Maronite Patriarch: negotiations for Syrian nuns’ release have ‘stumbled’; new video appears

CWN - 13/2/14 The patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church said that the release of a dozen kidnapped Syrian nuns appeared imminent until recently. In December, Syrian rebel forces abducted the nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Taqla in the historic Christian village of Ma’loula, whose residents still speak Aramaic. “We have made multiple contacts with several ...

Greek Orthodox bishop denies urging Syrian Christians to take up arms

CWN -19/12/13 A Greek Orthodox bishop has denied urging Syrian Christians to take up arms, according to a new Fides news agency report. Bishop Lukas El Khoury, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, had allegedly said that “every young Christian in a position to do so should take up arms to protect Syria, churches, ...

Syrian Catholic bishop condemns Orthodox bishop’s call to arms

CWN - 14/12/13 A Greek Orthodox bishop’s exhortation to Syrian Christians to take up arms is “insane” and “reckless,” a Syrian Catholic prelate told the Fides news agency. Bishop Lukas El Khoury, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, had said that “every young Christian in a position to do so should take up ...

Syrian Islamic leader says kidnapped Orthodox bishops are alive and in Turkey

CWN - -31/10/13 Two Orthodox bishops who were kidnapped in April by rebel forces in Syria are alive, and are now being held in Turkey, according to the Grand Mufti of Syria. Ahmad Hassoun Badreddin said that the abduction of the two prelates-- Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi, both of Aleppo— ...

Pope Tawadros II to Visit Pope Francis

CWN - 6/4/13 Pope Tawadros (Theodoros) II of Alexandria, who was elected head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in November, has announced that he will soon visit Pope Francis in Rome. The announcement followed an April 3 meeting with Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Egypt in January. The Coptic Orthodox Church is not one ...

Syrian rebel soldiers kidnap two Priests

CWN - 15/2/13 Two Christian priests—one Armenian Catholic and the other Greek Orthodox—have been kidnapped by Syrian rebel soldiers. Armenian Catholic Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo told the Fides news service that it was unclear whether the kidnappers represented the rebel forces or were renegades acting for themselves. Church officials are trying to establish contact with the ...

Syrian bishop: ‘all the churches desecrated’ in Homs

CWN 22/10/2012 The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, told an audience at Parliament in London that the city is in “chaos.” Christians “have fled their homes because of the threat of bombs, they have lost their livelihoods; schools, hospitals and other public services do not function,” said Bishop Antoine Audo, a Jesuit who has led ...