Syrian Christians

Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights Issues Report on Christian Persecution in Syria

June 23, 2018 Featured
The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.

AINA – 23/6/18 (AINA) — The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights has released a report titled The Good Shepherd – A Report on Brutality Against Christian Clerics in Syria. The report documents the suffering of Christians in Syria, who over the course of seven years have been the innocent victims of a conflict that became a proxy war […]

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Top Russian Cleric Spotlights Ordeal of Christian Minority in Middle East

May 14, 2017 News
© Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

Sputniknews – 14/5/17 In a meeting with US Vice President on Thursday, Russian Metropolitan Hilarion discussed the hardships of Christians in the Middle East, stressing that Russia is the only party thaey can rely on as of now. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russia’s military action in Syria has helped save lives, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s external relations […]

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February 17, 2017 News
Photo: – 17/2/17 On Sunday Metropolitan Isidore of Ekaterinodar and Kuban will bless a copy of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, to be sent an Orthodox parish in Syria, reports Interfax-Religion. The icon gift was painted and is being sent in memory of Russian soldiers who have fallen in Syria. The blessing ceremony […]

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Syrian Christians Invite Russian Patriarch to Visit Country

January 10, 2017 Featured News

Sputnknews – 10/1/17 Syrian Christians and scientists invited Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to visit the Middle Eastern country, Chief Mufti of Moscow and Central Russia Albir Krganov said Monday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Krganov visited Syria as part of a Muslim delegation in late December and early January at the invitation of the […]

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April 17, 2016 Featured News

DECR Communication Service – April 2016 A delegation of Russian parliamentarians, members of the inter-factional group for defending Christian values, was on a visit to Syria from April 9 to 12, 2016. It included S. Gavrilov (State Duma), A. Yuschenko (Council of the Federation and State Duma), D. Sablin (Council of the Federation), and Ms. N. […]

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OCP Secretary “Making Fun of Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Syriac Orthodox Christians Unacceptable”

December 8, 2015 Featured News
OCP Delegation holds historic meeting with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at Puthenkurish in February 2015.

OCP News Service – 8/12/15 Read – SOME PERSECUTED MINORITIES ARE FUNNY: Read – OCP Delegation holds the historic meeting with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at Puthenkurish Global: George Alexander -Secretary & Spokesperson of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE  (Pan-Orthodox Christian Movement) said that  the comments made by Stephen Colbert (American comedian, writer, producer, actor, […]

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Jeb Bush Lies, Says Bashar Assad ‘Executes’ Christians

November 22, 2015 Featured News
Bashar Assad — Jeb Bush’s “executor” of Christians — inspects one of countless Christian churches intentionally desecrated or destroyed by U.S. sponsored “freedom fighters.”

Raymond Ibrahim – PJ Media- 22/11/15 In a CNN interview this week, presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that only Middle East Christians should be granted refugee status in the U.S. (a point I argued for two months prior to the Paris terrorist attacks which prompted Bush’s statement). In the midst of an otherwise good interview, however, Bush made […]

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Syrian Christian Leader: Russia “Really Targeting ISIS,” U.S. Airstrikes Are Just “Window Dressing”

October 16, 2015 Featured News
Msgr. Jacques Behnan Hindo

Raymondibrahim- October 2015 Whatever  Russia’s motives in Syria, one thing is clear: persecuted Syrian Christians favor Russian intervention against the jihadis slaughtering them, while accusing the U.S. and Western allies of only engaging in cosmetic strikes.  Here are the words of a Syrian Christian leader — one well acquainted with the persecution his people are […]

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“I only ask the West one thing: Stop arming our assassins” – Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

July 5, 2015 Featured News

July 2015- Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”. “When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. […]

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IOCC Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

March 16, 2015 Featured News

February- March 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour River, where they […]

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The Use and Abuse of Syrian Christians

February 28, 2015 Featured News

Ana Maria Luca – 28/2/15 On 12 February, after a Jabhat al-Nusra suicide attack on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in Damascus that killed six and wounded 19, the Syrian Army raised checkpoints throughout the area, and together with Hezbollah cordoned off Shiite shrines in the city. But when the Islamic State (ISIS) kidnapped 220 […]

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary appeal to aid suffering Syrian Christians

November 1, 2014 Featured News

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] – November 2014 When His Beatitude, Patriarch John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, visits the United States this fall, he will receive not only warm wishes but also a charitable gift from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here. The gift, intended to aid suffering Orthodox […]

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Syria’s Christians Under Threat

August 9, 2014 Featured News – 9/8/14 The wildfire victories of the Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in northern Iraq and Syria have left the area’s minorities under threat. Torn between fighting back and leaving for good, Assyrians, Syriacs, Armenians, and Kurds, all inhabitants of the area and part of its rich historic legacy, […]

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World Turns Away as Rebel Massacres of Syrian Christians Intensify

December 23, 2013 Featured News

Alex Newman – 23/12/13 The world media is increasingly losing interest in the foreign-fueled war still raging in Syria between the Assad regime and an assortment of Islamist rebel groups backed by the Obama administration, Sunni Arab dictators, and European powers. For embattled Syrian Christians, though — most of whom tried to stay out of the […]

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Greek Orthodox bishop denies urging Syrian Christians to take up arms

December 19, 2013 Featured News

CWN -19/12/13 A Greek Orthodox bishop has denied urging Syrian Christians to take up arms, according to a new Fides news agency report. Bishop Lukas El Khoury, an auxiliary bishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, had allegedly said that “every young Christian in a position to do so should take up arms to protect […]

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Syrian Christians fear extremist rebels

December 14, 2013 Featured News
The deaths of four children in a mortar attack has shaken Christians in Damascus

  14/12/13 Anti-government rebels have been targeting Syrian Christians as ‘infidels’ seeking protection from Assad’s regime. After a mortar attack left four children dead, one bishop laments, ‘We are suffering a new genocide.’ Relatives stood silently in front an altar honoring four children killed by a mortar attack near the Old City of Damascus. The […]

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Christians fall victim to the Syrian carnage

December 14, 2013 Featured News

14/12/13 Most of the armed conflicts in the Middle East go down to religious confrontation. Syria is a glaring example of this. Christians make up around 10 percent of country’s 20-million population. According to the Syrian Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Gregory Laham, 450,000 Syrian Christians have been displaced by the conflict since […]

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Bishop: Syrian Christians called to “take up arms”

December 10, 2013 Featured News

10/12/13 A senior Orthodox Church official has urged Christians to take up arms to defend themselves and their holy places in the wake of the seizure of a group of nuns from the ancient village of Maaloula. Speaking to the Iraqi newspaper Az-Zaman, Bishop Luca al-Khoury said “we have many young men who are asking […]

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Bassil seeks unified effort to protect Syrian Christians

December 10, 2013 News

The Daily Star – 10/12/13 BEIRUT: Caretaker Energy  Minister Gebran Bassil  called for forming a Lebanese  delegation to tour countries with influence on the “terrorist movements” in Syria  and ask them to mediate in halting the  attacks on Christians there. Bassil’s remarks were made following a meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai  in Bkirki. “The […]

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Syrian Christians flee persecution as Patriarch urges them to stay in war-torn country

November 22, 2013 News

22/11/13 As some 450,000 Christians have fled Syria since a civil war erupted two years ago, the Syrian Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic church has called on Christians to stay in Syria and survive a “difficult” future. “I say to my children, stay in your country, the future will be difficult, but it will […]

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Christians excluded from Syrian rebels’ ‘interim government’

November 16, 2013 News

16/11/13 Syrian Christians have been systematically excluded from representation in an umbrella group representing rebel leaders, the Fides news service reports. The Syrian National Coalition, which has agreed to join in peace talks sponsored by the United States and Russia, has a policy of “deliberate marginalization and exclusion” of Christians, leaders of Syriac and Assyrian […]

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