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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 »

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 »

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 »

AUGUST 2013 – EGYPT IN MELTDOWN: A TIME OF TRIAL FOR CHRISTIANS

JIHAD AGAINST EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS: THE U.S. MUST SPEAK OUT John Stonestreet, BreakPoint Wednesday, August 21, 2013 In his recent book Fleeing Herod, the Australian writer James Cowan retraces the steps of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt following Joseph’s dream warning him about Herod’s intentions toward the infant Jesus. Cowan admits in the prologue that current events in Egypt made ... Read More »

After the deposition of Morsi, reprisals against Christians

July 4, 2013 Minya – Among the episodes of violence in Egypt after the overthrow of President Morsi there is also the attack against the Coptic Catholic parish of St. George, in the village of Delgia, 60 kilometers from Minya. Since Wednesday evening, July 3 groups of fanatical Islamists first looted and then burned down the pastor’s house and church group ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Matthew (Galatians 3:23-4:5 and Matthew 4:18-23): “Work and Obedience”

Author: Fr George Dimopoulos Source: Orthodox Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year – Volume I Publisher: Christian Orthodox Editions   “And they left their nets at once, and followed him”. (Matthew 4:20) Behold the faith and obedience of these first two Apostles, Peter and his older brother Andrew. Jesus called them as they were performing their secular jobs. ... Read More »

Saint Fevronia (Febronia) of Nisibis – Feastday: 25th June

Foreword A few words should be noted with regards to the life and sufferings of our Holy Mother amongst the Saints, Fevronia of Nisibis (Assyria – Northern Iraq, North-Eastern Syria and South-Eastern Turkey). The most detailed account of her biography and struggles come from an eyewitness that is said to be Mother Thomais, who was a fellow nun in the same ... Read More »

A SELECTION FROM: “ON THE APOSTOLIC TRADITION” – BY HIPPOLYTUS

Foreword In the early formative years of the spread of Christianity beyond its Palestinian-Jewish context, there lived a Greek who was a presbyter (priest) that ministered to the Christian congregations of Imperial 3rd century Rome. It seems that the Faith was growing within this great and powerful city, and it seems that like any good minister of Christ, Hippolytus sought ... Read More »