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13 August 2012
Can Syria's Christians survive? (Wall Street Journal)
Olympic winners display faith (Vatican Radio)
Egypt's president consolidates power (Fides)
Kerala bishops promote environmental protection (Catholic News Service)
Pope Benedict XVI names special envoy to Urkaine jubilee celebration in Lviv (Vatican Radio)
10 August 2012
Tags: Syria Egypt Ukraine Pope Benedict XVI Kerala
Jordan’s tolerance toward refugees shines light on the rest of the world (The Australian via Reliefweb)
Syria’s civil war spreads fear of terrorism in Jordan (Toronto Star)
Iraq dig uncovers ancient Christian past with what may be 1,700-year-old church (Associated Press)
Kerala headed toward zero population growth rate (One India News)
Orthodox pilgrims celebrate St. Herman of Alaska (Kodiak Daily Mirror via Sacramento Bee)
9 August 2012
Tags: Syria Iraq Jordan Kerala Russian Orthodox
Christians begin "prayer marathon" leading up to pope's Lebanon visit (Vatican Radio)
August 9: the International Day of the World's Indigenous People (Vatican Radio)
From Arab Spring to Christian Winter in the Middle East (The Australian, via the OCP Media Network Portal)
Patriarch Theophilos III visits Syrian refugees in Jordan (Greek Reporter)
U.S. cooperation to improve Ethiopian health sector (News Dire)
Punk band's Moscow trial offers platform for Orthodox protesters (New York Times)
8 August 2012
Tags: Syria Lebanon Ethiopia Pope Benedict XVI Arab Spring
Vatican paper: why is there so much violence against Christians? (L'Osservatore Romano)
Church sources: "We fear a massacre" in Aleppo (Fides)
Israeli court rules that Gaza Christians may pray at holy sites, but Muslims cannot (AFP)
Israeli scholar corrects known errors in Hebrew scripture, produces first major overhaul in 500 years (Associated Press)
7 August 2012
Tags: Syria Violence against Christians Gaza Strip/West Bank Israel
Major Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis greets CNEWA employee Elizabeth Thomas, who is originally from southern India. (photo: Erin Edwards)
“Witnessing is the most important thing in the Christian life.”
That was the prevailing message of Major Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, as he paid a visit to CNEWA’s central offices in New York this morning. His Beatitude is on a pastoral visit to some of his church’s parishes and communities in the United States and will attend its annual convention held later this month.
Accompanied by the exarch for Syro-Malankara Catholics in North America and Europe, Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius, His Beatitude shared some of his thoughts about his country, its people and the vibrant faith they have brought to North America. During a wide-ranging conversation in our staff conference room, he spoke passionately and eloquently about “witnessing” to the faith — through acts of compassion, charity and simple piety.
“We do that,” he said, “through education, through health care, through caring for those with H.I.V. and leprosy. It has to do with human dignity. I am proud and happy of how our people give witness with how they live.”
The major archbishop also wanted to underscore the universality of the Catholic Church. “Catholicity,” he noted, “is not uniformity, but diversity.” And he said that the Syro-Malankara Church could make its own unique contribution to “bring a new dimension to the Catholic Church.”
“We promote the theology of communion,” he said. “In this country, we have a strong vocation of being an apostle of communion.”
We are not here, he said, “just to preserve our linguistic tradition, but to strengthen the existing Catholic community. The church is beyond ethnic and linguistic boundaries.
“A lot of people have deserted, have gone away from the church and I think we have a responsibility. ... We have a role to play, to bring people back to the fold,” he continued.
Mar Cleemis was especially excited about reaching out to Hispanic non-Catholics in the United States, and working to draw them back into the faith.
“We want to make our liturgical experience available to them,” he said emphatically, “and I think we must seriously work to promote Catholic communion among them. That is my special dream for our presence in the U.S.”
In drawing a portrait of his immediate predecessor, Cyril Mar Baselios, he described the unassuming archbishop as “a man set apart for all.” In fact, this is a unique charism of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, and those who lead it.
7 August 2012
Tags: CNEWA Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Indian Catholics
Lebanon's Patriarch Beshara Rai wary of regime change in Syria (The Globe and Mail)
Blogger who criticized Russian Orthodox Church seeks asylum in Estonia (Interfax)
Rains trigger floods, landslides across India (Times of India)
Refugee camps care for violence-stricken region of India (CNS)
Some Muslims experience health problems from Ramadan fast (Deseret News/NPR)
6 August 2012
Tags: India Lebanon Russian Orthodox Church Patriarchs Ramadan
Vatican: Christians and Muslims must work together (Catholic News Service)
In Syria, Christian leaders urge faithful not to accept weapons, live in peace (Fides)
Russian Orthodox spokesman defends Russia’s government (Interfax)
Riot leaves Egyptian village without Christians (Associated Press)
27 July 2012
Tags: Syria Egypt Middle East Muslim Russian Orthodox Church
Unemployed women gather at a curb in the neighborhood of American Gibi, on the edge of the large outdoor market in Addis Ababa known as Merkato. Many women come to this area seeking work, often from illegal brokers. (photo: Peter Lemieux)
Yesterday brought news that Ethiopia is banning its citizens from applying for domestic or blue-collar jobs in the United Arab Emirates until an agreement can be reached to protect the workers' rights.
Writer Peter Lemieux explored that problem in the May issue of ONE:
In 2008, Human Rights Watch published an article on the subject, in which it found migrant workers in Lebanon — most of them of Ethiopian nationality — to be dying from unnatural causes at a rate of one per week. Soon after, the Ethiopian government enacted a ban on economic migration to Lebanon.
We knew that illegal trafficking of Ethiopian women to the Middle East had been going on for more than ten years. And with technological advancement in media, we saw a lot of stories of what Ethiopians were going through in the Middle East, explains Yilikal Shiferaw Mesellu, head of R.R.A.D. They were healthy when they left here. But many came back traumatized, mentally ill, sexually abused and having been denied pay. Some were thrown from the third or fourth floor. Some were victims of disease, or hospitalized and deported. We knew there was a big gap both in our knowledge of the situation and the follow-up care needed for these returnees.
Read more about The High Stakes of Leaving in ONE magazine.
27 July 2012
Christians in Middle East call for unity (Turkish Weekly)
In Rome, Syrian groups appeal for cease-fire (Catholic News Service)
More Syrians fleeing into neighboring Lebanon (Spiegel Online)
Patriarch Kirill celebrates prayer service in Kiev (For-ua.com)
New mosque in Brooklyn faces angry local opposition (Salon)
Report: Coptic women facing abductions, forced conversion (Catholic News Agency)
Catholic Church has been leader in reaching out to Indias untouchables (EWTN News)
26 July 2012
In Syria, battles for Damascus, Aleppo intensify (CNN)
Turkish camps struggle to cope with 44,000 Syrian refugees (Reuters)
Christians in Gaza fear for future of their community (Associated Press)
Ethiopia bans domestic workers from going to UAE, citing reports of abuse (NewsDire)
Bishops conference in India calls for peace in Assam (Vatican Radio)
Topless protestor disrupts visit of Patriarch Kirill to Kiev (Associated Press)
Tags: Syria Ethiopia Gaza Strip/West Bank Turkey Indian Bishops