Armenian Church, Survivor of the Ages, Faces Modern Hurdles

DAVID M. HERSZENHORN - 5/10/13 ECHMIADZIN, Armenia — In this ancient city, tucked in a valley that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, King Tiridates III converted to Christianity and declared Armenia to be the world’s first Christian state. The year was 301, more than a decade before the Emperor Constantine put Rome on a ...

Church bells ring in a corner of Turkey once the site of Armenian genocide

By GIL SHEFLER |  Religion News Service - 5/10/13 DIYARBAKIR, Turkey • For almost a century, the bells of St. Giragos — a magnificent 14th-century church built of sturdy black basalt bricks — were silent. Severely damaged during the 1915 massacre and deportation of local Christians, it stood roofless and abandoned for decades, a poignant reminder of ...

Another Ancient Christian City in Syria Being Terrorized by Islamic Rebels

Morgan Lee , CP Contributor - 5/10/13 The ancient Christian Syrian city of Saidnaya has recently come under threat from "Islamist militas," who have been raiding and terrorizing the village. According to Fides, "Islamist militias from Yabroud and the Lebanese mountain" have been preying upon the village. Earlier this week, one of the raids killed a Catholic ...

Christians under threat in Syria as Islamist extremists gain influence

Loveday Morris - 5/10/13 When radical Islamists tore down a cross and hoisted a black flag above a church in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah last week, their action underscored the increasingly hostile environment for the country’s Christians. Although Syria is majority Sunni Muslim, it is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse countries in ...

Syria Christian Nun Claims Rebels, Not Assad, Set Off Chemical Weapons

By Morgan Lee , CP Contributor - October 2013 Caution: The report linked to in this article contains graphic images of the casualties of the August 21 Syria chemical weapons attack. A Syria-based nun has claimed that the chemical weapons attack in Syria in August was caused by rebel groups, contradicting claims by the United States ...

Syrian Islamists raid Aramaic-speaking Christian town of Sednaya: report

Jessica Chasmar -The Washington Times September 2013 Weeks after al-Qaeda-linked rebels seized the Christian town of  Maaloula in  northwest Syria, they now have captured Sednaya, an  Aramaic-speaking village to  the north of Damascus. Known for its large presence of Christian churches and monasteries,  the  village is under constant threat of Islamist militias from Yabroud  and the  Lebanese mountains, the ...

Patriarchs, presidents at Edict of Milan celebrations

  Tanjug - 5/10/13 BELGRADE --  The celebrations of the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan will bring together seven heads of Orthodox Churches. They include Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and Russian Patriarch Kirill. The final event to mark the anniversary will be held on Sunday in Serbia's southern town of Niš - the birthplace ...