Cairo – The massacres on Palm Sunday “were a test for the faith of Egypt’s Christians. Pope Tawadros is sorrowful and deeply saddened, it is not easy to speak with him. We, seeing what is happening, can only look at the new martyrs and call ever more insistently on Christ to comfort us and safeguard our hope in the Resurrection”.
TEL ESQOF: Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered on Sunday in a church damaged by ISIS north of Mosul, celebrating Easter there for the first time since 2014. "God willing, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ will also mark the return and rising-up of the Christians in Iraq," said Kyriacos Isho, 75, who was accompanied by his 12 children and
VATICAN CITY -- Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. "The pope's trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 visit to Cairo.
The Holy Fire, which descends every year on the eve of the Orthodox feast of Pascha in Jerusalem, will be delivered to the various corners of the Earth, with the support of the Russian St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation, including, for the first time this year, to the United States of America. “It is planned to deliver this sacred blessing
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen! Luke 24:5-6. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again it is that glorious Eastertide when the hearts and minds of all Christians return to Jerusalem. It is the time of resurrection when Christian hope marks us all. In our sorrow and suffering, we turn to
Pope Francis condemned the terror attack on a Coptic church dedicated to St. George – Mar Girgis – in the city of Tanta, north of Cairo, which killed upward of two dozen people and injured nearly 60 others. “We pray for the victims claimed this Sunday morning,” Pope Francis said in remarks to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square
Resurrection Joy in a Fearful World Matthew 28:5-8 “…the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from
They trace their founding to the voyage to Alexandria of St. Mark, the apostle of Jesus and New Testament author. Just a decade or two after the original Easter, which Christians celebrate around the world, tradition states that Mark founded their church, one of the earliest in the Middle East and the first in Africa. It was to become a
Tanta – The funerals of the 29 Copt Christians murdered yesterday, Palm Sunday, in a kamikaze attack in Tanta, north of Cairo, inside a Coptic church dedicated to Saint George, were held late last night. Within hours, the congregation had built the tombs necessary for the burial of the dead close to the church where the massacre took place. The
Mar Sako highlights the “suffering and daily grief” endured by Christians in Iraq and the world. The answer to violence is a civilised and modern "state" capable of building a "national identity." The Church promotes initiatives of peace and coexistence. Its task is to revive Nineveh Plain by breathing new life in its towns and villages. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Christians