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.

IAO one-day conference on World War II – ‘Christian viewpoint: 70 years Later’ held

Dusseldorf: The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) organized a one-day conference with subject: «World War II – Christian viewpoint: 70 years later». Distinguished personalities from Christian Churches and communities, politicians and diplomats were invited and presented speeches on the main subject of the conference.

New Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg Inaugurated by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

Austria: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the new Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg (Beth Suryoye). His Excellency Archbishop of Salzburg Mgr. Dr. Franz Lackner also attended the inauguration ceremony and the prayer of the blessing of the house.