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A Bulwark Against Individualism

The character of the lives of Christian families in contexts where there is a Muslim majority emerged from the speeches of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches and of the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins who were present at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family (Rome, 5-19 October 2014). We here offer some passages from those speeches.

28/10/2014 | Francesca Miglio | Eastern Christians
The town of Kobane

If the Kurdish fighters make us feel ashamed

Their faces, young and courageous, have captured the surprised attention of the global mass media. But the Kurd girl warriors, who are also ready to die to defend their homes against the advance of Isis, are described with different accents according to the latitudes of the world where they are talked about. Oasis introduces some of these girl warriors to its readers.

28/10/2014 | Claudio Fontana | Arab Revolutions
Jocelyne Khoueiry

Middle Eastern families: engaged in surviving, then philosophizing

The questions presented by the Western media as relevant to the debate of the Synod on the family that has just finished, such as the re-admittance of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to the sacraments and homosexual relationships, are not a subject of discussion in Lebanon. In the Middle East the family has other priorities: above all, survival.

28/10/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere
Suzy Ismail

Broken families. The care of Muslims

How does the Muslim family face the disintegration of relations between couples and with the children? Suzi Ismail, who has many years experience at the Center for Muslim Life (New Jersey), describes the factors that can contribute to the destruction of the family and offers suggestions on how to reconstruct it, even starting with one’s own roots in Islam.

28/10/2014 | Suzy Ismail | Religions and the public sphere
Mgr. Andon Merdani

Characteristic ecclesiology of the Orthodox Church in Albania

«We are a single Church, not a confederation of churches. […] But it is true that in some local churches there is a tendency to assume a very limited point of view.». The particular experience of Albanian orthodoxy, annihilated by Communism and reborn with the help of sister churches, has led it to develop a characteristic ecclesiology, accompanied by a pronounced missionary spirit. A testimony to the variety that is part of the orthodox world.

28/10/2014 | Martino Diez | Eastern Christians
Mons. Sako

The Patriarch of the Chaldeans: ‘To extirpate the very roots of jihadism’

During the Synod on the Family the date was announced, following the wishes of Pope Francis, that the consistory already envisaged for 20 October would be on the Middle East. The Patriarch of the Chaldeans, H.B. Louis Sako, explains to Oasis what is expected of it.

17/10/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Christians in the Muslim world
A decorated church in Baghadad

The crucifix of Baghdad and ISIS

An Iraqi woman testifies how the young men of Baghdad celebrated the Feast of The Holy Cross amid solidarity for their refugee brothers, fear of the advance of ISIS and the hope of faith.

17/10/2014 | Anan Alkass Yousif | Christians in the Muslim world
Cover of a Syriac manuscript

The Benedictines and the new barbarians

With ISIS advancing in Iraq and Syria, attention must first be paid to the defence of human life and the care of refugees. But the new barbarians do not confine themselves to killing people, but also wish to cancel out the memory of those who have lived in the territories which they now occupy by destroying their ancient cultural heritage.

17/10/2014 | Martino Diez | Eastern Christians
Cardinal Barbarin with Patriarch Sako

Why I Went to Iraq

From the personal friendship of the Archbishop of Lyons and the Patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans was born an exchange of meetings and the twinning of the French diocese and the city of Mossul. This has been a concrete way of helping Eastern Christians and a warning to the West not to forget them.

17/10/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Eastern Christians

Fethullah Gulen Statement on ISIS

I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts. Any form of attack, suppression or persecution of minorities o...

03/10/2014 | Fethullah Gülen | Religions and the public sphere
Albanian martyrs

The Long Avenue of Totalitarianism

Communist State atheism did not managed to overpower the Albanian Church, as demonstrated by the faces of 39 martyrs who were killed during the dictatorship and who struck Pope Francis.

30/09/2014 | Martino Diez | Religions and the public sphere
Pope Francis in Mother Theresa square

With Francis from the Periphery to the Centre of the World: ‘Fly High’

The witness of Albanian martyrs, religious freedom, the cry not to use the name of God to commit violence: some key passages from the speech of Pope Francis given in Tirana.

30/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere
A mosque in Tirana

The Red Terror has Silenced the Minarets but not the Hearts of Believers

A young scholar, Skender Bruçai, who was born in 1976, has led the Islamic community of Albania, which makes up about 60% of the overall population, since last March. He followed with great attention every stage of the day that Pope Francis spent in this ‘periphery’ in which the Communist regime for a quarter of a century tried to destroy religious faith in a systematic and inhuman way, but without succeeding.

30/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Interreligious dialogue

Francis in the Outskirts that tried to Cancel God

The Pope has been in Tirana on Sunday 21 September. The director of the Caritas of Albania describes the expectations as regards this unexpected visit and also the deep wounds that are still open today in a country that is undergoing an economic and cultural recovery, but which still has to deal with its Communist past.

22/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte | Religions and the public sphere
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi

Yemen: New Scenarios behind the Armed Clashes in Sana’a

After the fall of its thirty-year regime, this country with a strategic position in the Arab peninsula is going through a season of grave economic crisis and new disorders which allow us to perceive a possible change in the equilibriums that have existed hitherto between Sunnis and Shiites.

22/09/2014 | Laura Silvia Battaglia | Arab Revolutions
Michele Brignone

Where the Violence of the Islamist Revival Comes from

The birth of the IS was not an unforeseen contingency but, instead, the uncalculated result of decades of Islamist rhetoric and propaganda which were also generated by the ambiguities of reformist thought. The anti-conformist analysis of the Egyptian scholar, Sherif Younis.

22/09/2014 | Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere

Syriac Church: 122 manuscripts from Mossul

122 Syriac and Garshuni manuscripts from the library of Mar Toma Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul have been digitalized and published online.

11/09/2014 | Eastern Christians

The Islamic State Explained to my Son

Islam, violence, holy war and the caliphate: a conversation in three voices to answer the most frequent questions that the news of recent months has provoked in a pressing way. A dialogue with Martino Diez and Michele Brignone, by Maria Laura Conte.

10/09/2014 | Marialaura Conte, Martino Diez, Michele Brignone | Religions and the public sphere

Emergency: Refugees in Iraq

AVSI Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign in support of Iraqi refugees, mostly Christians, who have found refuge in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, following clashes between the Islamic state and Kurdish militias in the north-east Iraq.

05/09/2014 | Arab Revolutions

Generative, therefore Free

If it is hard to provide an unequivocal explanation for the protests that have been agitating the world’s squares for a few years now (and those in Southern Europe and North Africa, in particular), it may at least be said that they have two elements in common. On the one hand, technology, which is helping to determine ...

03/09/2014 | Mauro Magatti | Religions and the public sphere
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