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Current Affairs, Developments, Persecution & Christianophobia

Migrant-filled Europe is spiralling into chaos under weak leaders

Roger Boyes – The Times, 27th July 2016 This northern summer will be the tipping point, the moment the high-pitched anxiety about the disintegration of Europe starts to colour all political calculation. The fast tempo of the street attacks in Germany and the cumulative terror assaults in France all point in one direction: imperfectly integrated migrant communities and damaged rootless ... Read More »

French church attacker was on terror charge and fitted with GPS tag

28 July 2016 – The Australian France was seeking yesterday to understand how a jihadist awaiting trial on terror charges could attack a church in broad daylight, killing a priest, in an atrocity claimed by Islamic State. Adel Kermiche, 19, was one of two attackers who stormed the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray ­during morning mass on ­Tuesday, ... Read More »

FORGETTING CYPRUS

“Over the course of the four decades since the invasion and occupation of Cyprus by Turkey, the nature of it has gradually been transformed” DEAN KALIMNIOU 15 July 2016 In his interesting recently published book “In Praise of Forgetting,” David Rieff questions the utility of remembering or commemorating terrible historical crimes such as genocide, ethnic cleansing or massacres. He wonders ... Read More »

Al-Azhar: Official Statement to Muslims regarding apostasy from Islam

AL-AZHAR: TO LEAVE ISLAM IS ‘TREASON’ World Watch Monitor – 22 June 2016   To convert away from Islam is “treason” that should carry the death penalty, according to Sunni Islam’s topmost religious authority. “The penalty for an open apostate, departing from the community, is well stipulated in Sharia,” Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyib declared on Egypt television last week. ... Read More »

Attempt on Syriac Patriarch commemorating genocide

World Watch Monitor – 23 June 2016 As Christians were celebrating Pentecost in Qamishli, Syria, a suicide bomber disguised as a priest struck, killing three Assyrians and wounding five others. The Sunday attack on 19 June was apparently targeting Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, and was reminiscent of another nearly a century ago which killed the Catholicos Patriarch of ... Read More »

SHAMEFUL TRUTH ABOUT WHO ABDUCTED THE SYRIAN BISHOPS AND HOW THEIR RELEASE WAS SECURED

Documents Indicate Turkey’s Connection to Syrian Bishops’ Kidnappers   When police arrested Magomed Abdurrahmanov in Turkey about a year ago, word spread quickly that the suspected kidnapper of two prominent Syrian bishops had been caught. The Turkish government, however, said the man they had arrested, and his companions, were nothing to worry about. Officials said they were foreigners with improper ... Read More »

Christian Asylum Seekers and others abused by their Muslim counterparts – Irony!

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES ARE UNDER THREAT FROM OTHER ASYLUM SEEKERS, SAYS GERMAN BISHOP The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne has warned that Christian refugees are being threatened by other asylum seekers in refugee camps, according to a report in The Tablet. Speaking at an ecumenical service in Dusseldorf last Saturday, Cardinal Rainer Woelki said: “Concern is growing that politicians and the ... Read More »

Fr Theodore Zisis on the Upcoming Great Pan-Orthodox Synod

Fr. Theodoros Zisis is Emeritus Professor of Patrology and former Chair of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In the video below Fr. Theodore, known as a staunch defender of traditional, patristic Orthodoxy, offers his thoughts on the upcoming Great and Holy Council, the decades of preparatory councils in which he sometimes took part, ... Read More »

Israeli Extremist Leader Once Again Calls for Torching Jerusalem Churches

By International Middle East Media Center Global Research – 4 January 2016 The leader of the extremist anti-assimilation group, Lehava, recently renewed his calls to torch churches in occupied Jerusalem, Israeli media sources revealed. Lehava’s leader, Bentzi Gopstein (pictured), told the Israeli TV Channel II that Israeli Jews practically prevent Christians from entering Jerusalem, saying that Christian presence in Jerusalem was not welcome. ... Read More »

Keeping the Faith in Taybeh: An Interview with Maria Khoury

A Greek-American who has lived in Palestine since 1995, Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D., is the driving force behind charitable and municipal projects in her town, Taybeh. She is also the author of Orthodox Christian Children’s Books, including the well-known “Christina goes to the Holy Land”, in which “Christina” walks in the footsteps of Christ. After graduating from Hellenic College and ... Read More »