On 01 February in the Mother See, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mrs. Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of National Defence of the Georgian Republic; and her delegation. They were accompanied by Mr. Davit Tonotyan, First Deputy of the Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Rev. Fr. Movses Sargsyan, Vicar General of the RA Armed Forces.
Hundreds of Christian fighters from across Syria joined their local brethren in the majority-Syriac Christian town of Sadad to prevent it falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.
A symbol of Christian resistance, Sadad, which lies just 17 kilometers off a strategic highway connecting the capital Damascus and Homs in the west of the country, has faced an onslaught from Daesh and other jihadist militants since late October 2015 as the terrorists advanced across central Syria.
At least 120,000 people in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor are starving while ISIS continues to besiege the city.
Christian Today reports that, since 2011, ISIS has been in conflict with the Syrian Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army in the city. The Islamic State has gained control of most of the region.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Russian Federation condemns the destruction of a monastery in Iraq by the militants of the “Islamic State” terrorist organization whose activity is prohibited in Russia, reports Interfax-Religion.
The reception was attended by their Excellencies: Mgr. Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, Felipe Alvarez de Toledo (Argentina), Arshak Poladian (Armenia), Aleksandr Ponomarev (Belarus), Achille Zaluar (Brazil), Jan Ondrejka (Czech), Rogerio Manuel Santana Rodriguez (Cuba), Mohamed Sarwat Selim (Egypt), Man Mohan Bhanot (India), Djoko Harjanto (Indonesia), Ali Nour Ahmad (Iran), Riyadh Altai (Iraq), Syed Athar Hussain Bukhari (Pakistan), Eduard Preda (Romania), Alexander Kinshchak (Russia), Volodymyr Dzhydzhora (Ukraine) and Imad Saab (Venezuela).
The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble
Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State group's relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical.