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DC Bible museum collecting Bibles in more than 2,000 languages

The Museum of the Bible, set to open in Washington, D.C. in November, intends to present an exhibit dedicated to the thousands of Bible translations throughout the world, reports the museum’s site. The illumiNations: Global Bible Exhibit “will shed light on the sheer scale of biblical translation into thousands of written languages while simultaneously depicting how many languages are yet to have a translation of the Bible.” More than 600 Bibles in various languages and dialects have already been collected through the museum’s relationships with various organizations, including the Wycliffe Bible Translators, Biblica, SIL International, and many more.

US State Department calls on Turkey to preserve Agia Sophia’s special significance

The US Department of State has called on Turkey to respect and preserve the special historical significance of the great Agia Sophia church in Constantinople. The call came in yesterday’s press briefing, with department spokesperson Heather Nauert responding to a question about the reading of the Koran that took place in Agia Sophia on Wednesday evening—an action which caused international consternation.

Nearly 1,000,000 have venerated relics of St. Nicholas in Moscow

Around 930,000 people have waited in line to venerate the relics of St. Nicholas Wonderworker in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral since May 22, according to the latest data, reports RIA-Novosti. Pilgrims are allowed access to the relics daily from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM. On May 21, a left rib of the greatly beloved hierarch was ceremoniously delivered to and greeted at Christ the Savior during the All-Night Vigil, to the sound of bells from every Orthodox church in the city. The transfer marks the first time any part of the Bari relics have left the Italian city in 930 years.

The Mnemosynon for the soul of his eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui

The Mnemosynon for the soul of his eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui
The Mnemosynon for the soul of his eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui
The Mnemosynon for the soul of his eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui
The Mnemosynon for the soul of his eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui

The Divine Liturgy with the mnemosynon was celebrated today at the patriarchal Monastery of Balamand for the soul of his Eminence metropolitan Antonio Chedraoui of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Islands of the Caribbean Sea. The following Metropolitans and bishops were present: His Eminence Elias Kfoury (of Tyre, Saidon and Dependencies), His Eminence Ephrem Kyriakos (of Tripoli, Koura and Dependencies), His Grace Bishop Constantine Kayyal (of Zabadani) with a group of priests and deacons.

The Town of Zababdeh

The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh
The Town of Zababdeh

To the north of the West Bank and 15 km to the south-east of the City of Jenin, lies the town of Zababdeh or al-Zababida. The history of this small town dates back to no longer than two centuries. The first people who inhabited this land had fled their countries due to the oppression they suffered at that time.

The city of Tubas

Tubas is a Palestinian city a few kilometers to the west of the Jordan River. Its history dates back to the Canaanite era, that`s when it was originally named ‘Tuba Syoys’ which translates ‘shining star’. Tubas is also mentioned in the Book of Judges (Chapter 9) in the Old Testament under the name ‘Thebez’, when the ruler of Shechem at that time King ‘Abimelech‘ fled from Shechem after destroying it and killed its citizens.