- May 25, 2020
Groups representing Christians in northeast Syria are appealing for prayer, fearful that Turkey plans to make good its numerous threats to invade the region with its military forces.
Looking at the long-term history and percentages eliminated, the persecution of Assyrian Christians alone seems comparable to the Holocaust during World War II, yet when was the last time you heard about it in society or in the media?
Papal trips are important for many reasons, including what they reveal about a pope’s personality and priorities. Francis’s June 24-26 outing to Armenia was no exception, offering insights about the importance of Argentina, his seriousness about the Orthodox, and his stubborn streak.
An official of the Turkish foreign ministry said Monday that Pope Francis’s reference to slaughters of Armenians under the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide” will not help efforts to establish peace and stability in the region, after the pontiff defended his word choice in a news conference on Sunday.
Armenians say Pope Francis will be widely welcomed during his June 24- 26 visit not only because he’s recognized the genocide, but also for his moral stance on pressing world issues and for his decision to elevate St. Gregory of Narek, a 10th-century Armenian monk, to the rank of Doctor of the Church.
Ending a five-year freeze in relations, Pope Francis is set to meet the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb, in the Vatican on Monday. The al-Azhar mosque and university complex in Cairo, Egypt, is widely considered the most prestigious institution in the Sunni Muslim world. Just to put