Police in Moscow find stolen old icon worth million dollars

Moscow criminal police detectives have found a 16th-century icon worth one million dollars that was stolen a year ago.

The icon was stolen from a church in the Kirov Region, central European Russia, in September 2013. A criminal case was opened over the theft of a rarity.The icon was found in a restoration shop in Moscow, police said. This year, it is the third case when a stolen old icon is found.

Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi

Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi
Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi
Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi
Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi

10 December 2014. On Wednesday, His Holiness Aram I and his delegation visited the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi. Ambassador Kegham Gharibian and the staff welcomed the Catholicos. After the blessing of the bread and salt, they led the Catholicos to the garden to plant a tree in order to memorialize his visit.

European Prayer Breakfast at the European Parliament

 The European Prayer breakfast was organized this year at the European Parliament. The I.A.O. Secretary General Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis participated as a key speaker at the panel discussion and was accompanied by the I.A.O. Russian Advisor prof. Valery Alekseev.

Pope Says Christians ‘being Driven From Mideast’

Pope Francis said Christians are being “driven from the Middle East,” in a message to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State group jihadists.

“It would seem that they (the extremists) do not want there to be any Christians, but you bear witness to Christ,” he said in a video address timed to coincide with a visit Saturday by French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil.
“I think of the wounds, of the pain of women with their children, the elderly and the displaced, the wounds of those who are victims of every type of violence,” Francis said according to a transcript.

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Coptic Pope Tawadros II inaugurated the International Conference for Countering Extremism and Terrorism

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayeb and Coptic Pope Tawadros II inaugurated the international conference for countering extremism and terrorism in Cairo Wednesday.

The conference was opened in the presence of an international array of religious scholars.

It comes as part of government-led efforts to counter the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). Egypt has joined the international coalition to fight the ISIS existence in Iraq and Syria.