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ISIS Abducts 12 Egyptians in Libya

The Islamic State in Libya has abducted 12 more Egyptians.  They were reportedly laborers preparing to return back to Egypt. According to RT Arabic, the Egyptians were abducted in Sirte, late in the evening of Sunday, September 13.

Coptic Christians are among those kidnapped. The Egyptian ministry has not issued a statement either confirming or denying the news.

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Meets Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Meets Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Meets Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Meets Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Meets Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia

His Holiness Tawadors II of Alexandria on the Throne of St Mark the Evangelist has arrived in Ethiopia for the first apostolic visit. The Primate of the Coptic Orthodox Church is accompanied by a high-level  delegation from Egypt. Pope Tawadros II met with Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia in Addis Abba.

The story of Japan's hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library.

The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a time of persecution, and even when deprived of priests.

Images Of Mount Athos Through Contemporary Photographers’ Lenses

Images Of Mount Athos Through Contemporary Photographers’ Lenses
Images Of Mount Athos Through Contemporary Photographers’ Lenses
Images Of Mount Athos Through Contemporary Photographers’ Lenses
Images Of Mount Athos Through Contemporary Photographers’ Lenses

The Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (TMP), in collaboration with the Mount Athos Center, present “Mount Athos: lingering between image and photographic gaze” exhibition, as part of the “Words and Images” cycle of the museum.

Russian Foreign Ministry calls for averting of further degradation of situation around Jerusalem holy sites

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow views as alarming the growth of tension in Jerusalem, which is a holy city for representatives of three monotheistic religions.

"We insistently urge the Palestinian and Israeli sides to show restraint and take immediate steps to prevent the situation in East Jerusalem from further sliding into the confrontational sphere," the Russian foreign political agency said in its comments.

New Study on Orthodox Generosity and Giving to the Church

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study today, "Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes." The 138-page report is accompanied by a brief summary that shares the highlights of the study. The study was prepared by the Assembly's research coordinator, Alexei Krindatch.