Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (R) and Pope Tawadros II (L) of Alexandria at the ceremony for the recent reopening of the Hanging Church, in Old Cairo.
Ibrahim Mahlab’s government is underscoring Egypt’s Christian identity in a bid to relaunch Egypt’s religious tourism. The message emerging from Tuesday night’s inaguration cerimony , attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou and by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, is the promotion of itineraries linked to the presence of the Holy Family in Egypt. The government and religious authorities agree: “We need peace and security in Egypt”, both premier Mahlab and the Coptic patriarch Tawadros II said, while talking about the Coptic quarter of Cairo, “a symbol of the country’s identity”, Mahlab added, where next to churches you can find other places of worship for other monotheistic religions, such as the Jewish and the Muslim one. It’s a place “that speaks by itself” underlined Mahlab “of dialogue, peace and security” , the essence of Egypt. A country where, according to tradition, “also Jesus found peace and safety”.
On Sunday, after the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I received the Governor of Isfahan, his deputies, the head of religious affairs and the chief of internal security at the Holy Saviour Monastery. This was the first such visit in the centuries-long history of the two peoples. The Governor first thanked Catholicos Aram I for his visit to Iran, his leadership and the significant contribution of the Armenian community to the city. During their conversation they also discussed the situation in the Middle East.
The primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syrian Orthodox Church are turning to the whole Christian world and the international community so that, on the occasion of the centennial commemorations the crimes committed against the Armenians and Syriac Christians in 1915, in the current territories of Turkey, are recognized and condemned.
The Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, Karekin II, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Mar Ignatius Aphrem II, met on Monday, October 13 at the spiritual center of all Armenians, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, 20 kilometers from Yerevan, where they signed a Joint Declaration to affirm the unity of faith, and the willful desire to continue cooperation between the two sister Churches, the Armenian and Syriac Orthodox “sister Churches, founded by the Apostles, the same Christology and Apostolic Tradition, patristic heritage and common saints, confessors and witnesses”.
The most ancient St. Catherine’s (Katherine’s) Orthodox Monastery situated on the Biblical land of Sinai peninsula has been once again persecuted by Muslim extremists and local authorities, reports the Linga news portal with the reference to Copts Today.
For today Arab islamists, who lead a seminomadic way of life in the Sinai desert, pose the main threat to lives of the monks and condition of the monument of the world architecture.
Mrayma Mansour, who leads the night patrol of Assyrian Christian fighters in the town of Al Qosh, looks jumpy. He has a dagger tucked into the waist band of his fatigues and his large green eyes are bloodshot.
A priest and 20 other Christians kidnapped by Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria this were released Thursday, the Franciscan order said.
“Father Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning ... He is under house arrest at the convent of Qunyeh,” the order said, without providing further details.A Franciscan spokeswoman later confirmed to AFP that the other captives were also released.Rebels linked to the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch, abducted Jallouf and the others Sunday in the northwestern village of Qunyeh, near the Turkish border, the order said.