In Damascus, Christians briefly ignore war for Easter

April 2014 DAMASCUS - The sound of battles echoes from the outskirts of the capital as Christians in Damascus celebrated the Easter weekend, briefly ignoring the conflict for the yearly ritual. At the gates of Saint George Syrian Orthodox Church – just a few minutes walk from a school where a mortar attack killed several children and ...

Christians, other minorities in Syria fear ‘ethnic cleansing’

By Slobodan Lekic Stars and Stripes - 22/8/13 DAMASCUS, Syria — It’s a sweltering Friday night and the brightly lit streets of the mainly Christian neighborhood of Kasaa throb with the rhythms of music and the laughter of scores of young men and women strolling or sitting in outdoor cafes sipping beer or soft drinks. That is, ...

Kidnap of Syrian bishops sparks global concern

23/4/13 DAMASCUS — The kidnapping of two Syrian bishops, reportedly by Chechen fighters, sparked international concern on Tuesday, as rebels battled regime and Hezbollah forces in Homs province, a watchdog said. In Israel, meanwhile, a senior military intelligence official said President Bashar Al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons, including sarin, against rebels on several occasions in recent months. Washington ...

Syrian War Especially Hard on Christians, Priest Notes

CARL BUNDERSON/EWTN NEWS 03/22/2013 DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian civil war, which has now begun its third year, has “totally destroyed” a quarter of the country with local Christians particularly hard hit by the fighting, says a missionary priest. “Christians are suffering so much. ‘Please don’t forget us’ is a very clear message,” Father Andrzej Halemba, a Polish ...

Archbishop Hanna: Syria Will Be Victorious against Conspiracy

17/4/2012 R. Raslan/ Ghossoun DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah Hanna, Stressed that Syria will achieve victory thanks to the awareness of the Syrian people in the face of conspiracy targeting to undermine their position, role and sovereignty. In an interview with the Syrian TV, Archbishop Hanna said that the message of Jerusalem to ...

At stake, a Damascus bond – Why fate of uprising will have a bearing on many Indians

K.P. NAYAR IN DAMASCUS 3/3/2012 Much more is at stake for the people of India than for their government in New Delhi in the current uprising against Syria’s Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the country’s President, Bashar al Assad. If Assad is overwhelmed by the ongoing rebellion against him, it may be the end of multiple strands of ...

Patriarch Hazim to Chinese Delegation: Misleading Media Reports on Syria’s Events Completely Baseless

19/12/2011 DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox on Monday stressed that misleading media channels are fabricating false news and reports on Syria's events. The remarks came during his meeting with a Chinese delegation comprising 15 intellectual, media and academic figures. Patriarch Hazim added "In Syria we've been ...

Patriarch Hazim rejects foreign calls for protecting Christians in Syria

Mazen 7/11/2011 DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox Ignatius IV Hazim said that the foreign sides which claim that Christians in Syria are oppressed are rejected, adding "Christians in Syria live in peace, but they only fear the international calls for protecting them." Hazim, during a speech to the Syrian TV broadcast ...

Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the whole East Calls for Ending Conspiracy, Congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Adha

R. Milhem 6/11/2011 DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the whole East on Sunday expressed hope that the voices of good in the world, particularly in the Arab nation, would work on ending the conspiracy against Syria. The Patriarchate said in a congratulatory message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, "We congratulate our people, the ...

Mor Theophilose George Saliba, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis to participate in the 79th Dukhrono of St. Ignatius Elias III as Patriarchal Delegates

Syrian Orthodox Church in India 5/2/2011 DAMASCUS/MANJANIKKARA: Archbishop Mor Theophilose George Saliba - Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon & Secretary of the Holy Synod, HG Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh - Metropolitan of Beirut and HG Mor Philaxinos Mathias Nayis - Patriarchal Assistant & Director of St. Ephraim Seminary will participate in the 79th Dukhrono of St. Ignatius ...