Human Cross Record Attempt

At the start of Lent: Thousands of Filipinos lined up across a football field in Manila to mark the start of Lent by forming a human cross they hoped would go down as the world’s biggest. Officials at the University of Santo Tomas, a Catholic university that at 400 years old is the nation’s oldest,…

Copts Bury Their Dead

See more heartbreaking photos as MSNBC’s photoblog. Reuters: Thousands of Egyptian Christians attended an emotional funeral service on Thursday for people killed in the worst Christian-Muslim violence since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power. Six coffins lay by a church altar during the ceremony, victims of the violence on Tuesday in which 13 people were…

Assassination Attempt on Patriarch Bartholomew I Prevented

Yet another assassination attempt on the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has been prevented: The Turkish police have prevented another assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, according to the Austrian catholic news agency. The Turkish police have arrested two suspects aged 17-18. The assassination attempt was planned in the Fanar district, where…

Renovations Underway at the Holy Temple Mount

The Jerusalem Post reports: Jordanian-financed restoration work is currently underway at the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The 35-acre compound Muslims know as Haram Al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, is the third holiest site in Islam. Jews refer to the site as the Temple Mount. Built on the spot where the ancient Jewish Temples…