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DEAN KALIMNIOU On that day, 93 years ago this month, frightened, hungry and brutalised refugees massed on the quayside, frantically trying to save themselves from rape or murder by the crazed soldiers and irregulars who would pick them off from the crowd at random, strip them of everything they owned and attempt to satiate an almost insatiable lust for inflicting ... Read More »

Australia’s misplaced friendship with Turkey

An opinion piece by military historian Professor Peter Stanley about the NSW resolution into the genocides by the Ottoman Empire 2 Sep 2013 PROFESSOR PETER STANLEY The NSW Parliament recently passed a resolution condemning the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman empire against its Assyrian, Greek and especially Armenian communities during the Great War. The Turkish Consul-General in Sydney, the foreign ... Read More »


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 »

Interview With Archbishop Theodosios (Atallah) Hanna On Orthodoxy In Contemporary Israel

July 23, 2010 Intifada “Those who use the Bible to support Israel need to differentiate between God’s promise and the Balfour promise, because the occupation is the result of a promise given to the Israelis by Lord Balfour and not by God.” – Archbishop Theodosios Elias Harb: Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel has claimed in various publications that ... Read More »

Syrian archbishops ‘most likely dead’

14 June 2013 Speakers at a conference in Oxford last week gave strong indications that the two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped near the Syrian city of Aleppo on 22 April had been killed. A senior regional source said he thought Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi had been murdered on the day that they were kidnapped. The pair ... Read More »

Metropolitan Demands that Golden Dawn Clarifies its Neo-Pagan Stance

In a recent long announcement, Metropolitan Serapheim of Piraeus spoke about the Neo-Pagan character and sympathies of the extreme right-wing party Golden Dawn. Within his declaration, he called upon Golden Dawn leaders to clarify exactly what their position was regarding Christianity and the Church. In forcefully expressing himself, he highlighted his concern regarding the reinstitution  of a deceased religion which ... Read More »

ANTIOCH: The Passing of a Spiritual Father and Leader in Critical Times

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS – A PERSONAL REFLECTION It almost seems like yesterday when I was residing in Damascus, and conversing with His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch after the conclusion of small vespers at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab-Touma on a very cold winter evening. I recall that at the time, His Beatitude was gravely ill and could not ... Read More »