Destruction of Historic Monasteries in Syria:  The War on the Past

  Wissam Abdallah - November 2015 - Notes on Arab Orthodoxy  Christian antiquities are spread throughout the geography of Syria. Some are an extension of ancient civilizations, while others were built by early Christians. The war in Syria poses a danger for these antiquities, such as monasteries, icons and manuscripts which are being destroyed or looted by ...

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria

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By Bar Daisan - 3/7/15 Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived on Saturday, June 27th in Qamishli to receive and encourage the thousands of Assyrians who have fled from Hasaka. The Patriarch made a call to the youth to return and defend Hasaka in light of the ...

Syria: Islamist Rebels Abduct 12 Nuns from Orthodox Monastery in Maaloula

3/12/13 Damascus (AsiaNews) – Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter “calls on all Catholics to pray ...

Violence Claims More Armenian Lives in Syria

20/11/13 DAMASCUS, Syria (A.W.)—In recent weeks the Syrian conflict has claimed a number of Armenian victims, including two children, whose loss has shocked the community. On Nov. 11, as students were released from the Holy Translators Armenian National School (Azgayin Surb Targmanjats Jemaran) in the Bab Tuma district, a mortar fell by the main gate of the ...

Syrian Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village

11/9/13 Sporadic fighting continues after Syrian government troops have regained control of the village of Maaloula, a center of Christianity in the region. RT’s correspondent reports from the village, amid shooting and fighter jets hovering overhead. The Syrian Army says there are no militants in the hotel as they were kicked out by regime forces. “We are being ...

Christians, other minorities in Syria fear ‘ethnic cleansing’

By Slobodan Lekic Stars and Stripes - 22/8/13 DAMASCUS, Syria — It’s a sweltering Friday night and the brightly lit streets of the mainly Christian neighborhood of Kasaa throb with the rhythms of music and the laughter of scores of young men and women strolling or sitting in outdoor cafes sipping beer or soft drinks. That is, ...

Leaders urge caution over reports of priests’ fate

By Lauren Williams The Daily Star 14/8/13 BEIRUT: Religious leaders urged “prudence” amid swirling rumors over the fate of three Christian priests reportedly kidnapped in Syria. Italian Jesuit Priest Paolo Dall’Oglio, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime and advocate for inter-religious dialogue, has been missing since July 29 after he traveled to the northeastern city of Raqqa ...

Iraqi MP: Syria collapse would endanger all Mideast Christians

  World Watch Monitor- 22/6/13 The collapse of the Syrian state would be a jihadist triumph and a threat to Christians throughout the Middle East, says Yonadam Kanna, a member of Iraqi National Assembly and Secretary General for the Assyrian Democratic Movement. Q: What do you think about future of Christians in Middle East? A: Well, it depends upon the political ...

Armed Rebels Massacre Entire Population of Christian Village in Syria

27/5/13 Armed rebels attacked a village in Syria's Western province of Homs and slaughtered all its Christian residents on Monday. (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The armed rebels affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) raided the Christian-populated al-Duvair village in Reef (outskirts of) Homs near the border with Lebanon today and massacred all its civilian residents, including women and children.    The ...

One ethnic Armenian kidnapped, another taken prisoner in Syria

25/1/13 Reports from Syria say at least two ethnic Armenians have been kidnapped or taken prisoner amid a continuing civil war in this Middle Eastern country. According to the National Primacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, a 56-year-old Armenian man was kidnapped from the public transport on his way from Aleppo to Beirut yesterday. An earlier report said ...

Christian clergymen in Syria released a statement

28/8/2012 The leaders of Syria’s Christian communities have delivered an announcement and criticized the calls for emigration and the warnings against their parishes. Armenian tert.am informs about this referring to the Akhbar-TS. According to the source the clergymen said that only the “language of a constructive dialogue” could be acceptable to the local Christians. They reportedly met in ...

Christians Flee from Radical Rebels in Syria

By Ulrike Putz in Qa, Lebanon 25/7/2012 Thousands of Syrians are fleeing into neighboring Lebanon -- not entirely due to fear of the Assad regime. The country's minority Christian population is suffering under attacks waged by rebel troops. In the Beqaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, Christian families are finding temporary refuge, but they are still terrified. There had ...

Nothing safe, nothing sacred: Syrian rebels desecrate Christian churches?

28/6/2012 Shocking images have surfaced, revealing the alleged desecration of Christian churches in Syria by Western-backed rebels. The pictures, taken by local Christians outraged at the violence, were published by PrisonPlanet.com. In one of the photos a man who is said to be a member of the Free Syrian Army poses in a stolen priest’s robe while ...

Syria’s Christians stand by Assad

A Syrian woman presents a national flag to Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun during the divine liturgy held at a Greek Orthodox church in Damascus on January 9, 2012. (Credit: JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

7/2/2012 This story originally appeared on Global Post. DAMASCUS, Syria -- As the announcement was made Saturday evening that Russia and China had vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the actions of the Syrian regime, some Christians inside the country celebrated. One man from the western Syrian town of Qatana called his relatives to say "mabrook," ...

Syria: Massive Gathering Supports Government, Including Orthodox Leader

13/10/2011 More than one million Syrian citizens on Wednesday flocked to Saba Bahrat Square, Damascus downtown, in a mass rally under the title ” My Homeland is Syria” to express support to the comprehensive reform program, reported the state news agency SANA. According to SANA, the participants wanted to express gratitude to Russia and China for their ...