Middle Eastern

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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Russian Orthodox-Roman Catholic Church Relations Enter New Phase

August 24, 2017 News
© Sputnik/ Sergey Pyatakov

Sputniknews – 24/8/17 Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said that relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year’s meeting. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year’s meeting between the leaders of the […]

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Trump’s pre-election remarks ‘give hope’ for dialog with Russia – Patriarch Kirill to RT

November 19, 2016 Featured News

RT.Com – 19/11/16 US President-elect Donald Trump’s statements show that he is willing to pave the way for dialog with Russia and join efforts in fighting global terrorism, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill told RT. The patriarch praised Trump’s campaign statements, in which he showed “intent to pave the way for […]

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Bishops Abducted in Syria in 2013 Alive, Currently in Raqqa

October 28, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 28/10/16 According to preliminary data, Syrian bishops abducted in the vicinity of the country’s northern city of Aleppo in 2013 are alive and currently in the city of Raqqa occupied by the Daesh militant group, a mother superior at the Monastery and Convent of Saint James the Mutilated, located in the western Syrian […]

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Pope Francis criticizes Western interference in Middle East, Africa

May 18, 2016 Featured News
Pope Francis © Tony Gentile / Reuters

www.rt.com – May 2016 Pope Francis has criticized Western powers for attempting to export democracy to countries in the Middle East and Africa without paying attention to local political cultures. The pontiff was speaking to the French Catholic newspaper, La Croix. “Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that […]

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Assyrian Organizations Send Open Letter to U.S. Presidential Candidates

April 12, 2016 Featured News

12/4/16 (AINA) — An open letter by eleven Middle Eastern, European and American Assyrian organizations has been sent to the crop of U.S. presidential candidates. The letter asks the candidates what steps they would take to stop the genocide of Assyrians, Yazidis and other groups by ISIS. Since capturing Mosul in July, 2014, ISIS has […]

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“Lasting Peace in Middle East Linked to Justice, Not Violence” – Patriarch Kirill

February 22, 2016 Featured News

www.sputniknews.com – 22/2/16 Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that he felt the “pain of all Christians who are oppressed today” inside the Catedral Metropolitana Ortodoxa. SAO PAULO (Sputnik) – A lasting peace in Syria and the Middle East can only be linked with justice and is unachievable through war and violence, head of […]

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November 13, 2015 Featured News

On 10 November 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met with the Yazidi community leaders. The meeting took place at the DECR premises. The Yazidi delegation included Hazem Tahsin Saeed, acting Mir of the Yazidi community; Baba Sheikh, spiritual leader of the Yazidi community; […]

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October 27, 2015 Featured News

27/10/15 A prayer at the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Syria for peace in this longsuffering land marked the beginning of a visit of a delegation of the Russian parliamentarians and representatives of the Military Brotherhood Veterans Organization to Syria. The delegation included Mr. Sergei Gavrilov, coordinator of the Inter-Faction Deputy Group for […]

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A Future for Minorities in the Middle East?

October 16, 2015 Featured News
The Arabic letter "n" (inside red circle), signifying "Nasrani" (Christian), on an Assyrian home in Mosul.

By Peter Ahern – 16/10/15 (AINA) — Consider this imaginary situation. Hundreds of British citizens are kidnapped while travelling in the Middle East by a Muslim jihadi militia. The kidnappers hold the victims in an unknown and lawless location in a failed state and demand a ransom of one million dollars per person for their […]

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The Christians of the Middle East will not Melt Away – Metropolitan Silouan of the British Isles & Ireland

September 30, 2015 Featured News

By Bilal Slaytin – September 2015 – notes on Arab Orthodoxy  – Patriarchate of Antioch  The Bishop of Britain to as-Safir: The Christians of the Middle East will not Melt Away In calm and confident language, the Bishop of Ireland and the British Isles Silouan Oner responds to as-Safir’s questions in his first interview with the […]

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Assyrians: From Mosul to Motor City

March 6, 2015 Featured News

By Aaron Foley https://foreignpolicy.com – 6/3/15 DETROIT — It’s easy to miss Tigris Restaurant in Detroit’s Chaldean Town, a tiny stretch of businesses and residences on Seven Mile Road just off Woodward Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare. Chaldean Town is like many parts of Detroit: a mix of still-operational community centers and businesses with an increasing […]

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“Middle Eastern Religious Leaders Bear the Historical Responsibility to Promote a Culture of Living Together” Catholicos Aram I

October 17, 2014 Featured News

October 2014 11 October 2014. On Saturday, Bishop Shahé Panossian, the Prelate of Lebanon, represented His Holiness Aram I at a conference organized by Adyan, the Lebanese foundation for Interreligious Studies and Spiritual Solidarity, at the Notre Dame Du Puits-Bqennaya. After thanking the organizers for their timely initiative, he read the message of the Catholicos […]

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US Lawmaker on Persecution of Middle Eastern Christians: ‘It Is Genocide’

September 14, 2014 Featured News

By Penny Starr http://cnsnews.com – September 2014 Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the persecution and slaughter of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in the Middle East is “genocide.” Citing the attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Levant (ISIL) on the city of Mosul in Iraq in […]

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Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs Visit North Iraq in Solidarity With Christians

August 21, 2014 Featured News
From left: Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II Karim, Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako, Patriarch Bechara Boutros AlRai, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Youna, Patriarch Gregorius III Lahham.

21/8/14 (AINA) — Five patriarchs of Middle Eastern Churches visited north Iraq yesterday to support the Assyrian Christians, who have been driven from their homes and villages by the Islamic State (ISIS) and whose religious institutions have been destroyed and occupied. The Patriarchs were: Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros AlRai Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox […]

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Archimandrite Christophoros Atallah’s Message to Middle Eastern Christians

August 12, 2014 Featured News

August 2014 O Christians of the Middle East, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” ( St John 14:1). When we look at what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Gaza and many of the countries around us and the international silence accompanying it, which is more deadly than […]

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The Coming Antiochian Unity Conference: A Ray of Light towards Long-Awaited Hope

June 23, 2014 Featured News

June 2014 We have no future if we do not not understand the constant factors and engines of change in the world today and the motion of history and its repercussions for Antioch’s situation and if we do not discern from them the paths to move forward toward the future. The famous British writer Oscar […]

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European Commission Research on Middle Eastern Christians in Europe

January 21, 2014 Featured News
From left to right: Dr Lise Paulsen Galal (Roskilde University, Denmark), Torsten Moritz (Churches

By Dr. Marta Wozniak – 21/1/14 (AINA) — We are an international team of academics specialising in Middle Eastern Christianity. For several years we were working independently — from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Poland. Inspired by Dr Fiona McCallum, we met in Oxford in 2011 and decided to join our efforts to applyfor a prestigous European […]

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Middle Eastern primates to meet in Cyprus to discuss the future of Christians in the region

October 17, 2013 News

17/10/13 October 15, 2013. (Romereports.com) The primates of the increasingly fragile Greek Orthodox Churches in the Middle East plan to meet in Cyprus to talk about their future in the region.        The meeting is still being planned out, but the main topic of discussion will be the instability in Syria and Egypt. […]

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Archbishop Condemns Slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians, Calls for Christian Leaders to Unite

October 15, 2013 News

15/10/13 Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Antoine Shedrawi, the Metropolitan of Mexico and Central America, condemned the daily killing and harassment of Christians during a visit this week to the Maronite patriarch of Lebanon, Mar Bechara el-Rahi. Christians of the Middle East are “indigenous people,” said the archbishop, adding that they would defend their land until the “last […]

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One ethnic Armenian kidnapped, another taken prisoner in Syria

January 25, 2013 Featured News

25/1/13 Reports from Syria say at least two ethnic Armenians have been kidnapped or taken prisoner amid a continuing civil war in this Middle Eastern country. According to the National Primacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, a 56-year-old Armenian man was kidnapped from the public transport on his way from Aleppo to Beirut yesterday. An […]

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