ANALYST: PROTECTION OF SYRIAN CHRISTIANS RAISES PUTIN’S RATINGS IN EUROPE

Pravoslavie.ru - 30/3/17 President Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings in Italy and in other Western European countries have grown lately, which likely reflects Europeans’ reactions to Russia’s protection of the Syrian Christian population, said Andrea Gianotti, the director of the Italian Institute of Eurasian Studies. Gianotti participated in the thirteenth international conference of the Foundation for the Unity ...

A Syrian Christian Reflects on Four Years of Conflict, Deprivation and Suffering

http://www.crossmap.com - 19/3/15 A letter from a Barnabas partner living in Aleppo, Syria, describes the plight of Syrians and especially Syrian Christians during the current conflict which began with the "Arab Spring" in March 2011. "Just as I opened my computer to write this letter, the phone rang to inform me that mortars hit Azizié, a central neighbourhood ...

Turkey ‘Aided Islamist Fighters’ in Attack on Syrian Christian Town

A severely damaged house in the Armenian Christian town of Kasab (Photo: REUTERS).

By Ruth Sherlock The Telegraph - 15/4/14 Turkey facilitated an attack carried out by Islamist fighters against the Armenian town of Kasab inside Syria, eyewitnesses have told the Telegraph. In an operation that was months in the planning, Turkish authorities gave rebel groups the mandate they needed to attack, allowing them access through a heavily militarised Turkish border post, ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels battle army for control of Syrian Christian town

    Associated Press - 22/10/13 BEIRUT — Syrian government forces battled Tuesday with al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, activists and the state media said. The Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, appear to have targeted Sadad because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it ...

Russian Church hopes Syrian Christian clerics abducted in April are alive

Moscow, October 10, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate hopes that the abductors of two Syrian Christian leaders in Aleppo will somehow air their demands and begin negotiations on the clerics' release. "We have no information on the location of the abducted hierarchs and the conditions in which they are being held. We only have the hope ...

Christians under threat in Syria as Islamist extremists gain influence

Loveday Morris - 5/10/13 When radical Islamists tore down a cross and hoisted a black flag above a church in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah last week, their action underscored the increasingly hostile environment for the country’s Christians. Although Syria is majority Sunni Muslim, it is one of the most religiously and ethnically diverse countries in ...

Jihadists re-take historic Syrian Christian village as stand-off continues

9/9/13 Islamist Nusra Front forces have re-captured Syria’s oldest Christian community from government troops in a night of fighting. The small village of Maaloula, once a peaceful spiritual place, became a battlefield on Wednesday. The rebels captured the symbolically important village after forcing out government troops, who had previously pushed the insurgents to the mountainous outskirts of ...

Gunmen Kill 11 Near Syrian Christian Villages

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press - August 2013 Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority. The resident, citing eyewitnesses, told The Associated Press that the gunmen ...

The Sad Plight of Syrian Christian Migrants – Exclusive

16/5/13 OCP News Service Exclusive Dear all On 16th May 2013, OCP Secretariat received an email from Archbishop Eustathius Matta Roham, Of Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Jazirah & Euphrates. His Eminence was informed the following by Fr. Zakka Jalma Fr. Joseph Bali on the sad situation faced by a Syrian Christian Family who tried to escape to Greece from ...

Muslim clerics in Syria urge release of kidnapped bishops

By Patrick J. McDonnell - 27/4/13 BEIRUT — In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint. Imams and preachers at mosques throughout the Syrian capital said in Friday sermons that  the kidnappers were  “violating the sanctity of ...

Syrian Christian refugees turn to churches for help

James Martone  Catholic News Service 28/3/13 ISTANBUL Churches and monasteries in Turkey are struggling to shelter a rising number of Syrian Christian refugees who are reluctant to seek help at government-run relief camps because of reported Muslim extremism, said a Catholic Relief Services staffer. Sleiman Saikali, program officer for the U.S. bishops' relief and development agency, told Catholic News Service ...

Beleaguered Syrian Christians Face Growing Threat From Jihadists

8/11/2012 Amid the ongoing Syrian civil war, Syria’s Christian community has come under growing threat as foreign jihadists and Muslim radicals increasingly play a role in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Christians, who comprise 10 percent of the population, have been put into a difficult situation by the conflict. On one hand, many support ...

Christians ’emptied from Middle East’

Syrian Christian abbess, Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, pictured at St Patricks church in Melbourne during a visit to Australia. Picture: Stuart Mcevoy Source: The Australian Rowan Callick, The Australian 06/10/2012 THE mother superior of a 1500-year-old monastery in Syria warned yesterday during a visit to Australia that the uprising against Bashar al-Assad has been hijacked ...

Indian Orthodox (Malankara Syrian Christian) Association meet held in Pathanamthitta

  Indian Orthodox Church 7/3/2012 Snaps: The meeting of Malankara Syrian Christian Association was held at the Catholicate College grounds here on Wednesday afternoon. Fr Johns Abraham Konat was elected as Priest Trustee and Mr M George Muthoot as Lay Trustee for the second time. The association is regarded as the supreme parliament of the Malankara Orthodox Church and Wednesday’s meeting was to elect ...

Syrian Christian archbishop backs Assad – Newspaper

11/11/2011 (Reuters) - A senior cleric from Syria's Christian minority said "everyone loves" President Bashar al-Assad and that he was still the best man to enact reforms, despite his military crackdown on pro-democracy unrest. Yohana Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, told the Austrian newspaper Die Presse that most Christians supported both Assad and demands for ...