Syria

Two Bishops Kidnapped in Syria Held Captive by ISIL, in ‘Good Health’

June 10, 2014 Featured News

10/6/14 Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria in April 2013 are currently in the northern city of Raqqa and held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). According to a report published in al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday, the two bishops are “in good health” and are currently detained in the region […]

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

June 5, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Assyrian Boy Killed By Sniper in Syria

June 3, 2014 Featured News

June 2014 Hassake, Syria (AINA) — On May 28 two Assyrian teenagers were shot by a sniper as they were riding their motorcycle, returning from the village of Tel Hurmiz to their village of Um Gahrgan. Sheem Hormiz Sheeba (17) was driving the motorcycle with his friend Sargon (17) sitting behind him. Sheem was shot […]

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ISIS Destroys 3000 Year-old Assyrian Artifacts in Syria

May 19, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 (AINA) — According to a report from the website www.apsa2011.com, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has destroyed Assyrian statues and artifacts believed to be 3000 years old. The Assyrian archaeological artifacts were illegally excavated from the Tell Ajaja site. Looting of Assyrian artifacts was also […]

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

May 11, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria

May 8, 2014 Featured News

8/5/14 On Wednesday, May 7, history is being made. On behalf of the suffering churches of Egypt, Iraq and Syria, a broad array of American Christians, with a degree of unity rarely seen since the Council of Nicaea in 325, have joined together in a “pledge of solidarity and call to action.” In the “We […]

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CHRISTIANS FROM SYRIA SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE: HISTORIC CONFERENCE IN GENEVA ON 8 MAY 2014

May 7, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 On 8 May 2014, a historic conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, where seven senior religious and secular leaders from Syria’s largest Christian churches will speak in a unified voice on the situation in their homeland, which is the cradle of civilization and Christianity. In addition, significant meetings at the United Nations […]

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Celebrations of the Installation of Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

May 7, 2014 Featured News

Announcement by Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern United States – 7/5/14 Celebrations of the Installation of Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. St. Peter & Paul Cathedral , Maarat Saydnaya, Syria, May 29, 2014. St. Aphrem Church, Ashrafieh, Lebanon, June […]

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

May 6, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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United States fueling Instability in Syria

May 4, 2014 Featured News

KATIE GORKA – May 2014 The future of Christians in the Middle East is at stake. A growing number of Syrian Christian leaders are traveling to the United States to plead with lawmakers to stop sending arms to the rebels. The most recent visitor is the Patriarch of the Church of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregorios […]

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The Tragic Situation of Syria’s Christians

May 4, 2014 Featured News

Magdi Khalil – May 2014 Coptic Solidarity The Syrian uprising began as a peaceful protest against an autocratic regime that has oppressed its people for over four decades. However, no more than six months later, the uprising lost its peaceful form due to foreign interventions that aimed to hasten the collapse of the regime. The […]

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Patriarch Aphrem II Karim urges vigorous participation in upcoming elections

May 3, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion: Persecutions against Christians are unprecedented

May 1, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The events in Ukraine have diverted the world community’s attention from the global problem of persecution against Christians, steadily growing in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa. One in four Christians in the world is subjected to persecution today. People are ousted from their native lands; their […]

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Collection for the Christians of Syria from the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate

April 30, 2014 Featured News

30/4/14 The collection for aiding the Christians of Syria and of other areas of Middle East, many of them victims of the persecution and violence, began in all the churches and monasteries of the Romanian Patriarchate. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel expressed in the sermon delivered within the Divine Liturgy the hope that peace and good […]

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Syria’s Assyrians Threatened By Extremists

April 29, 2014 Featured News
Syrian and Iraqi Assyrian Christians women celebrate their new year in Damascus with folk dances and songs, April 1, 2004 (photo by REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri).

By Tareq al-Abed AL Monitor - 29/4/14 Ninety-nine years were not enough for the Assyrians to forget the pain inflicted by the bloody massacre known as the Sayfo massacre. Meanwhile, the heated situation in the Levant is burdening Christians in general, and the Assyrian Church in particular, amid growing talk about the danger of yet another […]

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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II observed special prayers on behalf of the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo, Syria

April 24, 2014 Featured News

April 2014 On April 22, 2014, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II offered special prayers on behalf of the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo, Syria: Archbishop Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim & Archbishop Boulous Yazigi as well as the other kidnapped priests and lay people. The service was held at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey. […]

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Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Bishops Abducted in Syria

April 23, 2014 Featured News

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America – April 2014 1. We, the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, representing millions of Orthodox Christians, express our grave concern over the escalation of unrest and ongoing violence in countries throughout the Middle East, especially in […]

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Patriarch john X : Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other

April 22, 2014 Featured News

22/4/14 Yazigi: Violence exacts heavy price, freedom is about reaching out to the other. Damascus, (SANA) Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, John X Yazigi hoped that it will become clear enough that violence exacts a much heavier price than peace. Yazigi, who led an Easter mass at the Greek Orthodox Mariamite Cathedral […]

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

April 22, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Archbishop Hanna: President al-Assad’s visit to Maaloula indicates failure of conspiracy against Syria

April 21, 2014 Featured News

21/4/14 Occupied Jerusalem, (SANA)- Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna directed a congratulatory and solidarity message to the Syrian people on the occasion of the Easter, hoping that God will save Syria, its people and army. Archbishop Hanna said that President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Maaloula village in Damascus Countryside and inspecting the damage […]

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad visits Christian town of Maaloula

April 21, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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