Christian world

Bomb Placed by Coptic Church Dismantled Before Exploding

A bomb was placed by a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, but security was able to dismantle it before it exploded earlier today.

The bomb was placed adjacent to the building of the Virgin Mary Church in Helwan city, part of Greater Cairo.  It was reported immediately, and security came, effectively dismantling the explosive.

Egyptian School Principal: ‘As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted

The principal of a preschool to primary school in Sohag, Egypt, has been openly refusing the enrollment of Christian students, simply on the basis of their religion.

When Copts and others protested—the current law of Egypt is on their side—the principal unabashedly declared that “As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted in this school.”

The Icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

On April 23, during the Canonization service of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, the icon of the Holy Martyrs was consecrated.

With the Pontifical blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the icon was placed in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin for veneration and prayers of our faithful.

In July, the icon will be taken to the Holy Archangel Church of the Mother See. In August it will be taken to the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan, and thereafter to every Diocesan Headquarter Cathedral of Dioceses within Armenia.

Source: OCP

Australian religious leaders call оn PM and Parliament to uphold true meaning of marriage

Forty-one of Australia's religious leaders, representing major religious traditions and a broad diversity of faiths and cultures, have written a public letter to the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, urging him to resist attempts in Federal Parliament to redefine the meaning of marriage.

Over 3 million Iraqis have become refugees since January 2014

More than 3.09 million of Iraqi citizens have left their homes since January 2014, when ISIS militants seized a part of Ramadi and took the town of Fallujah (c. 70 kilometers, or 43 miles, west of Baghdad) under their control, reports the International Organization for Migration, or IOM, adding that two thirds of the refugees are natives of the Anbar, Nineveh and Saladin governorates, reports

Jerusalem: Leaflets Attributed to ‘ISIS’ Threaten to Massacre All Christians

A group calling itself the “Islamic State in Palestine” spread fliers in east Jerusalem threatening that it would massacre all Christians who fail to evacuate the Holy City.  The leaflets, which appeared on June 27, say that the Islamic State knows where the city’s Christians live, and warns that they have until Eid al-Fitr—July 19, when Ramadan ends—to leave the city or be slaughtered. The leaflet was emblazoned with the black flag associated with the Islamic State.