Armenian church reopened 100 years later

12/29/2011 The dream of Mesrob II Mutafyan who has not been able to perform his patriarchal duty due to his illness has finally come true. The Armenian Church Vortvots Vorodman (Children of Thunder) was restored within the scope of projects of 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture and inaugurated by Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici. “It ...

Turkey’s only all-Armenian village a lens to the past

In Vakifli Koyu St. Astvatzatzin Armenian Apostolic Church has its first resident pastor in more than a decade. The community is the only all-Armenian village left in Turkey.. (Photo by Matthew Brunwasser.)

29/12/2011 Turkey's Vakifli Koyu is the only place in Turkey with a population that is only Armenian. The population is dwindling, but tourism and innovative agriculture have the residents hoping they can hang on just a little bit longer. In Vafikli Koyu, Turkey, bitterness over the 1915 Armenian massacres and ethnic cleansing by Ottoman forces is still ...

Prelacy Makes Record Allocation of $800,000 to Prelacy Schools

29/12/2011 LA CRESCENTA—Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and the Executive Council announced that the Western Prelacy has allocated a record amount of $800,000 to Prelacy Schools. This allocation will alleviate financial concerns of the schools brought on by global economic conditions. The first portion of this amount was distributed to Prelacy Schools prior to the ...

Bethlehem’s church of the punch-up

Giles Fraser 29/12/2011 The latest brawl between Armenian and Orthodox monks in Bethlehem is a product of Christianity's romance with buildings. It's become something of a Christmas tradition: the annual ecclesiastical punch-up at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This year the Palestinian riot police had to be called in after it all kicked off again, with ...

Disputed Voting Turns Church, a Kremlin Ally, Into Its Critic

By SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY 29/12/2011 MOSCOW — Among the thousands of Russian voices raised against the Kremlin this month after parliamentary elections widely dismissed as fraudulent, perhaps the most surprising was that of Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who defended popular protests as a “lawful negative reaction” to corruption. Always a reliable pillar of ...

Surb Vordvots Vorotman church of Istanbul renovated

28/12/2011 The renovation of Surb Vordvots Vorotman Armenian church of Istanbul is completed, Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazici said, according to Ermenihaber.am news website. The church, closed since World War I, underwent restoration within the framework of the program “Istanbul: Capital of European Culture in 2010,” with Hayati Yazici in charge of the renovation works. The ...

Clerics clash in Church of the Nativity

A member from the Greek Orthodox clergy (L) and a Palestinian use diesel to scrub the floor and columns of the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 28, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad

BETHLEHEM, West Bank 28/12/2011 (Reuters) - A Christmas cleaning of the Church of the Nativity turned into scuffles on Wednesday between rival Christian clerics zealously guarding denominational turf at the holy site. Brooms and fists flew inside the church marking the birthplace of Jesus as some 100 priests and monks of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic churches ...

Muslim Brotherhood to protect churches on Coptic Christmas

Muslim Brotherhood's Mahmoud Ezzat (Photo: Internet)

Ahram Online 28/12/2011 Brotherhood vows to form 'popular committees' to guard churches on Coptic Christmas in expression of national unity. The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egypt’s ruling military ‎council to provide security for Christian churches during Coptic ‎Christmas celebrations on 7 January as it did for polling stations ‎during the first two rounds of parliamentary elections.‎ In a ...

Pope Shenouda to invite Salafis to attend Christmas

Al-Masry Al-Youm Staff 28/12/2011 The Coptic Orthodox Church will send out invitations to presidential hopefuls and all political parties, including Salafi ones, to attend the Christmas holy mass on 7 January, a papal source told Al-Masry Al-Youm. The source said that Pope Shenouda III insisted on inviting both Muslim and Coptic Egyptians to the celebration. The same source added ...

Islamofascism And The War on Nigeria’s Christians

12/27/2011 Islamofascism: Scores of Christians attending Catholic mass in Nigerian churches were slaughtered in their pews by massive bomb blasts on Christmas Day. While decried as "un-Islamic," a frightening number of Muslims believe the bombings are justified. The year that began with a New Year's attack on an Egyptian Coptic Christian Church that killed 21 worshippers ...

Christianity under siege as believers are persecuted

St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, hit by a bomb on Christmas Day.

Worldwide, the attacks on Christians grow NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 28/12/2011 The sickening Christmas Day bombings of peaceful worshipers by Islamist terrorists in Africa’s most populous nation — including one blast that killed at least 35 people in a single Catholic church — were a fresh reminder of an underreported reality: Christians are under attack around the world, for ...

Coptic Christian trash collectors in Egypt push to secure their role as recyclers of Cairo’s garbage

12/26/2011 In Egypt, where protestors are still demanding a transition from military to civilian rule, one minority group that’s particularly concerned about their fate in the post-Mubarak Egypt, is Coptic Christians. To some extent their fate is tied up with the future policy towards garbage collection in the capital. For decades, most of Cairo’s ...

Israeli lawmakers wrestle with marking deaths in Armenia

By Izzy Lemberg, CNN 26/12/2011 STORY HIGHLIGHTS Israeli parliamentary committee debates issue of mass deaths in Armenia Committee looked at establishing an official memorial day Turkey contends there was no genocide The committee did not take a vote or schedule further debate Jerusalem (CNN) -- In a move that could further erode already soured relations with Turkey, Israeli lawmakers on Monday debated ...

Church urges to give clear answer to accuses of falsifying State Duma elections

Moscow, December 28, Interfax - People who doubt results of the parliamentary elections in Russia should get an answer, the Moscow Patriarchate official believes. "It is very important that all accusations of dishonest votes counting, of violations in arranging elections receive a proper answer. They shouldn't stay hanging," head of the Synodal Department for Church and ...

A somber Christmas for Gaza’s Christians

Ryan Jones 28/12/2011 The few remaining Christians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip marked a very somber Christmas this year, reports The Guardian's Pheobe Greenwood from Gaza City. Greenwood is told by most local Christians that Hamas effectively cancelled Christmas after seizing control of Gaza in 2007, and that any open celebration of the Christian holiday is met with ...

Dacic: The police must not destroy the reputation it earned among citizens

Tanjug 28/12/2011 Dacic told reporters that the police must not destroy the reputation it earned among citizens who gave their trust to the forces and thus listed it among top three institutions in Serbia, together with the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Armed Forces. Everyone should do their job and those who will not perform their duty ...

Ateshian: French Resolution Freezes Turkish Armenian Relations

27/12/2011 The acting Patriarch of Turkish Armenians Aram Ateshian has said that involvement of other thoughts would freeze Turkish-Armenian relations. Commenting on a resolution criminalizing the denial of Armenian allegations on 1915 incidents which was adopted at French Parliament, Ateshian said that other thoughts should not be involved in this matter, otherwise the relations between Turkey and ...

40th Anniversary of Ordination of Archbishop Barsamian Celebrated

The Diocesan Council organized a reception at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., in honor of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian’s 40th anniversarry of priesthood and 20th anniversary of being Primate. 25/12/2011 The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian orthodox church of America NEW YORK — This year marks the 40th anniversary of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian’s ordination into priesthood. He ...

Hizbullah Delegation Visits, Greets Christian Sects on Holiday

28/12/2011 (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On the occasion of Christmas, and the approach of the New Year, Hizbullah formed a delegation composed of Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc Member Bilal Farhat, Hizbullah Political Council member Ghaleb Abu Zeinab, Hizbullah Mount Lebanon official Bilal Dagher, and a group from Hizbullah's public relations committee in Mount Lebanon. ...