Peacemaking Initiative of Christian Leaders in Response to the Situation in the Middle East

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 20/4/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II signed the below published statement of Peacemaking Initiative of Christian Leaders in response to the situation in the Middle East. The statement was also signed by His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate for the Coptic Orthodox Church, as ...

Appeal of the Three Patriarchs to the International Community

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 26/8/16 The Three Patriarchs residing in Damascus: His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, His Beatitude Gregorius III Lahham, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem and His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and ...

Patriarch John X to Poland on an Official Church Visit

Iulian Dumitrascu - Basilica News Agency- August 2016  Upon the invitation of His Beatitude Sawa, Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland, His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, is paying an official visit to the Church of Poland during the period of August 16 – 22, 2016. He will be accompanied ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Attends Funeral of the Late Mother of Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - April 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the funeral service of the Late Mother of His Brother in Christ, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Patriarch John X, at St. Georges Cathedral in Lattaqia. The funeral service was attended by the Syrian Minister of Endowments, Dr. Mohammad Abdelsattar ...

S. Africa: Children Welcome Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria

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Ioanna Zikakou - 25/1/15 Over 200 students from Jabavu East Primary School in Johannesburg, South Africa, waved Greek and South African flags, and sang the national anthems of Greece and their country, welcoming Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and All Africa. Jabavu East Primary School has established a Greek language learning program for the last 20 years under ...

His Holiness Aram I and His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Discuss Christian Presence in the Region

May 2014 Following their meeting in Bahrain during the International Conference, His Holiness Aram I and Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, met again in Dubai. V. Rev. Mesrob Sarkissian, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also attended the meeting. The two church leaders discussed ...

Turkish PM Erdoğan’s steps ‘not enough,’ Greek Orthodox Patriarch says

May 2014 Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for improving rights for Christians, but added pointedly, "it is not enough." In an interview with The Associated Press in his Istanbul office, Bartholomew expressed disappointment that Erdoğan had not re-opened the Theological School of Halki, the Orthodox Church’s ...

Patriarch Yazigi: We will never submit to those who transgress against sanctities

24/12/13 Damascus, (SANA) – Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi affirmed that there will be no submission to those who transgress against sanctities, nor will there be silence over the abduction of bishops, priests and innocent people. In his Christmas letter issued on Tuesday, Patriarch Yazigi said "we will not be ...

Syria Nun Kidnapping: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Urges Release of Maaloula Sisters

Umberto Bacchi - 12/4/13 John Yazigi calls on jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra militia to return St Tecla nuns to safety. Syria's Greek Orthodox patriarch has urged Syrian rebels to release a group of nuns who taken hostage from a convent in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula. Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and 11 nuns were kidnapped from St Tecla Orthodox ...

Greek Orthodox Patriarch conducts religious ceremony at historic island church

BALIKESİR – Doğan News Agency - 23/9/13 The Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew yesterday conducted a religious ceremony on the Marmara Island of the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir. Nearly 150 people attended the ceremony, with many Orthodox believers coming from Greece and Istanbul. Patriarch Bartholomew also paid a visit to the local Saraylar Mayor Süleyman Aksoy ...

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 ...

Many Greek citizens are looking to move to Turkey says Patriarch

19/2/13 Many Greek citizens are looking to move to Turkey due to the dire economic situation back home, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew has said, according to daily Milliyet. According to the Orthodox spiritual leader, both Greeks who left the country in the past, as well as those with familial roots in the country, are seeking to go ...

New Greek Orthodox Patriarch enthroned in Syria

Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East

The Associated Press - 10/2/13 DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's Greek Orthodox Church enthroned a new patriarch during a ceremonial Liturgy in Damascus on Sunday amid civil war. John X (John Yazigi), 57, replaces Ignatius Hazim as the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. Hazim died in December. There are a number of mostly autonomous Eastern Orthodox ...

Al-Rahi to Damascus for Inauguration of Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch

Naharnet Newsdesk 9/2/13 Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi revealed his intention to visit Damascus on Sunday to take part in the inauguration celebration of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Youhanna al-Yaziji, the An Nahar daily reported Saturday. Al-Rahi's revelation came following a mass he held in the city of Tripoli on the occasion of Saint ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Congratulated Newly Appointed Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

  On 18 December 2012, from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent a letter of congratulations to His Holiness Youhanna X, the newly appointed Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The Pontifical letter states in part: “By God’s will, you were entrusted ...

Metropolitan Youhanna Yaziji Elected New Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch

  17/12/2012 Lebanon: Metropolitan Youhanna al-Yaziji was elected on Monday the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch. He will succeed late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim, who passed away on December 5. He will be known as Patriarch Youhanna X. The election was made after a meeting of 20 archbishops at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery on Monday ...

Lebanon Bids Farewell to Patriarch Hazim

9/12/2012 Lebanon bid farewell Sunday in a popular Mass at St. Nicolas Church the late Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch Ignatius IV Hazim, who died at a Beirut hospital Wednesday morning a day after suffering a stroke. Hundreds attended the funeral service at the Ashrafieh church in honor of the 92-years old patriarch. Hazim’s casket ...

Metropolitan Esper named Locum Tenens

The Daily Star 8/12/12 BEIRUT: Metropolitan Saba Esper was elected Friday as temporary successor to the late Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim. The appointment came during a meeting at Balamand monastery in Koura, North Lebanon. Esper currently serves as the metropolitan of three southern provinces of Syria: Hawran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. Hazim, who was born in ...

Patriarch of Jerusalem: We will Respond to the Occupation Crimes in the Holy Land with More Construction

PNN 12/10/2012 On Thursday 11th October, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, said that Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem Will respond to the Israeli attacks which have recently carried out on the holy sites by building new churches and repairing damages in the old ones. "Muslims and Christians exist in this land as its original citizens and not ...

Hazim refuses transforming Orthodox to Political Party

NNA 1/11/2011 In an interview on L'Orient Le Jour on Monday, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim voiced refusing to transform the Orthodox confession to a political party, considering that there are no candidates from the Orthodox Church for administrative posts. Hazim said he hasn't made any contact with the Syrian opposition, whose future program for the ...