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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."

Christians Flee Jihadists After Syria Kidnappings PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:40

The kidnapping of dozens of Assyrian Christians by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria has prompted an exodus of terrified families fleeing their homes, activists said on Wednesday, February 25. The United States condemned the mass abduction of Christians, the first of its kind in the war-torn country, and demanded the release of the 90 hostages.

Bishop Younan Assures Egyptian Copts of LWF Communion Prayer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 12:54

Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) has assured the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt of prayers and solidarity from the Lutheran communion following the recent killings of Coptic Christians by extremists affiliated to the militant group IS. In a letter to Pope Tawadros II, Younan, also LWF President, said the killing of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya was not only an attack on humanity and on followers of Jesus Christ, but also “against people of every religion who stand for peace justice and freedom.”

The Martyrdom and the Mourning of the Coptic Church PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 12:46

After so many dark years of seclusion and persecution of its members, the Coptic Church was again smitten in the heart by the massacre of 21 young men, who died because they are Christians, killed by Daesh. More and more reactions in support of this centuries old Church

The video published by the terrorist group Daesh, notoriously known since several months, does not mask the lips of the men who for the last time pronounced the word “Massih” in Arabic. Until their last breath the 21 young men proclaimed their faith, which has condemned them to die in a most horrendous and atrocious manner.

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