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Cross destroyed by ISIS restored on the dome of the ancient St. Morth Shmooni Syriac Orthodox Church in Iraq

April 5, 2018 Featured
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Liju Cherian (Chief Editor) OCP News Service – 5/4/18 Artella-Iraq- Orthodox Christians in Iraq restored Cross on the dome of St. Morth Shmooni Syriac Orthodox Church in Artella, Iraq. This beautiful and ancient Church, and its 800-Year-old altar were severely damaged by ISIS. Mor Timotheos Mousa Al Shamani (Metropolitan of Mor Mattai Dayro, Iraq) was […]

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Paschal-Easter Greetings from OCP Chairman – 2018

March 31, 2018 Featured
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The Executive Council – March-April 2018 – OCP News Service Dear All Christ is Risen, He is Truly Risen Indeed!!! Krisdos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Haroutyunen Krisdosi! Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! Paschal greetings from Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE family. ‘Let all Pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; […]

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Palm Sunday celebrations mark revival of life in Qaraqosh

March 27, 2018 Featured
The Palm Sunday celebrations saw thousands of Christians take to the streets of Qaraqosh (World Watch Monitor)

Wordlwatchmonitor  – 27/3/18 For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for over three years before its liberation in […]

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Assyrians Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Patriarch’s Assassination

March 5, 2018 Featured
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AINA – 5/3/18 (AINA) — On March 3 Assyrian around the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mar Benjamin Shimun XXI, Patriarch of the Church of East. Mar Shimun was assassinated on March 3rd, 1918 by Ismail Simko, a Kurdish warlord. The Patriarch had accepted Simko’s invitation and had gone to his […]

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Ceremony Held for New Assyrian Church in Arizona

March 5, 2018 Featured
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Assyrian Church of the East – 5/3/18 On Sunday 18 February 2018, His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of Western USA of the Assyrian Church of the East laid the foundation stone for the future St Mar Yosip Khnanisho Church in Gilbert, Arizona. The ceremony was attended by a large congregation of priests, deacons and […]

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The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

January 14, 2018 Featured
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AINA – 14/1/18 On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their […]

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“THE WEST IS ABANDONING GOD,” PAT. KIRILL TELLS NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA

November 18, 2017 Featured
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Orthochristian.com – 18/11/17 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with newly-appointed American ambassador to Russia John Huntsman at the patriarchal residence yesterday to discuss matters of relations between the two countries and of the fate of suffering Christians around the world, reportspatriarchia.ru. Welcoming the guest, Pat. Kirill noted that the Russian Church […]

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Sermons Delivered by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II in Germany

October 26, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 26/10/17 Speech of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II – Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church at the opening assembly of the “Christianity in the Middle East: Challenges and the Future” Conference on October 20, 2017, in Berlin Your Holinesses, Eminences, Graces, Very […]

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Second Assyrian Mayor Illegally Removed By Kurdish Authorities

August 7, 2017 News
Basem Bello (center), the Assyrian mayor of Tel Kepe, north Iraq, was illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities on August 3.

AINA – 7/8/17 Tel Kepe, North Iraq (AINA) — The mayor of Tel Kepe, Basim Bello, was removed from his office on August 3 by the Nineveh Provincial Council. Mr. Bello is the second Assyrian mayor in three weeks to be illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities. The Assyrian Mayor of Alqosh, […]

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Assyrians in North Iraq Reject Second Mayor Appointed By Kurds

August 1, 2017 News
Lara Yousif, an Assyrian and a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, waving a Kurdish flag. She was appointed the mayor of Alqosh, an Assyrian town in north Iraq, despite the protestations of the residents.

AINA – July – August 2017 Alqosh, North Iraq (AINA) — The residents of Alqosh, an Assyrian town in north Iraq, have again rejected the new mayor appointed by the Nineveh Province Council, an entity controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The new mayor, Alqosh resident Lara Yousif, […]

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Acts of Faith: Refugees Switch to Christianity to Avoid Deportation From Finland

July 30, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 30/7/17 When in Finland, do like the Finns do. This must be the logic of Muslim asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq who according to recent reports are converting to Christianity by the hundred. Many of the apostates suggest they are facing persecution as infidels, which is why returning to their home […]

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Mar Benyamin Elya Consecrated Bishop of the Assyrian Diocese of Victoria & New Zealand

July 21, 2017 Featured
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Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East – July 2017 Photo Gallery: On Sunday 16th July 2017 by the grace of Almighty God, the Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon under the leadership of His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia AM was blessed with the consecration of His Grace Mar Benyamin Elya as the […]

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Judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqis over Justice Dept objections

July 13, 2017 Featured
Protesters rally outside the federal court just before a hearing to consider a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraqi nationals facing deportation, in Detroit, Michigan, US, June 21, 2017 © Rebecca Cook / Reuters

RT.com – 13/7/17 A federal judge in Detroit, Michigan has stopped the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals, many of them Christians, asserting jurisdiction in the case despite objections from the US Justice Department. “This Court concludes that to enforce the Congressional mandate that district courts lacks jurisdiction – despite the compelling context of this case […]

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“Our Last Stand: Saving Christianity in Iraq”

July 5, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – July 2017 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II spoke at the Panel entitled: “Our Last Stand: Saving Christianity in Iraq” at the conference on the Future of Christians in Iraq. The panel was moderated by MEP Gyorgy Holvenyi. His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Very Rev. […]

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‘You are Islam’s black sheep’: 300 Austrian imams condemn ISIS terrorists

June 17, 2017 News
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RT.com – 17/6/17 Islamic clerics in Austria have produced a 9-point declaration, calling ISIS terrorists “black sheep” and urging fellow believers to play a greater role in society, days after Austria introduced a burqa ban and compulsory integration courses. 300 imams representing the mainstream Islamic Religious Authority of Austria unveiled a text that “condemns terrorist […]

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Top Russian Cleric Spotlights Ordeal of Christian Minority in Middle East

May 14, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 14/5/17 In a meeting with US Vice President on Thursday, Russian Metropolitan Hilarion discussed the hardships of Christians in the Middle East, stressing that Russia is the only party thaey can rely on as of now. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russia’s military action in Syria has helped save lives, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s external relations […]

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Clerical Ordinations in Australia – Assyrian Church of the East

April 16, 2017 Featured
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Assyrian Church of the East – April 2017 His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon has elevated three priests to higher holy orders and ordained two priests for the Archdiocese. On Sunday 26th March His Beatitude elevated Rev’d Fr Korkis Toma to the ranking of Cor-bishop at St Abdisho’s […]

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ANALYST: PROTECTION OF SYRIAN CHRISTIANS RAISES PUTIN’S RATINGS IN EUROPE

March 30, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 30/3/17 President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings in Italy and in other Western European countries have grown lately, which likely reflects Europeans’ reactions to Russia’s protection of the Syrian Christian population, said Andrea Gianotti, the director of the Italian Institute of Eurasian Studies. Gianotti participated in the thirteenth international conference of the Foundation for […]

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Why You Should Eat Like the Ancient Assyrians Ate

March 26, 2017 News
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By Sarah Conway -AINA- March 207 Atorina Zomaya, the spirited founder of Assyrian Kitchen, is making ancient foods a modern phenomenon. As part of the Chicago-based interactive cooking project, Zomaya hosts popular cooking classes with Assyriologists from the University of Chicago to share 6,000 years of Assyrian culinary tradition with her students. Zomaya’s site also […]

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Speaks on the Future of Christians in the Middle East

March 14, 2017 Featured
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AINA – Bar Daisan – 14/3/17 Munich (AINA) — The future of Christians in the Middle East was the subject of a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference, held on 17-19 of February. Organized by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the panel was titled “What future do Christians have in the Middle East?” and focused on […]

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Daesh Militants Turn Christian Church Into Caliphate’s Сhildren Training Center

January 24, 2017 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 24/1/17 Daesh militants have turned the main Christian church in the Iraqi town of Tall Kayf into a base to train young recruits, including from nearby Mosul, local media reported Monday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Rudaw news agency reported, citing an eyewitness, that the children trained there were about 15 years old. Jihadists […]

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