Christian world

Churches in Southern Egypt to Curtail Easter Celebrations After Deadly Bombings

Several Egyptian churches in the southern city of Minya said on Tuesday that they will cut back on Easter festivities in solidarity with the families of 45 Coptic Christians killed in the attacks in Egypt’s northern cities of Tanta and Alexandria earlier this week. The Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said in a statement that, in mourning for victims of the twin terror attacks during Palm Sunday ceremonies, their celebrations will be limited to the liturgical prayers.

Russian parliament offers to replace bells of monastery in Maaloula, Syria

Deputies of the Russian State Duma have proposed replacing the bells at St. Thekla Orthodox Monastery in Maaloula, Syria, reports Interfax-Religion. “We, the members of the committee and panel for the protection of Christian values have addressed the patriarch with an offer to replace the bells in place of those earlier stolen from the Monastery of St. Thekla,” said Sergei Gavrilov, head of the Duma committee for the development of civil society and religious organizations. The legislator added that he and other Duma deputies from the Syrian relations group had personally been to St. Thekla’s while in Syria to visit Russian troops there. They saw firsthand the consequences of its capture by terrorists.

500 churches closed, 400 mosques opened in London since 2001

500 Churches of all denominations have been converted into private homes in London since 2001, while 423 new mosques have appeared in that time, often in converted church buildings, according to the not-for-profit international policy council and think tank Gatestone Institute. “London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together,” according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of London’s leading Islamic clerics. The number of English identifying as Anglicans dropped by 1.7 million, from 21 to 17% between 2012 and 2014, while the number of Muslims grew by nearly a million, with converts often embracing the violence of Islam.

Fire broke out at Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses

A fire broke out this morning at the famous “Hill of Crosses” in the Šiauliai region of Lithuania, reports Sputnik-Lithuania. Six firetrucks were sent to the famous Christian pilgrimage site after news of the fire was received at 9:30 this morning. The blaze covered about 10 square meters of the hill, according to Gintaras Zones of the state fire department.

Palms Sunday in Damascus

Palms Sunday in Damascus
Palms Sunday in Damascus
Palms Sunday in Damascus
Palms Sunday in Damascus

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of Palms Sunday at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

The General Assembly of the European Christian Women Forum

With the blessing of His Grace Serbian Orthodox  Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, the  next General Assembly of European Christian Women Forum will be held in the monastery of St. Nicholas in Soko Grad, Serbia, in August 2018. This decision was passed at a consultative meeting of the Board of that Forum held in that monastery in the beginning of this month.

During that Assembly some 120 women from 33 European countries will meet and reflect on the theme of temptations and challenges that European women face in various fields.