CHURCH-STATE DELEGATION VISITS SYRIA

DECR Communication Service - April 2016 A delegation of Russian parliamentarians, members of the inter-factional group for defending Christian values, was on a visit to Syria from April 9 to 12, 2016. It included S. Gavrilov (State Duma), A. Yuschenko (Council of the Federation and State Duma), D. Sablin (Council of the Federation), and Ms. N. Kuskova ...

Muslim clerics in Syria urge release of kidnapped bishops

By Patrick J. McDonnell - 27/4/13 BEIRUT — In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint. Imams and preachers at mosques throughout the Syrian capital said in Friday sermons that  the kidnappers were  “violating the sanctity of ...

Bashar Assad Meets new Greek Orthodox Leader

Naharnet Newsdesk 12/2/13 President Bashar Assad met on Monday with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi, state media reported, a day after the newly-enthroned leader appealed for dialogue and peace in the war-torn Syria. "President Bashar Assad welcomed Patriarch Yuhanna X Yazigi," said state news agency SANA. "Assad congratulated the patriarch for the key role played by the Orthodox ...

Christians escape violence of Homs

Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post 14/7/2012 As the conflict in Syria continues without a resolution, and government and rebel forces are locked in fierce battles across several cities, Christians in the besieged city of Homs were evacuated with the help of a priest on Wednesday. For months, Christians have been trapped in the crossfire with scarce access to basic ...

Christian delegation visits leaders of faith in Syria

The Daily Star 28/9/2011 BEIRUT: A delegation of Christian clerics and officials held a meeting with key Christian religious leaders in Damascus, a statement from the Assembly of Eastern Christians said Tuesday. Their visits to the three religious leaders were made following a visit to Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday, during which the delegation reiterated Christians’ support for ...

Syria: President Bashir al-Assad has a staunch friend in the Church

By Richard Spencer 21/4/2011 Across Syria, President Bashir al-Assad is facing huge and angry protests against his rule, but he has a staunch friend in the Church. "We are with the government and against these movements that oppose it," said Bishop Philoxenos Mattias, a spokesman for the Syriac Orthodox Church. "Here in Syria we do not have problems like ...