The Role of Images and the Veneration of Icons in the Oriental Orthodox Churches – Book

Dr Christine Chaillot - OCP News Service - 1/3/18 The Role of Images and the Veneration of Icons in the Oriental Orthodox Churches: Syrian Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian Traditions BUY BOOK FROM AMAZON The aim of this book is to demonstrate the presence in the very ancient Eastern Churches of religious images of all kinds (icons, ...

Keep spiritual issues off courts: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

The Hindu - 10/2/15 Victory in spiritual matters should not be achieved through civil courts, Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II has said. The Patriarch was addressing a meeting held at the Knanaya Archdiocese of Kallissery at Vallamkulam, near Thiruvalla, on Monday. He said misunderstandings should be sidelined in the larger interests of unity ...

Statement Issued by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

Issued by the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East Mor Augin Monastery – Switzerland – December 1st, 2014 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited the parties and organizations working amongst our Syriac people throughout the world, namely: the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO), Beth Nahrin National Council, and the World Council of ...

Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs: Recognize the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mar Ignatius Aphrem II (holding Cross) praying at the Assyrian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.

Agenzia Fides - 21/10/14 The primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syrian Orthodox Church are turning to the whole Christian world and the international community so that, on the occasion of the centennial commemorations the crimes committed against the Armenians and Syriac Christians in 1915, in the current territories of Turkey, are recognized and condemned. The ...

Russia to Host 100 Syrian Orthodox Children for Two-Week Vacation

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MOSCOW, July 28 (RIA Novosti) - One hundred children from Damask's Orthodox shelters in the St Techla monastery Christian village of Maaloula are expected to arrive in Moscow on Monday for a two-week vacation in one of Russia's recreation camps, the project's organizers told RIA Novosti. “I am certain that the Syrian children will remember their ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Condemns the Killing & Displacement of Christians & Burning of Churches in Mosul

Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East - July 2014 A Statement Issued by the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East at the Patriarchal Residence – Atchaneh, Bikfaya, Lebanon July 19, 2014 The pace of the threats in Northern Iraq has escalated recently and the attacks and killing of Christians and others in ...

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh condoles passing away of Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch

24/3/14 New Delhi, Mar 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has condoled the passing way of the Supreme Head of Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas. In his message, he said, "I learnt with profound sadness the news of the passing away of His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas. He was a ...

Canterbury Archbishop expresses sadness at death of supreme head of Syrian Orthodox Church

22/3/14 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed great sadness at the passing away of His Holiness Mar Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (1933-2014), Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the supreme head of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Archbishop Justin said: “We thank God for the extraordinary life and witness of His Holiness and pray for the Syrian Orthodox Church at this time of mourning ...

The Prince of Wales and HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan visit Coptic and Syrian Orthodox communities

December 2013 The Prince of Wales has heard the heartbreaking stories of Syrians desperate for the international community to end the conflict in their homeland. His Royal Highness was accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan and the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres throughout his day. David Yakoub, who was close to tears, put his hands ...

St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck outgrows its home

LINDA MOSS-STAFF WRITER 6/11/13 Gibrial Makdes is among the newcomers who now crowd the pews at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck. Makdes, who lives in Mahwah, came to the United States just a month ago, fleeing his native Syria. Back home, a nation divided by a bloody civil war, his two brothers were kidnapped by a ...

Destruction of the Christian Town of Sadad in Syria – Exclusive Images

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    OCP News Service - Exclusive 3/11/13 Photographs from Mor Timotheos Matta Alkhouri (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan & Patriarchal Secretary) Forwarded by Mor Eusthathtios Matta Roham (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Jazirah & Euphrates) Supported by Mor Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama) Read - Devastating Images & Report from the Christian Town of Sadad in ...

Devastating Images & Report from the Christian Town of Sadad in Syria – Exclusive

OCP News Service Exclusive - 31/10/13 Special Report by Mor Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama) Photographs from Mor Timotheos Matta Alkhouri (Metropolitan & Patriarchal Secretary) Forwarded by Mor Eusthathtios Matta Roham (Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan of Jazirah & Euphrates) My brothers and sisters The peace of the Lord be with you: I present to you a glimpse of ...

Christians in the Crosshairs in the Syrian War

Cesar Chelala - 22/8/13 Syrians used to be proud of the peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims. They no longer are. Under the harsh rule of the Alawite dictators, some religious freedom was preserved. Christians fleeing other conflicts in the Middle East found refuge and made their home in Syria. Today, Christians in Syria are targeted by ...

Syrian Orthodox prelate criticizes congressman’s alleged remarks on kidnapped bishops

14/8/13 An Iranian media report that a US congressman had said that two kidnapped Syrian bishops are being held in Turkey prompted criticism from a Syrian Orthodox Church official. The Al-Alam News Network reported that Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told a British diplomat, who in turn told an anonymous source, that “armed groups affiliated to Istanbul Council ...

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops Have Been Held Captive For Over 100 Days

The Huffington Post | By Yasmine Hafiz 6/8/13 Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Metropolitan Boulous Yazigi have been captured for over 100 days now, despite the calls for their release by religious leaders of all faiths from around the world. The bishops were kidnapped on Monday, April 22, 2013, by an unknown group near the Turkish-Syrian border between ...

Abducted Syrian Orthodox Priests Alive In Turkey – Report

5/8/13 Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi who have been kidnapped by militants in Syria are alive and held captive in Turkey, a source close to al-Alam has said. An source in Aleppo, citing information from a British diplomat, told al-Alam on Sunday that two bishops abducted near Aleppo around ...

Millions of Christians are caught in crossfire of Muslim wars in Mideast

By Rowan Scarborough The Washington Times - 2/8/13 The Arab Spring has not been kind to Christians, and Syria is a good example: The nation’s 2 million-plus Christians are caught in the middle of a Muslim war. Jihadist rebels threaten and kidnap them while coercing others to become Muslims. Government troops loyal to President Bashar Assad order them to fight the opposition or ...

Official statement from the Committee of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate concerning the two Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulous Yazigi

29/7/13 “One hundred days since the abduction of the two Archbishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulous Yazigi On Monday, April 22, 2013, which has become known to everyone, His Eminence Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox and Boulous Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox church were kidnapped at the hands of an unknown group near the Turkish-Syrian ...

‘A new bond’ between Archbishop Justin and Christians in the Holy Land

  1/7/13 [Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was told by Palestinian church leaders June 28 that the time he spent with them had created “a new bond between you and the Christian community of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.” Meanwhile, Welby said his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land as archbishop had reminded him of the essential ...