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Bishop Cantú Urges Congress To Intervene In Cremisan Valley Situation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:13

Congress should urge the government of Israel to halt unnecessary confiscation of Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, a move that would help address the plight of Christian Palestinians in the Cremisan Valley and “renew hope for a just resolution to the conflict,” said the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The Syrian Parliament Commemorates the Armenian Genocide PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:09

On Wednesday 4 March, the Syrian People's Assembly dedicated a session commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The initiative, promoted in particular by the Syrian Christian Parliamentary Maria Saadeh, saw the involvement of members of the Parliamentary Committees on Foreign Relations. Before the parliamentary session, the President of Parliament, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, received the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Syria, Arshak Poladyan, together with the Armenian Apostolic Bishop Armash Nalbandian, members of the Armenian Catholic community and representatives in charge of coordinating the events which in Syria will be dedicated to the centenary of the massacres of Armenians committed in the Anatolian peninsula 100 years ago.

After Thirty Years, The Bethlehem Museum for History, Heritage and Culture has Finally Opened PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 22:02


The Bethlehem Museum façade, its doors finally opened to visitors after this 30-year-long vision came to life

After 30 years of patient determination, the Bethlehem Museum for History, Heritage and Culture finally opened on February 28, 2015. The Arab Women’s Union of Bethlehem (AWU) initiated the Museum in 1977, but it was held from completion due to a variety of obstacles. The Holy Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) saw the Museum’s potential and knew it fit perfectly with the organization’s mission. In 2012 HCEF partnered with AWU to bring the Bethlehem Museum to life. 

Coptic Monks Lie Down in Front of Bulldozers to Protect Ancient Christian Site PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:26

Marking just the latest of a long dispute which arose around a road project threatening to demolish an archaeological site, Coptic monks are literally willing to put their lives on the line. According to Fides, the project to build a road that should unite the city of Fayoum to an oasis area crossing the territories around the Coptic monastery of St. Macarius, threatens an archaeological area that stretches around a church dating to the fourth century. 

The jihadists of the Islamic State Deport Christian Prisoners of the Villages of Khabur PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:06

The number of Christians in the villages of the valley of Khabur captured by the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) in the northeastern Syrian province of Jazira increases. According to updates by Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, ordinary of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, more than 250 Assyrian and Chaldean inhabitants of the villages appear to be in the hands of the jihadists, and were deported by them towards their strongholds in the Sheddadi area, 40 km south of Hassaké.

Arson Attack Against the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:57

In the early hours of today, Thursday 26 February, an arson attack damaged the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate's Theological Seminary of Jerusalem, not far from the Old Town. The fire devastated a hall of the seminar and some annexes. The unknown attackers also wrote blasphemous sentences against Christ on the walls, written in Hebrew.

Islamic State Burns Down 4 Syrian Churches PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:43

While kidnapping residents from Christian villages in northeastern Syria, militants from the Islamic State burned down at least four Christian churches, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The number of hostages taken from the Christian villages may be as high as 150, rather than the 90-100 originally reported, the AsiaNews service says. There are numerous unconfirmed reports that some hostages have been killed, some rapes committed, and "blood everywhere."

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