Lebanese President Vows to Help Secure Bishops’ Releas

October 22, 2013 Featured News

22/10/13 BEIRUT — President Michel Sleiman vowed Monday to help secure the release of two bishops kidnapped in April by armed men near the Turkish border. A statement from his office said Sleiman’s remarks came during a meeting with senior security and military officers at the presidential palace in Baabda. The meeting addressed ways to […]

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His Holiness Aram I meets representatives of countries and institutions at the European Union (EU) in Brussels

October 21, 2013 News

21/10/13 On the occasion of his presence in Brussels to address the 3rd Conference of the Armenian Genocide Committees in Europe, Catholicos Aram I of Cilicia had the opportunity to meet the representatives of countries and institutions at the EU during formal dinners. At a luncheon offered by the Ambassador of Lebanon to Belgium, the Catholicos […]

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Patriarch John X Calls for All-embracing Cabinet, Urges Responsibility in Case of Kidnapped Bishops

October 15, 2013 Featured News

Naharnet Newsdesk – 15/10/13 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Youhanna X Yazigi stressed on Tuesday the importance of forming an all-embracing government to avoid a constitutional vacuum and consolidate civil peace. During a synod held in Balamand, he called for consolidating Lebanon and distancing it from the crises in the region. Yazigi said an all-embracing cabinet should be formed to […]

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Will Bishops Be Included in Deal

October 15, 2013 Featured News

Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor  Lebanon Pulse – 15/10/13 A Lebanese minister confirmed to Al-Monitor that he has completely freed up his schedule for  the next few days, and will keep his mobile phone at his side until the end of  the Eid al-Adha holiday, which lasts from Oct. 15-17. He said he is waiting for  a call […]

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Bishop Shahé Panossian has been elected Primate of Lebanon

October 11, 2013 News

Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon On Monday 7 October 2013, the Diocesan Council of Lebanon met at St. Nishan Church in Beirut to elect a new Primate from a short list of three names. The Council elected Bishop Shahé Panossian who had the highest number of votes. The Bishop, who joined the brotherhood in 1971, […]

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Do not forget Syria’s Christians, priest urges Westerners

September 28, 2013 News

Damascus, Syria, Sep 27, 2013 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war. “I appeal to our fellow Christians in Europe and the U.S. […]

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Religious leaders and Syrian refugees meet in Lebanon

September 22, 2013 News

By Isabella Eisenberg – 22/9/13 Here, in the northern Lebanese district of Akkar, Catholic-Maronite, Sunni, Greek-Orthodox and Alawite villages are scattered all over the landscape. The Syrian border is a 15 minute drive to the north of the northern Lebanese town of Halba, and residents can hear shelling in Syria at night and episodes of […]

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Syrian Christians in Limbo, Fearing Repeat of Iraq

September 19, 2013 News
Clerics and other people attend the funeral of three men at Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus, Syria, on September 10, 2013.

Jamie Dettmer - 19/9/13 BEIRUT — Syria’s Christians dread the upsurge of radical Islamic fundamentalism among rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad, concerned that the Syrian civil war could spell the doom of Christianity in their country. But some critics say Christian leaders made a fatal error in siding against the rebellion. From the earliest […]

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33rd Enthronement Anniversary of Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas of Anticoh and All East

September 17, 2013 Featured News

17/9/13 Lebanon: Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas celebrated his 33rd year of  Patriarchal enthronement on 14th September 2013. His Holiness is the 122nd Canonical Patriarch in the lineage of Patriarchs on the  Apostolic throne of St. Peter. On September 14, 1980 he was consecrated as the Patriarch of Antioch by name Ignatius Zakka  in a ceremony, officiated […]

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“We must strengthen the foundations of Christian-Muslim coexistence”, His Holiness Aram I

September 15, 2013 News

September 2013 His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan invited the Heads of Christian Communities in the Middle East to meet in Amman from 3-4 September 2013 to discuss the challenges they are facing as a result of the conflicts in the region. His Holiness Aram I appointed Archbishops Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Armenians in […]

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Syrian Islamist Rebels Threaten

September 9, 2013 Featured News
A Syrian woman holds a banner for saving Maaloula while Lebanese and Syrian Christian Maronites pray for peace in Syria, in Harisa, Jounieh September 7, 2013.

Nasser Chararah for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse – 9/913 After the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, armed extremist Islamists entered the Syrian town of Maaloula, located to the northeast of Damascus. Maaloula does not hold a strategic position in the equation of the currently ongoing armed conflict […]

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Lebanon patriarch rejects military action in Syria

September 2, 2013 Featured News

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 […]

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Details Emerge On Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

August 21, 2013 Featured News

  Mohammad Ballout Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon) 21/8/13 Are the two bishops missing or martyred? What is Jesuit priest Paolo Dall’Oglio‘s relation to the matter? What about his mission to mediate with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in order to reveal the bishops’ fate? What about his disappearance and possible death? There […]

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Aleppo, the Bishop and the Martyred City

August 14, 2013 News

14/3/13 “I was supposed to be going to the Rimini meeting, but it’s not the right time to be travelling”. Antoine Audo, Jesuit and Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, prefers to stay close to his people who are suffering. He thinks it is not the right time to be taking pointless risks in order to take […]

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Lebanon’s Latest Church-State Scuffle

August 14, 2013 News

Elie Hajj for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse  – August 2013 In a rare instance of solidarity, the hard-line Association of Muslim Scholars endorsed the Lebanese Orthodox Church’s objection to the presentation of a particular dance performance during the Baalbek International Festival in August, which, due to the war in Syria, has been relocated from the Roman ruins of the […]

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Worries Grow About Fate Of Kidnapped Syrian Bishops

August 7, 2013 Featured News

  Jean Aziz for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse 7/8/13 A multitude of grim indications have surfaced about the tragic kidnapping of two bishops at the hands of armed factions in Syria. This most heinous of kidnappings in the ongoing Syrian conflict began on April 22, when news spread that gunmen near Aleppo had abducted the city’s Syriac Orthodox […]

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His Holiness Aram I inspects the construction progress of the Genocide Memorial Museum at the Bird’s Nest

August 3, 2013 News

August 2013 Accompanied by five members of the construction projects committee, His Holiness Aram I inspected the site with architects Raffi and Viken Tarkhanian and discussed the progress of the project. The new museum in the old historical building of Bird’s Nest will be completed by 2015 and will tell the story of the orphans […]

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What’s Become of Syria’s Christian Sites?

July 20, 2013 Featured News

  Magda Abu-Fadil 20/07/13 As politicians debate the fate of Syria’s Christian minority, reportedly targeted by Muslim fundamentalists for supporting Bashar Al Assad’s regime, the country’s Christian sites seem to have been forgotten in the two-plus-year civil war. “They cut off the head of the statue of Mary (Lady of the Two Worlds) in Syria’s […]

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The Ambassador of Armenia in Lebanon meets with His Holiness Aram I

July 14, 2013 News

14/7/13 The Ambassador of Armenia met with His Holiness Aram I at his summer residence in Bikfaya. Ashod Kotcharian and His Holiness discussed Armenia-Diaspora relation and the situation in the region. The Ambassador then informed the Catholicos of the decision of the Middle East Airlines to create direct service to Yerevan twice a week. Caholicos […]

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Syrian Christians flee to Lebanon, become kidnapping targets

July 11, 2013 Featured News
A Syrian young girl is in her father

  Reese Erlich - 11/7/13 Syria’s civil war is empowering extremists and squeezing Christians. BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Syrian rebel group took credit for setting off a bomb in a supermarket parking lot in a part of southern Beirut populated with Hezbollah supporters Tuesday. Fifty-three people were injured, according to Lebanese health officials. The bomb exploded several hundred […]

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His Holiness Aram I heads delegation to the Presidential Palace

June 17, 2013 Featured News

17/6/13 On Saturday morning, 15 June 2013, His Holiness Aram I, accompanied by the Diocesan Bishops of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and 30 persons representing the General Assembly, met with H.E. Michel Sleiman, President of Lebanon. Catholicos Aram I first thanked the President for putting the case of Lebanon on the international agenda and for […]

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