Christian world

Wooden cell dating to time of St. Columba discovered on Iona

Archaeologists have used carbon dating to prove that samples of hazel charcoal unearthed in a dig on the island of Iona 60 years ago originate from the lifetime of St. Columba, the enlightener of Scotland and perhaps the greatest Celtic saints who was born in 521 and reposed in 597. The structure, believed to be the saint’s cell where he prayed and studied, dates to between 540 and 650, reports The Telegraph.

Festival of the Syriac Song

Festival of the Syriac Song
Festival of the Syriac Song
Festival of the Syriac Song
Festival of the Syriac Song

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurates the “Syriac Song Festival” at Mor Gabriel Hall in Qamishly.

Hundreds of Christians detained in Eritrea

More than 200 Christians are detained in detention camps throughout the country, reports Catholicculture.

Recently a Christian woman was found dead in one of the prison camps. Eritrea is notorious for detaining Christians. Authorities continue to raid “illegal” worship centers.

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.

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.