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Assyrians Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge for Genocide Awareness

August 16, 2018 Featured
Assyrians walk across Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to raise awareness of Assyrian genocides. ( AINA)

AINA – 16/8/18 San Francisco (AINA) — The Assyrian people in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran have been subjected to systematic ethnic cleansing for over a century. The biggest human losses suffered by the Assyrian nation happened between the years 1915 and 1933 — this period of atrocities and oppression against the Assyrian people is […]

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Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day Amid Strife and Exodus From Middle East

August 10, 2018 Featured
The Arabic letter "n" (inside red circle), signifying "Nasrani" (Christian), on an Assyrian home in Mosul.

  AINA – 10/8/18 (AINA) — August 7 is Assyrian Martyrs Day. It is commemorated worldwide by Assyrians to remember their fallen, including the 3,000 who were killed by the Iraqi army in Iraq between August 7 and 11, 1933 in the town of Simmele (ܣܡܠܐ), North Iraq, and its surroundings. It was carried out […]

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The Assyrian Simele Massacre and the Unsung Hero of the Genocide Convention

July 27, 2018 Featured
Assyrian refugees who survived the Simele Massacre of 1933 pictured in the Khabour region of Syria, 1935. ( Assyrian Policy Institute)

  AINA – 27/7/18 On day 189 of the Nuremberg Trials, French prosecutor Auguste Champetier de Ribes delivered his closing statement. In it, he described the Holocaust as a “crime so monstrous, so undreamt of in history through the Christian era up to the birth of Hitlerism, that the term ‘genocide’ had to be coined […]

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Assyrian Organizations Ask Iraq to Recognize 1933 Massacre of Assyrians

July 24, 2018 Featured
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AINA – 24/7/18 (AINA) — A coalition of four Assyrian organizations from the Unites States, Canada and Europe has sent a letter to the Iraqi government asking for official recognition of the massacre of Assyrians by the Iraqi army in August, 1933. Called the Simmele massacre, it was conducted in the Assyrian town of Simmele and its […]

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Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights Issues Report on Christian Persecution in Syria

June 23, 2018 Featured
The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.

AINA – 23/6/18 (AINA) — The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights has released a report titled The Good Shepherd – A Report on Brutality Against Christian Clerics in Syria. The report documents the suffering of Christians in Syria, who over the course of seven years have been the innocent victims of a conflict that became a proxy war […]

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Following Christ together in discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: What does this mean for the global church today? – Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

April 27, 2018 Featured

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 27/4/18 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 3rd Global Gathering – Global Christian Forum April 25, 2018, in Bogota – COLOMBIA Following Christ together in discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: What does this mean […]

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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

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

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
His Holiness Benjamin Shimun XXI (1887-1918), Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of East.

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

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
Attorney Robert DeKelaita speaking at a rally.

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

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

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

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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