Patriarch John X Yazigi calls for a solution to the abducted people in Syria

Beirut, SANA - 27/6/14 Patriarch John X Yazigi of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox Church called for raising the voice loudly at international” Deaf ” forums to convey what is happening in Syria of kidnapping acts and sacrilege of sanctities. The patriarch, during the opening ceremony of the Antioch conference in Beirut, called on ...

Syrian Forces Expel Rebels From Christian Town on Turkish Border

A church in the Armenian Christian town of Kessab (Reuters/Stringer).

16/6/14 - http://rt.com The Syrian military has recaptured the strategically important border town of Kessab. The predominantly Christian-Armenian town was overrun by jihadist rebels in March, with much blame placed on Turkey for reportedly allowing the crossover to happen. Syrian armed forces have been carrying out systematic assaults on the Al-Nusra Front and associated rebel positions across ...

Patriarch John X Yazigi: Participation in presidential elections duty and right of all

29/5/14 Damascus, (SANA) - Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East John X Yazigi called upon all the Syrians to participate in the presidential elections, being a turning point in Syria's history. In a statement to al-Ikhbariya TV Channel, Patriarch Yazigi pointed out that participating in the presidential elections is a duty and right of all ...

Patriarch John X calls for amity and optimism to reconstruct Homs

Homs, (SANA): Patriarch John X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East called on all people of Homs to embrace patience and optimism and amity to be one hand for reconstructing what has been damaged, expressing confidence that the efforts exerted by the state will let everyone come back to their houses ...

Virgin Mary Statue returns to monastery in terrorism-battered Maaloula

May 2014 Damascus Countryside, (SANA) Amid popular and civil participation, the army returned on Monday a statue of the Virgin Mary which terrorists had shattered to St. Sergius and St. Bacchus Monastery in Maaloula in Damascus Countryside, as SANA reporter said. The statue sustained significant damage at the hands of terrorists when they were running amok in ...

Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs before and after insurgent activities

11/5/14 Oum al-Zennar Church, before and after terrorists passed through it More images here: Homs, (SANA) When looking at images of Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs Old City before and after terrorists passed through it, the contrast can be quite jarring. The wounded church stands today as a testament to the hate-fueled Wahabi mentality of the terrorist groups ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II: Presidential elections opportunity for each citizen to have role in Building modern Syria

11/5/14 Damascus, SANA, Patriarch Mar Ignatius Afram II, Supreme Leader of Orthodox Syriac Church affirmed Friday the constitutional process of presidential elations in Syria is an opportunity to each citizen have an important role in building strong, modern Syria and help put visions and plans to reactivate the Syrian original values. Patriarch Afram said in an interview ...

Patriarch John X appeals to international community for working on bringing peace to Syria

6/5/14 Manama, (SANA) - Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi appealed to the international community for working to bring peace to Syria through dialogue and to combat the Takfiri ideology and extremism. Patriarch Yazigi stressed during the opening session of 'Civilizations at service of Humanity' Conference held in the Bahraini capital ...

Patriarch Aphrem II Karim urges vigorous participation in upcoming elections

5/3/14 Damascus, (SANA) Mar Ignatius Aphrem II Karim, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church called for vigorous participation in the upcoming presidential balloting set for June 3. During his meeting Friday with a solidarity delegation from the Syrian community in Sweden, the Patriarch underscored the significance of such visits of expatriates for "showing solidarity with ...

Archbishop Hanna holds prayers for the release of abducted Aleppo Bishops

26/4/14 Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA) Archbishop of the Sebastian Greek Orthodox Church Atallah Hanna called for prayer on Friday for the release of the two abducted bishops in Aleppo, Paul Yazig, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun, and John Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo. The prayer came during liturgical celebrations of the baptism of ...

Al-Rahi calls on international community to stop terrorist war in Syria

22/4/14 Beirut, (SANA) Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Maronite Church reiterated his call on international community "to stop the terrorist war in Syria." In a speech after a mass held in Bkirki , al-Rahi said the international community should put an end to this endless, cursed war in Syria ...

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 ...

Patriarch Karim: All Syrians are determined to remain steadfast in the homeland

2/4/13 Damascus, (SANA) Mar Girgis Cathedral for Syriac Orthodox in Bab Touma neighborhood in Damascus held a reception on Tuesday on the occasion of the arrival of Mar Ignatius Ifram II Karim, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Supreme Leader of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the World. Patriarch Karim was elected as the 123rd Syriac ...

Information Minister and media figures offer condolences over passing of Patriarch Iwas

30/03/2014 Damascus, (SANA) Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi offered condolences over the passing of Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, at St. George Church in Damascus. Head of the Journalists Union Elias Murad, directors of media establishments and editors-in-chief of local newspapers ...

Patriarch Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas laid to rest in Sednaya

28/3/14 Damascus, (SANA): The body of Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, was laid to rest on Friday at the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral of St. Ephraim Monastery in Sednaya. A funeral ceremony for Patrach Iwas was held earlier ...

Awkaf Minister: Patriarch Zakka Iwas was a towering national figure

22/3/14 Damascus, (SANA): Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of theUniversal Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Zakka I Iwas passed away Friday. Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed said the late Patriarch was “a great religious, national and Arabist figure”. Speaking to the Syrian satellite TV channel, al-Sayyed announced with deep regret and sorrow the death of Patriarch Iwas, saying ...

Solidarity with abducted archbishops and nuns expressed

Bethlehem, West Bank, (SANA)- Participants of Theology and the Local Church Conference in the occupied Palestinian territories expressed solidarity with the abducted archbishops and nuns  by the armed terrorist groups in Syria, stressing the adherence of the Christians of the east to their Arab identity and rejection of isolationism, being original part and parcel in the ...

Patriarch Yazigi: We will never submit to those who transgress against sanctities

24/12/13 Damascus, (SANA) – Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East John X Yazigi affirmed that there will be no submission to those who transgress against sanctities, nor will there be silence over the abduction of bishops, priests and innocent people. In his Christmas letter issued on Tuesday, Patriarch Yazigi said "we will not be ...

Patriarch Iwas: Terrorism in Syria targets Muslims and Christians alike

24/12/13 Damascus, (SANA) – Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, asserted that Syria had always been the home of Syriacs, and that the terrorism taking place in it target Muslims and Christians alike. In a letter on occasion of Christmas, Patriarch ...

Syrian Rebels Kidnap Nuns as They Invade Christian Town of Maaloula Again

 Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter - 3/12/13 Syrian rebels have reportedly re-entered the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of the country's capital of Damascus, this week while battling forces loyal to the country's President Bashar al-Assad. The rebel forces have been occupying the small, predominately Christian town intermittently for the past several months as they ...

Rebels Shell Orthodox Elementary School in Damascus, 9 Children Killed

    12/11/13 The website of the school can be found here. The Patriarchate has published the following pictures, here: Damascus (AFP) - Nine children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school and a  school bus in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television  reported. "The toll in the  terrorist targeting of the St. ...