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Egypt: Church Courtyard Set Aflame Before Christmas Prayers

The courtyard of St. George the Martyr, a partially constructed Catholic church in Hijazh village in Egypt was set on fire by unknown persons on Christmas day (January 7 for Egyptian Christians).

Christian worshipers were planning on praying in the church’s courtyard — since the church building had been left unfinished for 23 years due to reasons of security — and had furnished the courtyard with chairs and tents. They “were surprised” to find “flames” engulf much of the courtyard.

Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass

Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass
Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass
Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass
Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Aleppo Bombed Hours Before Mass

Terrorists on Jan. 9 reportedly bombed the Armenian Catholic Cathedral Our Lady of Pity (also known as St. Rita), located next to the Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Aleppo, leaving the church partly destroyed. No casualties were reported.

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Turkey permits first new church in 90 years

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has authorized the building of the first church in the country since the end of the Ottoman empire in 1923, AFP has learned.

The church is for the country’s tiny Syriac [Assyrian] community and will be built in the Istanbul suburb of Yesilkoy on the shores of the Sea of Marmara, which already has Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic churches.

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.