Christian world

WCC general secretary denounces Middle East violence, urges strengthened peace efforts

Repeated and new forms of violence in Middle East, notably in Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad, is strongly condemned, and calls for more prayer and strengthened peace efforts to halt extremists seeking do divide humanity, says the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) general secretary.

“Once again, people going about their daily lives, in celebration of holidays, have suffered violent attacks,” said the WCC’s general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, in a statement on Sunday.

Epiphany (Denho) Holy Qurobo – Damascus

Epiphany (Denho) Holy Qurobo – Damascus
Epiphany (Denho) Holy Qurobo – Damascus
Epiphany (Denho) Holy Qurobo – Damascus
Epiphany (Denho) Holy Qurobo – Damascus

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Epiphany (Denho) at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

WCC condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on innocent New Year revellers

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, condemns the latest terrorist attack against people in Istanbul celebrating the New Year.

Army completes renovation of bombed Cairo church ahead of Coptic Christmas

The Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Saturday evening that it has finished the renovation work on the St. Peter and St. Paul Church, which was attacked on 11 December by a suicide bomber allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State.

According to the army’s official spokesperson’s Facebook page, the armed forces received orders from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi immediately after the bombing to renovate the church and fix all the damage in 15 days.

Rare Christian Cross And Menorah Engraving From Time Of Christ Discovered In Israel

They were just three hikers who went for a walk over Christmas, or Hannukah, in the rural chalklands of ancient Judea.

Anglican community in Belgrade celebrates Christmas

Anglican community in Belgrade celebrates Christmas
Anglican community in Belgrade celebrates Christmas
Anglican community in Belgrade celebrates Christmas
Anglican community in Belgrade celebrates Christmas

The Anglican community of St. Mary in Belgrade, which holds regular services in the chapel at Visegradska Street, traditionally celebrated Christmas with a festal mass in the chapel of St. Symeon atg the Serbian Patriarchate on the Eve of the feast-day on 24 December 2016.

The service was presided over by Chaplain Rev. Robin Fox with the chanting of believers, among which there was Mr. Michael Davenport, Head of the European Union Delegation in Serbia, members of the diplomatic representations in Belgrade, as well as some members of the Lutheran Church.