Christian world

Israel: Knesset passes bill for Christian representatives on employment advisory committee

A controversial bill which draws the first legal distinction between Israel’s Muslim and Christian Arabs was approved in its second and third readings in the Knesset on Monday, recognizing Christian Arabs as a separate minority in Israel for the first time.

The legislation, sponsored by Likud MK Yariv Levin, will add an Israeli Christian Arab representative to the panel of the Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunity, in the Employment Commission.

Bishop Maxim celebrated Liturgy in St Peter and Paul Monastery near Trebinje

On Saturday, Febraury 15, 2014 at the St Peter and Paul Monastery near Trebinje, the Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the feast of The Meeting of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple, Сретење Господње, was served by His Grace, Bishop Maxim together with the clergy and the faithful.

Source: Western-American Diocese

Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel

Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel
Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel
Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel
Marvelous mosaics revealed inside 1,500-year-old church in Israel

A 1500-year-old church building, dating to the Byzantine era, was uncovered in Israel on Wednesday. The Israel Antiquities Authority was excavating a site where the Israel Land Authority is beginning new construction on a neighborhood in Moshav Aluma. The 1,500-year-old church building was a surprise to archaeologists, as it was the first of its size found in the area.

Burial of Nestorian Christians discovered in China

Scientists have discovered an early burial with remains of Nestorian Christians in the Chinese province of Henan, in a niche of the rock, situated in the famous Longmen grotto near the town of Loyang, reports the KIPA agency with the reference to the Ucanews Catholic news source from Asia.

A cross is engraved in a niche near the site where human bones and ashes were laid. This is probably the oldest Christian site on the territory of China.

Church-museum opens in historic St. Petersburg shopping center

The newly-opened cultural complex, associated with the name of a merchant who became a saint—St. Seraphim of Vyritsa—will be located inside the Gostiny Dvor ("The Merchant Court"—a historic Russian term for indoor markets) shopping center in St. Petersburg.

The museum of merchants and the house church occupy the first floor of the building, where those in charge of Gostiny Dvor used to meet.

Archaelogists examing one of the most ancient churches in Britain

Archaeological excavations on the site of one of the most ancient surviving Christian shrines of Britain will soon begin. This is St. Piran's Oratory (Chapel) near Perranporth, Cornwall, in the south-west of England, reports Sedmitza.ru, citing KIPA/Apis.

The building, constructed in the 5th or 6th century, was covered with sand and surrounded by a concrete silo in 1980 to protect it from foul weather. Now the specialists have given the "green light" to carry out excavation work, which is to begin in February or March of 2014.