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Cardinal Tauran takes oath as Camerlengo

On Monday morning, in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took the oath as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He was appointed on 20th December 2014.

According to head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, Pope Francis presided over the short liturgy planned for this occasion, reading the liturgical texts provided, without making any speech.

Card. Tauran read the text of the oath, and then gave some brief words of thanks.

India Post to release Stamps on Orthodox Old Seminary – the first School of Theology in Asia

 The Indian Postal Authority will release stamps on the historic Orthodox Old Seminary in the most of March 2015.  The Orthodox Old Seminary is celebrating 200 years of its existence in year 2015. It was instituted in 1815 by the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church and is the first School of Theology in Asia. The Land for the seminary was donated by the Travancore Royal family.

ISIS Crosses River in New Attacks on Assyrian Villages in Syria

ISIS crossed to the northern side of the Khabur river in the Hasaka province of Syria At 2 A.M. this morning and launched fierce attacks on several villages. ISIS fighters crossed through the village of Tel Maghas and Tel Nasri and began fighting with Kurdish and Assyrian fighters near the Arab village of Rgouba, which is near Tel Maghas, where Kurdish fighters maintain a checkpoint.

New Islamic law sparks controversy in Austria

New Islamic law sparks controversy in Austria
New Islamic law sparks controversy in Austria
New Islamic law sparks controversy in Austria
New Islamic law sparks controversy in Austria

The Austrian parliament is expected to pass on Wednesday a law that either strengthens - or weakens - the Islamic religion's status, depending on whom you talk to. Alison Langley reports from Vienna.

To the ruling coalition, the Islam Law could be a model for other European countries, according to a parliamentary statement by the Social Democrats of Austria and Austrian People's Party.

19 Assyrians Released By ISIS But Hundreds Remain Captured

19 Assyrians Released By ISIS But Hundreds Remain Captured
19 Assyrians Released By ISIS But Hundreds Remain Captured
19 Assyrians Released By ISIS But Hundreds Remain Captured
19 Assyrians Released By ISIS But Hundreds Remain Captured

19 Assyrians that were captured from the village of Tel Goran have been released by ISIS and have arrived safely at St. Mary’s Church in Hasaka, Syria. Negotiations for their release had been ongoing for three days and were mediated by local Arab tribal leaders.

Coptic Church Canonizes The 21 Christians Murdered By Isis In Libya

The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the 21 Egyptian Christians murdered by the Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar as martyrs and saints.

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II said that the names of the 21 martyrs beheaded by ISIS on February 14 will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s official list of Martyrs, a procedure similar to canonization in the Latin Church.