5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites – UPDATE

The headlines are coming fast and furious, and they are horrifying:Execution or Exodus: Iraqi Christians face grim choiceIraq is heading towards a humanitarian, cultural and historical disasterJihadists seize Iraq monasteryA Desperate Cry from Iraqi ChristiansReligious Freedom in Peril"ISIS took the keys of their convent in Mosul."ISIS Attacks 1800 Year Old Christian Church, And Completely Burn It Down And Destroy ItISIS in Mosul, Iraq "No aid to Christians and … [Read more...]

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Iraq Christians of Ancient Faith, Seeking Sanctuary

Christian refugees from Mosul have taken refuge in Saint Matthew monastery near Al-Faf, Iraq / Photo Ted Nieters Source[/caption]I almost didn't have the heart to read the piece beyond the headline and sub: Iraq's beleaguered Christians make final stand on the Mosul frontline; Some Christian families from Mosul have sought refuge in St Matthew’s Monastery...Others vow to take a stand against the Islamists - whatever the cost .Imagine having to leave your home, your work -- pack up the f … [Read more...]

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Prayer and Fasting for Christians in Near and Middle East

This morning, I read this and felt a huge interior push to take up a fast and prayer for these brothers and sisters of ours:The silence of our friends – the extinction of Christianity in the Middle EastThe last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the s … [Read more...]

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Prayer and The Life of an Icon

Two lovely pieces about the prayer and life of Icon-writing.Over at CNEWA, the Romanian Orthodox nun and Icon-writer Sister Eliseea Papacioc visited the New York office of CNEWA and talked a little about process:“I’m very connected with God when I do this,” she said, “and God is doing everything through my hand. I can’t paint without prayer. This comes from heaven, from the words of God, and if you can’t pray you can’t call yourself an iconographer. The prayer comes in your heart from … [Read more...]

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Getting to Know Ramadan

Don't know much about Ramadan? Well, join the club, but I became more interested in Islam's holiest month after reading this award-winning essay from ONE Magazine, which is put out by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.On the surface, Ramadan resembles Christian Lent. It differs, however, in several fundamental ways.Perhaps the most apparent difference is that after breaking the fast at nightfall, Muslims celebrate and often feast. During the first weeks of the month, there are … [Read more...]

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