ISIS destroyed the Virgin Mary Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri in Khabur, Syria today at about 9 AM. after Assyrian and Kurdish fighters attempted to reenter the village. According to reports, the church has been leveled.
On February 23 ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur River, including Tel Nasri, Nine Assyrian fighters died defending their villages in the initial attacks and there are reports that ISIS has executed at least 12 Assyrian fighters who were captured, two of them women.
On the occasion of the forthcoming radiant Feast-day of Resurrection of Christ, which Western Christians celebrate according to Western tradition (Paschalia), His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej has sent Easter greetings to the primates of non-Orthodox Churches: His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome, His Grace Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and the Presiding Bishop of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany His Grace Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, as well as to dignitaries of other Protestant Churches in the world.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej congratulated most cordially the Feast-day of Resurrection of Christ to dignitaries and the faithful of traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia: Roman Catholic Church, Slovak Evangelical Church in Serbia, Reformed Christian Church in Serbia and Methodist Church of Serbia.
His Holiness extended Easter greetings also to ecumenical and confessional bodies and organizations: World Council of Churches, Conference of European Churches, Lutheran World Council, Alliance of Reformed Churches, and other interchurch bodies and organizations.
The Editorial board of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church uses this opportunity to congratulate them the forthcoming bright holidays of the Resurrection of Christ with the joyful greeting:
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Catholicos of All Armenians Received Participants of International Media Forum “At the Base of Mount Ararat”20. March 2015 - 13:56
On March 19, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received the participants of the 5th international media forum “At the Base of Mount Ararat”.
A World Council of Churches delegation led by the WCC's general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit is visiting Ukraine from March 17 to 20 to explore supporting peace initiatives in the country.
"We hope that this visit can be seen as an expression of how the whole ecumenical family prays and acts together for justice and peace for the people of Ukraine," said Tveit.
"We go together to see, to listen and to discern what our future steps together can be," he said, the WCC said in a statement avialable on March 17.
Approximately ten miles from the Alanya city center, near the resort town of Antalya and within the limits of the village of Hacı Mehmetli is the Greek Orthodox Agios Georgios Church, now being restored by municipality.The Alanya municipality is supervising the TRY 138,000 renovation. The church will be used as house of worship, cultural center and multi-purpose hall.
ISIS has posted pictures, on its twitter accounts, of its members destroying the St. George Monastery in Mosul. The pictures show ISIS members using sledgehammers to smash crosses and icons, and removing the cross from the dome and replacing it with the black ISIS flag.