted ... Read More »

Gambia’s new president signals era of positive relations with Christian minority

Barnabas Fund – 26/01/2017 There are encouraging signs that Gambia’s new president, Adama Barrow, may ease the pressure on Christians in the West African country, following years of creeping Islamisation. Gambia’s previous president and de facto dictator, Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a coup in 1994, had increasingly promoted an Islamist agenda. In 2015, Jammeh declared that Gambia was an ... Read More »

On Tithing

All for money?!

As much as we might groan and grumble about it, we know that paying taxes is part of our responsibility as citizens of this country. Just as we should know that as parishioners we have a responsibility to contribute to the financial support of our parish. It is evident, however, from the strained and meagre budgets on which so many ... Read More »

How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

      St Macarius Notaras, Bishop of Corinth To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer ... Read More »

Attacks on churches in the West – Patterns emerge from the Christmas and New Year period

Barnabas Fund – 19/01/2017 For many years now Barnabas Fund has warned that Islamist attacks on churches happen particularly at Easter, Christmas and New Year – with Islamists tending to assume that the latter is a specifically Christian holiday. More recently we have begun to warn that the current spate of attacks on churches in the Middle East and other ... Read More »

Christmas Encyclical (2016): Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate

  The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2016 +IRINEJ By the Grace of God Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the ... Read More »

The ongoing case of Tourlakis vs Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Father appeals ruling upholding forced LGBT indoctrination in Ontario schools Lianne Laurence Reporting – LifeSite News – Friday 6th January 2017 HAMILTON, January 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A father of two is appealing an Ontario judge’s decision upholding the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s refusal to disclose when morally sensitive subjects such as homosexuality and abortion are discussed. Steve Tourloukis ... Read More »