Christian world

Rome: Pope Francis receives the Patriarch of Antioch

Francis receives the Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, His Beatitude John X Yazigi in audience

During his visit, the Patriarch will also meet Cardinals Bertone, Sandri and Koch. On Sunday 29 September he will attend Pope Francis' mass in St. Peter's Square.

Egypt: After Islamist attacks, Liturgy is back

Hundreds of Christian families who had fled the city attended the service in the small chapel located inside what is left of the Anba  Abraam monastery devastated by extremist attacks. The army liberated the village  on 18 September after more than a month of Islamist occupation.

Coptic Christians in Minya province are “taking back” their places of worship after a month of Islamist attacks and the imposition of the ‘infidel’ tax. Yesterday afternoon, thousands of people attended the first Mass celebrated in the church of the Virgin Mary in what is left of the Anba Abraam Monastery of to Delga (Minya, Upper Egypt).

The godchildren of Patriarch Ilia II can now meet each other through a webpage

A webpage will possibly be created where the godchildren of His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II will be able to meet each other, reports Gruzia Online.

The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskhet-Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Pitsunda and Tskhum-Abkhazia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II informed the congregation of this at the Sunday service.

Biblical-era town discovered along Sea of Galilee

A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel's Ginosar valley.

The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey.

Medieval church treasures from Hildesheim featured in fall exhibition at the Metropolitan

Germany's Hildesheim Cathedral in Lower Saxony has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of ecclesiastical furnishings and treasures in Europe, including many medieval masterpieces made between about 1000 and 1250. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1985. Major renovations that are currently underway provide the opportunity for Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim-an extraordinary selection of about 50 medieval church treasures, most of which have never been shown outside Europe-to travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will be on view beginning September 17.