Patriarch Kirill’s congratulations to Bashar Assad on his re-election as president of the Syrian Arab Republic

June 2014 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russian has sent the following congratulatory message to Mr. Bashar Assad: To His Excellency Bashar Assad President of the Syrian Arab Republic Your Excellency, Dear Mr. President: Kindly accept my heartfelt congratulations on your re-election as President of the Syrian Arab Republic. The people of Syria pin their hopes on you ...

Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia concerned about situation in Syria

Trend N.Kirtzkhalia - 12/9/13 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is concerned about the situation in Syria, which can develop into a full-scale war, he said on Wednesday during a meeting in Tbilisi with the U.S Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Thomas Melia. "We are very worried because of the situation that has developed in Syria today. ...

Muslim clerics in Syria urge release of kidnapped bishops

By Patrick J. McDonnell - 27/4/13 BEIRUT — In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint. Imams and preachers at mosques throughout the Syrian capital said in Friday sermons that  the kidnappers were  “violating the sanctity of ...

Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader

Naharnet Newsdesk 12/2/13 President Bashar Assad met on Monday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi, state media reported, a day after the newly-enthroned leader appealed for dialogue and peace in the war-torn Syria. "President Bashar Assad welcomed Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi," said state news agency SANA. "Assad congratulated the patriarch for the key role played by the Orthodox ...

Anti-Assad Syria National Council picks a Christian to be its new leader

BY ROY GUTMAN - McClatchy Newspapers 12/11/2012 DOHA, QATAR -- Syria’s biggest political opposition bloc Friday elected a Christian, George Sabra, as president, a move Sabra said showed that the Muslim-majority nation will not allow its national uprising to descend into sectarian war. Sabra, a geography teacher who once wrote for the Arabic version of “Sesame Street,” immediately demanded that ...

Sectarian slaying: Syrian rebels attack Alawites, Christians – reports

9/8/2012 The ongoing conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly sectarian amid reports that rebel fighters have attacked a housing compound for employees of a power company, killing 16 civilians, mostly Alawites and Christians. The massacre took place in Jandar village near the western city of Homs on Tuesday, Syria’s state news agency SANA reports. "Armed men stormed the ...

Christians escape violence of Homs

Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post 14/7/2012 As the conflict in Syria continues without a resolution, and government and rebel forces are locked in fierce battles across several cities, Christians in the besieged city of Homs were evacuated with the help of a priest on Wednesday. For months, Christians have been trapped in the crossfire with scarce access to basic ...

Syrian Islamist opposition casts out Christians

Syrian Christians light candles during a service at the al-Zaytoun Church in Bab Touma Square in Damascus, on December 13 , 2011 in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and in memory of those killed in the ongoing unrest in the country (AFP Photo/Louai Beshara)

15/6/2012 The Christian minority in Syria is facing a growing threat and thousands are being forced to flee their homes as they face harassment and discrimination from radial Islamist factions of the opposition. At least 9,000 Christians from the western Syrian city of Qusayr were forced to seek refuge after an ultimatum from a local military chief ...

Syrian Christians worry about life after Bashar Assad

Greek and Armenian Orthodox Priests pray during a liturgy in January for a Christian boy who was killed in the fighting in the central Syrian city of Homs. (Joseph Eid / AFP/Getty Images / January 9, 2012)

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times 6/3/2012 They fear civil war and revenge attacks if President Bashar Assad falls, an anxiety fed by the sectarian violence seen in Egypt and Iraq. Reporting from Damascus, Syria— For 40 years, Um Michael has found comfort and serenity amid the soaring pillars and ancient icons of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox cathedral. But ...