From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief.
Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe in Jerusalem
At the invitation of His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the annual Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), the assembly which brings together the Presidents of all the Bishops' Conferences representing 45 nations on the continent, will take from 11-16 September in the Holy Land.
Pope Francis will meet with the Cuban president, Fidel Castro, during his upcoming trip to the island, scheduled from 19 to 22 September, as revealed on Monday on the site Vatican Insider.
In the article, it is explained that the Vatican requested the meeting, which has received the green light from the authorities of the Island. The details of the meeting, to be held in Havana are still unknown.
Peace is Always Possible
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the last Balkan war, an international conference is being held in Tirana, Albania to discuss the important theme of peace. This conference is being hosted by the Community of Sant'Egidio in coordination with the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania and the Episcopal Conference of Bishops of Albania.
ISIS has released 15 Assyrians who were captured in the town of Qaryatain, Syria after they paid the jizya (poll tax). The 15 were among the 250 Assyrians captured when Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6. After capturing Qaryatain, ISIS issued an ultimatum to the Christian population: pay the jizya, convert to Islam or leave.
Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II holds discussion the situation of Christians in the Middle East with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper7. September 2015 - 9:22
His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper. His Holiness discussed with PM Harper the current situation of Christians in the Middle East.
His Holiness was accompanied by a delegation including their Eminences Mor Athanasius Elia Bahi, Patriarchal Vicar in Canada, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary.