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Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan

Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan
Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan
Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan
Resurrection of Orthodoxy in South Sudan

With the grace of God, the prayer and blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Saturday 10 January 2015, saw the laying of the foundation stone By His Eminence Narkissos Metropolitan of Nubia, of the first Missionary Centre in South Sudan, the most newly established state of the world, a highly suffering country which has been plagued by civil war for more than 30 years, with very few periods of ceasefire.

Greek Orthodox expanding the faith in UAE

Greek Orthodox Christians are building a church in Mussaffah to accommodate the hundreds of worshippers living in the capital.

In addition to the 700 Abu Dhabi families registered with the church, Father Stephanos Neaimeh believed there were 300 to 400 more unregistered families in the emirate.

“The Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church isn’t very big,” said the Lebanon native. “It fits about 300 worshippers, sitting and standing. Sunday and Friday masses are usually full and we have 700 families, so we don’t have much space. We sometimes use the salon upstairs with a screen and we place chairs outside too. During Easter and Christmas we never have space.”

In Sri Lanka, Pope calls for truth over violent past

In Sri Lanka, Pope calls for truth over violent past
In Sri Lanka, Pope calls for truth over violent past
In Sri Lanka, Pope calls for truth over violent past
In Sri Lanka, Pope calls for truth over violent past

Pope Francis called on Sri Lanka to uncover the truth of what happened during its bloody civil war as part of a healing process between religious communities, as he arrived in Colombo a few days after the island's wartime leaders were voted out.

Egypt: Christian Girls Kidnapped, Authorities Indifferent

Yet another young Coptic Christian girl, Sabrine Mushir (right), has been kidnapped in Egypt, from the village of Dalga.

Coptic activists are complaining that not a single person from among the authorities and security apparatus has done a single thing to try to find the hapless girl, adding “If this was the daughter of one of the local authorities, she would have been retrieved in seconds.”

Dalga, where the young Christian girl was kidnapped is the same Upper Egyptian village where, in September 2013, Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers had forced the Christian inhabitants to pay Islamic jizya—the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued,” in the words of Koran 9:29. In some cases, those not able to pay were attacked, their wives and children beaten and/or kidnapped.

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.