“Sorrows bring joy and salvation to true Christians, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom. 10:13).” These were Metropolitan Sergy’s words of consolation to his flock—parishioners of a church in the Kuty village of the Shumsk district of Ukraine’s Ternopil region in August this year, where he celebrated the Divine Liturgy in a tent.
Syria has been a designated state sponsor of terrorism since 1979, but additional sanctions have been placed on the country since 2011 as uprisings spawned across the country in the quest to pressure the Assad government to pave the way for political transition. The sanctions prohibit the export of almost all U.S.-origin items, restrict financial services and the import of Syrian oil, and ban new investments in Syria by Americans.
The truth is, however, that in former Czarist Russia, where the status of the Orthodox Church was privileged, Lenin called for its complete destruction. Already in 1909, in his controversy “On the Relationship of the Working Class to Religion,” he wrote: “Religion is the opium of mankind – this Marx’s statement is the cornerstone of Marxism’s worldview on its relationship to religion.”
Schismatics from the village of Gribovitsa took over the residence of a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Fr. Igor Magrita, where the family has been living since 1998, and as night fell, began throwing his household possessions and pushing his wife and sixteen-year-old son out into the street. It was raining…
Bishop Athanasius firmly hoped in God’s Providence. Imprisoned for many years, he wrote to his spiritual children, “My situation is not disastrous. I look at everything calmly, knowing that our service does not depend upon earthly rulers, but upon the One Who holds even the fate of rulers in His hands.”
The persecution of Christians is now "worse than at any time in history," according to a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which states that not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, they are also experiencing the worst forms of persecution.
Several of the Christian leaders suggested that President Trump had failed to honor his campaign promise to help and protect Christians in the Middle East victimized by jihadists, noting that despite the President’s encouraging words, no aid had been forthcoming.
Because of the many centuries of expansion by the Islamic nations, we often think of Syria as a Muslim land, having but an insignificant connection with Christianity that has already disappeared into oblivion. However, this is definitely not the case...
And for all these years and even decades Vladyka Sergy has repeated this phrase many times: “Persecution is the test of our faith.” For, according to Christ, Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven (Mt. 5:11-12).
There is probably no one in Russia or America who hasn’t heard about the terrible terrorist attacks in Spain which occurred several days ago. However, our readers will probably be interested in learning about the “Spanish” view of what happened, and about the concealed, mystical underpinnings of these bloody events, of which absolutely nothing is said in the secular media.
The Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has released an official statement, laying out the legal basis for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's right to the church building, calling on the UGCC hierarchy to respect the rights and beliefs of Orthodox Christians.
A recent survey of Americans about religion is getting a lot of attention, especially because it shows that fewer people now identify themselves as Christians and more consider themselves unaffiliated with any religion. Perhaps at least part of the reason for these declines is that many people have not found something worth living and dying for in the churches with which they are familiar.
The author of this op-ed is a Syrian-born physician, who studied tourism and hospitality in Turkey, but due to the war in his motherland decided to become a medical officer instead. Adnan Hussaini graduated in orthopedic medicine from Ondokuz Mayıs University, and currently lives in Lebanon.
Hosted by Pittsburgh’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, about 500 people attended a dinner and reception following a church service led by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.