Christian world

Year of the Sword: The Assyrian Christian Genocide, a History

by Joseph Yacoub
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Reviewed by Raymond Ibrahim


This important contribution to genocide studies documents how the world’s oldest Christian communities—variously referred to as Chaldeans, Syriacs, and Arameans, but best known as Assyrians—were, along with the Armenians, “victims of the [Ottoman] plan for exterminating Christianity, root and branch,” to quote Lord Bryce in 1920. In fact, as half of the Assyrian population was massacred—going from 600,000 to 300,000 in 1915-18—relative to their numbers, no other Christian group, including the Armenians, suffered as much under the Ottomans.

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Oriental Orthodox Primates Visit His Excellency German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Oriental Orthodox Primates Visit His Excellency German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Oriental Orthodox Primates Visit His Excellency German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Oriental Orthodox Primates Visit His Excellency German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Oriental Orthodox Primates Visit His Excellency German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, at Bellevue Palace Residence in Berlin.

Oriental Orthodox Primates Gather in Germany

Oriental Orthodox Primates Gather in Germany
Oriental Orthodox Primates Gather in Germany
Oriental Orthodox Primates Gather in Germany
Oriental Orthodox Primates Gather in Germany

Primates of Oriental Orthodox Churches,  Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria – Primate of Coptic Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of the East (Primate of the Syriac Orthodox Church), Catholicos-Patriarch Karekin II of Armenia (Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church) and Catholicos Baselios Paulose II of the East (Primate of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church) gathered in Germany.

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Actor John Malkovich

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Actor John Malkovich
Catholicos of All Armenians Received Actor John Malkovich
Catholicos of All Armenians Received Actor John Malkovich
Catholicos of All Armenians Received Actor John Malkovich

On October 12, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received famous Hollywood actor, director, screenwriter and producer Mr. John Malkovich and his partner Ms. Nicoletta Peyran; who arrived in Armenia to participate the opening ceremony of the 5th Aram Khachaturian International Music Festival. They were accompanied by Mr. Armen Smbatyan, Adviser of the President of the Republic of Armenia on International Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation and Mr. Sergey Smbatyan, Conductor and artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia.

Filipinos can now read sayings of Holy Fathers in Cebuano language app

The Russian Orthodox Mission in the Philippines has developed a special app “300 Sayings of the Saints of the Orthodox Church” in the Cebuano language, spoken by about 20 million Filipinos, reports the mission’s Facebook page.

First Temple-era Jewish village and Byzantine monastery discovered under Israeli military training base

Israeli archaeologists unearthed a hidden Jewish village, dating to the First Temple-era, several weeks ago. The site, discovered under an abandoned Israeli Defense Forces training base near the town of Beit El in Samaria, was also likely home to a Byzantine-era monastery, reports JewishPress.com.

Egypt aims to make Sinai a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Jews, Muslims

Egyptian authorities are intending to use the holy places of three world religions on the Sinai Peninsula to development pilgrimage and excursion-educational tourism, according to South Sinai province governor Khaled Foda, reports RIA-Novosti.

“Sinai is the cradle of three world religions; it embodies the spirit of peaceful coexistence of representatives of different faiths,” Foda said, speaking at an international conference on the development of religious tourism.