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

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 family and seek sanctuary in a Monastery, not knowing whether your life will ever seem stable again. Feeling helpless in the face … [Read more...]

Prayer and Fasting for Christians in Near and Middle East

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images)

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 East The 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 … [Read more...]

Prayer and The Life of an Icon

Sister Eliseea Papacioc visiting CNEWA

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 … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Ramadan

little boy ramadan ONE

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...]

Matt Damon gives Props to George W. Bush?

bush hug africa

Well that is a surprising headline. Here's an even more surprising one: Matt Damon wants to kiss George Bush on the mouth: Matt Damon, known for his liberal politics, gave credit where credit was due to former President George W. Bush. And he said he’d do it with more than just thanks. “I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR,” he told The Atlantic in an extensive interview about his charity work. From that piece: MD: I would kiss George W. Bush … [Read more...]


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