Consecration of the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro)

Consecration of the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro)
Consecration of the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro)
Consecration of the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro)
Consecration of the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro)

On the occasion of the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated the altar of the Virgin Mary at the Shrine of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro) at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.

The Palestinian village of Ma'lul - Remains of shrines

The Palestinian village of Ma'lul - Remains of shrines
The Palestinian village of Ma'lul - Remains of shrines
The Palestinian village of Ma'lul - Remains of shrines
The Palestinian village of Ma'lul - Remains of shrines

12 km to the west of the city of Nazareth, a rugged country road leads us to a hill covered with pine trees. As our vehicle starts to go through this pine forest, we may get the sense of domination and power. But as we ascend towards the top of the hill, 275 meters above sea level to be exact, this forest can`t stop giving us a sad vibe of loneliness. We might get a little disappointed to see that there is no one or anything to welcome us as we step from our vehicle and walk around. Little do we know, that this piece of land was once overcrowded with houses. The origin of the spot where we`re now standing dates back to the times of the Canaanites, and the origin of the hill we are about to explore used to be a village, and for a certain period of time this village was populated with Palestinian residents.

Number of Muslims becoming atheists growing in the Western world

According to the conclusions drawn at a recent international meeting of the Council of Ex-Muslims of England held in London, the number of Muslims apostatizing from their faith and becoming atheists is growing on a massive scale in France, Great Britain, and other European countries. These atheists may only be the tip of the iceberg, since many apostates from Islam keep their opinions to themselves to avoid reprisal from other Muslims, reports Sedmitza.ru, which cites Catholic.by.

Iraqi town elects its first ever Christian woman as mayor

A Catholic woman has made history by being elected as the new mayor of an Iraqi town.

Lara Yussif Zara has become the first Christian woman to be mayor of Alqosh, a small town on the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, after the Municipal Council of Qaraqosh voted unanimously for her election last Thursday. She replaces another Chaldean Christian, Abdul Micha, who was dismissed after charges of corruption.

Eight Churches in Baghdad Shut Their Doors

Amid the instability and violence that have occurred in the region over the course of more than ten years, eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors for good, according to a human rights organization focusing on persecuted Christians.

The churches closed down in May “after nearly seven years of low to no attendance,” the Monday report from International Christian Concern says.