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In the 'listen again' MP3 links below, Premier Christian Radio's Marcus Jones is joined by General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, Bishop Angaelos, and international lawyer, church consultant and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian.
To start 2013, I will be taking part in a special broadcast looking at the sweep of change across the Middle East and North Africa in 2012. The details are as follows.
We are so close to the joy of Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are therefore with countless friends, Christian and otherwise, across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Following my reflection last week on the death of Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim on 5 December (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17573, I should add that his successor has just been elected at Balamand Monastery in Beirut, in the early morning hours of Monday 17 December 2012.
For the final Middle East analysis podcast of 2012, we have chosen to set aside, temporarily, the hard political angles and social realities of the Middle East North Africa region and instead focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
As reported on Ekklesia (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17561) yesterday, Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch & All the East passed away as a result of a stroke at St George’s hospital in Lebanon on 5 December 2012 at the age of 92.
At their recent plenary meeting, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales reflected on the tragedy afflicting Syria and Gaza.