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The complex mosaic: Christians endangered in the Middle East

The complex mosaic: Christians endangered in the Middle East

Maronites, Copts, Melkites, Chaldeans: It is not easy to navigate among the various Christian communities in the Middle East, and explanations about their origins and differences are often unclear and confusing. This overview seeks to offer some clarity.

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Remains of 19th century Russian discovered by construction workers

Remains of 19th century Russian discovered by construction workers

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Pope Francis calls on Egyptian leader to respect Christians' human rights

Pope Francis calls on Egyptian leader to respect Christians' human rights

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Opportunities to learn real 'Shock and Awe'

Opportunities to learn real 'Shock and Awe'

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Egypt must do more than symbolism to address terrorism

Egypt must do more than symbolism to address terrorism

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ISIS: 'Christians are our favorite prey'

ISIS: 'Christians are our favorite prey'

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Video:  Two deadly attacks on Christians on Palm Sunday

Video: Two deadly attacks on Christians on Palm Sunday

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Great Lent: Never forget, never forgive?

Great Lent: Never forget, never forgive?

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During Great Lent, hearken to your Baptism

During Great Lent, hearken to your Baptism

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Here is spiritual food

Here is spiritual food

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Regenerating Christian culture: Perfect love casts out fear

Regenerating Christian culture: Perfect love casts out fear

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Meditation for Great Lent: Why do we exist?

Meditation for Great Lent: Why do we exist?

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The Great Fast and the Golden Rule

The Great Fast and the Golden Rule

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Great Fast 2017: Confession of errors

Great Fast 2017: Confession of errors

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During the Great Fast, less is more

During the Great Fast, less is more

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Excerpt of 'Incarnation of the Poetic Word': new book by Michael Martin

Excerpt of 'Incarnation of the Poetic Word': new book by Michael Martin

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Christians increasingly uneasy in Al-Sisi's Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood grows restless

Christians increasingly uneasy in Al-Sisi's Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood grows restless

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The face of the real St. Nicholas shows that he was a fighter

The face of the real St. Nicholas shows that he was a fighter

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Greek Orthodox Church studies feasibility of female deacons

Greek Orthodox Church studies feasibility of female deacons

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Orthodox patriarch calls for holy war while UK/Russia tensions soar

Orthodox patriarch calls for holy war while UK/Russia tensions soar

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Christian unity marred during Pope's visit to Republic of Georgia

Christian unity marred during Pope's visit to Republic of Georgia

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Before death, martyred Christian exhorts family to learn the principles of Jesus

Before death, martyred Christian exhorts family to learn the principles of Jesus

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Jesus the Lover, and  Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia

Jesus the Lover, and Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia

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GOP congressman calls for giving weapons to Kurds, Yazidis, and Christians fighting ISIS

GOP congressman calls for giving weapons to Kurds, Yazidis, and Christians fighting ISIS

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A Leap of Faith: Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in unity

A Leap of Faith: Ukrainian Catholics and Orthodox in unity

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Lenten reflection on Jesus as the image of God

Lenten reflection on Jesus as the image of God

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Let the Light in during Lent

Let the Light in during Lent

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Russia's warming relations with the Vatican

Russia's warming relations with the Vatican

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Pope Francis and Russian patriarch choose Cuba for summit meeting

Pope Francis and Russian patriarch choose Cuba for summit meeting

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Lessons Eastern Europe can teach about Christians resisting the power of the state

Lessons Eastern Europe can teach about Christians resisting the power of the state

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The martyrs of Pratulin

The martyrs of Pratulin

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Coalition seeks designation of genocide against Middle Eastern Christians

Coalition seeks designation of genocide against Middle Eastern Christians

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What Christians should do in the face of secularist culture

What Christians should do in the face of secularist culture

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The Dormition and Assumption

The Dormition and Assumption

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Dormition of the Theotokos: Mary did not leave us orphaned

Dormition of the Theotokos: Mary did not leave us orphaned

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Ethiopian church forests confirm Pope Francis's environmental encyclical

Ethiopian church forests confirm Pope Francis's environmental encyclical

Surrounding the churches of Ethiopia are millenium-old forests that preserve biodiversity and a human connection to the natural world.

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St Irene: voice of the messiah to her people

St Irene: voice of the messiah to her people

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Sunday of the Paralytic: healing in the water of faith

Sunday of the Paralytic: healing in the water of faith

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Today as in 1915, Turkey persecutes Christians

Today as in 1915, Turkey persecutes Christians

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Thomas Sunday: Doubting Thomas or Believing Thomas?

Thomas Sunday: Doubting Thomas or Believing Thomas?

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Christians' unbearable suffering in Ukraine

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Why Easter falls on different dates in different churches

Why Easter falls on different dates in different churches

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Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week

Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week

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Your personal invitation to the Sacrament of Confession and Penance

Your personal invitation to the Sacrament of Confession and Penance

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Lent is a time for healing

Lent is a time for healing

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ISIS terrorists use churches as prisons

Ancient churches and monasteries being destroyed by the forces of the caliphate in one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

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Thought for the day: Come to your senses!

Thought for the day: Come to your senses!

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Pope Francis stresses Christian unity and condemns Muslim violence

Pope Francis stresses Christian unity and condemns Muslim violence

On his final day in Istanbul, Pope Francis met with the Chief Rabbi of Turkey before attending a Divine Liturgy celebrated by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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ISIS destroys Iraq home for the aged and handicapped

ISIS destroys Iraq home for the aged and handicapped

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Pope and Patriarch call for unity and heeding example of martyred Mideast Christians

Pope and Patriarch call for unity and heeding example of martyred Mideast Christians

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Egyptian bishop says West is complicit with extermination of Mideast Christians

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Iraq: Muslim terrorists convert Christian church to a mosque

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Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartolomaios to have historic meeting

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartolomaios to have historic meeting

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Five Syrian Christians still held by Muslim terrorists

Five Syrian Christians still held by Muslim terrorists

Father Hanna Jallouf and five Christians are being charged with collaboration with Syrian dictator Bashr al-Assad by an Islamic court.

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Egypt: Coptic Christians compelled to pay Islamic head-tax

Egypt: Coptic Christians compelled to pay Islamic head-tax

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'Remaining in the Truth of Christ': essential reading on marriage and sexuality

'Remaining in the Truth of Christ': essential reading on marriage and sexuality

Published by Ignatius Press, 'Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church' is edited by Fr Robert Dodaro and includes articles by noted scholars on the theology of marriage and pastoral care of married couples.

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The Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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U.S. Catholic bishops call for dialogue with Muslims, while Iraqi Christians call for action

U.S. Catholic bishops call for dialogue with Muslims, while Iraqi Christians call for action

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The saving healing power of the Theotokos

The saving healing power of the Theotokos

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The West is impotent as Christians flee the Muslim world

The West is impotent as Christians flee the Muslim world

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Iraq: the growing list of Christian sites occupied by the Islamic State

Iraq: the growing list of Christian sites occupied by the Islamic State

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Islamic State beheads Christians for supposed 'apostasy'

Islamic State beheads Christians for supposed 'apostasy'

A Syriac Orthodox bishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli has been quoted as saying that Muslims are 'enemies of Jesus', in light of both ancient and modern persecution of Christians. Graphic photos.

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Islamic State of Iraq demands conversion or death for Christians

Islamic State of Iraq demands conversion or death for Christians

The cross at the summit of the Orthodox Christian cathedral in Mosul was removed by Muslim militants and replaced with the black flag of Islam.

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An Open Letter to His Holiness, the Patriarch of Russia

An Open Letter to His Holiness, the Patriarch of Russia

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Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew cite progress towards full communion

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A prayer for mothers everywhere

A prayer for mothers everywhere

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Israeli police and internal security fear hate crimes in advance of Pope Francis' visit

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Coptic Orthodox patriarch calls upon Pope Francis to observe common date for Easter

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Iraqi Christian leader blames West for decline of Christian community

Iraqi Christian leader blames West for decline of Christian community

Western intervention has done what 1,500 years of Islam were not able to do: extirpate Christians from Iraq - says Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon.

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Finding the joy of Easter, throughout the Christian year

Finding the joy of Easter, throughout the Christian year

All too often, many Christians have a funereal approach to their faith during the year. A paschal perspective lends joy and hope. Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

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What was Jesus doing on Holy Saturday?

What was Jesus doing on Holy Saturday?

Why did Jesus go to hell?

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Egypt: Muslims attack Christian church and kill worshippers

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Russia poised to take over Crimea following referendum

Russia poised to take over Crimea following referendum

Soviet-style persecution and 'disappearances' of clergy is now in place in Crimea. Ukraine fears war with Russia.

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Catholic priests 'disappear' in Russian-controlled Crimea

Catholic priests 'disappear' in Russian-controlled Crimea

Ukrainian Catholics fear results of Crimea joining with Russia.

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Syria: 13 nuns freed from Muslim terrorists

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Catholic patriarch steels Ukraine for war while diplomats seek to breach impasse with Russia

Catholic patriarch steels Ukraine for war while diplomats seek to breach impasse with Russia

Jewish leader of Ukraine dismisses anti-Semitic incidents as 'provocations' staged by Russia that were blamed on Ukrainian nationalists. Russia continues to claim its forces are not present in Crimea despite eyewitness testimony.

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Does the West have no future?

Does the West have no future?

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Ukraine appears to revert to Soviet-style repression of religion

Ukraine appears to revert to Soviet-style repression of religion

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Pope Francis appeals to Muslims for the lives of 3 abducted nuns

Pope Francis appeals to Muslims for the lives of 3 abducted nuns

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Russia: Anti-Christian terror linked to Wahhabi Muslims

Russia: Anti-Christian terror linked to Wahhabi Muslims

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Historic meeting of Pope Francis with Russian President Putin

Historic meeting of Pope Francis with Russian President Putin

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Pope Francis calls on Eastern-rite Catholics to reach out to Orthodox

Pope Francis calls on Eastern-rite Catholics to reach out to Orthodox

The Pope also recalled the deadly famine in 1930s Ukraine that was induced by Soviet Russia.

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Fearful of Muslim violence, Greece to build a taxpayer-funded mosque

Fearful of Muslim violence, Greece to build a taxpayer-funded mosque

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The entry of the Theotokos to the Temple of the Lord

The entry of the Theotokos to the Temple of the Lord

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On a day like today: Ahmed, the holy calligrapher

On a day like today: Ahmed, the holy calligrapher

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St Josaphat: Bishop and Martyr

St Josaphat: Bishop and Martyr

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Kidnapped Syrian bishops have been located

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Egyptian Coptic bishop rejects call for foreign intervention

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Muslim Brotherhood continues to deny complicity in deadly attack on Christians

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Egypt: terrorists kill four at Christian wedding; Muslim Brotherhood blames government

Egypt: terrorists kill four at Christian wedding; Muslim Brotherhood blames government

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St James: the brother of Jesus

St James: the brother of Jesus

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Syrian Christians denounce U.S.-led support of Islamists, and ask Russia for citizenship

Syrian Christians denounce U.S.-led support of Islamists, and ask Russia for citizenship

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Russian train travelers get Christian audio programming

Russian train travelers get Christian audio programming

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Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

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The Conception of St John the Baptist

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Russian patriarch asks Obama to desist from war with Syria

Russian patriarch asks Obama to desist from war with Syria

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Pope Francis: 'Violence and war are the language of death'

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The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

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Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting for Syria

Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting for Syria

The pontiff, in calling for prayer for peace in Syria, took the first dramatic public action of his pontificate. It falls one week before Yom Kippur, when Jews adhere to God's command to fast in atonement for sin.

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Christians flock to Marian shrine in Detroit MI

Christians flock to Marian shrine in Detroit MI

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