PowerLinks 08.28.13

August 28, 2013 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 08.28.13

How the West is Helping to Destroy Christianity in Syria Robin Phillips, American Orthodox Institute Metropolitan Hilarion, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, lamented that “in those places where the authorities are replaced by the rebel groups, Christianity is being exterminated to the last man: Christians are expelled, or physically destroyed. Continue Reading...

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PowerLinks 08.27.13

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