Lebanon

His Holiness Aram I Decorates Raffi Arslanian with the “Knight of Cilicia” Insignia

February 27, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 On Sunday 23 February 2014, in the evening a special ceremony was organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Melkon and Haik Arslanian Djemaran (College) of the Armenian Educational and Cultural Association (Hamazkayin). Mr. Dikran Jinbashian, the current director, opened the evening. He recounted the history of Djemaran, which opened its doors 83 […]

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Archbishop Dionysius Behnan Jajawi Enters Eternal Rest

February 18, 2014 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East – 18/2/14 Memory Eternal!!! His Eminence  Dionysius Behnan Jajawi former archbishop of Jerusalem and the Holy Land of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East entered eternal rest. His Eminence was the most senior archbishop and had served more than 55 years as archbishop of […]

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Lebanese President Demands Judicial Action Over ‘Virgin Mary Kiss’

February 15, 2014 Featured News

15/2/14 Beirut (AFP) — Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman demanded action Friday after a television station aired a photograph of a man kissing a statue of the Virgin Mary and quoting him as saying “she is no longer a virgin.” Sleiman’s office said he called on the state prosecutor to “consider what appeared on television yesterday,” showing a man called Ali Eitawi […]

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Lebanese PM Optimistic on Release of Kidnapped Nuns

February 9, 2014 Featured News

Daily Star, Lebanon - February 2014 BEIRUT — Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced optimism late Friday over the case of the group of nuns kidnapped in Syria last year, saying Qatari officials expected the matter to be resolved soon. “In my recent meeting with the Qatari foreign minister who was accompanied by staff working on […]

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Officials visiting His Holiness Aram I on Armenian Christmas discuss the situation in Lebanon and the Middle Eas

January 21, 2014 Featured News

21/1/14 According to the established tradition, religious and political officials, as well as representatives of civil society and interreligious associations visit Antelias to express their good wishes to Catholicos Aram I and the Armenian community. The visit this year was also an opportunity for the leaders to discuss with His Holiness the situation in Lebanon, […]

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Live television broadcast of Christmas Liturgy via satellite from Antelias – January 6th, 2014

January 5, 2014 Featured News

Armenian Church in Lebanon – 5/1/13 The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) will broadcast LIVE via satellite the Christmas Liturgy presided over by His Holiness Aram I, from St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, on Monday 6 January 2014, beginning from 8:00 am UTC (GMT). For the Americas and Australia, check your local LBCI […]

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Fire of extremism devours decades-old Orthodox Christian library in Lebanon

January 4, 2014 Featured News

Middle East Online Lebanon – 4/1/13 Unknown assailants torch Saeh Library in Tripoli, destroying two thirds of some 80,000 books and manuscripts housed there. TRIPOLI – A decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest in north Lebanon’s majority Sunni city of Tripoli was torched late Friday, a day after a sectarian scuffle, a security […]

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Lebanon Plans Commemorative Stamp for Genocide Centennial

December 10, 2013 Featured News

10/12/13 BEIRUT—The government of Lebanon plans to issue a commemorative stamp picturing the Genocide Monument at Bikfaya, Lebanon, in order to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. On Friday, December 6, Lebanon’s Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sahnawi visited the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, His Holiness Aram I. During the visit, […]

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Bishop: Syrian Christians called to “take up arms”

December 10, 2013 Featured News

10/12/13 A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the seizure of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula. Speaking to the Iraqi newspaper Az-Zaman, Bishop Luca al-Khoury said “we have many young men who are asking […]

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Bassil seeks unified effort to protect Syrian Christians

December 10, 2013 News

The Daily Star – 10/12/13 BEIRUT: Caretaker Energy  Minister Gebran Bassil  called for forming a Lebanese  delegation to tour countries with influence on the “terrorist movements” in Syria  and ask them to mediate in halting the  attacks on Christians there. Bassil’s remarks were made following a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai  in Bkirki. “The […]

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Syria’s Christians Flee Kidnappings, Rape, Executions

November 20, 2013 Featured News

By Jamie Dettmer – 20/11/13 Running from assault, abduction, and assassination at the hands of jihadists and FSA rebels, Syria’s ancient Christian community fears a religious pogrom is set to erupt. Traumatized by what they have endured inside Syria and fearful for their future, Christians fleeing the 32-month-long civil war say the persecution of Christians […]

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Lamani Denies Contacting Kidnappers of Bishops in Syria, Lashes Out at ‘Inaccurate’ Media Reports

November 12, 2013 Featured News

Naharnet Newsdesk – 12/11/13 Mokhtar Lamani, U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s representative in Damascus, denied on Tuesday that he is personally contacting the kidnappers of the two Orthodox bishops, who were seized in northern Syria in April. Lamani’s office denied in comments published in al-Akhbar newspaper that he contacted head of a radical Chechen group […]

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Lebanese Shiite leader launches interfaith dialogue

November 11, 2013 News

Haytham Mouzahem Translated by Tyler Huffman – 11/11/13 God taught us how to converse with all people. There are no sanctities when it  comes to dialogue. God Almighty himself spoke to the devil. Are there people  like the devil? Also, the Quran is a book of dialogue with polytheists about the  unity of God, and […]

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Syrian crisis prompts bid by faithful to ease suffering

November 4, 2013 Featured News

Matt Rocheleau |  Globe Correspondent – 4/11/13 As a civil war rages in his home country, Syrian native Moussa Sallale knows his family in Damascus is under constant threat. Their next-door neighbor’s house in the Syrian capital was destroyed by a missile. So was their church. Sallale’s nephew is lucky to be alive after having survived […]

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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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