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.
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.
They were just three hikers who went for a walk over Christmas, or Hannukah, in the rural chalklands of ancient Judea.
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.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his family visited the historical Christian village of Saidnaya, reports Al-Masdar News.
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.