Press release: 50 new Scripture translations completed last year.

In 2015 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. 11 communities now have their very first full Bible, 6 have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture.

Languages are constantly developing so Bible Societies are also committed to revising existing translations and providing new translations, when requested, to help as many people as possible engage with the message of the Bible today. In 2015 this resulted in a further 20 new translations and revisions plus 2 study editions with the potential to reach over 127 million people.

The Abkhazian Constitution now officially bans abortions

The president of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba has signed into law an amendment to the republic’s constitution aimed at state protection for the life of mothers and unborn children.

To this law, chapter 2 of the Abkhazian constitution, is added another article which reads: "Abkhazia recognizes the value and inviolability of family life and takes measures in order to protect and strengthen the family as a fundamental and independent institution. The state equally safeguards the life of the mother and the unborn child.

Letter of condolence

Letter of condolences to
Esteemed Mufti of Belgrade

Very Esteemed Mufti,

On the occasion of repose of the esteemed Reisul-Ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia and longstanding Mufti of Belgrade, Hamdija Jusufspahic, and Your beloved parent, on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church and on Our own behalf We send Our most sincere You, Venerable Mufti, and via Your personality to all the believers of the Islamic Community of Serbia,

The Serbian Orthodox Church had an honest friend in the person of late Mufti of blessed repose and the community gathered around him. We are especially grateful for Mufti's unreserved commitment for honest and good interpersonal relations, in particular for peace and prosperity among all the people of good will in Serbia, without exception, in one particularly challenging time for the people of Serbia.

In the person of Mufti of blessed repose the Islamic Community of Serbia has lost a great and wise man, but the consolation abides is legacy that will, we believe, continue the same way, and that is the way of peace and inter-religious understanding.

With respects towards Your respected family,


Walk for Peace in Syria

Walk for Peace in Syria
Walk for Peace in Syria
Walk for Peace in Syria
Walk for Peace in Syria

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II headed a “walk for peace in Syria” with the clergy of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and the participants of the Suryoyo Youth Gathering in Aleppo.

New Publication on the Manuscripts and the Armenian Genocide

With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Publishing Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin has published the book “The Armenian Genocide and the Loss of Armenian Manuscripts and Salvation”.

The first section of the book (S. Golanjyan, Armenian Massacres and the Loss of Our Manuscripts) discussed the loss of Armenian manuscripts and the culture of printed books as a result of two decades of Turkish barbarity – at the end of the XIX century and in the early of the XX century. In next the composition titled “Brief Description of Prominent Monasteries in Vaspurakan” written by Very Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Hovhannes Hyusyan; the destruction of the monasteries in Vaspurakan is described. The third work includes depictions of manuscripts and their records.

The next two works are researches Mr. Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan, on a manuscript that survived the Armenian Genocide and a fragment of a manuscript. These are the publication of valuable historical documents concerning the XVIII century, which prior to 1919, were kept in the St. Thomas the Apostle Monastery in Agulis.

Archaeological Discovery: Rare 4th Century Pottery With Christian Symbol Found in London

A shard of pottery discovered in modern-day London, England, provides an interesting view into early Christian settlements in Europe, archaeologists say.

The pottery, which was discovered in 1970 near Brentford High Street in London, was recently flagged as showing a depiction of the chi rho, a Christian symbol showing the first two Greek letters of "Khristos," or "Christ."