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Bishop Angaelos and the anniversary of the Egypt uprising

Bishop Angaelos and the anniversary of the Egypt uprising

HG Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, has issued a careful and thoughtful statement on the first anniversary of the uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, which took place on the 25 January 2011.

Christian local voice challenges the transformations in the Arab World

Christian local voice challenges the transformations in the Arab World

A Christian-Muslim consultation on the Christian presence and witness in the Middle East took place at the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, from 24-28 January 2012.

The evolving situation in Syria

The evolving situation in Syria

My latest 12-minute interview has been with BBC Wiltshire Radio on the evolving situation in Syria. Bishop Declan Lang is Bishop of the Clifton Catholic Diocese and I am his Middle East and North Africa advisor.

New year, new direction in the Middle East?

New year, new direction in the Middle East?

Can we expect 2012 to be as monumentally eventful in the Middle East as 2011? Perhaps even more so.

What hope and promise for Palestine?

Earlier this week, a meeting took place at Lambeth Palace in London between key representatives from the Church of England, the Catholic Church as well as the Church of Scotland on the one hand and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation on the other.

Developments in Syria, Egypt and beyond

Developments in Syria, Egypt and beyond

My latest Middle East Analysis pod-cast is a two-parter whose chief foci this time round are the fast-moving developments in Syria and Egypt.

Six more weeks of the Arab Awakening

Six more weeks of the Arab Awakening

The 'Arab Awakening' - initially dubbed the 'Arab Spring' - started in Tunisia in December 2010. Since then, those revolutions and popular revolts have already enveloped Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.

Moving from 'nice Christian words' to transformative action

Moving from 'nice Christian words' to transformative action

In the midst of the regular visits and umpteen fact-finding missions to the Holy Land, and weighty statements made by numerous church leaders or heads of ecumenical organisations, all of it professing solidarity with the Christians of the region, the following link takes us to a Ha'aretz article highlighting one of the many small daily indignities suffered by those same Living Stones - a spitting attack.

Expressing solidarity with Coptic Christians

Expressing solidarity with Coptic Christians

A statement does not bring back to life those Coptic Christians who died in Egypt last Sunday (9 October 2011), nor does it make a wrong any more right.

More Middle East analysis

More Middle East analysis

Over the past week, I have enjoyed talking with two rather different but significant Christian audiences about the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East - evangelicals and Catholics.