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We are the Modern Knights Templar, an Ecumenical Christian and Chivalric charitable Order. We do not claim a direct lineage to the original Knights of the Temple, but we do seek to emulate their positive attributes in our daily lives today. We have adopted two of the original Templar missions of Protecting Christians at Risk particularly in the Holy Land and the Middle East and in Keeping the Road to Jerusalem open to all people as our own.

Affiliated with the International Order (OSMTH)

The conditions faced by the Christian population across the Middle East are important for caring Christians around the world to understand. Major media outlets too often provide us, however, with an incomplete (and sometimes inaccurate) account of events there and their causes. We present herewith a collection of well-written articles on the Christian situation to help broaden your understanding of this important subject. Articles reflect the authors’ research and opinions, not those of SMOTJ.

Race to Free Christian Hostages in Syria

December 7 2016

From Syria comes a story of a local bishop’s heroism and his church community’s determination to free 226 Christians from Islamic State.

Daily Star
By Lori Hinnant| Associated Press
December 7, 2016 | 12:06 AM

SAARLOUIS, Germany: Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from Daesh (ISIS) – by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom.

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