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Orthodox Christians celebrate across Middle East countries: Photos


At 12 noon on Saturday 11th of April is being celebrated in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Holy Fire’s touch, which symbolizes the victory of life over death.

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This unique ceremony and also the prerogative of the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem takes place at noon on Holy Saturday.

The church congested by believers and non-Orthodox Christians, thousands of visitors, who under draconian security measures, which will seek to experience near this great miracle of the Resurrection of the Lord when the Holy Sepulchre out the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III raising hand of the Holy Light to distribute to all.

All those, who waited with contrition in the soul and in the hands, many candles consisting of 33 candles, as many as the years of Jesus, to receive and to transmit.

Orthodox Christians have marked Good Friday in Jerusalem’s Old City by retracing what they believe was the route Jesus Christ took to his crucifixion. .

The Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem performed the traditional “washing of the feet” ceremony outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Thursday. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar, so their Easter celebrations often fall on a different date to the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, which follow the Gregorian Calendar.

“This is very special for me because I am Orthodox Christian and I have come from the United States,” said tourist
Pauline Snell. “All my life I wanted to come to the Holy Land and I have a opportunity to come this year. And so I am very emotional about being in the actual holy location of Christ’s footsteps.”

In Gaza City, worshipers attended mass in one of just two churches in the Palestinian territory.

The Easter holiday, Sham El-Nessim (smelling the breeze), is also often celebrated by everybody in Egypt not just Christians. Most of the country’s Christians are Coptic Orthodox.

“The best thing about it [Easter] is that it’s something everybody in the country shares,” said Lauret. “Christians and Muslims always celebrate together…this is a holiday that truly unites everybody. We all get the day off.”
Source: euronews.com

The delicate dance between USA, Israel and Iran


US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the World Economic Forum in Davos as last week for a while in Paris.

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North Korea’s Geopolitical and Military Games in the Middle East


Pyongyang’s one and only focus on survival virtually ensures North Korean weapons will continue to be found in the hands of those bent on Israel’s destruction. But why?

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Pyongyang has fewer foreign embassies than many other capitals, but the DPRK’s showcase city is home to one that even Washington lacks: Palestine.

Since the early 1960s, North Korea has staunchly supported the establishment of a Palestinian state. From training Palestinian militants in the 1970s, to helping Hezbollah build underground tunnels into Israel in the mid-2000s, North Korea has maintained an active presence in the Middle East. North Korea’s war on Israel and the Jewish people has been going on for decades! From North Korean pilots flying combat missions against Israel, to a band of North Korean-trained terrorists spreading death at an Israeli airport, the North’s little-known role in Middle East terror will be revealed in this eye-opening lecture by Lawrence Peck.

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