Christian world

Catholic priest slain by criminal gang in El Salvador

38-year-old father Cecilio Perez was reportedly shot dead by a presumed gang member while he slept on Saturday night in his parish in El Salvador.Father Perez was the parish priest of San José la Majada, in Sosonate Diocese near the Guatemala border.

Spanish Don Bosco Missionary Priest Stabbed to Death in Burkina Faso

A Spanish priest, Father Fernando Fernández, was stabbed to death, and another injured on Friday evening, 17 May in Don Bosco center of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Southwest of Burkina Faso.

During lunch, a former cook who worked in the facility for seven years, hurled the Spanish religious with a knife and killed him. A second priest of Togolese origin was injured in the accident. Fr. Germain Plakoo-Mlapa, director of studies, was immediately transported to the hospital and is out of danger. The killer was immediately arrested by the police.

Three Prelates Consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

Three Prelates Consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church
Three Prelates Consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church
Three Prelates Consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church
Three Prelates Consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church

Three new prelates were consecrated for the Armenian Orthodox Church by His Holiness Karekin II -Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians on 12th May 2019 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Rev. Fr. Serovbe Isakhanyan was consecrated as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Germany; Rev. Fr. Daniel Fntgyan was consecrated as the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, and Rev. Fr. Tiran Petrosyan was consecrated as the Pontifical Delegate of Central Europe and Sweden.

Attack on Catholic church kills 6 people in Burkina Faso

An attack on a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, potentially linked to extreme Islamist violence in the country, has killed six people.

Al Jazeera reports that a group of between 20 and 30 armed attackers killed a priest and five worshippers on Sunday, in the northeastern town of Dablo. The assailants also burned down the church itself as well as several local buildings, including a medical facility. According to a government spokesperson, they also destroyed businesses that served alcohol.

JWG met in Warsaw, Poland

The Executive Committee of the Joint Working Group (JWG) between the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church met in Warsaw, Poland, from 6 to 8 May 2019 under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Nifon, Archbishop of Târgoviște (Romanian Orthodox Church) and His Excellency Diarmuid Martin, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.

First Orthodox christian theologian receive a doctorate in Erskine

On May 4, 2019, John G. Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a Doctorate in the 182-year history of Erskine Theological Seminary in South Carolina. Erskine Seminary was founded in 1837 and is rooted in the Reformed tradition. It is one if the oldest divinity schools in the American South. Dr. Panagiotou’s dissertation is titled The Path to Oikonomia with Jesus Christ as Our Lighthouse: A Study in the Theology of Christian Stewardship.

UK FM blasts persecution of Christians as report brands it ‘genocide’

The study commissioned by the UK Foreign Office has shown what it refers to as a modern-day exodus of Christians from the Middle East, with violence against them also spreading in other parts of Asia as well as in Africa.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday blamed ‘political correctness’ for failure to confront the oppression of Christians, which he called the ‘forgotten persecution’, citing the interim findings of a report commissioned by the Foreign Office.