"In Defence of Christians"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:53

We have every reason to be concerned with the fate of the Christian communities of the Arab World. From Egypt to Iraq, these ancient churches have not only survived through centuries of hardship - foreign invasions and domestic repression - they have also played an important role contributing to Arab culture and Islamic civilization.

La Civiltà Cattolica: "Bombs alone risk strengthening the Caliphate"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:06

“Military analysts attest that the existing military solution is not effective. Being limited to this medium can continue to permit the Islamic State to conquer territory, and give it occasion to commit further atrocities,” the Jesuit periodical La Civiltà Cattolica writes in an analysis published in its latest issue.

“May the blood shed by the sisters be the seed of hope to build true fraternity”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:54

Three elderly Italian Xaverian missionary nuns were killed at two separate moments at their convent in Kamenge. The reasons for the murder are not yet known. The killings came as a big blow to the local community which was very attached to the nuns.

What about those Muslims who condemn IS violence?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:45

Islamic State (IS) jihadists are spreading violence and death. The entire world is still shaken by the horrific murder of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the two US journalists who were decapitated and the macabre scenes captured on video. International politics is trying to react but Muslim countries are expected to take more concrete initiatives.

The culture that is at the mercy of the "Islamic State"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:43

The human toll, of course, is the most important concern: the killing of innocent people, the rape and enslavement of women, the brutal uprooting of a population whose ancestors have lived there for untold generations.

But the story of civilization that is recorded in everything from stone tablets and sculptures of winged lions to ancient monasteries and languages is also very much at risk as the Islamic State tries to establish a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

Uncertain future for Iraqi Christians

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 17:33

The news from Iraq can be terrifying from a distance. But up close and in person, Iraqi families could not be more gracious, welcoming and kind — despite the dire backdrop in which they are living.

In a tent where the heat is sweltering and water is in scarce supply, you are offered a bottle of cold water. Under an open sky where a family — who lived in a nice home less than a month ago, and today lives under a tree — you are graciously offered tea. Above all, you are offered apologies that they are not able to offer you anything more.

Francis could visit Turkey in November

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/06/2014 - 17:25

Francis may be paying a visit to Turkey in November. Before the Pope’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, had expressed the hope that Francis would follow in the footsteps of St. Andrew and go on a pilgrimage to Turkey to mark the feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on 30 November. Francis immediately agreed but there needed to be sent from the Turkish government.

Abouna site marks its 11th anniversary-- "Eleven Stars"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:48

The sun of August 27 rises to mark the emergence of 11 stars in the horizon of media… a media dedicated to serving humanity… the entire humanity.

Eleven years ago, abouna.org site was launched to highlight the horizon of e-media and become an inevitable media outlet with the morning coffee.

Since the marking of the 10th anniversary of the site last year, too many major events have taken place worldwide. This site was one of the leading sources of information that professionally shed light on the events.

Jordan's Culture abandoning compassion and embracing violence

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:49

Culture is the set of attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors shared by a group of people, but different for each individual, communicated from one generation to the next (Matsumoto, 1996). While violence, as defined by the World Health Organization, is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.