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Byzantine ruins

A Golden Era for Christianity

In the 4th century AD, the Byzantine Empire ushered in unprecedented religious freedom for its citizenry, particularly much-maligned Christians. Constantine I moved the main capital from Rome to Byzantium, later known as Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). Theodosius I later made Christianity the empire´s official state religion. Christians also enjoyed the right to establish churches. The empire was a powerful cultural and military force in Europe for more than 1,000 years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Now in the 21st century, Christians in the region once again face discrimination, persecution, and even death for their faith. Christian Aid Mission assists numerous church-planting ministries throughout the Middle East and North Africa in former Byzantine territory. Please pray for these gospel workers who remain steadfastly committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

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