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.
A Protestant Christian church was burned by suspected Islamic radicals in the village of Bath in Pakistani Punjab, leaving Christians in the community fearful and asking for protection.
Fides News Agency reported that the Protestant Christian congregation called "Apostolic Church" was set on fire last week following a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the village. The attack occurred the day after a prayer vigil for Epiphany on Jan. 6, when an arson destroyed the church building.
What can be the relation between a poor Greek Orthodox Christian nun and the Iron lady of India? It seems to be a very interesting story. Many Orthodox faithful, particularly in India, remain unaware about this incident. Gerontissa Gavrielia (Elder Gravilea)was a Greek Orthodox nun who spend several years in India taking care of the poor and sick.
On Wednesday, following the Christmas Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, His Holiness Aram I received His Excellency Tamam Salam at the Main Hall of the Catholicosate. His Holiness and the Prime Minister held a private meeting to discuss political developments in the Middle East, their impact on Lebanon and the pending sensitive issue of the presidential election.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi showed up at the main cathedral in Cairo on Wednesday evening to offer his well-wishes to Christians at the Coptic Christmas Eve mass (Liturgy).