Christian world

Prince Charles speaks of ‘soul-destroying tragedy’ facing Christians in Middle East

Prince Charles spoke today of the "soul-destroying tragedy" facing Christians in the Middle East.

Addressing the congregation of the St Yeghiche Armenian Church in South Kensington, London, the Prince of Wales said that the faith was “quite literally, grotesquely and barbarously assaulted”.

Church of England Allows Women to Become Bishops

The Church of England has approved an amendment allowing women to be appointed as bishops. After the vote, the Archbishop of Canterbury praised the historic decision and warned his coreligionists against the 'imminent danger' of schism.

The Church of England has formally approved an amendment allowing women to become bishops; the first female bishops will be ordained next year.

Bedford-Strohm named Germany's top Protestant bishop

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, already bishop for the state of Bavaria, has been named the new chairman of the EKD, a German umbrella organization of Protestant, Lutheran and reformist churches. He replaces Nikolaus Schneider.

Bedford-Strohm took up the top Protestant job in Germany a year earlier than planned, after his predecessor, Nikolaus Schneider, resigned prematurely in order to care for his sick wife.

Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II: “May God grant that everybody should see in his or her neighbor a brother and not an enemy”

His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia in connection with the feast-day of Venerable Archimandrite Gabriel (Urgibadze; 1929-1995, commemorated on November 2) delivered an address after the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, reports Gruzia Online.

His Holiness informed his flock that a street in Tbilisi where St. Gabriel’s house is situated would be named after him. Also a parcel of land nearby has been allotted where a Church of Venerable Gabriel will be built.

Christian couple burned alive in Pakistan

Two Pakistani Christians were thrown into a brick kiln and burned to death following a blasphemy allegation.

The killings took place in a village near Lahore.

The Fides news agency reported that Shama Bibi, 24, had burned some papers belonging to her late father-in-law. After a Muslim who witnessed the incident alleged she had burned pages of the Qur’an, a mob of over 100 people held Bibi and her husband, Shahbaz Maseeh, hostage for two days.