Christian world

The Catholicosate of Cilicia demands its Property in Sis from the Turkish Constitutional Court

On Tuesday 28 April 2015, the attorney of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Turkey submitted a brief to the Constitutional Court in Turkey, requesting the return of its Centre in Sis (Kozan).

Convinced that recognition of the Genocide and compensation should go together, His Holiness Aram I, on the year of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, has filed a lawsuit at the Turkish Constitutional Court for the return of the Spiritual Centre of the Catholicosate in Sis. In initiating this effort, His Holiness is setting a precedent for the descendants of the martyrs to reclaim their family belongings.

The Ancient Armenian Orthodox Church of Forty Martyrs in Aleppo Destroyed

The 15th-century Armenian Apostolic church located in the old Christian quarter of Jdeydeh has been destroyed in bombings. Reports suggest that explosives were placed underneath the structure through some underground tunnels. This historic church was the center of the Armenian orthodox Community in Aleppo. The Church has a historic status

Armenian Catholic Cathedral Our Lady of Pity (also known as St. Rita), was partially bombed four months ago.  In 2014, terrorists destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Der Zor, Syria as well.

Prior to the beginning of the Syrian Crisis in 2001, between 60,000-70,000 Armenians lived in Syria. The Armenian communities are often seen in places like Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Qamishli, Hasakeh, Yaqubiye, Raqqa, Kessab, and Damascus.

Pope to visit Cuba in September

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Cuba ahead of his visit to the United States in September 2015.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Father Lombardi said, "I am able to confirm that the Holy Father Francis, having received and accepted the invitation from the civil authorities and bishops of Cuba, has decided to pay a visit to the island before his arrival in the United States for the trip announced some time ago."

Turkey invites pope to Expo pavilion

 Turkey's Deputy Economy Minister Adnan Yildirim said Monday that Pope Francis will be welcome to visit his country's pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, which runs for six months and kicks off Friday. The pope's recent comments in which he described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottaman rule during World War I as genocide infuriated Turkey, with Ankara calling back its ambassador to the Holy See for consultations.

Home Eighteen thousand police officers will participate in security operations during Pope Francis’ visit

 Last Tuesday, minister of the Interior José Serrano informed that 18,000 police officers from the National Police will be part of the security operations during Pope Francis’ visit to the Andean country, which will take place during three days (July 6 to 8).

“18 thousand police officers will be part of the citizen security system in Quito and Guayaquil, as well as 6 helicopters, 100 men of the cavalry, 200 GIR members, 400 GOE members, 150 police dogs,” Serrano informed through his Twitter account.

Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Sweden

A genocide monument to the Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocide in World War One was erected today in Botkyrka, a suburb of 20 KM southwest of Stockholm. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan, European Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson, and Syriac Orthodox archbishop Benjamin Atas.

Between 1915 and 1918 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks and Kurds in a genocide that aimed at and nearly succeeded in destroying the Christian communities in the Ottoman Empire.