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Thomas Becket: Martyrdom at Christmas

For nearly seven years, I worked at the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity, as part of the staff of the Archbishops’ Council....

Remembering Stephen

The commemoration of the Feast of St. Stephen on the second day of Christmastide can, at times, evoke a sense of dissonance. As one...

Saint Stephen, the Law of the Cross, and a Church that Would Rather Die than Kill

By Eugene R. Schlesinger Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34 Lord, do not hold this sin against them. Acts 7:60 Let...

A Terrible Freedom

Terrance Malick's new film about one man's resistance to Hitler is drenched in poetic repetition of Christian symbol, as integral to his signature film-craft as the play of natural light, the close study of human faces and hands, or voice-over delivered in a near whisper.

TBT: Missionaries in China

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Guilt and Persecution

Bp. Philip Mountstephen: “There is a lot of post-colonial guilt around a residual sense that the Christian faith is an expression of white Western privilege.”

Global Persecution Worsens

It is hardest to be a Christian in North Korea, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, according to the latest research by Open Doors.

The Martyr’s Death and the Birth of Christ

Stephen’s brief ministry and death participate in and therefore set before us the continuous act of suffering known as the incarnation of the Divine Word.

Abp. Welby on a ‘Daily Threat of Murder’

Archbishop of Canterbury writes in defense of Middle Eastern Christians.

Sudanese Bishop Pleads for Rescue

Samuel Enosa Peni: “Many church leaders have been killed. They take everything on your body.”


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