The Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Egypt's new administrative capital opened amid heavy security on Coptic Christmas Eve.
The Houthis have been steering the religious narrative towards Iran by forcibly appointing mosque orators who propagate Wilayat al-Faqih.
The first batch of pilgrims arrived at the al-Wadiah land crossing late Wednesday night, with a total of 25,000 expected to travel to the kingdom through August 10th.
Around 24,000 pilgrims from all regions of Yemen will take part in the annual pilgrimage, the Ministry of Endowments and Guidance says.
Yemeni citizens who wish to perform umrah this year are being invited to register for the pilgrimage during the month of June.
Employees of government ministries under the militia's control are being forced to attend 'cultural courses' that serve as indoctrination.
The 20th anniversary of Emmanuel Gharib's ordination will coincide with the 85th anniversary of the Evangelical Church in Kuwait.
The annual feast, of unknown origin, is held on the last day before the Orthodox Christian observance of Lent begins.
Religious education institutions must be regulated by the government to ensure they are fostering a culture of moderation, scholars say.
Egypt's Copts will celebrate Christmas on Sunday, following a year in which their community has been the target of repeated terror attacks.
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Facilities for the manufacture of land and sea mines have been found in areas along the coast liberated from the Houthis, an official says.