Ordination of 24 Qoruye (readers) for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus

Ordination of 24 Qoruye (readers) for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus
Ordination of 24 Qoruye (readers) for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus
Ordination of 24 Qoruye (readers) for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus
Ordination of 24 Qoruye (readers) for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus

On December 19, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.

Two Pakistani Christians sentenced to death for blasphemy

Two Christians have been sentenced to death in Pakistan on blasphemy charges, the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) said on December 14.  Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, from Lahore, were arrested in 2015 after one of the two was accused of posting offensive material against Islam on their website. Qaisar and his wife Amina have three children, whilst his brother, Amoon is married to Huma, a teacher at Lahore Cathedral School.

Addres by patriarch Bartholomew to the Salvation Army (December 6, 2018)

Address by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Salvation Army (December 6, 2018)

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Having journeyed to your beautiful and hospitable country from the historic See of Constantinople—the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the “Mother Church of Christ’s poor”—it is with joy that we accepted the gracious invitation of the esteemed leaders of the Salvation Army to participate in the inauguration of this blessed initiative to provide economic relief for the poor, broken and humbled members of our society. We truly appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of these the least of our brethren, and we wholeheartedly commend you for your selfless dedication and sincere desire to help them.

Message by patriarch Bartholomew to the United Nations Conference of the Parties

Message by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 24) (Poland, December 3-14, 2018)

Dear and distinguished friends,

We are pleased to send this brief greeting of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the members of the United Nations Conference of the Parties and to all people of good will assembling in Poland this year to reflect on the impact of climate change and the urgency of addressing its implications.

First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia

First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia
First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia
First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia
First Ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Saudi Arabia

A report by Cairoscese states that the first ever Coptic Orthodox Divine Liturgy was held in the conservative Islamic nation of Saudi Arabia. Several Coptic Christians attended the historic Liturgical service. Bishop Ava Mercorious of Shobra El Kheima served the Divine Liturgy at the house of a Coptic resident. The worship services were held over two days (30th November – 1st of December, 2018).