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 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.

Syriac Aramean Genocide Monument Unveiled in Sweden

A genocide monument honoring the the Syriac Aramaic victims of the genocide instigated by Ottoman Turkey during the World War One was erected 26 april 2015 in Botkyrka, a suburb of 20 km southwest of Stockholm, Sweden.
It is the first Syriac Aramaic memorial in Sweden and one of the first in the world honoring arameans. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan, European Parliamentarian Lars Adaktusson, and Syriac Orthodox archbishop Benjamin Atas.

US Ignores UN Session on Christian Genocide in Mideast

As Christians and other minorities continue to be purged in the Middle East in general under the Islamic State and other jihadi organizations in particular, France sponsored an open UN Security Council meeting on March 27, to discuss “The Victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic and religious grounds in the Middle East. ”

While several Western nations sent high ranking officials to attend, the United States did not.

Christian Priest Abducted by U.S. Sponsored ‘Rebels’ in Syria

Since the Syrian city of Idlib fell to U.S.-supported, anti-Assad jihadis on March 28, Christian inhabitants have been attacked.  Among other things, the jihadis kidnapped 57-year-old Greek Orthodox priest Ibrahim Farah, head of the Greek-Orthodox parish dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Father Ibrahim Farah, a Greek Orthodox priest who chose to remain in the city and be with other Christians unable to flee, has been kidnapped and awaits a jihadi trial, where, no doubt, he will be “invited” to convert to Islam.  Other Christians have also been abducted and are currently held captive.

ISIS Destroys Assyrian Church in Syria

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.

Best wishes for Christians who celebrate Easter according to Western paschalia

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!