President General Michel Aoun & Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II discuss – ‘the Abducted Archbishops of Aleppo’

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 22/1/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency the President of Lebanon General Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar of Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Clemis ...

Chaldean Patriarch: State Secularism and Religious Freedom Answer to Fundamentalist Barbarism

By Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako - 1/5/15 Baghdad -- Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako has just returned home from Beirut (Lebanon), where he took part in a meeting on 27 April with the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches, including Patriarchs Ignatius Joseph III Younan and Ignatius Ephrem II. At the ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Meets Syriac Catholic and Chaldean Catholic Primates

27/4/15 Lebanon: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with their Beatitudes Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan and Chaldean Patriarch Mar Rafael Louis Sako at the Syriac Catholic Patriarchate in Beirut, Lebanon. They have issued a statement following their consultory meeting encouraging the preservation of the Christian Identity in the Middle East, especially ...

Does the West Ignore Iraqi Christians Because They Lack Economic Stake?

Assyrian refugee in Ankawa, Iraq.

By John Newton http://www.catholicworldreport.com - 15/12/14 Beirut -- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes. In an interview in the French capital with international charity Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Joseph III Younan of ...

ISIS Desecrates Ancient Assyrian Monastery in Iraq

St. Behnam Monastery

http://www.fides.org - October 2014 Militiamen from the self-proclaimed 'Islamic Caliphate' have removed the crosses and burned ancient manuscripts in the historic Monastery of Mar Behnam, ten minutes from the city of Qaraqosh, that they have occupied since last July. Confirmation of the desecration came from a former village chief who lives near the monastery. He told Syriac Catholic ...

ISIS, Kurds Clash Near Assyrian Town: 2000 Assyrian Families Driven From Mosul

23/7/14 (AINA) -- ISIS and Kurdish forces clashed yesterday at about 10 PM on the outskirts of Tel Kepe, an Assyrian town 13 miles north of Mosul. ISIS to take over a medicine factory about 1.5 miles west of Tel Kepe. ISIS were forced to go back after a short battle. The latest count of the number ...

Outrage over Syrian rebels assaulting catholic monastery, killing hermit

Syrian Turkmen rebels.(AFP Photo / Jm Lopez)

27/6/13 A revered Syrian monk and hermit, Father Franҫois Mourad, has been killed during an assault of the Franciscan monastery in a predominantly Christian village in the north near the Turkish border, Vatican Radio reported. The circumstances surrounding Mourad’s death in the monastery of St. Anthony of Padua, about 70 miles from Syria’s largest city Aleppo, remain ...

Minority sects demand greater representation in Parliament

Van Meguerditchian The Daily Star 15/2/13 BEIRUT: Lebanon’s minority Christian sects demanded greater representation in  Parliament Thursday and called on lawmakers to add two more seats for the group  in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Following a meeting at the Chaldean Archdiocese in Baabda, Chaldean Bishop Michel Kassarji  said that religious figures of  all six minority sects had agreed to ...