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Bishops Abducted in Syria in 2013 Alive, Currently in Raqqa

According to preliminary data, Syrian bishops abducted in the vicinity of the country's northern city of Aleppo in 2013 are alive and currently in the city of Raqqa occupied by the Daesh militant group, a mother superior at the Monastery and Convent of Saint James the Mutilated, located in the western Syrian town of Qarah, said Wednesday.

In 2013, militants captured Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo Paul Yazidzhi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo John Ibrahim. In December 2015, reports emerged about their execution.

ISIS Destroy Assyrian Church in Iraq

Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) bombed an Assyrian Church in Iraq's northwestern Nineveh governorate on Sunday.

The radical group has bombed the Barbara Fouq Attal Church in the Assyrian town of Karemlis near Mosul city.

Coptic Bishop in Egypt: “Christians Are Original Inhabitants of the Nation”

Coptic Christian Bishop Daniel met with the Swiss Minister of exterior at the St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, during the minister’s recent visit. The bishop said that, formally, the Church enjoys good relations with the state and Al Azhar, which represents Islam in Egypt, but less formally, on the ground, “there is still a need for society to be aware of the rights of citizenship,” regardless of religion.

Polish Parliament to consider bill banning all abortions

The Polish Federation of Defenders of Life has submitted a bill banning all abortions to the Seim (the Polish Parliament), reports Polskie Radio.

On September 14, 2016, the Polish Seim received a bill which bans all abortions. The draft law was written by the Polish Federation of Defenders of Life which comprises more than ninety pro-life organizations.

Yemen: Locals Break into and Rob Christian Church

On Friday August 26, unidentified and armed militants broke into and robbed a Christian church, the Church of Banjasar, in Aden south of Yemen, according to a report appearing only in Arabic media. In the words of a local source, “Armed militants accompanied by youths from the village broke into the church after morning prayers and looted the contents of the church.” The source adds that in recent days robbers resembling “armed gangs” had been on the rise.

Opening of the XI General Assembly of MECC

Opening of the XI General Assembly of MECC
Opening of the XI General Assembly of MECC
Opening of the XI General Assembly of MECC
Opening of the XI General Assembly of MECC

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participates in the Opening Ceremony of the XI General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) in Amman, Jordan.

His Holiness headed the delegation of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch which included their Eminences: Mor Theophilos Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Miss Khanom Marani. Rev. Fr. Jimmy Danho, Associate Secretary in MECC for the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, also participated.

Saudis Arrest and Deport 27 Christians for ‘Conducting Christian Prayers’

Saudi Arabian officials recently arrested 27 Christians—among them several women and children—for the crime of “conducting Christian prayers” and being “in possession of Bibles,” reports Arab media.

The group of Christians, most if not all of whom were Lebanese nationals, were celebrating a Virgin Mary feast day when authorities stormed their residence and arrested them.