More than 60,000 Church items stolen in occupied Cyprus, says Mayor of Lefkoniko

A church being used as a stable in Lapithos, Cyprus. Photo: romfea.grTurkish leaders are hypocritical when complaining about the alleged looting of mosques in Cyprus given that more than 60,000 Church items have been stolen from churches throughout Northern Cyprus, says Zina Alexandrou, the Mayor of Lefkoniko.

Lefkoniko is a town in the Mesaoria Plain in Northern Cyprus, which has been occupied by Turkey since 1974.

Christian Persecution at Genocidal Levels in Nigeria – Over Six Hundred Killed

Lagos-Nigeria: Radical Islamists groups like Boko Haram has been targeting Christians in large numbers. Boko haram wants to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria. According to a report by over 620 Christians in Nigeria have been killed by radicals so far (2020), and around 12,000 have been killed over during the last five years. Islamic militants target Christian villages, as they find Christians as the main obstacle to their plan.

Three Christian Churches Reopen in Syrian Village

Three Christian churches, including the Orthodox Church of St. George the Victorious, have reopened in the village of Kharaba in the as-Suwayda District of the as-Suwayda Governorate in southeastern Syria for the first time since the war began, as Christian families are returning to their native village.

Cardinal Nichols calls on UK government to reopen churches

Cardinal Vincent NicholsThe Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has said that it is “now time” for the phased reopening of churches. 

Preaching at a Pentecost Sunday Mass in Westminster Cathedral, the Cardinal pointed out that churches accepted the government’s decision to close on 20 March because “the protection of life required it.”

Coptic Church in Egypt will keep churches closed until 27 June

The churches of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt (the Copts make up at least 12% of the country’s population) will remain closed until the 27th of June.

This decision was taken today by the Synod of the Coptic Church led by Pope Tawadros II, given the increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in the country. Experts are unable to determine when it will reach its peak, that is the top of the curve.