Press Conference Explaining the Lawsuit of the Catholicosate of Cilicia filed with the Turkish Constitutional Court13. July 2015 - 13:37
“The main purpose of the lawsuit is to demand the return of the See of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and not financial compensation,” stated Prof. Sofuoglu
1 July 2015. On Wednesday morning, a Press Conference organized by the Communication Department of the Catholicosate of Cilicia was held at the Cilicia Museum Hall for the representatives of Lebanese media. Very Rev. Housig Mardirossian welcomed the journalists and introduced the speakers, Prof. Cem Sofuoglu, legal expert on confiscated properties in Turkey, Dr Nora Bayrakdarian, professor at the Lebanese University, Dr. Taner Akçam, historian and expert on the Armenian Genocide. Very Rev. Mardirossian expressed his regrets that Dr. Payam Akhavan, an International human rights lawyer, could not arrive on time for the conference.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked a working group with studying and reburying the remains of two members of the Russian Imperial family who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries almost 100 years ago.
Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich and his sister Grand Duchess Maria Nicholayevna were murdered along with their other siblings and parents — Emperor Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna — and four family retainers in the basement of the Ipatiev House where they had been imprisoned in the Ural Mountains city of Ekaterinburg in 1918 as White army forces closed in on the city.
Islamic State militants have reportedly killed four children as they destroyed an historic Christian church in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
ISIS Blows Up Historic Christian Church in Mosul, Killing Four Children
Islamic State militants are known for brainwashing children into joining their group, says a UN children’s representative. The organization says the militant faction are looking to “foster a new generation of supporters,” amongst young Syrians and Iraqis.
The Greek Orthodox Panagia Pantobasilissa Church, the first church in history whose walls were decorated with frescoes, has been put on sale by a real estate agent named Nusret Akyüz. In the advertisement, Akyüz asks for $1 million for the historic church in Tirilye, a town with several Byzantine churches and many old Ottoman houses. The building is not categorized as a “historical asset” but has rather been placed in the category “buildings older than 30 years.”
On June 25, 12 Christian girls were detained due to their “scandalous outfits” by the Public Order Police as they left the Baptist church in El Izba, Khartoum.
The young women, wearing trousers and skirts, were transferred to a police station; two of them were acquitted on Friday, after the agents of the Public Order Police reconsidered their opinion about their clothes.