Eastern Churches Renew Calls to Prohibit Attacks on Christians

Daily Star, Lebanon - 9/9/14 Beirut -- Muslim religious authorities must issue religious edicts prohibiting attacks against Christians and other minorities regardless of circumstance, a coalition of Oriental churches demanded Monday. The Gathering of Christians in the Levant reiterated its demands in a statement that deplored the desecration of religious symbols - including the recent pro-ISIS graffiti ...

ISIS Threatens Orthdox Church in Tripoli : Lebanese Army Responds

September 2014 From the Daily Star, here.See also their earlier article about anti-Christian graffiti in Tripoli here. Lebanese Army swiftly responds to Tripoli threats  TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army deployed heavily in the northern city of Tripoli Tuesday morning to ease fears over a threat against Christians that appeared to be posed by ISIS militants. “We came to slaughter you, you ...

Hariri backs patriarchs’ call to stem Iraq’s Christian exodus

Hariri backs patriarchs’ call to stem Iraq’s Christian exodus

The Daily Star - 9/8/14 “We call on all Islamic religious authorities, Sunni and Shiite, to issue clear fatwas forbidding assaults on Christians and other innocent people and their properties” BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri praised the statement of Eastern church leaders Thursday, urging the Arab League to cooperate with the international community to end the exodus ...

Iraqi Christians Find Little Help

By Rayane Abou Jaoude, Venetia Raineyl Daily Star, Lebanon - 28/7/14 BAABDA, Lebanon -- Joseph Toman leaned on the heavy wooden door of St. Raphael Chaldean Cathedral and sighed in exasperation. He wore a dirty shirt and his weathered feet peered out of a pair of tattered sandals, a far cry from the rest of the well-dressed Lebanese church ...

Greek Orthodox Church Condemns Attacks on Christians in Mosul

  Daily Star, Lebanon - 25/7/14 Beirut -- The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Wednesday condemned the attacks on Mosul's Christians, calling on states funding extremist organizations to stop immediately.  "We strongly ... condemn the attacks against the Christians of Mosul," a statement by the Patriarchate said, "and the exerted coercion forcing them to change their belief, pay a tax or ...

In Lebanon a Mark of Solidarity With Mosul Christians

Daily Star, Lebanon - 22/7/14 BEIRUT -- The exodus of Christians from the jihadist-controlled city of Mosul has stirred controversy in Christian and Muslim communities alike in Lebanon, with social media having big role in the backlash. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has recently changed its name to Islamic State (IS), gave Christians ...

Patriarchs Call on Region’s Christians to Hold on to Their Lands

Lahham, Yazigi and Rai at the opening of the Holy Synod at the Lady of Balamand Convent in north Lebanon, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 (photo: Antoine Amrieh).

By Antoine Amrieh Daily Star, Lebanon - 4/7/14 Balamand, Lebanon -- The patriarchs of Eastern churches Tuesday deplored the raging violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused a massive wave of refugees, exhorting Christians to maintain their presence in the region's war-torn countries and keep hold of their lands. In a statement released at the opening of their ...

Eastern Patriarchs Deplore Regional Violence

Daily Star, Lebanon - 2/7/14 BEIRUT -- The patriarchs of Eastern churches Tuesday deplored raging violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused massive displacement of people, calling to maintain the Christian presence in region's war-torn countries and preserve their lands. In a statement released at the opening of their Holy Synod in Lady of Balamand Convent in ...

Ibrahim says Maaloula nuns released

The Daily Star - 9/3/14 BEIRUT: Thirteen nuns who were kidnapped last year from the historic town of Maaloula in Syria were released Sunday, Lebanon's General Security chief said. “The decision to release them has been made but it is taking [us] some time to resolve logistics obstacles,” Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim told a local television station. “We are working on eliminating these ...

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 ...

Lebanese PM Optimistic on Release of Kidnapped Nuns

Daily Star, Lebanon - February 2014 BEIRUT -- Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced optimism late Friday over the case of the group of nuns kidnapped in Syria last year, saying Qatari officials expected the matter to be resolved soon. "In my recent meeting with the Qatari foreign minister who was accompanied by staff working on the case ...

Patriarch John X: Nuns seized in Syria are fine

26/1/14 HERMEL/BEIRUT: The group of nuns seized in the ancient Syrian town of Maaloula last month are doing well, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi said Saturday, and a security source told The Daily Star negotiations to secure their release were still ongoing. “The nuns are fine, I personally spoke to them over the phone a few days ago at the patriarchate’s headquarters,” Yazigi ...

Bassil seeks unified effort to protect Syrian Christians

The Daily Star - 10/12/13 BEIRUT: Caretaker Energy  Minister Gebran Bassil  called for forming a Lebanese  delegation to tour countries with influence on the “terrorist movements” in Syria  and ask them to mediate in halting the  attacks on Christians there. Bassil’s remarks were made following a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai  in Bkirki. “The Christians in Lebanon  ...

Greek Orthodox patriarch urges calm in bishops case

The Daily Star - 17/11/13 BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi  called Friday for dealing “calmly” with the issue of the two kidnapped bishops in Aleppo“so that our efforts will achieve the  results desired by everyone.” Yazigi was speaking to reporters at Rafik Hariri International  Airport. He admitted no progress had been made in solving the case ...

Ankara denies abducted bishops are held in Turkey

31/10/13 BEIRUT: The Turkish Foreign Ministry  denied reports that two  bishops kidnapped in Syria  were being held in Turkish territories,  according to a statement issued Wednesday. Referring to earlier reports circulated on Aug. 12 alleging the bishops were  in Turkey, the statement blamed the Syrian government for spreading false  information. “It has been observed that similar allegations are ...

Orthodox Gathering says Mideast Christians under threat

The Daily Star - 6/9/13 BEIRUT: The Orthodox Gathering called Friday on the U.S. to weigh carefully plans to launch a military strike against Syria, warning such an attack would threaten the presence of Christians in the region. They also criticized the international community for remaining silent over a recent attack in the predominantly Christian village of ...

Lebanon patriarch rejects military action in Syria

The Daily Star - 2/9/13 BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai  rejected any military action against Syria  in remarks Sunday following his meeting  with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant  and Antioch  John X Yazigi. “We are against any foreign military intervention in Syria or other [means]  that could includes weapons and strikes,” Rai said at Balamand Monastery ...

Leaders urge caution over reports of priests’ fate

By Lauren Williams The Daily Star 14/8/13 BEIRUT: Religious leaders urged “prudence” amid swirling rumors over the fate of three Christian priests reportedly kidnapped in Syria. Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime and advocate for inter-religious dialogue, has been missing since July 29 after he traveled to the northeastern city of Raqqa ...

Greek Orthodox patriarch slams failure to free bishops

Daily Star - 24/6/13 BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yohanna X Yazigi  questioned the failure of states  and security forces to expedite the release of two abducted bishops. “We appreciate the efforts exerted by the [relevant] states and security  forces to seek out information on the fate of the two bishops, but we wonder if  they lack the ...

Beirut march to mark Armenian genocide

The Daily Star - 18/4/13 BEIRUT: A committee organizing events to commemorate the 98th anniversary of  the Armenian genocide said a march will take place next week in Downtown  Beirut. “This march aims to reject Turkey’s policy of denial at international forums  and to demand that justice be served and the necessary steps to compensate  Armenians for ...

Patriarch Yazigi refuses to sanction Qatar diocese

The Daily Star - 14/3/13 BEIRUT: Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi  said Wednesday the church could not  sanction the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem’s decision to establish a new  diocese in Qatar. Yazigi said in a statement the move violated the laws of the All-Orthodox  Church, “because it required the approval of the Greek Orthodox Church  of ...