Christian world

Vietnam Church opens up to domestic migrants

Pope’s World Day of Peace’ message for 2018 is coming into effect in a southern Archdiocese of Vietnam.

Some 500 migrant workers and students attended the launch of Migration Week on Jan. 7 at Don Bosco Youth Center in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.  Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Do Manh Hung of Ho Chi Minh City, the  head of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said the local church has a duty to receive, protect and integrate migrants into the local church and improve their lives.

Ordained Deaconess of Armenian Orthodox Church in Tehran

As an update to my previous post, without much fanfare, Ani-Kristi Manvelian (24-year-old anesthesiologist) was ordained a deaconess, on September 25, 2017, in Tehran’s St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral by Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, the Primate of the Diocese of Tehran. The photos show Deaconess Ani-Kristi serving on the altar during the Christmas Eve (Ճրագալոյց) Divine Liturgy on January 5th.

Feast day of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The 5th of January was the Eve of the Feast day of the Armenian Patriarchate. Vespers began at 14.30. Celebration of Saints David, the prophet and king, and James the Apostle, Brother of the Lord,  was held on 6th of January during the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy.

Morning prayers started from 7.00 AM at the St. James Cathedral.

Vatican News community exceeds 4 million users on social media

A community that exceeds 4 million users on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. This is the latest result of the reorganization of the social media channels of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, unified under the recently presented Vatican News logo.

The launch of a Global Page on Facebook, in particular, brought together over 3 million followers, who can now consult the pages of the six languages ​​currently available (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese).

Egypt's Sisi attends Coptic Christmas celebration amid tight security

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi attended on Saturday evening the Coptic Christmas Eve celebration held at a new, partly-opened cathedral in the country's new administrative capital city eastern Cairo.

"This partial opening of the cathedral is a very important message of peace and love not only to Egyptians but to the whole world," said the Egyptian president in his remarks at the cathedral aired on the state TV.

Aram I decorated the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades with “prince Of Cilicia” medallion

On Monday, December 11, 2017, His Holiness Aram I paid a short visit to Cyprus and participated in an Armenian cultural event, during which he decorated the Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades with “Prince of Cilicia” Medallion. His Holiness also met with Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Cyprus.

Receiving the medallion, President Anastasiades expressed his gratitude to His Holiness and in his speech he mentioned that Cypriot Armenians are dedicated citizens of Cyprus. 

Attack on Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt Kills Eleven: Christians Panic

An attack on the Coptic Orthodox Church of Mar Mina in Helwan district area in Cairo has left eleven dead and several others injured. According to several reports, five terrorist attacked the church. Islamic militants have claimed responsibility for the attack. Few Police officers were also killed during the attack. Apart form the Church, the militants also trageted Christian shops. Coptic Orthodox Christians are regularly targeted my militants and religious extremists in Egypt. There is a lot of panic among Egyptian Coptic Christians. They are uncertain of a secure future in the country. They have suffered enough and more from religious extremism. Coptic Christians are truly living martyrs of Christ. Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the worlds ancient Churches established by St Mark the Evangelist.