The Malankara World Journal Issue 144 - Theme: Christian Persecution
Around The World - (May 23, 2013) is available online at:
*TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 144*
Theme: Christian Persecution Around The World
*THIS WEEK IN CHURCH*
2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (May 26)
First Sunday after Pentecost
3. Sermons for This Sunday (May 26)
Sermons for First Sunday After Pentecost
4. What Am I Hungry For? Meditation on John 6:30-35
The Discourse of the Bread of Life is not a text to be discussed and
dissected, but rather it should be meditated and pondered. This is why,
even if it is not fully understood, we should not be concerned. This
text of the Bread of Life demands a whole life to meditate on it and
deepen it. Such a text, people have to read it, meditate it, pray it,
think about it, read it again, repeat it and ponder it, as one does with
a good sweet in the mouth. ...
5. Featured: Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Speaks on the Situation of
Christians in Syria
Archbishop Eustathius Matta Roham of the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of
Jazirah & Euphrates discusses the situation of Christians in Syria, the
plight of refugees to the neighboring countries and the overall
deteriorating conditions within Syria. Peace is an urgent need in Syria
as well as in the whole Middle East. Let us pray and work for peace for
all nations. ...
6. Update on the Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria
As we approach the fifth week of captivity of Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim
and Metropolitan Boulos Yaziji, we wanted to apprise you of several
activities undertaken this week to help secure their release. Much more
can and needs to be done and your prayers are most important to secure
their release, but below is a quick update. ...
7. Syria and the War on Christians: Should the U.S. Intervene?
In the last week of April, two Orthodox bishops in Syria were kidnapped
by rebels near Aleppo. Ironically, these same bishops "had warned of the
threat to religious tolerance and diversity from the two-year conflict
in their country." It's a potent reminder that while we may not be
certain who the winners in the upheavals rocking Syria and the rest of
the Middle East might be, we already know who the losers will be:
8. Caught In The Cross Fire: Story of the Tragic Sufferings by Orthodox
A few days ago, all means of communication were lost with 33 Christian
(Syrian Orthodox from the diocese of Jazeerah) when sailing from Turkey
to Greece. Their smuggler had left them in a deserted and unoccupied
island without food or potable water for a couple of days. ...
9. Christian Indifference to Christian Suffering
Christians are being persecuted all over the world. Churches are being
burned and destroyed, girls are being raped and ancient Christian
communities reaching back 2,000 years are being obliterated. And the
world yawns. Most shockingly, many Christians in the West, worse than
yawning, look away and in some cases embrace the perpetrators and blame
our allies. ...
10. Christian Persecution: Than and Now
Many Christians face persecution today. At some point many more may have
to make the choice to denounce God or risk everything they hold dear,
including their lives. And many face such choices now, though with less
threatening consequences: We may be ostracized from our families or
passed over for promotions. We may be treated unjustly or misunderstood. ...
11. Persecution of Christians Continue Unabated
Bartholomew noted that, "with great sorrow today we see Christians, of
all denominations, persecuted in many places, deemed enemies of society
and the state; [we see that] the Christian faith is not tolerated in
many countries and under many laws. Despite the progress apparently
noted in the world with regard to respect of human rights, the
persecution of the Christians has not ceased." ...
12. Syria's Children Shot At, Tortured, Raped: Charity Report
Syria's children are perhaps the greatest victims of their country's
conflict, suffering "layers and layers of emotional trauma", Save the
Children's chief executive told Reuters. Syrian children have been shot
at, tortured and raped during two years of unrest and civil war, the
London-based international charity said in a report. ...
13. Embracing Their Suffering: Martyrdom Today
For Christians living in approximately 130 countries around the world,
harassment, discrimination, intimidation, imprisonment, and even death
are the price of Christian faithfulness. In some countries, the
persecutors are government officials. In others, as we recently saw in
Egypt, they are mobs and militants who act with legal impunity. ...
*ARTICLES OF GENERAL INTEREST*
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16. Get Interested, Become Interesting
Have you ever noticed that there are some people that really attract
people? They seem to have something that makes people want to be around
them. They're not the richest or the most powerful, perhaps, but people
are drawn to them anyway. What is that magic attracting power? ...
17. 28th Annual Youth & Family Conference - Malankara Archdiocese
The Annual Youth & Family Conference of the Malankara Archdiocese will
be held from July 18 - 21, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. A weekend packed with
programs for all ages are planned. All our faithful are encouraged to
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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