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In this Middle East Analysis podcast (25 May 2013), Dr Harry Hagopian looks once more at the ongoing turmoil and bloodshed in Syria.
'The Armenian genocide: remembering our sorrows and articulating our hopes?' was the title of a talk given by Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian at St Werburgh's Church in Dublin, Ireland, at the end of last month, 29 April 2013.
In a new Middle East analysis podcast, Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian talks to James Abbott from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales about the status of what has been commonly described by commentators (and some protagonists) as the 'Arab Spring'.
Cyprus has a special place in my heart, as I spent many years living there as I built up my professional legal, and later ecumenical, career.
We have recently passed the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising. What started as a series of peaceful demonstrations against a vicious dictatorship has been turned into a bloody war of Scud missiles and cluster bombs by the Assad regime against their opponents.
When people talk about Christians who hail from an Orthodox or Catholic background, the temptation at times here in the Protestant-influenced West (but not so much in other parts of the world) is to suppose that these are men and women who are not necessarily Scripture-based in their faith - and therefore somehow ‘not Christian enough’.
Like many people, I have spent some time in recent weeks caught up in the media-fest that has accompanied the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope Francis.