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Volume 45, Number 3
12 January 2015
J.D. Conor Mauro

Patriarch Abune Mathias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church meets with Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on 10 January. (photo: Ahmet Zakaria/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch Mathias call for Unity between Orthodox churches (OCP News Service) Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia have jointly called for greater cooperation and unity between Eastern Orthodox churches. Patriarch Abune Mathias made several proposals for Orthodox unity to Pope Tawadros II. Pope Tawadros recalled his recent visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Patriarch Kirill and Finnish Archbishop Leo. All of them have expressed a great desire to unite…

Iraqi Christians feel little hope about returning to their homeland (AINA) The arrival of the Islamic State in Iraq might mean the end of the country’s Christian community, which has lived there peacefully for 2,000 years. “We will never go back,” says Taif Hanna, an engineer from Mosul who has taken shelter at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Naour, Jordan. “ISIS tried to kill us…”

In eastern Ukraine’s Miusynsk, pensioners struggle to survive winter (Al Jazeera) No humanitarian aid has reached Miusynsk, a village in eastern Ukraine of fewer than 2,000 people that hugs the border between Luhansk and Donetsk, the two regions controlled by pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukrainian forces. International aid organizations warn that Miusynsk is an example of the growing risk for a humanitarian crisis this winter in the rebel-controlled areas as the conflict drags on and the region becomes more and more isolated…

Photos: Surviving in war-torn Donetsk (Al Jazeera) As humanitarian aid dwindles and winter approaches, the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic struggle to carry on…

International delegation of bishops visits Gaza (Fides) The group of 16 bishops who make up the Holy Land Coordination, a body that brings together bishops and representatives of the communities of Europe and North America, began their visit to Palestine and Israel with the sufferings and hopes of the people of Gaza…

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