Assyrian Children Bear Scars Of War – Face New Challenges In Exile

June 23, 2015 Featured News
Learning math and reading in French instead of their native Arabic has been a challenge for Syrian refugees Cynthia, 9, and her classmate, David, 8. They are among 128 Assyrian refugee students receiving IOCC assistance to continue their schooling in Lebanon. IOCC is providing more than 1,000 Assyrian Christian families exiled from their homes in Syria with food, housing assistance, and education support as they adjust to their new and unsettling status as refugees in Lebanon. photo: Ramzi Haidar/IOCC

June 2015- IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Desperate to flee the onslaught of violence surrounding his village near Hasakah, Syria, Charbel remembers how frightened he was when his family barely escaped their home before they saw it destroyed by their attackers. The 14-year-old Assyrian boy left behind all of his possessions, friends, and school, but […]

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June 2, 2015 Featured News

On May 29, 2015, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, met with a delegation of Russian parliament members and public figures at his residence in the Balamand Monastery. The delegation arrived in Lebanon after their trip to Syria bringing humanitarian aid of food stuffs and medicines. The delegation led […]

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His Holiness Aram I receives representatives of the Coalition of Religious Communities in Lebanon

April 12, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 8 April 2015. On Wednesday, representatives of the Interfaith Coalition of Religious Leaders met with His Holiness Aram I and invited him to a special event to be held on 12 April commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Lebanese civil war, which was to take place at the Martyr’s Square, a symbol of […]

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The Newly Renovated Martyrs’ Chapel in Antelias

April 12, 2015 Featured News

12/4/15 The Newly Renovated Martyrs’ Chapel in Antelias of the Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon.  Source:

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Assyrian Christian Couple Who Fled From Syria to Lebanon Tell Their Story

March 21, 2015 Featured News

By Doreen Abi Raad http://www.catholicherald.co.uk Assyrian Christians from Syria’s besieged Khabur region who fled their homes when the Islamic State seized their villages in February are increasingly seeking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon. Since March 17, the Assyrian Church of the East in Lebanon had registered 50 families from the region, and more are coming into […]

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Syrian And Iraqi Assyrians Flee ISIS Extermination Threat

March 19, 2015 Featured News
Iraqi Assyrian families took refuge in the mountaintop Mar Matta Monastery, 30 miles east of Mosul, to flee ISIS.

19/3/15 BEIRUT — Despite the war, 53-year-old Syrian Khami Haydo was obstinately clinging to her dream to “stay on my land.” She thought her only son was safe with her in the village of Tall Nasri, in northeastern Syria, after he dropped his studies at the University of Aleppo because of the fighting. An Assyrian […]

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“Lent is an invitation to accountability” Catholicos Aram I

March 18, 2015 Featured News

9 March 2015. As every year, His Holiness Aram I presided over the Arevakal (mid-Lent sunrise service) at St. Nishan Cathedral of the Diocese of Lebanon, the seminary choir performing the service. In his message, the Catholicos reminded the faithful that Lent is a spiritual journey of self-examination. Each Sunday of Lent is named after […]

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Maronite Church Invaded – Hole Dug by Altar

March 14, 2015 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim  – March 2015 In late February, “unknown persons” invaded Mar Elias, an ancient Maronite church in Bekaa, Lebanon.  Along with damaging one of the church’s windows, they destroyed a portion of the flooring, as they dug a large hole near the altar (see pictures below). According to Maronite Bishop Joseph Mouwad, much of […]

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The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag Meets with His Holiness Aram I

March 8, 2015 News

8/3/15 On 5th (Thursday) morning, Sigrid Kaag, who is preparing a report on security and stability in Lebanon for the UN General Secretary and the next meeting of the Security Council, met with His Holiness Aram I in Antelias. They discussed their concerns about the situation in the country and in the region, and the […]

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Catholicos Aram I condemns the kidnapping of Christians and monitors the situation of Armenians

March 3, 2015 Featured News

2 March 2013. After a brief absence, His Holiness Aram I returned to Lebanon and received Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon, Syrian Orthodox Archbishopric and Secretary to the Holy Synod, who described to him the recent attacks on the Christian villages in the Al-Hasakeh region of Syria near the far northeast of […]

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Assyrian Church Leader After ISIS Abductions : ‘We Only Have the Almighty Left to Protect Us’

February 26, 2015 Featured News

http://www.algemeiner.com – 26/2/15 The Vice President of the Assyrian Church in Lebanon, Father Yatroun Colliana, lamented the plight of his coreligionists in neighboring Syria following Monday’s Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught against Assyrian Christian villages in the country. His comments were made in an exclusive interview with Lebanese Daily An-Nahar. Father Colliana noted that, “ISIS terrorists carried […]

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Catholicos Aram I Honours Mr Krikor Mahseredjian as a Knight of Cilicia

February 9, 2015 News

4 February 2015. The ceremony was held on Wednesday evening at the Main Hall of the Catholicossate, in the presence of the Ambassadors of Armenia to Lebanon, of Lebanon to the United Arab Emirates, clergy who have served as Catholical Vicars of the Diocese of UAE and Qatar, representatives of the Armenian Community from Abu […]

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Blessing of Holy Muron to be held at the Catholicosate of Cilicia in July 2015

January 31, 2015 Featured News

January 2015 – Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon The Catholicosate of Cilicia announces the forthcoming ceremony of the blessing of the Holy Muron (Chrism) by His Holiness Aram I to be held on: Saturday 18 July 2015 in the evening at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, Lebanon. Source:  

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ISIS Offensive in Bekaa Valley Turns Christian Village Into Ghost Town

January 31, 2015 Featured News
Ras Baalbek.

http://www.worldtribune.com – 31/1/2015 NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included ISIL assaults on several Lebanese towns along the Syrian border. A key ISIL target was believed […]

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Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam Meets with Catholicos Aram I

January 21, 2015 News

17 January 2015. On Saturday evening Prime Minister of Lebanon Tamam Salam came to meet with His Holiness Aram I in Antelias. During the one-hour meeting, they discussed the conflict in the region, the situation in the country and issues connected with the Lebanese presidential election. Source:  

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As Some Mideast Countries Empty of Christians, Lebanese Numbers Swell

December 28, 2014 Featured News
An Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds a souvenir of the Holy Family Dec. 12 as a boy looks on at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut (CNS photo/Jamal Saidi, Reuters).

By Brooke Anderson Catholic News Service – December 2014 SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon — Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return […]

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The Papers of the Conference On “The Armenian Genocide from Recognition to Reparation” Appear in a Special Issue of Volume 14 of the International Criminal Law Review

December 23, 2014 Featured News

December 2014 The Communication and Information Office of the Catholicosate of Cilicia announces that the papers delivered at the momentous conference, held from the 23rd through the 25th of February 2012 in Antelias, Lebanon have been published in a special issue in Volume 14 of the International Criminal Law Review, 2014. The conference, which was […]

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Lebanon Should Safeguard Its Specificity in the Middle East – Declared Aram I to the Lebanese Community in the UAE

December 14, 2014 Featured News

9 December 2014. On Tuesday evening, His Holiness Aram I attended a special event organized by the Lebanese Embassy, where he met members of the Lebanese community in the UAE. After Ambassador Saad’s introduction, His Holiness addressed the guests. He first thanked the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his […]

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Catholicos Aram I Visit Embassies of Armenia and Lebanon in Abu Dhabi

December 14, 2014 Featured News

His Holiness Aram I Visits the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi 10 December 2014. On Wednesday, His Holiness Aram I and his delegation visited the Embassy of Armenia in Abu Dhabi. Ambassador Kegham Gharibian and the staff welcomed the Catholicos. After the blessing of the bread and salt, they led the Catholicos to the […]

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In Defense of Christians Meets Assyrian Church Leaders in Chicago

November 30, 2014 Featured News

http://www.indefenseofchristians.org – November 2014 In Defense of Christians traveled last week to Chicago for meetings with religious leaders and activists from the city’s Middle Eastern Christian Diaspora communities. Multi-denominational gatherings highlighted the need for unified Diaspora action at this critical time, when Christians across the Middle East are confronting grave threats and widespread humanitarian need. After […]

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Holiness Aram I Visits Iranian Officials

November 5, 2014 Featured News

November 2014 25 – 26 October 2014. On Saturday and Sunday His Holiness Aram I, accompanied by the diocesan prelates and representatives of church councils, met with Ali Larinjani, Chairman of the Parliament of Iran, and Dr. Abuzar Ibrahimi, the Director of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO). During their one-hour meeting His Holiness […]

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