On November 24th, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Mr. Bratislav Gashich, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Serbia, and his delegation.
They were accompanied by Mr. Davit Tonoyan, Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia; and His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamyan, Head Chaplain of the Republic of Armenia Armed Forces Ministry. During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries, and expressed hope that it will be fruitful and contribute to the further development of military skills. His Holiness expressed his hope that the Armenian and Serbian soldiers not need to take up arms and defend their Homelands, but serve as peacekeepers to guarantee an undisturbed, safe and prosperous life for their people.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria – Primate of the Coptic Orthodox Church has arrived in the holy city of Jerusalem for a historic visit. Pope will lead the funeral services of the Metropolitan Anba Abraham of Jerusalem and Near East. The Metropolitan See of Jerusalem is the second most import center within the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate. Visits to Jerusalem was suspended by the Coptic Patriarchate since Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.
The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM) of the St George Indian Orthodox Malankara Cathedral – Abu Dhabi hosted ‘Harp of Angels’ Pan-Orthodox Christian gathering on 27/11/15. The event was held at the St George Indian Orthodox Cathedral in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates.
Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that its contacts on the ground in Sudan have affirmed that government officials continue to order the destruction of Christian churches, further marginalizing the minority Christian population.
ISIS today released 10 Assyrians that it captured on February 23 when it attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. Most have not returned.
Five of the ten Assyrians who were released are women.
The Queen has called for unity among Christians at the opening of the Church of England's national assembly.
She said the previous synod would be remembered for approving legislation to enable women to be bishops - a move which had long been disputed by many traditionalists.