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Egyptian Court Sentences Three Christian Teens to Prison for ‘Insulting Islam’

“They have been sentenced for contempt of Islam and inciting sectarian strife,” explained defense lawyer Maher Naguib. “The judge didn’t show any mercy. He handed down the maximum punishment.”

Blasphemy laws still exist in Egypt. Article 98 describes the punishment:

Serbs have nobody closer than Croats, says Patriarch Irinej

The victim needs to be remembered, but one should also be able to forgive, SPC Patriarch Irinej told Orthodox believers during a visit to Jasenovac and Pakrac.

This is according to a report in Croatian daily Jutarnji List, which continued:

Patriarch Irinej was in Croatia with other bishops, while for the first time in history a session of the Holy Synod was held in Monastery Jasenovac.

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Chairman of Iran’s Culture and Islamic Relations Organization

On February 20th, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Abuzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, head of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO).

Fifth Century Mosaic with Biblical Inscription and Animal Representations Found in Adana

A new mosaic inscribed with quotes from the Bible has been discovered in the southern city of Adana during excavations jointly undertaken by the Culture and Tourism Ministry's Cultural Heritage Department and the Provincial Directorate of Museums. The 120-square-meter mosaic was found on private property located in the Karlık neighborhood of Adana's Sarıçam district. According to archaeologists, the Eastern Roman-era mosaic dates back to between the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. It features 16 different animal figures, including a snake, lion, sheep, leopard, wolf, goat and bull. Wild and domestic animals are portrayed as sleeping and being fed together or eating each other's food.

Swastikas graffitied onto Serbian Orthodox Church in racist vandalism attack

Swastikas graffitied onto Serbian Orthodox Church in racist vandalism attack
Swastikas graffitied onto Serbian Orthodox Church in racist vandalism attack
Swastikas graffitied onto Serbian Orthodox Church in racist vandalism attack
Swastikas graffitied onto Serbian Orthodox Church in racist vandalism attack

A Geelong church is shocked by an act of hate-fuelled vandalism just before a visit by its global leader.

A swastika and other offensive symbols were among the spray-painted messages that greeted parishioners when they arrived at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Hamlyn Heights for Sunday morning’s service.

Montenegro Accused of Threatening Religious Freedom

A network of European religious liberties groups has criticised Montenegro’s draft law on religious freedom, alleging that it would violate the rights it says it intends to protect.

The European Platform on Religious Intolerance and Discrimination, EPRID, has sharply criticised the proposed new law, saying that it would “seriously violate rights of religious freedom and autonomy for churches and religious communities and unfairly discriminate against them”.