Christian world

“Religion, Peace and Violence” is theme for Christian-Muslim meeting in Geneva

Mere days after terror attacks in Beirut and Paris, the theme of an interfaith meeting of Christians and Muslims at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on “Religion, Peace and Violence” was entirely appropriate, said participants.

They spent two days candidly and honestly speaking about their faiths, in a dialogue between Shia Muslims from the Islamic Republic of Iran associated with the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (CID) and Christians involved in the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Greek school to reopen on Turkey’s western Gökçeada after 40 years

The Daily Sabah reported on ‘Greek school to reopen on Turkey’s western Gökçeada after 40 years’ publshed by the Anadolu Agency.

A school for Greek children on a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea will open its doors to students for the first time in 40 years next week, a local official said Tuesday.

Ancient Greek New Testament Papyrus Almost Sold on Ebay

Geoffrey Smith, a scholar of early Christianity studies at the University of Texas found a strange Ebay entry last January. An ancient Greek papyrus with quotes from the Gospel of John was being sold at a starting price of 99 dollars.

“I thought, this can’t be allowed to sell on eBay,” Dr. Smith said to the New York Times. “It will just disappear into a private collection

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani to meet Pope Francis on Saturday

An important meeting between Pope Franics and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled for this weekend. But the historic encounter presents unique challenges to the Pontiff.

On November 14, Pope Francis will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican. It will be the first time a pope has met with a head of the Islamic Republic since Pope St. John Paul II received President Mohamed Khatami at the Vatican on March 11, 1999.

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II visits St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in Moscow

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II visits St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in Moscow
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II visits St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in Moscow
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II visits St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in Moscow
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II visits St. Mary’s Assyrian Church in Moscow

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited St. Mary Assyrian Church in Moscow.  The Primate and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by the parish priest and the Administrative Board.  His Holiness blessed the parishioners and spoke about the purpose of his visit to Russia. He also explained the difficulties and persecutions that Christians are undergoing in Iraq and Syria.

Holy Lance ‘Geghard’ to be Venerated at the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin

On Sunday November 28th, the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate the Feast of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. At 10:30a.m., a Divine Liturgy will be held in the Mother Cathedral on the Feast of the first Illuminators of the Armenian Church.

On this occasion the Holy Lance (Geghard) will be taken to the Mother Cathedral, and during the celebration of Divine Liturgy, the faithful will have the opportunity to kiss it and receive blessings from the miraculous Holy Lance. The Holy Lance will remain on display in the Cathedral until the evening.

During the Divine Liturgy, to fulfill the wish of pious Armenian and foreign pilgrims, the Feast Day of the Founders of the Armenian Church, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew, will be declared as a pilgrimage day of the Holy Lance; by Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.