Christian world

Pope Francis to travel to Pompeii and Naples

The official programme for Pope Francis’ visit to Pompeii and Naples was published Tuesday by the Vatican Press Office. The one-day visit scheduled for Saturday, 21 March will begin at 7am in the Vatican where the Pope will board a helicopter that will take him to the Shrine of Pompeii where he will gather in prayer.

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.

Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah "found" in Tel Burna

Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah "found" in Tel Burna
Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah "found" in Tel Burna
Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah "found" in Tel Burna
Israel: Biblical Libnah Iron Age settlement from Kingdom of Judah "found" in Tel Burna

The Kingdom of Judah was a state established in the historical Land of Israel around 930 BC. It was known as the southern kingdom and included cities such as Jerusalem, Hebron, Lachish and Beersheba.

According to biblical accounts, Libnah was one of the places where the Israelites stopped during the Exodus, which subsequently became a town in the Kingdom of Judah.

Assyrian American Bishops Send Letter to Kerry Regarding ISIS Attacks on Assyrians

The Synod of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East has sent a letter to John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, regarding the ISIS attacks on Assyrian villages and the capture of 150 Assyrians (AINA 2015-02-23).

Here is the text of the letter:

Dear Secretary Kerry:The atrocities very recently committed against the Assyrian Christians of the Khabur region in northeast Syria prompt us to write to your good offices in order to bring to your attention the urgency of the present situation. As the diocesan bishops of the Assyrian Church of the East in the United States, we would like to bring to the attention of the Obama Administration the sufferings and plight of our Assyrian Christians, which we have all witnessed taking place in broad daylight, early Monday morning. In our very own day, another holocaust is taking place in history, but this time against the Christian population of Syria by ISIL.