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Letter of Condolence following Air Crash

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, who is already on a Missionary journey in Uganda, sent a letter of condolence to Patriarch Kyril of Moscow, following the plane crash which took place in Sinai yesterday, in which more than 200 Russian passengers were tragically killed on their way from Sarm el Seih in Egypt to St Petersburg.

The test of the letter is as follows:

St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora

St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora
St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora
St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora
St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora

Iraq: After being bombed and destroyed by terrorists following the commencement of the 2003 war in Iraq, St George’s Church of the Assyrian Church of the East in the Baghdad suburb of Dora has risen once more.

Consecration of the Holy Virgin Mary Armenian Church of Sweden

  On October 24, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch Catholicos of All Armenians; His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See, presided over the consecration service of the Holy Virgin Mary Armenian Church in Sodertalje, Sweden.

1,000-Year-Old Bible Recovered in Central Turkey

Police confiscated a Bible estimated to be 1,000 years old in the central Turkish city of Tokat on Tuesday.

Police detained three suspects who were attempting to sell the Bible, written in the old Assyriac language, to undercover police officers.

Russia's Arkhangelsk Region Bans Halloween at Schools

The Education Ministry of northwestern Russia's Arkhangelsk region has banned Halloween celebrations at local schools, citing the holiday's harmful effect on children, the FlashNord news agency reported Monday.

The ministry's statement said that Halloween is "incoherent to basic traditional values and causes a negative influence on fragile minds."

Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Boston

An Assyrian genocide monument was unveiled today in Grafton, a suburb of Boston. The monument commemorates the Assyrians who were killed in the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Pontic Greeks and Armenians between 1915 and 1918. The genocide targeted the Christian subjects of the Ottoman Empire and claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.

The monument was erected on the grounds of Saint Mary's Assyrian Orthodox Church. It was sponsored by the Assyrian American Association of Massachusetts and designed and crafted by renowned Assyrian artists Ninos Chammo.

There are now 16 Assyrian genocide monuments worldwide.

The dedication of the monument was attended by the Assyrian community in Boston, one of the oldest Assyrian communities in the United States, Assyrians from nearby states and representatives from the Armenian and Greek communities.