The Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation condemns the destruction of a monastery in Iraq by the militants of the “Islamic State” terrorist organization whose activity is prohibited in Russia, reports Interfax-Religion.
A Protestant Christian church was burned by suspected Islamic radicals in the village of Bath in Pakistani Punjab, leaving Christians in the community fearful and asking for protection.
Fides News Agency reported that the Protestant Christian congregation called "Apostolic Church" was set on fire last week following a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the village. The attack occurred the day after a prayer vigil for Epiphany on Jan. 6, when an arson destroyed the church building.
On Wednesday, following the Christmas Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, His Holiness Aram I received His Excellency Tamam Salam at the Main Hall of the Catholicosate. His Holiness and the Prime Minister held a private meeting to discuss political developments in the Middle East, their impact on Lebanon and the pending sensitive issue of the presidential election.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi showed up at the main cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday evening to offer his well-wishes to Christians at the Coptic Christmas Eve mass (Liturgy).
The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Shoghakat TV Company, working in conjunction with the “First Channel” of Armenian television (“H1”), are pleased to announce the schedule for the live global telecast of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Etchmiadzin. The celebrant will be His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
Qamishli, Syria (AINA) — Three explosions targeted Assyrian businesses in Qamishli, Syria today. The first was at the Miami restaurant and the second at the Gabriel restaurant, both owned by Assyrians. The restaurants are in an Assyrian neighborhood and commercial district in the center of the city. The explosions at Miami and Gabriel restaurants occurred within minutes of each other.
A third attack targeted the Youth Restaurant, in the western part of Qamishli, which is also owned by Assyrians.