Christian world

Three Christian Churches Reopen in Syrian Village

Three Christian churches, including the Orthodox Church of St. George the Victorious, have reopened in the village of Kharaba in the as-Suwayda District of the as-Suwayda Governorate in southeastern Syria for the first time since the war began, as Christian families are returning to their native village.

Cardinal Nichols calls on UK government to reopen churches

Cardinal Vincent NicholsThe Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has said that it is “now time” for the phased reopening of churches. 

Preaching at a Pentecost Sunday Mass in Westminster Cathedral, the Cardinal pointed out that churches accepted the government’s decision to close on 20 March because “the protection of life required it.”

Coptic Church in Egypt will keep churches closed until 27 June

The churches of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt (the Copts make up at least 12% of the country’s population) will remain closed until the 27th of June.

This decision was taken today by the Synod of the Coptic Church led by Pope Tawadros II, given the increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in the country. Experts are unable to determine when it will reach its peak, that is the top of the curve.

Maronite Church to launch food and social assistance plan in Lebanon

Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi yesterday announced that the Maronite Church, alarmed by rising poverty in the Lebanese population, will undertake an ambitious country-wide plan to provide food and social assistance to families without income as a result of the current economic crisis.

The plan will be based on a survey conducted by parishes, bishoprics and monasteries as well as Caritas-Liban, the Church’s official charity, coordinated by the Maronite Center for Documentation and Research under Patriarchal Vicar Samir Mazloum.