Christian world

Ayatollah Khamenei Visits Armenians & Assyrians on Christmas

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has visited the families of Iranian Christian martyrs on the occasion of Jesus Christ’s birth anniversary, Press TV reports.

In a picture published by @khamenei_ir Twitter account on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei can be seen during a meeting with the mother of a Christian martyr who lost life during the Iraq-Iran war.

Egypt’s Coptic pope wishes the country’s Catholics merry Christmas

The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, paid a visit on Friday to major Catholic churches in Cairo to extend his best wishes for Christmas.

The pope expressed his joy that members of all of Egypt’s religious denominations and faiths were participating in this year’s Christmas celebrations.

Egyptian President Al-Sisi Congratulates Christians on Christmas

In a December 22 speech at Al-Azhar University, on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi addressed an audience of Al-Azhar clerics, calling them to teach respect for others from the mosque pulpits.

President Al-Sisi congratulated the Christians on Christmas, stating: “What divides us destroys us.”

One Muslim country bans Christmas Day celebration and wearing Santa Claus hats

The leaders of Brunei have initiated a rule that could bring lot of damage to those citizens who publicly celebrate the birth of Christ. According to leading media reports, the Sultan of Brunei has officially declared that people seen celebrating Christmas Day or wearing Santa Claus hats in public will be thrown in jail for five years. This rule has been implemented in the oil-rich nation so that the beliefs of the Muslim community will not be offended.

The lawsuit by the Catholicosate of Cilicia claiming ownership of its historical Seat in Sis from the Constitutional Court of Turkey sets a legal precedent

11 December 2015. On Friday morning the head of the Middle East Office of the German newspaper, Allgemeine Zeitung, interviewed His Holiness Aram I in Antelias on the question of the lawsuit and the situation of Armenians in Aleppo.

In response to the question on the lawsuit claiming ownership of its historical Seat in Sis (presently Kozan in Turkey), the Catholicos stated that after 100 years it was necessary to proceed with legal action. The current claim will set a new legal precedent in the pursuit of the Armenian Cause, because the Church will continue demanding all other properties belonging to the Church or the community. After answering other questions, His Holiness Aram I concluded, “if the current Turkish leadership was interested in establishing ‘good neighbourly’ relations with Armenians, it should admit to the 1915 Genocide and return all confiscated property.”