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45 Syrian Christians massacred in town of Sadad

5 November 2013 The “most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria” in which 45 people were killed and 1,500 families held hostage has been reported by the Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama. It happened during the week following 21 October in the ancient Christian town of Sadad, which lies about 100 miles north-east of Damascus, after ... Read More »

Iranian Christians given 80 lashes

Two Iranian Christians were given 80 lashes last Wednesday for drinking wine during a communion service. Behzad Taalipasand and Mehdi Dadkhah were two of four Christians handed the sentence, along with Mehdi Reza Omidi and Amir Hatemi, who it is believed have not yet been punished. The ecumenical charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide said sources told them that Behzad Taalipasand was ... Read More »

Sydney’s Syrian Christians Fear for Lives of Family and Friends

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese, 4 Oct 2013 Syrian-born Father Rahal Dergham, Migrant Chaplain to the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Syrian and Iraqi community has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to resettle 500 Syrian refugees as part of its humanitarian refugee program. “The news is a cause for joy and fills us with happiness. When compared with the more than 2 million ... Read More »

Ecuenical Patriarch Bartholomew: We Are Not Betraying Orthodoxy – We Are Not Ecumenists

The Patriarch gives a response to those who criticize the Patriarchate for participating in ecumenical dialogue. Loudaros Andreas September 20, 2013 Dogma.gr A powerful message was sent to multiple recipients within all the Churches today by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding the issue of ecumenical dialogue. Addressing Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria, who is making a peaceful visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, ... Read More »

Humanism and atheism as civil religions

Author: Luke Bretherton – ABC Religion and Ethics – 4 Oct 2011 (Source: http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2011/10/04/3331539.htm) Rather than retaining its vocation as a prophetic witness, disabusing humans of our illusions and idolatries, atheism now seems content to become Pepsi to the Coke of religion. In the early 1990s I met the then Russian minister for education. He alleged that a representative of ... Read More »

CRISIS IN MAALOULA: A TOWN WHOSE NAME MEANS GATEWAY TO HEAVEN

MODE OF LIFE REFLECTS ON EVENTS IN MAALOULA It is with a heavy heart and much suppressed anger, that we at Mode of Life look upon the developments regarding our fellow Orthodox Christian brethren across the Middle East and in Africa. Some of whom are either family or close associates, which amplifies that sorrow and anger that dwells within our ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

On September 7, 2013 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited the Holy Cathedral of St. Symeon in Tallinn, Estonia. Early that afternoon, His All-Holiness presided over Vespers Service in the same church, at which time he delivered the Homily. Below is an excerpt of this Homily, in which he addressed the topic of the relationship between Church and Family, and ... Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year (Prot. No. 735)

+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome And Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from the Creator and Conserver of All Creation Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ   Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, We have come to September 1st, the beginning of the ecclesiastical year, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate ... Read More »