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Reports Cite 80 Dead in Kessab; Churches Desecrated

March 24, 2014 Featured News

24/3/13 KESSAB, Syria–The Armenian populated villages of Kessab, Syria were the target of three days of brutal cross-border attacks from Turkey by al-Qaeda affiliated armed bands, which have cost 80 lives and forced the civilian population of the area to flee to neighboring hills, with many seeking safe-haven in the nearby cities of Latakia and […]

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HIS HOLINESS ARAM I FOLLOWS CLOSELY THE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE KESSAB REGION

March 24, 2014 Featured News

24/3/14 On Friday, 21 March, early in the morning, His Holiness Aram I was informed of the assault and bombardment of the radical rebel forces from Turkey on Kessab, the historical Armenian region near the Turkish border. After consultation with the Armenian clergy and community leaders in Latakia, Aleppo, Damascus and Lebanon, the Catholicos demanded […]

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Villagers in Turkey Urge Renovations for Armenian Church Used as Barn

March 16, 2014 Featured News
The Armenian church in the village of Korlu, Çatak district, 18 miles from Van. (Photo: DHA)

Hurriyet Daily News - 16/3/14 VAN (Hurriyet Daily News)—An historical structure in the western Armenian province of Van, in modern day Turkey, which once was an Armenian church, has been converted into a hayloft after serving as a school for some time. Villagers fill the former church in the Korlu village of the Çatak district, 18 […]

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Turkey Returns Less Than Half of Assyrian Monastery’s Land it Seized

March 14, 2014 Featured News

World Watch Monitor – 14/3/14 The Turkish Ministry of EU Affairs welcomed March 2 the returnof property, seized by the country’s treasury, to the world’s oldest Syriac Orthodox monastery, Mor Gabriel. In February, the head of the Mor Gabriel Religious Foundation, Kuryakos Ergun, received the property deeds to 12 plots of land totaling 244,000 square metres, […]

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Snaps from the Opening Session of Synaxis of the First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

March 7, 2014 Featured News

7/3/14 Turkey: Snaps from the Opening Session of Synaxis of the First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Source:

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Turkey’s EU Ministry Welcomes Decision on Assyrian Monastery

March 3, 2014 Featured News

3/3/14 http://www.worldbulletin.net Turkey’s Ministry of EU Affairs has welcomed the return of a piece of land to the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, in Turkey’s southeast region. The Ministry called it an “important achievement towards strengthening the fabric of fraternity and realizing the goal of advanced democracy in our country”. The issue over the ownership […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch holds Memorial Service for Ukrainian victims

March 2, 2014 Featured News

March 2014 On Sunday, February 23, 2014, following the Divine Liturgy, His All-Holiness held a Memorial Service (Trisagion) for those who lost their lives during the recent ongoing protests in Ukraine. The service, which was held in Greek and Church Slavonic, was attended by the Acting Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul, the Hon. Andriy […]

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Protest to Be Held At Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles

March 1, 2014 News

March 2014- http://operationantioch.blogspot.com The coalition of supporters for the March 9th “Stop the Christian Genocide in Syria” protest outside the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles, California, continues to grow, with the American Mesopotamian Organization joining the cause. When asked about the Protest, and the current plight of Christians in Syria, Mr. David William Lazar, Chairman […]

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Metropolitan Thimotheos Mathews Celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Monastery of Saint Gabriel

February 24, 2014 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East 24/2/14 Read more on the Monastery here: Turkey: His Eminence Abune Mor Thimotheos Mathews (Patriarchal Secretray for Indian Affairs) celebrated Holy Eucharist at the ancient Syriac Orthodox Monastery of Saint Gabriel in Tur Abdin, Turkey. Mor Thimotheos Samuel Atkas (Metropolitan of Tur Abdin) was present for the ocassion. […]

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Turkey’s Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops

February 2, 2014 Featured News

Dikran Ego – 2/2/14 (AINA) — On April 22, 2013 Bishops Yuhanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazici were kidnapped in Syria. During the kidnapping their driver was murdered. A fourth person in the car, Fuad Eliya, was released. Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim is of the Syriac Orthodox Church and was considered the strongest candidate to succeed the […]

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Ukraine’s Medal of Freedom awarded to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

January 25, 2014 Featured News

January 2014 On Sunday, January 19, 2013, His All-Holiness was awarded the Medal of Freedom of Ukraine “for his ministry in the service of universal Orthodoxy and on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary since the Christianization of the Kievan Rus.” On behalf of the President of Ukraine, His All-Holiness was presented this prestigious honor […]

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Dutch MP asks Representation of Syria’s Christians during Peace Talks in Geneva

January 18, 2014 Featured News

On 17 January 2014, Dr. Pieter Omtzigt, the Dutch MP and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has requested all countries – in writing – to support an equal representation of Syrians by including the Christians during the Syria peace talks which is scheduled to take place in Montreux, Switzerland on […]

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Turkey: Armenian Church Catalyst for Change in Kurdish Region

January 14, 2014 Featured News

Janaury 2014 A recently restored 13th-century church has become a focal point for ethnic Armenians seeking to rediscover their cultural identity in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast. St. Giragos Armenian Apostolic church is located in the back streets of the Sur quarter in Diyarbakır, one of southeastern Turkey’s largest cities. It was derelict and abandoned until […]

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Greek Cypriot archbishop rejects Turkish Cypriot state

December 28, 2013 Featured News

27/12/13 Greek Cypriot archbishop Chrysostomos II said ‘for us, a Turkish Cypriot state means annexation, which nobody wants.’ Chrysostomos II, the archbishop of the Greek Cypriot administration of southern Cyprus, said that it did not matter whether or not Turkey recognized his country while speaking on a local radio station. The Greek Orthodox archbishop said […]

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CALLS ON TURKEY TO ADDRESS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

December 14, 2013 Featured News

14/12/13 The 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom Deemed Historic (Berlin, Germany) The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office to the European Union and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany, hosted its 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom December 4-5, 2013 […]

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Armenian Church in Turkey to be handed over to Friends of Armenia Society

December 10, 2013 Featured News

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend: Baku, Azerbaijan – 10/12/13 A  church in the Turkish province of Sivas located in the territory belonging to the Armed Forces will be restored and handed over to the Friends of Armenia Society, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Dec.9. This step will be taken as part of the package of […]

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Constantinople: Monastery of Stoudios Converting to a Mosque

November 30, 2013 Featured News

Nikoleta Kalmouki – 30/11/13 The Turkish government plans to turn the Monastery of Stoudios into a mosque. The monastery is one of the most important Byzantine monuments of Constantinople. The restoration of the building will end in 2014, and then it will be converted into a mosque. The monastery would be used as a museum […]

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Turkey’s EU Minister Bağış hosts minority leaders

November 30, 2013 Featured News
EU Minister Bağış (2 L) is seen with Sait Susin, the President of the Meryem Ana Church Foundation (L), Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew (2 R), U.S. Greek Church Archbishop Dimitrios (C) and Istanbul Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Yusuf Çetin (R). DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah Gürel

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News – 30/11/13 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosts religious leaders of minorities at a dinner in Istanbul prasing the relations between the leaders and the state. Bağış also says problmes will be solved ‘together’ Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosted religious leaders and prominent figures from minority communities […]

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Searching for the ‘Armenia’ in Historic Armenia, and Finding A Small Bit of It

November 28, 2013 Featured News
The exterior of the Armenian Church of the Savior at Ani is covered with scaffolding in September, 2013. Photo © 2013 Matthew Karanian, Reprinted with Permission.

  28/11/13 PHOTOS AND STORY BY MATTHEW KARANIAN Travelers who are looking for anything Armenian in ancient Armenia have long become accustomed to finding plenty of disappointment, as well. But when I traveled throughout Historic Armenia last month, I also found a bit of cause for cautious optimism—and bewilderment. I was in Historic Armenia—a vast […]

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New Publication – History of Ayntab

November 16, 2013 News

November 2012 The Catholicosate of Cilicia Continues Publishing the  History of Pre-Genocide Armenian Populated Towns in Turkey Volume 4 History of Ayntab Appears On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, His Holiness Aram I is supervising the publication of a series of history books, each devoted to a […]

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Serbian Orthodox church celebrates “Vraci” today

November 14, 2013 News

14/11/13 Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates today the feast dedicated to Cosmas and Damian, popularly known as “Vraci” or “Vracevi”. These saints are considered patrons of the medical profession. Feast of Saints Cosma and Damian is celebrated today in churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Orthodox homes and many health facilities that hail these saints as […]

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