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Elderly Pair Arrested for Stealing More Than 3,000 Religious Icons from Churches

Two people have been arrested in France for stealing more than 3,000 religious icons from churches.

Christian Today reports that one of the thieves is an 80-year-old man and the other is a 60-year-old woman.

Police found over 3,000 stolen items in their homes, ranging from cheap candles to crucifixes to valuable ancient Russian icons.

The thieves were caught when a parish priest, Father Ludovic Serre, noticed a pattern to their raids and alerted police.

Archaeology Discovery: 4,200-Y-O Canaanite Burial Ground Found Near Bethlehem

Archaeologists have confirmed the discovery of a 4,200-year-old necropolis dating back to pre-historic times in Bethlehem.

A team of Palestinian and Italian archaeologists recently uncovered the large cemetery, complete with over 100 tombs dating back to 2200 BCE to 650 BCE, at the site of Khalet al-Jam'a, located near Bethlehem.

Pope says slain nuns are modern-day martyrs

Pope Francis says that the four nuns who were killed in Yemen are modern-day martyrs and victims of indifference.

During his address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square after the Angelus prayer, the Pope prayed for the slain nuns who belonged to Mother Teresa’s “Missionaries of Charity” and who were serving in a home for the elderly which was attacked on Friday by gunmen in the city of Aden.

Archaeology Discovery: Rare Artifacts From Jesus' Time Found at Orphanage in Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Israel are "astonished and surprised" after finding artifacts dating back to Jesus' time at a local orphanage and military complex in Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said this week that it has found numerous rare and important artifacts, some dating back to the Second Temple period, buried deep beneath the Schneller compound in Jerusalem, which had previously served as a orphanage and later an Israeli army base.

Archbishop Abune Nathaniel of Ethiopia Enters Eternal Rest

Addis Ababa:  Archbishop Abune Nathaniel of Ethiopia has entered eternal rest. He was one of the senior most prelates of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The Late Archbishop Abune Nathaniel acted as the Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne of Ethiopia after the demise of late Patriarch Abune Paulose of Ethiopia.

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Source: OCP

Archaeologists Dig up Fabrics Dating Back to Kings David and Solomon

Israeli archaeologists have discovered fragments of “remarkably preserved” 3,000-year-old fabrics, leather and seeds dating to the era of the biblical kings David and Solomon.

This is the first discovery of textiles dating from the 10th century B.C. “and therefore provides the first physical evidence” of what residents of the Holy Land wore, said Erez Ben-Yosef, the lead archaeologist with the Tel Aviv University excavation team that did the dig.

Egyptian Court Sentences Three Christian Teens to Prison for ‘Insulting Islam’

“They have been sentenced for contempt of Islam and inciting sectarian strife,” explained defense lawyer Maher Naguib. “The judge didn’t show any mercy. He handed down the maximum punishment.”

Blasphemy laws still exist in Egypt. Article 98 describes the punishment: