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Syria: A small “World Youth Day” in the city of Aleppo

Syria: A small “World Youth Day” in the city of Aleppo

Aleppo – On the day that Pope Francis celebrated the concluding Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, even Christian children in the martyred city of Aleppo came together to experience a day of prayer and communion of spirit with three million of their peers gathered on Copacabana beach and to help them keep together the hope, even in the suffering and struggle that marks their daily condition.

Egyptian Coup: Christians Targeted for Retribution

Egyptian Coup: Christians Targeted for Retribution

Egypt’s Muslim extremists, enraged over the ouster, have apparently zeroed in on the nation’s Christian minority, scapegoating them even though the Islamist leader was widely unpopular.

Morsi Ousted by Military – New Beginnings in Egypt

Morsi Ousted by Military – New Beginnings in Egypt

Egypt’s military has made good on its promise. President Mohammed Morsi has been overthrown. Military leaders also suspended the controversial constitution hastily drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Survey Finds Arab Spring did not Bring More Religious Freedom

Survey Finds Arab Spring did not Bring More Religious Freedom

The Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have not led to an increase in religious freedom in a region where government restrictions and social hostilities against certain faiths were already high, a new report found.

Video: Rev. Douglas Leonard on Egypt’s Christians

Video: Rev. Douglas Leonard on Egypt’s Christians

The big concern for Christians is will they be protected under the new majority Islamic government in Egypt,” says The Rev. Douglas Leonard, Executive Director of the Al Amana Centre. As economic stresses under the Morsi government ripple throughout Egypt, the minority Christians are feeling particularly vulnerable.

Emergency relief for Syrian Christians is Underway

Emergency relief for Syrian Christians is Underway

Due to this alarming situation, the Jacobite Church in Kerala, linked to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, has launched a collection of humanitarian aid for the assistance to the Christian communities in Syria.

Proclaiming the Good News via Satellite

Proclaiming the Good News via Satellite

There might not be many Bibles in the Middle East, but one Christian organization is making the most of what they have in abundance: satellite dishes. Take Iran, for example, where satellite dishes are officially banned yet thousands of them still dot the rooftops.

Media Reports are ‘not true’ that Syrian Bishops have been released

Media Reports are ‘not true’ that Syrian Bishops have been released

The BBC is reporting that, according to a church official, two bishops who were abducted earlier this week by gunmen in a rebel-held area of northern Syria have been released. But North American Archdiocese says that media reports are ‘not true’ and they have ‘not been released’.

Lebanon’s ‘Garden of Forgiveness’ a Symbol of Peace and Healing

Lebanon’s ‘Garden of Forgiveness’ a Symbol of Peace and Healing

Lebanon’s Garden of Forgiveness is a work in progress conceived by British-Lebanese citizen and psychotherapist Alexandra Asseily. It aims to nurture peace and healing in a country still recovering from a 15-year civil war of religious factions.