Syrian Christians worry about life after Bashar Assad

Greek and Armenian Orthodox Priests pray during a liturgy in January for a Christian boy who was killed in the fighting in the central Syrian city of Homs. (Joseph Eid / AFP/Getty Images / January 9, 2012)

By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times 6/3/2012 They fear civil war and revenge attacks if President Bashar Assad falls, an anxiety fed by the sectarian violence seen in Egypt and Iraq. Reporting from Damascus, Syria— For 40 years, Um Michael has found comfort and serenity amid the soaring pillars and ancient icons of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox cathedral. But ...

‘Kosher Jesus’ book raises Jewish furor

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, right, best-selling author and TV host, discusses his latest book, “Kosher Jesus,” moderated by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, Calif. Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

By Mitchell Landsberg / Los Angeles Times 12/2/2012 Orthodox rabbi’s story delves into Jesus’ Jewish upbringing For an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, Shmuley Boteach has a deeply unorthodox streak. The best-selling author and TV host has written books on “Kosher Sex,” “Dating Secrets of the 10 Commandments” and his relationship with the late pop star Michael Jackson. But nothing he has ...

9th Circuit to Reconsider Armenian Genocide Case En Banc

Amanda Bronstad The National Law Journal 11/11/2011 A federal appeals court has ordered an en banc rehearing of a challenge to a California statute that has spawned lawsuits against insurance firms on behalf of victims of the Armenian genocide. The case, against two German insurers and their parent company, Munchener Ruckverischerungs Gesellschaft A.G., or Munich Re, will be reheard ...

The Getty Museum is in a legal fight over Armenian Bible Pages

This undated image provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum shows a detail from the Armenian Bible, illustrated by T'oros Roslin, dating to 1256, and was acquired by the Los Angeles-based museum from a private collector in 1994. (AP)

By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times 4/11/2011 Armenian Orthodox Church seeks eight pages of the Zeyt'un Gospels that the Getty Museum bought in 1994. The Getty asked the motion to be dismissed, but judge orders mediation. The J. Paul Getty Trust failed Thursday to derail a lawsuit by the Armenian Orthodox Church that accuses the museum of harboring ...

‘THE MIDDLE EAST IS OSCILLATING BETWEEN FEAR AND HOPE, UNCERTAINTY AND PROMISE’ Stated Aram I

15/10/2011 At the University of California, Los Angeles LOS ANGELES, ANTELIAS – On Saturday 15 October His Holiness Aram I spoke at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on the topic, “The future of Christianity in the Middle East.” The presentation was attended by faculty members, students, representatives of local communities and organizations and the ...

Egypt military says soldiers didn’t intentionally kill Copts

Gen. Adel Emara, left, and Gen. Mahmoud Hegazi, members of Egypt's ruling military council, address a Cairo news conference about the deadly weekend clashes that left 22 Coptic Christians and three military police officers dead. (EPA / October 13, 2011)

By Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times 13/10/2011 Generals' comments are first public statements by the military on clashes between Coptic Christian demonstrators, thugs and military police that left 22 protesters and three police officers dead. Reporting from Cairo— In an attempt to stem widening criticism of their grip on power, generals in Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I IN LOS ANGELES

10/06/2011 Upon his arrival at the Los Angeles Airport, Catholicos Aram I was met by the Prelate of the Western Prelacy, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, the Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the USA, Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, the Ambassadors of Lebanon and Armenia, the representative of the Mayor of Los Angeles, representatives of the Church ...

The Future of the Past: Toward the Preservation of Armenian Manuscripts

BY TAMAR BOYADJIAN 25/2/2011 On January 19, 2011, the University of California, Los Angeles hosted a lecture by UC Davis Art History Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, entitled “Heritage in Conflict: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript.” Watenpaugh’s lecture focused on the conflict surrounding the seven detached leaves of Canon Tables belonging to the Zeytʿun Gospels, which ...

Diocese of Los Angeles Celebrates 15 Years of Bishop Joseph

Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America - Diocese of Los Angeles and the West Many years, Master! “A Good Minister of Jesus Christ, Nourished in the Words of Faith” (I Timothy 4:6) A Celebration in Honor of His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH On the Fifteenth Anniversary of His Episcopal Service To the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West “For ...

Catholicos consecrates St. Leon Cathedral of Western Diocese

Burbank, Calif. - On September 11 at 2:30 p.m., His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians consecrated the St. Leon Cathedral in Burbank, California. The Pontiff was assisted by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate; His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, former Primate; His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese; ...