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  • New Film Documents the Persecution of Christians

    10/06/2016 6:43:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 6, 2016 | K. V. TURLEY
    A young boy, 10 years old or so, faces the camera.Like many young boys he is happy to be interviewed.This is war-torn Iraq, however, so he tells of the day ISIS came to his village. What took place, horror after horror, he starts to recount. It is hard to accept that one so young has already seen so much evil. Gradually, his urgent retelling of what happened slows and he breaks down. It is hard to watch as the tears flow down his cheeks. He tries to stem them, brushing them away … but to no avail. His grief...
  • Christian boy, 16, facing death penalty for offending Muslims in Facebook post

    09/30/2016 9:29:40 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 50 replies
    UK Express ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | KATIE MANSFIELD
    A 16-YEAR-OLD Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post. The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile. A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious. The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Locals reportedly claimed the image...
  • The Last Christians in Aleppo

    08/08/2016 6:57:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Gallia Watch ^ | 2/5/16 | Tiberge
    Of all the horrors we've witnessed from our comfortable homes over the past year nothing hurts more than the attempted annihilation of Christians of the Near East, along with buildings, churches, sacred ruins, precious relics of the past that have been utterly destroyed by the ISIS conquerors. The suffering these people have endured and are enduring is recorded at numerous websites but the world has remained deaf, dumb and blind until recently when with one eye open it had no choice but to acknowledge the specific targeting of Christians. By that time it was too late. Carnage, decapitations, torture, eradication...
  • As Erdoğan moves, a precarious situation for Christians in Turkey

    07/22/2016 9:57:47 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 10 replies ^ | 07/21/2016 | Max Lindenman
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in a snit, and on a tear. Having survived last Friday’s military coup, the Turkish president has declared a three-month “state of emergency” and claimed a free hand in steam-shoveling old enemies. As of this writing, he has “detained” 6,000 military personnel and 3,000 judges. Some are being held in a sports stadium, “a development,” observes The Independent, “that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century.” Political prisoners are being refused contact with family and legal counsel, even by phone. For good measure, Erdoğan’s revoked the licenses of 21,000...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • Why Turkey's Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

    05/09/2016 6:13:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 9, 2016 | Uzay Bulut
    Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries -- been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and now mosque again. The Hagia Sophia, Greek for “Holy Wisdom,” was one of the many historic Orthodox churches located in the city of Trabzon. ... The city of Trabzon .. is located in the ancient land of Pontos, in the...
  • Aleppo Archbishop Calls for Solidarity with Christians in Syria

    05/09/2016 6:22:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    New Haven, Conn., May 7, 2016 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria. Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo delivered these comments during a two-day visit to Connecticut that culminated with meetings at the international headquarters of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven. The visit began Sunday night with a talk by the archbishop at St. Mary’s Church, where he recounted Syria’s deep Christian history, including as the place where St. Paul was transformed from...
  • Interview w/ prominent Israeli Arab Christian, Dr. Raji Srouji, re: Arabs in Israel & ME

    02/20/2016 7:14:55 AM PST · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 20, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Interview with Dr. Raji Srouji begins at 25:30 Ever wonder what life in Israel is like for Arabs, especially Christian Arabs? Here's your chance to find out. Topics include: - Relations between Israeli Arabs and Israel - Relations between Christian Israeli Arabs and Israel - Relations between Muslim Israeli Arabs and Israel - Potential areas of possible improvement(s) - Problems faced by Israeli Christian Arabs Earlier in the program, the panelists discuss: - Scalia's death - ramifications and possible successors - South Carolina's primary - Apple vs. the FBI
  • Christian Female Fighters Take on IS in Syria

    12/14/2015 5:59:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/12/15 | Delil Souleiman
    Hasakeh (Syria) (AFP) - Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Islamic State group in Syria. The fierce-looking 36-year-old in fatigues from the Syriac Christian minority in the northeast believes she is making the future safe for her children. "I miss Limar and Gabriella and worry that they must be hungry, thirsty and cold. But I try to tell them I'm fighting to protect their future," she told AFP. Babylonia belongs to a small, recently created battalion of Syriac Christian women in...
  • As old-line Southern Baptist churches struggle, a dying one has an epiphany

    05/30/2015 6:29:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/30/15 | Stephanie McCrummen
    Attendance at the Southern Baptist church on Scenic Drive had dwindled to about 15 most Sundays... There was another congregation...that had been meeting in living rooms and whose pastor carried business cards that quoted from John 4:35: “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Maybe they wanted to buy the church... .... selling to the Arabic Baptists might be their best hope of keeping the church from closing. They prayed and then took a vote, and now, a few miles away in a suburban living room, the members of the fledgling Arab congregation were considering an opportunity they...
  • Christians are forced to pray underground in war-torn Yemen, says bishop

    04/16/2015 1:45:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 15, 2015
    Smoke billows after a Saudi-led airstrike on the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) 'You are not alone,' Bishop Paul Hinder tells faithful who must remain 'invisible' in order to stay safe. The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain “invisible” in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder has told Vatican Radio.Bishop Hinder, the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia, said that it is not specifically Christians who are at risk in the conflict, but foreigners who have been...
  • The Case for a Christian State in the Middle East

    03/09/2015 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya by Islamic State (IS) affiliates prompted a conversation with Joseph Hakim, President of the International Christian Union (ICU), an umbrella organization that seeks to secure the wellbeing and survival of Middle Eastern Christians. Hakim is a Lebanese-born Orthodox Christian and a proud American.
  • Meet the Arab Christians who want to fight for Israel

    01/02/2015 1:35:50 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/02/2015 | Robert Tait
    Sitting in front of the family Christmas tree dressed in military fatigues, Amir Shalayan seemed in no doubt about his identity. “When you go back back in religion, I consider myself a real Jew,” he said, unabashed by the non-Jewish festive decorations in his living room. “Jesus was Jewish and he was observing the Shabbat (Jewish sabbath).” Mr Shalayan is in fact an Arab Christian, a category he refers to as “Aramean”, but his strong identification with the Jewish faith is offered as explanation for his keen army service. It also accounts for his vocal support of legislation that envisages...
  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • In Defense of Christians Says Ted Cruz Was Not Booed; Critics Wanted Focus on Christians, not Israel

    09/13/2014 5:59:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel. A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice. He...
  • Court Rules Against Christians in Arab Festival Case (Christian Arabs: Qureshi, Rezkalla, Mayel)

    09/01/2014 10:05:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    CBN ^ | September 01, 2014
    A federal appeals court ruled against a group of Christian evangelists who were forced to leave an Arab-American street festival in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2012. Festival-goers threw rocks and water bottles at members of the Bible Believers group when they denounced Islam and called Mohammed a false prophet. In response, Wayne County authorities threatened to ticket the Christian group if they did not leave. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed county authorities, ruling 2-1 that police were only trying to keep public order. "The video from the 2012 festival demonstrates that (evangelists') speech and conduct intended...
  • An Answer To Arab Girl

    08/01/2014 8:31:51 PM PDT · by Shery · 11 replies
    1 August, 2014 | vanity
    In the past week someone posted an article from a young supposedly Christian Arab girl who calls herself Arab Girl. I attempted to respond to her article at the website that the article was posted from, but there was no way to make comments. Today I got an email from Marvin Rosenthal about the Israeli situation and at the very end, he has a CD available about the cult of so-called Arab Christians in Palestine. These people have a lot of support from American churches here because they claim to be Christian. Here is a link to the last page...
  • The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

    07/29/2014 12:24:56 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 23 replies
    NRO ^ | July 28, 2014 11:27 AM | David Pryce-Jones
    Taking shape in parts of Iraq and Syria, the Islamist caliphate known as ISIS is already a rival in lunacy and horror to North Korea. The caliph has decreed that women from puberty up to the age of the menopause — estimated to be as many as four million — must undergo compulsory genital mutilation. I am waiting to find out what feminists have to say about this. Christianity has roots in that same territory going back to the first centuries after Jesus Christ. Raqqa in Syria is one of the cities under ISIS, and Assyrian Christians there are the...
  • Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished

    04/14/2014 5:26:04 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Al-ahram ^ | 13 Apr 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. ... In the same ONTV interview, Attiya levelled a host of accusations against the monastery's...
  • Israel legally separates Christians from Muslim Arabs

    03/01/2014 7:14:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 3-1-14 | Ryan Jones
    Israel’s Knesset on Monday signed into law a bill that legally distinguishes between local Christians and the bulk of the Arabic-speaking population, which is primarily Muslim. The stated goal of the law is to boost Christian employment rights by recognizing them as an independent minority, and thereby granting them separate representation on local councils and employment committees. Israeli Arab (mostly Muslim) members of Knesset blasted the new law, insisting it would undermine Arab identity in the Holy Land. But beyond the increased employment rights, that is precisely the point for many Arabic-speaking Christians in Israel.
  • Pope Francis’ historic mission to the Middle East

    01/30/2014 2:40:17 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    mercatornet ^ | January 23, 2014 | Nigel Zimmerman
    Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches in Syria, Iraq and and other parts of the Middle East, at the Vatican Nov. 21. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Pope to Eastern Catholics: Never resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians - YouTube Video Pope Francis announced this month he will visit the Middle East in May this year. While it has been foreshadowed since the first weeks of his papacy, this event will place the Church’s first South American Pope in the historic homeland of Christian faith, the “Holy Land”,...
  • Report: Up to 600,000 Christians Have Fled Homes in Syria

    01/08/2014 5:49:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. “The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.”
  • Prince Charles: We Cannot Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    12/19/2013 7:06:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Prince Charles has said he is “deeply troubled” by the plight of Christians in the Middle East. In an address on Tuesday at London’s Clarence House, the Prince of Wales said that Christians in the Middle-East were being persecuted by “Islamist fundamentalist militants,” and he called upon the followers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam to unite to end the suffering. Prince Charles said: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by the Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians...
  • Pakistan's Christians fear for their lives

    09/27/2013 2:24:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 27, 2013 | Dean Nelson
    It was at 11.44am that time stood still at All Saints' Church. The clock on the wall is frozen at the very minute seven-year-old Shyam Emmanuel lost his parents. In that same moment, seven children were sent to their deaths along with 78 adults who had congregated outside the gleaming white walls of Peshawar's main Christian place of worship.

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • 'Either You Convert to Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded'

    09/09/2013 9:33:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 9 Sep 2013
    The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. .. The village is located just 25 miles from Damascus, and sites within the village are dedicated as United Nations world heritage sites. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The rebels who took over the city are associated with the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-associated Islamist group. Villagers reported foreign dialects ranging from Tunisian to Libyan, from Moroccan to Chechen.
  • Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ Syria

    09/05/2013 8:41:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 5, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Al-Qaeda Vows to Slaughter Christians After U.S. ‘Liberates’ SyriaPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On September 5, 2013 @ 12:36 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 13 Comments While U.S. leaders continue pushing for war against the Syrian government, today “Al-Qaeda-linked rebels,”reports AP, “launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday…  In the attack on the village of Maaloula, rebels commandeered a mountaintop hotel and nearby caves and shelled the community below, said a nun, speaking by phone from...
  • The planned destruction of Christians in Syria

    09/03/2013 9:11:05 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | 3Sept13 | Cliff Kincaid
    The New York Times story, "President Gains McCain's Backing on Syria Attack," is predictable, considering that Obama had invited Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the White House for the specific purpose of supporting his proposed military strike on Syria. Obama has also asked the same two senators to travel to Egypt to undermine the military leaders who overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government there. What is lacking from the media coverage is any recognition that the inevitable result, according to congressional testimony, will be the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood and associated terrorist groups in Syria, and...

    08/27/2013 2:48:15 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 22 replies ^ | July 02, 2013
    SYRIAN CHRISTIAN: WHY IS OBAMA BACKING ISLAMIST REBELS WHO ARE KILLING US ? July 02, 2013 (CBN) -- Syrian Christians are asking why the United States supports extremists who want to turn Syria into an Islamic state. That testimony came during a congressional hearing on Syria’s religious minorities Tuesday. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, called on President Barack Obama to defend the rights of Syrian Christians. In an opening statement at Tuesday’s hearing, Smith said statistics show “that Christians are even more fearful for their lives and safety...
  • Syrian Christian Towns Emptied by Sectarian Violence

    08/04/2013 6:15:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/2/13 | Ruth Sherlock
    Towns and villages in Syria that have been home to Christians for hundreds of years are being steadily emptied by sectarian violence and targeted kidnappings.Tens of thousands Syriac Christians – members of the oldest Christian community in the world – have fled their ancestral provinces of Deir al-Zour and Hasakah in northeastern Syria, residents have said. "It breaks my heart to think how our long history is being uprooted," said Ishow Goriye, the head of a Syriac Christian political Hasakah Mr Goriye, told The Daily Telegraph how, over the past two years he has watched as Christian families from Hasakah...
  • Where Afghan Christians Flee After Converting to Christianity

    07/29/2013 12:19:11 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/25/2013 | Abby Stocker
    Capital city of nearby country becomes haven for converts—even though denied refugee status. The New York Times sheds fresh light on the challenges faced by Afghan Christians seeking religious freedom, spotlighting the growth of a refugee church in India's capital city, New Delhi. As the Times observes in a report worth reading, more than 200 Christian converts from Muslim backgrounds have fled to New Delhi, seeking refuge from the Taliban and from political backlash after television coverage resulted in one Afghan politician's urging the government to execute converts in 2010. As CT noted in July 2010, the Afghan government also...
  • Syrian Christian describes religious cleansing of city by Islamic extremists

    07/27/2013 8:26:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    JNS ^ | July 25, 2013
    before the civil war the city of Qusayr, located in eastern portion of Syria near the Lebanese border, had around 40,000 people, including 7,000 Christians. “In late 2011, the Sunni townsmen came and told us to either join us in anti-regime demonstrations or leave the town. If we didn’t, we would be killed,” Fadul Abu Yohanna Kasouhah, a Christian resident of Qusayr, described to CSI. According to Fadul, the Sunni Islamists in his village used the loudspeakers from the Mosques to name the Christian families by name and told them to leave. Fadul told CSI how his cousin was gunned...
  • Christian Tragedy in the Muslim World

    07/25/2013 1:38:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | July 25, 2013 | Bruce S. Thornton
    We are living through one of the largest persecutions of a religious group in history. Few people realize that we are today living through the largest persecution of Christians in history, worse even than the famous attacks under ancient Roman emperors like Diocletian and Nero. Estimates of the numbers of Christians under assault range from 100-200 million. According to one estimate, a Christian is martyred every five minutes. And most of this persecution is taking place at the hands of Muslims. ... In Crucified Again, Ibrahim performs two invaluable functions for educating people about the new “Great Persecution,” to use...
  • The Arab Springtime is a Nightmare for Syrian Christians

    07/23/2013 7:48:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/23/13 | Alessandra Nucci
    Middle Eastern Christians decry how Western media misrepresent the increasingly violent events in Syria.Now that Syria is in shambles—with an estimated 93,000 dead, 1.5 million refugees, and 4.5 million internally displaced; ancient churches torched, destroyed, or vandalized; Christians targeted for murder and kidnapping and even used as human shields—now the mainstream media is starting to admit that, yes, the rebel forces appear to include quite a few Islamist guerrillas. Now that even chemical warfare has made its appearance, with Carla Del Ponte, a member of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, confirming that “the chemical weapons are being used...
  • Syria, Lebanon and Christian Genocide

    07/17/2013 4:05:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2013 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Syria, Lebanon and Christian GenocidePosted By Joseph Puder On July 16, 2013 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The destinies of Syria and Lebanon have been intertwined since the days of French colonial rule, in between the two world wars.  It is for this reason that the ongoing civil war in Syria has had its impact on Lebanon.  Lebanon is more divided on the issue of the Syrian uprising than any other country in the region.The Syrian regime has dominated its smaller Lebanese neighbor since the mid-1970s.  It has loyal allies...
  • Bethlehem Christians Empathize With Their Beleaguered Brethren

    07/17/2013 6:50:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/16/13 | Michele Chabin
    Palestinian faithful are keeping their eyes and prayers on those affected by the strife in Syria and Egypt. BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinian Christians are watching the civil war in Syria and the unrest in Egypt with great concern, not out of fear for their own safety, but for the safety of their brethren. While the Christian minority has always been vulnerable in the predominantly Muslim Middle East, the volatility that has shaken the region during the past two to three years has unleashed even more attacks against them. Many Christians are among the millions of Syrians who have been...
  • Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror'

    02/04/2013 1:27:33 PM PST · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 3, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    The Muslim ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria has begun .... Christians in Syria Fleeing Country as Crisis Reaches 'Unprecedented Levels of Horror' CP World, February 2, 2013 The Hindus have suffered untold horror at the hands of jihadists. Here's an article about the crisis in Syria from a Hindu point of view. Mideast fears Syria crisis spillover, Madav Nalapat, Sunday Guardian, Kuwait City | 2nd Feb 2013 (thanks to Tom) ..... here are multiplying reports of the foreign fighters "marrying" unwilling Syrian women for short periods of time, or otherwise treating them as war trophies, reports thus far ignored...
  • Muslim group slams rebel threats against Syria Christians

    12/23/2012 6:11:50 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    The Daily Star - Lebanon ^ | December 23, 2012 05:28 PM | Friend or Foe?
    An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on December 22, 2012, allegedly shows rebels speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria on December 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: The world's largest Muslim body on Sunday condemned threats made by Islamist rebels in Syria against two Christian towns, warning of fresh confessional strife in the war-torn country. Such threats "are contrary to the precepts of Islam which calls for tolerance, brotherhood and peace," said the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation based in the Saudi city of Jeddah. It warned against the risks of...
  • Christians excited to hear Pope's messages in Arabic

    10/09/2012 2:23:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Oct 9, 2012 / 12:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the Pope’s weekly general audience. “In this way, in the wake of his recent trip to Lebanon and the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Medio Oriente,’ the Holy Father intends to express his perpetual concern and support for Christians in the Middle East, and to remind everyone of their duty to pray and work...
  • Dawn Clashes in Christian Neighborhood of Damascus

    08/02/2012 7:46:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/12 | AP
    BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says one person has been killed in clashes that erupted at dawn in a Christian neighborhood in the old city of Damascus. The report said the fighting between rebels and security forces took place Wednesday morning in Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian neighborhood on the eastern side of the medieval city center. Residents said shots lasted for about half an hour between 3 and 4 a.m.
  • Syria’s ultimatum to Christians: “Leave Qusayr"

    06/10/2012 1:12:21 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 13 replies ^ | 09JUN12 | vatican insider staff
    The message sent out by the military chief of the armed opposition has spread panic and lead to a Christian exodus An exodus of Christians is taking place in Western Syria: the Christian population has fled the city of Qusayr, near Homs, following an ultimatum issued by the military chief of the armed opposition, Abdel Salam Harba. This is what local sources told Vatican news agency Fides, pointing out that since the conflict broke out, only a thousand of the city’s ten thousand faithful, were left and they are now being forced to flee immediately. Some of the city’s mosques...
  • Syrian Christians Fear Genocide if al-Assad Falls to Muslim Extremists

    02/22/2012 4:17:09 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | Friday, 10 February 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Catholic bishops are warning that if the Bashar al-Assad (left) regime in Syria falls to Islamists, there may well be a mass genocide of Christians, such as seen in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Though Christians cannot support the brutality of the Assad dictatorship, few believe that rule by Muslim extremists will be any better. Syria — home to Damascus, one of the most important cities of the ancient world and of special religious significance to Christians — has long had a tolerant attitude toward religious minorities. Syria's Christians — estimated to be about 10 percent of the...
  • Are Christians facing extinction on the Arab street?

    11/05/2011 10:37:14 AM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 November 2011 | Massimo Franco
    The killing of dozens of Coptic Christian protesters during the recent turmoil in Cairo is one of the by-products of the Arab spring – and, unfortunately, a predictable one. Secular dictatorships such as those of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and even of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gadaffi in Libya were a bloody nightmare for political dissidents. But Christian minorities felt protected from Islamic persecution and were allowed to practise their religious faith. In exchange, respecting a tacit compromise, they stood at a distance from politics. This is known in the Vatican as "the panda syndrome", after the name...
  • Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader

    10/29/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/29/2011
    An influential Muslim adviser to the White House who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in canceling a meeting between President Obama and the leader of the persecuted Maronite church in Lebanon, according to the Beirut news agency el Nashra Read more: Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader
  • Disappearing Middle Eastern Christians, Disappointing Bishops

    10/30/2010 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 40 replies
    First Things ^ | David Goldman
    “Catholic Church: Christ nullified God’s promises to the Jews,” reads the headline on the Israel Today website. That is not quite true: At the just-concluded Synod of Middle East Bishops, a cleric from the tiny group of Melkite Greeks, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, made such a statement on behalf of the Melkites, not the Catholic Church. The head of the same church, the Syrian-based Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, also attacked priestly celibacy before the Synod. He wasn’t speaking for Rome, either. Clerical marriage hasn’t helped the Melkites; they claim just 1.3 million members worldwide, fewer than the Korean Methodist Church...
  • Neo-Zarqawists Target the Arab Christians of Jordan

    11/13/2009 11:55:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 584+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 11/13/2009 | Murad Batal Al-shishani
    On October 15, the State Security Court of Jordan imposed jail sentences of 15 to 20 years on 12 alleged Jordanian members of al-Qaeda accused of attacks against a church in the Kingdom last year (Al-Ghad [Amman], October 16; Al-Rai [Amman], October 16). In a reaction similar to those seen in trials of Salafi-Jihadis, plot leader Shaker al-Khatib and the rest of the convicted group prostrated themselves, thanking Allah as a sign of defiance against the court (al-Jazeera, October 15). Al-Khatib and four others in the group, aged between 19 and 28, received the death penalty, but the court commuted...
  • The Closing of the Christian Womb

    08/11/2009 9:47:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 878+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 11, 2009 | Spengler
    A century ago, Christians dominated the intellectual and commercial life of the Levant, comprising more than one-fifth of the 13 million people of Turkey, the region's ruling power, and most of the population of Lebanon. Ancient communities flourished in what is now Iraq and Syria. But starting with the Armenian genocide in 1914 and continuing through the massacre and expulsion of Anatolian Greeks in 1922-1923, the Turks killed three to four million Christians in Turkey and the Ottoman provinces. Thus began a century of Muslim violence that nearly has eradicated Christian communities in the cradle of their religion. It may...
  • Racist Arabism & fascist Islamism, the Anti-Copt section

    05/05/2009 11:21:14 PM PDT · by Masti · 6 replies · 665+ views
    Racist Arabism & fascist Islamism: Anti-Copt The word Copt is an English word taken from the Arabic word Gibt or Gypt. The Arabs after their conquest of Egypt in 641 A.D. called the indigenous population of Egypt as Gypt from the Greek word Egyptos or Egypt. The Greek word Egyptos came from the ancient Egyptian words Ha-Ka-Ptah... The word Copt or Coptic simply means Egyptian, however the Muslim population of Egypt calls themselves Arabs. In contemporary usage, the word Copt or Coptic refers to the Christian population of Egypt. The Arab's oppression led the Copts to several rebellions, [source], Coptic:...
  • New Syrian Catholic patriarch installed in Lebanon (hails from the US)

    02/17/2009 12:05:08 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1,207+ views
    CNS ^ | February 16, 2009 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan is veiled as he walks in procession at his installation Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation Syrian Catholic Church in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 15. He is immediately followed by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. (CNS) BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) -- Amid cheers and ululation, the former head of the Syrian Catholic diocese in the U.S. and Canada was installed as patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church. Saying that he will "serve, not for personal interests, but to win Christ," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan was installed Feb. 15 at a...
  • Arab Christians and their right to coexist (against all odds by violent Arabism, Islamism)

    01/13/2009 8:09:05 PM PST · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 400+ views
    gulfnews ^ | Jan 2009
    Arab Christians and their right to coexist GulfNews, United Arab Emirates - Dec 31, 2008 Even Pan-Arabism and nationalism have become empty of any meaning of unification, and are being used for conflicts with a neighbouring Muslim or Arab ...