Human Rights Groups Fear They Will Be Beheaded or Forced Into Sex Slavery
The Islamic State terrorist group has abducted scores of Syrian Christian families in what has been deemed the terrorist organization's biggest military advance since it conquered the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in May.
On July 26, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the sacrament of ordination and consecration of priests was offered in the Mother Cathedral.
His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus. In his sermon, he thanked the Lord for saving the cathedral and the patriarchate headquarters from a fire yesterday. He also thanked those who helped to extinguish the fire.
Chinese Catholics and Protestants Unite in 'Carry Crosses Everywhere' Campaign to Protest Massive Government Crackdown on Churches30. July 2015 - 14:05
Roman Catholics and Protestants in the Chinese province of Zhejiang have launched a campaign aimed at making crosses and carrying them everywhere in response to the Communist government's continued crackdown on churches.
Asia News reported on Tuesday that the campaign, seeking to protest against the government in a legal and peaceful manner, has been met with great success.
A 16-year-old Coptic Christian was detained in Alexandria, Egypt, on July 13 after he distributed bags of dates to Muslims who were about to conclude their Ramadan fast, according to an Egyptian media report.
The bags included a slip of paper with an evangelizing message and a link to a Christian website.
Two of his friends were also detained after visiting him in the police station, and all were released after posting bail, according to the report, which appeared in the online newspaper Mada Masr.
“The Acts of the Ottoman Empire against Armenians and other Christian Communities in 1915 can only be defined as Genocide,” stated His Holiness Aram I15. July 2015 - 8:38
On July 6 2015, a three-day conference on the Syriac Genocide, entitled “Martyrdom and Faith,” began at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon, in the presence of six Christian Religious Heads of the region. During the opening session, His Holiness Aram I spoke to the conference, addressing the following points: