A tomb believed to be that of St. Philip the Apostle was unearthed during excavations in the ancient city of Hierapolis, in the Turkish southwestern province of Denizli.
Italian professor Francesco D'Andria said archeologists found the tomb of the biblical figure -- one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus -- while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported Wednesday.
In Indonesia, in the state where the population is mostly moslem, father Jovan Bambang has preached for years Orthodox christianity in areas where until today it hasn't come. He himself as a convert from the moslem faith, father Jovan baptized six persons at the beginning of this month in a town of Manado, the capital of the province North Sulawasi. In all Indonesia there are three to four percent Orthodox believers. In many cases one priest serves several communions, and some communions are very small, they count less than ten believers.
Discovery of public structure in north Israel city is a breakthrough. For the first time a Christian structure has been unearthed in Acre, a city said to have been highly influential in early years of Christianity.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has had a breakthrough discovery, unearthing a public structure from the time of the Byzantine Empire in the northern Israeli city of Acre.
The structure is about 1,500 years-old and it is believed to have served as a church. The structure was uncovered during a rescue excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority following an unauthorized dig in the area that uncovered the structure.
A funeral service was held Monday for 107-year-old Vasiliki Lambidou in the village of Marasia, located in the country's remote northeast. She died on Sunday.
The Russian Orthodox Church urged well-developed countries to set up an effective system of protecting Christians, in particular using financial factors.
"The European Parliament in its Resolution of January 20 mentions the necessity to set up a specific mechanism of influencing the countries where Christians are persecuted. I think this mechanism can be reduced to a brief formula: economic and other aid should be granted in return for guaranteed security for religious minorities," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said at a Friday briefing in Moscow.