President Bashar al-Assad Received by the Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church

June 2015 - FB Page of Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on June 11th 2015 in Damascus met with members of the Holy Synod of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, headed by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II. The President discussed various topics with His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II - Patriarch of Antioch and ...

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad visits Christian town of Maaloula

21/4/14 From Maaloula, President al-Assad asserts that Syria's human landmarks will remain steadfast. Damascus, (SANA) On the occasion of Easter, and from the heart of Maaloula town in Damascus countryside, President Bashar al-Assad wished a blessed Easter for all Syrians. During his visit to Maaloula town, President al-Assad visited the Monastery of Saints Sergius and Bacchus and inspected ...

President Bashar Al-Assad received Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim

Prakash Varghese (OCP Delegate of UAE, Gulf and Levant Region) OCP news Service 02/04/14 Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Al- Assad received the new Patriarch Ignatius Ignatius Aphrem II Karim of Anthioch and All East who is elected as the head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. A high level delegation form the Syriac Orthodox Church accompanied the Patriarch ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels battle army for control of Syrian Christian town

    Associated Press - 22/10/13 BEIRUT — Syrian government forces battled Tuesday with al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, activists and the state media said. The Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, appear to have targeted Sadad because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it ...

Rumors Denied Over Kidnapped Syria Bishops

29/6/13 The nephew of the one of the bishops kidnapped in Syria has denied rumors that he has been killed, following the circulation of an undated video showing two other Christians, including a bishop, being brutally killed. Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men ...

Christians flee Syrian town

11/6/2012 Damascus: The Christian population in the Syrian town of Qusair has abandoned it following an ultimatum from the rebel military chief. According to a newspaper, almost 10,000 Christians have fled the city, situated in the battleground province of Homs after the ultimatum expired on Thursday. "Some mosques in the city have relaunched the message, announcing it from ...

First high-ranking Christian soldier defects from Syrian army

HATAY / PARIS 13/3/2012 A Lieutenant Colonel has defected from the Syrian army, becoming the first high ranked Christian defector from the Syrian regime, according to London-based daily Asharq Alawsat. Muti Ilyas announced his defection in a video published on Youtube, saying the “Syrian army is far from protecting people and has turned into a force which massacres ...

Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the whole East Calls for Ending Conspiracy, Congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Adha

R. Milhem 6/11/2011 DAMASCUS, (SANA) - Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the whole East on Sunday expressed hope that the voices of good in the world, particularly in the Arab nation, would work on ending the conspiracy against Syria. The Patriarchate said in a congratulatory message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, "We congratulate our people, the ...