Dutch Parliament Members Express Concern About Kurds Marginalizing Assyrians

MPs Raymond de Roon (L) and Han ten Broeke have spoken in the Dutch Parliament about Kurds marginalizing Assyrians in North Iraq. ( AINA)

AINA - July- August 2017 The Hague (AINA) -- The Assyrian Federation of the Netherlands (AFN) has briefed members of of the Dutch Parliament regarding the situation in Assyrian town of Alqosh, North Iraq. The Kurdish Regional Government illegally replaced the Assyrian mayor of Alqosh with a Kurdish member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (AINA 2017-07-21). Alqosh is ...

Parliamentary Elections 2016: Patriarch of Romania votes in Bucharest

Patriarch of Romania votes in Bucharest, parilamentary elections 2016

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basicila News Agency - 15/12/16 Romanians voted Sunday, 11 December 2016, the parliamentarians that would represent them in the next four years. His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, voted Sunday evening in Bucharest, at polling station no. 648. After casting his vote, His Beatitude offered small icons to those present. The Romanian Parliament is ...

Australian MPs Condemn Vandalism of Assyrian Genocide Monument

18/4/15 (AINA) -- Members of the Australian Parliament have condemned the vandalism of the Assyrian Genocide Monument located in Bonnyrigg, a suburb of Sydney. The monument was defaced yesterday with offensive language and racial insults towards the Assyrian, Armenian and Jewish communities (AINA 2015-04-16). MP Guy Zangari, the Shadow Minister for Trade and Tourism, issued the following ...

CHURCH TO HELP MORTGAGE DEBTORS SETTLE THEIR PROBLEMS AND ASKS AUTHORITIES NOT TO LEAVE THEM IN THE LURCH

Interfax-Religion - 21/3/15 The Russian Church promises to spare no effort to settle the problems of mortgage debtors provoked by the ongoing crisis."Certainly, we'll petition for them. Today, after a meeting with organization of people, who took out a mortgage in foreign currency, we're thinking over the form and the addressee of the petition. But we will ...

Australian Assyrians Meet MPs, Push for Assyrian Safe Haven in Iraq

From left, David David, Suzy David, the Hon Richard Marles MP, Emmanuel Khoshaba, The Hon Chris Bowen MP, and Hermiz Shahen (AINA photo).

Assyrian Universal Alliance - March 2015 Sydney -- On Thursday, 19 March 2015, a delegation headed by Mr. Hermiz Shahen, Deputy Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA), Mr David M. David , President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation, Mrs Suzy David , AUA senior advisor and Former Deputy Secretary General, held meetings with the ...

AN “UNWANTED CHURCH”: TERNOPIL AUTHORITIES LEVY TAXES ON ONLY ONE CHURCH: THE ORTHODOX

Pravoslavie.ru - 15/3/15 The Ternopil city council has decided to indicate an “unwanted” church, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (of the Moscow Patriarchate). According to its decision, all the property belonging to religious organizations are exempt from real estate tax. All but one. The deputies have particularly stressed that the tax exemption does not ...

Assyrian Delegation Meets With Australian Parliamentarians

(AINA) -- On 11 March 2015, leaders of Victoria's Assyrian community met with Australian state and federal parliamentarians building on ongoing Assyrian advocacy efforts in Australia and around the world. Two separate meetings were held. The first with Mrs Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell and the second with Mr Rob Mitchell MP, Federal Member ...

Orthodox church vandalized in west Ukraine

Orthodox church vandalized in west Ukraine

Moscow, February 12, Interfax - An act of vandalism has been committed on the grounds of the St. John Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP UOC) in the village of Demidovka, Rovno region, in western Ukraine. The vandals damaged a section of the church fence with a brick, broke the gate lock and ...

The Synodal Choir Honors the Memory of Alexander Gretchaninoff

ROCOR - MP- November 2014 On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Synodal Choir of New York performed a concert of liturgical and secular music to honor the memory of Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninoff on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great composer. The first part of the performance, under the direction of Peter Fekula, included ...

Australia Assists Victims of Sectarian Violence in Northern Iraq

From left: Mr. Paul Azzo, the Honorable Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. David David, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Mr. Hermiz Shahen (AINA photo).

Assyrian Universal Alliance - 27/9/14 For the past four months, the Australia Chapter of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) has communicated closely with high officials of the Australian government regarding the violent attacks in Iraq by the terrorist group called ISIL. An AUA delegation met with The Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs two times during ...

Dutch MP Visits Assyrian Refugees in North Iraq

24/8/14 Ankawa, Iraq (AINA) -- Dutch MP Joel Voordewind visited Ankawa on Thursday to assess the state of the Assyrian refugees who fled from ISIS. 200,000 Assyrians fled from their homes when ISIS moved into their towns and villages, including Baghdede, Bartella, Karamles, and dozens of villages in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul. The Assyrians ...

Over 60 churches destroyed in Syria, thousands of Christians become refugees – Russian MP

June 2014 Moscow, June 3, Interfax - More than 60 churches and monasteries have been completely destroyed in Syria by militants since the armed conflict broke out in that country, Russian MP and coordinator of the inter-faction group for the protection of Christian valuables Sergey Gavrilov has said. Gavrilov and other Russian parliamentarians and Central Election Commission ...

I.A.O. delegates pay respect to Late Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Dydimos I of the East 

Interparliamentary Assembly On Orthodoxy - 28/5/14 India/Kerala/Kottayam: The I.A.O. delegates who are on a working visit to Kerala paid their respect and homage to the mortal remain of the late Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Dydimos I of the East. The delegation included honorable Anastasios Nerantzis, Greek MP, Gen Secretary of IAO, honorable Sergei Pavlovich Ibukhof, Russian MP,  honorable Kostas Migdalis, Advisor to IAO, ...

Grand Opening and Consecration of St Abdisho’s Church in Victoria, Australia

Assyrian Church of the East - May 2014 In a weekend of joy and adulation, the Assyrian Church of the East in Victoria, Australia has celebrated the grand opening and consecration of St Abdisho’s Church in the suburb of Coolaroo. Both events, on 3 and 4 May 2014 respectively, saw thousands of Assyrians and faithful of ...

Assyrian MP Blasts US for Not Promoting Christianity At Schools, Praises Iran’s Freedom of Religion

3/4/14 - http://english.farsnews.com TEHRAN -- A senior Assyrian lawmaker blasted the US human rights report on Iran, saying the US whose officials claim to be faithful Christians doesn't allow children to become familiar with Gospel at school, while Christian children in Islamic Iran are taught Gospel. "The behavior of the western rulers isn't at all related to ...

Dutch MP asks Representation of Syria’s Christians during Peace Talks in Geneva

On 17 January 2014, Dr. Pieter Omtzigt, the Dutch MP and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has requested all countries - in writing - to support an equal representation of Syrians by including the Christians during the Syria peace talks which is scheduled to take place in Montreux, Switzerland on ...

MP seeks to establish Orthodox Christianity as national Constitution basis

24/11/13 Center left MP Yelena Mizulina, known for her pro-life stance and conflicts with leaders of the LGBT community, has suggested amending the constitution emphasizing the exclusive role of the Russian Orthodox Church. Mizulina said at the Friday session of the parliamentary group for the protection of Christian values, that the Russian constitution should include a preamble ...

Third-party assisted reproduction is adultery, says Church

4/10/13 THE CHURCH of Cyprus considers the use of eggs and sperm from third parties in assisted reproduction as adultery, MPs heard yesterday. Paphos Metropolitan Georgios said the Church rejected the notion of using surrogate mothers because they could bond emotionally with the baby and refuse to hand them over to the real parents. The Church also rejected ...

Patriarch Filaret Does Not Hold Any Grudges Against Current UOC-MP Head

19/8/13 The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) has repeatedly spoken critically of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, but he does not say anything offensive about Metropolitan Volodymyr (Slobodan), Primate of the UOC-MP. “A long time ago I removed from my heart the grudges I had against His Beatitude Volodymyr. ...

Iraqi MP: Syria collapse would endanger all Mideast Christians

  World Watch Monitor- 22/6/13 The collapse of the Syrian state would be a jihadist triumph and a threat to Christians throughout the Middle East, says Yonadam Kanna, a member of Iraqi National Assembly and Secretary General for the Assyrian Democratic Movement. Q: What do you think about future of Christians in Middle East? A: Well, it depends upon the political ...

Christian parties, Hezbollah and Amal firm on Orthodox plan

By Hasan Lakkis The Daily Star 25/2/13 Opposition and majority sources told The Daily Star that ongoing talks have not yet broken the deadlock over a new electoral law but said this week could be decisive. Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told The Daily Star that no one had contacted FPM leader Michel Aoun or any other FPM ...