Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Gewargis III Sliwa arrives in Kerala

Assyrian Church of the East - 27/4/18 His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East has arrived in Kochi, Kerala on his first Apostolic Sojourn as Catholicos-Patriarch to the Archdiocese of Malabar and India. His Holiness and accompanying prelates, His Grace Mar Narsai Benjamin, Bishop of Iran and His Grace Mar Abris ...

Iran seeks to register Armenian Vank Cathedral as UNESCO World Heritage site

Siranush Ghazanchyan - Public Radio of Armenia- 18/1/18 Having registered three churches in the World Heritage List, Iran is trying to add other Armenian cathedrals like Isfahan’s “Vank” to this list, IFP News reported. Deputy Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Mohammad Hossein Talebian, said that there is a list of Armenian churches, three of which ...

Discussion on Religion and the Environment Held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - July 2017 On June 28, an inter-religious Armenian-Iranian discussion on Religion and the Environment, was held in the Vatche and Tamar Manookian Library of the Mother See. The event was organized by the World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation; in cooperation with the Ecumenical Relations Department of the ...

The head of Iran’s state delegation visited Serbian Patriarch

Church of Serbia - 16/3/17 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received on March 8, 2017 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade a high state delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led by His Excellency Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic ...

SCANDAL ERUPTS OVER ABSENCE OF CROSS FROM MOLDOVAN FLAG DURING PRESIDENT’S TRIP TO IRAN

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Pravoslavie.ru - 14/2/17 A scandal has broken out in Moldova over the distortion of the national flag during President Igor Dodon’s recent trip to Iran. Specifically, several media outlets drew attention to the fact that the cross was missing from the flag. The Moldovan leader, who is also the President of the republic’s chess federation, participated in ...

Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

ANIA - 13/1/17 (AINA) -- Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr. Kendal authors the weekly Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, serves as ...

Hundreds Gather for Christmas Celebrations in Liberated Aleppo

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Sputniknews - 22/12/16 Hundreds have flocked to a square in western Aleppo to celebrate Christmas for the first time in years as one of the largest Syrian cities is gradually returning to peaceful life after Damascus-led forces assisted by Russia, Iran and their allies have pushed out radical groups and put an end to years-long fighting. Militants ...

India Archdiocese Youth Conference 2016 and Visit of Assyrian Bishops to Thrissur – Kerala

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Assyrian Church News - August 2016 The Youth Conference – 2016 organised under the auspices of the Arch-diocese of India was held from 21st to 24thJuly 2016 at Thrissur, Kerala. ‘Get Up! Don’t be afraid’ (Matthew 17:7), one of the most emboldening words of Jesus to his disciples was the theme chosen for the conference with ...

Assyrian Church in Iran Observes the Commemoration of St Thomas

Assyrian Church of the East - July 2016 The Assyrian Church of the East community in ‪ ‎Iran celebrates the Commemoration of St Thomas, one of the founders of our ancient church, (in the ‪‎Assyrian village of Baloolan, Urmia, Iran). May the Commemoration of St Thomas be blessed upon all faithful and may his prayers to the Lord ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Iran’s Minister of Justice

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - May- June 2016 On May 31, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Mohammad Mustafa Pur, Minister of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and his delegation. Welcoming the Minister's visit to Armenia, His Holiness expressed satisfaction ...

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Iranians and Afghans Flock to Church of Denmark

www.sputniknews.com - 24/5/16 Last year's devastating migrant crisis took a lighter toll on Denmark, compared to its northern neighbor Sweden, yet the country has nonetheless been struggling to integrate Muslim asylum seekers. However, there are exceptions to this rule, as an increasing number of Farsi speakers are reported to be seeking baptism. Church leaders and pastors from around the ...

CHRISTIAN PASTOR IS RELEASED FROM PRISON IN IRAN AFTER HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL’S APPEAL TO PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI

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January 2016 Saeed Abedini, pastor of an Evangelical church, was detained in 2012 and sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of undermining national security in Iran. His case was highly publicized; more than a million people all over the world signed petition for Abedini’ release. In December 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Vice-Mayor of Tehran

On December 9th, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Dr. Mahmoud Salahi, Vice-Mayor of Tehran, Iran; in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. He was accompanied by Seyed Kazem Sajjad, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Republic of Armenia. Welcoming the official delegation’s visit ...

New Diocesan Center of the Assyrian Church of the East Inaugurated in Iran

16/10/15- The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East Iran: His Grace Mar Awa Royel (Bishop of California) and His Grace Mar Narsai Benjamin (Bishop of Iran), opened and blessed the newly constructed Diocesan Centre of the Assyrian Church of the East in Urmia, Iran. Source:  

ANOTHER CHRISTIAN PASTOR TO BE GRANTED AN EARLY PRISON RELEASE IN IRAN

Another Christian pastor to be granted an early prison release in Iran

July 2015 Protestant pastor Farshid Fathi, 36, was arrested in December 2010 in Teheran. Subsequently he was sentenced to 7 years in prison on charges of actions threatening Iran’s national security. In April 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a letter to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, asking him to pardon Farshid Fathi ...

The Sixth meeting between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Center for the Islamic Culture & Relations of Islamic Republic of Iran Will begin in Antelias

3 March 2013. On Tuesday His Holiness Aram I will preside over the opening of the 6thbiennial meeting in Antelias. The dialogue between the Catholicosate of Cilicia and the Islamic Republic of Iran began 15 years ago and takes place interchangeably between Tehran and Antelias. During the two-day meeting 25 experts representing the Catholicosate and the ...

His Holiness Aram I Meets the Families of Armenian Soldiers Who Died during the Iran-Iraq War

October 2014 - Tehran Upon the invitation of Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, the families of the dead and maimed soldiers and former prisoners of war met with His Holiness Aram I at the prelacy in Tehran. The Archbishop welcomed everyone and praised them all for serving their country. He then assured everyone of the continual accompaniment of the ...

His Holiness Aram I Meets the Heads of Christian Communities in Iran

23 October 2014. On Thursday afternoon, His Holiness Aram I met with the Heads of Christian Communities in Iran at the Prelacy in Tehran. Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian welcomed the guests and informed the Catholicos that they meet often to consult and discuss their problems and plans. He then invited the representatives to introduce their communities and ...

Catholicos Aram I Inaugurates the Conference Dedicated to the 400 Years of Armenian Presence in New Julfa (Iran)

21 October 2014. The conference dedicated to the 400 years of Armenian presence in New Julfa began at the Ararat Community Hall, in the presence of the Governor and Vice Governor of Isfahan, the Head of Religious Affairs, the President of Isfahan University and Professors of Yerevan University (Armenia). In his opening message, His Holiness Aram ...

The Governor and the Political Leadership of Isfahan Meet with His Holiness Aram I

October 2014 - Iran On Sunday, after the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I received the Governor of Isfahan, his deputies, the head of religious affairs and the chief of internal security at the Holy Saviour Monastery. This was the first such visit in the centuries-long history of the two peoples. The Governor first thanked Catholicos ...