Coptic Monks Lay Before Bulldozers to Protect Ancient Christian Site

A project to build a road around Fayum, Egypt, crosses the territory around the Coptic monastery of St. Macarius and threatens to destroy the ancient archaeological site around a church dating from the 4th century, or some 300 years before Islam was born and invaded Coptic Egypt.

Syrian Kurdish Militia Arrests Assyrians, Including a Priest

Nearly 400 Asayish (Kurdish security) members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria surrounded the Malikiyya neighborhood yesterday and arrested 10 Assyrians and Christians, including an Assyrian a priest, members of the Malikiyya Social Commission, a Christian group, and Assyrian members of the armed protection units of Malikiyya, in Hasaka.

The following individuals were arrested:

Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

The festivities began on the evening of February 13 in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Evening Service were offered. Evening Services were followed by this year’s first Andastan Service wherein the four corners of the world were blessed. Then under the delightful “Christ in Glory” hym, a candle was lit by His Holiness from the Holy Altar of Descent, and was processed to the courtyard of the Gevorgyan Theological Seminary, where a traditional fire was lit, in symbolism of the Light and Wisdom of Christ. Seminarians of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, performed psalms and national songs and the faithful who were present lit candles from the fire and carried them to their homes.

Statement by Bishop Angaelos on Brutal Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom following the brutal murder of Coptic Christians in Libya

It is with deep feelings of sorrow and pain that we received confirmation earlier this evening of the brutal murder of Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of Daesh (IS). While every life is sacred and every death tragic, the particular brutality demonstrated in this instance and others like it shows not only a disregard for life but a gross misunderstanding of its sanctity and equal value in every person.

Mount Athos Now Has its Own Smartphone Application

Mount Athos now has its own smartphone application. The user can download the free application that will remind them of religious holidays, days of fasting, Greek Orthodox feasts, while also provides all the information about monasteries.

The application includes the old calendar, which is used at Mount Athos, and the new calendar as well. It has a presentation of all Greek Orthodox feasts, information on the lives of saints, locations of holy relics, dates of religious fairs, wise quotes and advice from the Holy Fathers, detailed information on how to contact monastery administrations and clergy, and so on.