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Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Pope Francis

  On 21 October 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the DECR chairman, met with Pope Francis at the “Domus Sanctae Marthae” hotel in Vatican.

Pope Francis thanked Metropolitan Hilarion for greetings he brought to the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church and conveyed his best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Tourists Flock to Pre-Opening of Archaeological Park of Early Christian Buildings from Roman City Parthicopolis in Bulgaria's Sandanski

Tourists Flock to Pre-Opening of Archaeological Park of Early Christian Buildings from Roman City Parthicopolis in Bulgaria's Sandanski
Tourists Flock to Pre-Opening of Archaeological Park of Early Christian Buildings from Roman City Parthicopolis in Bulgaria's Sandanski
Tourists Flock to Pre-Opening of Archaeological Park of Early Christian Buildings from Roman City Parthicopolis in Bulgaria's Sandanski
Tourists Flock to Pre-Opening of Archaeological Park of Early Christian Buildings from Roman City Parthicopolis in Bulgaria's Sandanski

 A large number of tourists have visited the soon-to-be-opened Archaeological Park of newly restored Early Christian buildings from the Roman city Parthicopolis in the southwestern Bulgarian town of Sandanski during its Pre-Opening events on October 16-18, 2015.

Christian Population in Iraq in Danger of Being Eradicated in 5 Years

 The Christian population in Iraq is in danger of being extinct in about five years, a recent report from an international Catholic charity organization says.

At present, there are only around 300,000 Christians left in Iraq from over a million in 2002. The Aid to the Church in Need released a new report saying Iraq's Christian population faces extinction in five years, especially after 120,000 of them are being forced to convert to Islam or die, according to Rome Reports.

ISIS Release 50 Assyrians Captured in Qaryatain, Syria

ISIS has released 50 of the 250 Assyrians who were captured in Qaryatain, Syria on August 7. ISIS released 15 Assyrians from this same group of hostages on September 4 after they paid the jizya (Muslim poll tax).

185 Assyrians of Qaryatain remain prisoners of ISIS.

The 50 Assyrians were released on September 12 and arrived safely to the Assyrian villages of Zaidan and Fairozeh.

400-year-old church re-emerges from beneath Mexican reservoir

400-year-old church re-emerges from beneath Mexican reservoir
400-year-old church re-emerges from beneath Mexican reservoir
400-year-old church re-emerges from beneath Mexican reservoir
400-year-old church re-emerges from beneath Mexican reservoir

The relics of a 16th-century church built by Spanish colonisers has emerged from a reservoir in the south of Mexico.

It is the second time the church, usually submerged on the reservoir bed, has been revealed in the state of Chiapas as a result of drought.

Address by President Tomislav Nikolic to the ambassadors accredited in Belgrade

Address by H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to the Ambassadors accredited in Belgrade, following Albania’s proposal concerning the admission of the so-called “Republic of Kosovo” to Unesco, on 16 October 2015

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have invited you here today to directly inform you about the grave issue facing Serbia, our region as a whole, Europe and the rest of the world.

I am referring to the proposal concerning the admission of the so-called “Republic of Kosovo” to UNESCO.

Some of you might think that I exaggerate when I say that this problem affects countries from all continents. In my statement, I shall attempt to conjure up the complexity and the gravity of this issue, that has, over the past few weeks, heightened our concerns as to whether the true path leading to the stabilization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina will ever be found, and whether they will be laid on future-proof foundations, fruitful to both parties equally, or almost equally.