Sisi makes surprise Coptic Christmas visit

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the main Coptic Christian church on Tuesday night to attend the Christmas service, in a move dubbed by local media as a first in Egypt’s history.

In footage broadcast by Egyptian television, Sisi made a surprise visit to Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, wearing a red tie and dark suit and surrounded by security guards. He saluted Pope Tawadros II and stood next to him to make a brief speech in front of  a  jubilant crowd.

Nativity Greetings to Serbian Orthodox Information Services

Dear Archdeacon Radomir Rakic,

Greetings from OCP Media Network.

We take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Nativity to all our beloved friends at the Dept. of Information Services of the Serbian Patriarchate.May this festival season bring abundance of joy love and peace. 

We are looking forward for extended cooperation between us in all your future endeavors. 

Pronouncing of the word “Christmas” is punishable by death on the territories occupied by ISIS

The outrages of radical Islamists on Iraqi and Syrian territory have not only deprived Christians who live under the yoke of the takfirists of the joy of Christmas, but also alarmed neighboring regions that for the moment are free of the terrorists, reports Linga with reference to news agencies.

According to the eyewitnesses’ evidence, on the territories occupied by “the Islamic State” the very utterance of the word “Christmas” is equated with the public preaching of Christianity and is punishable by death.

Department of Islamic Studies to be established at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki—Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos opposed

The Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos has sent an open letter to the dean of the School of Theology of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. has published extracts from this message.

In connection with the opening of the Department of Islamic Studies at the School of Theology the Athonite Monks are expressing their “dismay and distress”. They are “raising alarm in the spirit of love, responsibility before history and posterity.”
In the Holy Kinot’s view, the initiative of studying Islam within the scope of the School of Theology, formerly oriented exclusively towards the Orthodox tradition, “is a serious mistake and clearly contradicts the teaching of the Holy Fathers… This step is directed against theology and against the Orthodox Church Itself.”

Unconditional Commitment to Service is the Vocation of the Catholicosate of Cilicia – Stated Aram I

 21 December 2014. On Sunday, the Armenian Chatholicosate of Cilicia celebrated the feast of the Deacon and Protomartyr St. Stephen. Archbishop Norayr Ashekian celebrated the Holy Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias.

Christmas Greeting of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church congratulates the feast of the birth of the Divine God-Child to believers and prelates of the Christian churches which celebrate Christmas on December 25.