Speech by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Opening of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden

October 8, 2018 Featured

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – October 2018 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 of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden (October 2nd, 2018, Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala – SWEDEN) Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness, […]

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Swedish Foreign Minister Addresses Assyrian Community on Genocide Recognition

June 14, 2018 Featured
Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström being interviewed by Assyria-TV. ( AINA)

AINA – 14/6/18 Stockholm (AINA) — Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström has confirmed the current government of Sweden will not make recognition of the Assyrian genocide part of foreign policy. She made the announcement on Tuesday during a special visit to the Assyrian community in the town of Södertälje where Assyrians make up more than one […]

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Swedish City Allows 110 DB Muslim Prayer Calls, Rejects Church Clock Ringing

May 16, 2018 Featured
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Sputniknews – May 2018 The Swedish town of Växjö has sparked a lot of controversy by granting the local Muslim Foundation permission to run prayer calls at a maximum volume of 110 decibels. By contrast, a local church had to confine itself to a small and “quiet” clock inside the building to be used for a […]

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Assyrians in Sweden Critical of Government’s Position on Genocide Bill

May 11, 2018 Featured
Swedish PM Stefan Lövfen delivering a speech at the Assyrian Association of Södertälje in April 2014. ( AINA)

AINA – 11/5/18 Stockholm (AINA) — Assyrians and Armenians in Sweden have reacted strongly after Swedish prime minister Stefan Lövfen revealed in an interview that his government has no intention to make genocide recognition part of Swedish foreign policy. The announcement was ill received by the large Assyrian community, which makes up a significant portion of […]

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Assyrian Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday Worldwide

March 29, 2018 Featured
Assyrian Church of the East Thrissur, India

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East – 29/3/18 The Sunday of the Hosannas (Palm Sunday) has been celebrated by parishes and faithful of the Assyrian Church of the East around the world. Here we publish a selection of photographs from the processions and services held from as far afield as Baghdad to Bangalore […]

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Losing My Religion: Record Exodus From Church of Sweden

February 7, 2018 Featured

Sputniknews – 7/2/18 The dominant reason for the lapse from virtue is that people have simply ceased to believe in God, an internal church report commented on the record loss of membership amid financial irregularities and public controversies. Over the past two years the Church of Sweden has seen a record number of its flock leave the fold. In […]

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Finland Ablaze Over Dispute About God’s Gender

February 1, 2018 Featured

Sputniknews – January 2018 The debate stirred by the Church of Sweden’s decision to discourage the clergy from calling God “he” and “Lord” in late 2017 has mushroomed to neighboring Finland, where a pastor set many believers’ hearts afire by referring to God by a gender-neutral pronoun. A group of anonymous parishioners argued that Pastor Mia Bäck, who […]

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Our Lady and Savior: Sweden Makes Jesus Gender Neutral

December 31, 2017 Featured

Sputniknews – 31/12/17 A church in Sweden has decided that referring to Jesus as “he” is too limiting, and has sought to “broaden” the appeal of God by making Jesus more inclusive and gender-neutral. In a recent Christmas advertisement produced by the Church of Sweden, Jesus no longer possesses the antiquated gender pronoun “he”. Rather, “hen”, a gender neutralinnovation […]

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Assyrian Umbrella Organization Granted NGO Status in EU

December 31, 2017 Featured
Ms Attiya Gamri, a former member of a Dutch provincial parliament, is the current president of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe.

AINA – 31/12/17 Brussels (AINA) — The Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) has been granted official status as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The status was granted after a six month review by officials in Brussels, home to numerous NGOs. ACE will headquartered in Brussels. Related: Assyrian Confederation of Europe Elects President Related: Assyrian […]

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Oh, Lord! Church of Sweden Drops Male God For the Sake of Inclusion

November 26, 2017 Featured

Sputniknews – 26/11/17 In a bid to become more inclusive, the Church of Sweden has voted to adopt a new handbook that advocates discarding masculine references to God, such as “he” and “Lord.” Amid scathing criticism, the Church of Sweden has approved the new controversial and gender-neutral handbook by a large majority. The new guidelines, which are a […]

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Church of Sweden Slammed for Offering Job to Murderer, Mocking Jesus

November 6, 2017 Featured

Sputniknews – 6/11/17 The Church of Sweden has triggered criticism from its worshippers by offering a job to a former pastor convicted of murder and a meant-to-be-humorous tweet featuring Jesus, which many found offensive. Former pastor Helge Iversen (previously known as Fossmo), who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the solicitation of the murder of his wife in 2004, has been offered […]

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Church of Sweden Caught Sheltering Illegal Migrants Amid Projected Influx

August 29, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 29/8/17 The Church of Sweden has landed in an ethic dispute after a police raid unearthed its practice of sheltering illegal migrants. While the church officials accused the police of using them as bait, the police retorted that no one was exempt from Swedish law, not even a house of God. Over the […]

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Assyrian Football Teams in Sweden Tell of a Changing Community

July 8, 2017 News
Assyriska FF in Södertälje, Sweden was founded in 1974 by Assyrian refugees from the Middle East. ( Assyriska)

AINA – 8/7/17 Stockholm (AINA) — The Assyrian community in Sweden is perhaps best known for the football team Assyriska FF, established in the town of Södertälje the year 1974, which became the first immigrant club to climb to the top of the Swedish football league.Few people outside Sweden know that several other Assyrian football […]

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Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

June 26, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under […]

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Assyrian Genocide Documentary to Be Aired in Cyprus

March 8, 2017 Featured
In this 1919 photo released by the Armenian National Archives shows victims of the "Great Slaughter" in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The sign reads: Some of the Armenians, who were killed and brought to the Armenian Relief Hospital during the massacre of Feb. 28th 1919 at Aleppo. Violence against Armenian centers in eastern regions of the dying Ottoman Empire spiked over the summer 1915. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians deemed subversive to the empire _ as many as 1.5 million, by many accounts _ died in what is today eastern Turkey.Most were driven into the deserts of Syria and Iran, over the mountains into the southern Caucasus, into disease and starvation, hounded and attacked by maurauding soldiers, Turkish and others.(AP Photo/Armenian National Archives, HO)

AINA – 8/3/17 Stockholm (AINA) — Cypriotic state broadcaster CYBY has announced it will air the documentary film “Seyfo 1915 – The Assyrian Genocide” on March 8 on the RIK2 channel. The documentary had its premiere in 2015, marking the centennial commemoration of the Assyrian genocide. The film sparked headlines in 2016 when it was revealed […]

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‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign gets boost as Ahmedabad Diocese clergymen under Metropolitan Mar Yulios takes part in WCC campaign

February 25, 2017 Featured

Indian Orthodox Malankara Church –  25/2/17 – WCC – Indian Orthodox Malankara Church  AHMEDABAD, India: The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) has prominently featured Indian Orthodox Diocese of Ahmedabad (ODA) Metropolitan HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios and the diocesan clergymen for this week’s #ThursdaysinBlack campaign. The Metropolitan and the clergy have expressed their […]

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Pan-Oriental Orthodox Fellowship of St. Jacob Baradaeus & the Return to Orthodoxy

February 4, 2017 Support Missions

Visit – http://returntoorthodoxy.com/ FB PAGE – https://www.facebook.com/returntoorthodoxy To join the Fellowship of St. Jacob Baradaeus – or to submit material to the site – please visit: http://returntoorthodoxy.com/contact/ It is the unfortunate truth that in the modern day the Oriental Orthodox Churches have proven permeable (to one degree or another, depending upon the jurisdiction) to the influence of […]

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Swedish non-religious majority gets faith symbol-free cemetery

October 22, 2016 Featured News

Rt.com – 21/10/16 The Borlänge locality in central Sweden has opened the country’s first cemetery with no religious symbols allowed. Nearly eight Swedes out of 10 say they are not religious or are active atheists. The idea that non-religious people should have a place for their final rest with no religious symbols on gravestones came […]

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Lutheran Swedes to Cough Up Millions of Kronor for Papal Visit

October 15, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 15/10/16 Despite being a Lutheran nation in the periphery of the Catholic world, Sweden is proud to welcome Pope Francis in late October. The short papal visit to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is expected to last only a few hours, yet will cost Swedish tax-payers millions of kroner. Despite Pope […]

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Assyrian Confederation of Europe Elects President

October 13, 2016 Featured News
Ms Attiya Gamri, a former member of a Dutch provincial parliament, has been elected president of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe for a three term.

AINA – 13/10/16 Gothenburg, Sweden (AINA) — Assyrians in Europe concluded the first Assyrian European Convention, held on October 8 and 9 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The convention saw the election of the first ever president for the Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE), an umbrella organization for Assyrian national federations in the different European countries. Ms […]

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Assyrians in Europe to Gather for Inaugural Convention

September 19, 2016 Featured News

AINA- September 2016 Stockholm (AINA) — Assyrians in Europe will gather for a pan-European convention for the first time on October 8 and 9. The convention will take place in the city of Gothenburg in the Swedish west-coast. The program includes seminars, work shops, key note speeches by special guests and a fund-raising gala. The […]

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