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St. Cyril of Alexandria

Resurrection and the Body - Cyril of Alexandria:

by Joel Elowsky

By his unexpected entry through closed doors Christ proved once more that by nature he was God and also that he was none other than the one who had lived among them. By showing his wounded side and the marks of the nails, he convinced us beyond a doubt that he had raised the temple of his body, the very body that had hung upon the cross. He restored that body which he had worn, destroying death’s power over all flesh, for as God, he was life itself. Why would he need to show them his hands and side if,

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Mourning the Loss of Pope Shenouda III

by Joel Elowsky

We were recently informed of the death of our friend, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. Pope Shenouda, Pope of Alexandria and 117th Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, was a champion of the African church in Egypt during a time of repressive policies against the Coptic minority. More recently, during this time of political upheaval with the Arab Spring, the Pope remained a stalwart witness to the central the message of Jesus Christ as the only solid rock on which our faith can be built. He also was a pope for the people, making himself available each week to

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Cyprian and Temptation

by Joel Elowsky

Early African Christians knew what it was like to engage in spiritual warfare on a daily basis. Cyprian, bishop of Carthage (d. Sept 14, 258) knew the struggles of his parishioners in North Africa. These struggles with temptation are as relevant today as they were in the third century. Today we are concerned about the rampant corruption, greed, promiscuity that confront us at every turn. It was no less in third century North Africa:

Our warfare is with avarice, with immodesty, with anger, with ambition; our trying and toilsome wrestling with carnal vices, with
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