Armenian Church Left Neglected, Looted in Turkey

 Public Radio of Armenia - Siranush Ghazanchyan - 18/8/2020 Ergen church in the province of Dersim (Tunceli) was built by Armenians 1,300 years ago, but now stands looted and in ruins without its original custodians, Rudaw reports. Located 15 kilometres from the center of the province’s town of Hozat, the house of worship is not listed as a tourist ...

Kurdish Nationalists Should Stop Using the Treaty of Sèvres (10 August 1920) as a Rallying Battle Cry

WCA-NGO - 11/8/2020 Kurdish separatists should come to terms with the death of the Treaty of Sèvres, signed hundred years ago today. This document was perhaps the first international recognition of the Kurdish people and of their right to autonomy with the additional possibility to secede from Turkey and establish an independent state called Kurdistan (Articles ...

Turkey has Repeated the Same Shameful, Disgraceful and Sinful Act of the Ottomans – Sheikh Imran Hosein

Sheikh Imran Hosein - 15/7/2020 'Hagia Sophia as a Masjid for the Second Time - My First Response' by Sheikh Imran Hosein. This brief talk represents my first response to this event. There is more to come, Insha Allah, since I will now devote myself to writing a book on the subject. In the meantime, our viewers, particularly ...

Serbian Patriarchal Appeal to Turkey Over Hagia Sophia

Church of Serbia - 14/7/2020 Appeal to Turkey There is hardly anyone in the civilised world not knowing of Hagia Sophia, a magnificent and unique church, at a time the most important church of the entire Christian world, both in the East and in the West. It is also generally known that Hagia Sophia was the Christian ...

Missing Elderly Assyrian Woman Found Dead in Turkey

Hurmuz Diril and his wife Şimoni.

AINA - 21/3/2020 (AINA) -- The body of Şimoni Diril was found today in Turkey, 70 days after the elderly Assyrian couple vanished. The couple was kidnapped on January 11 from their village of Mehr, Kovankaya in the province of Sirnak. The body was discovered in a river near her village of Mehr. Her husband is still ...

Assyrian Priest Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Turkey

Fr. Sefer Aho Bileçen.

AINA - Assyrian Policy Institute - 12/2/202 The Assyrian Policy Institute is deeply concerned by the indictment of Assyrian Priest Sefer Aho Bileçen (who leads Mor Yacoub Syriac Orthodox Monastery) on terrorism charges in Turkey. He was formally indicted on January 16, 2020, however, Turkish authorities withheld the information until February 8, 2020. Bileçen was arrested along ...

Journalistic Investigation: Who is Behind the Abduction and Brutal Murder of Syrian Christian Hierarchs from Aleppo?

Mansur Sahib with Nadine Martin, Klaus Ulbricht, and Fatih  Mehmetoglu- OCP News Service - 12/1/2020 Abduction and Brutal Murder of Syrian Christian Hierarchs (download PDF File) The events of this investigation occurred more than six years ago. However, the incident is still shrouded in mystery and periodically appear in the world media headlines. Background Back in 2013, two inconspicuous ...

Syriac Orthodox Priest and Faithful Forcefully Arrested by the Turkish Authorities in Tur Abdin Region

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OCP News Service - 10/1/2020 Turkey: It has been reported by 'Demand for Action' that the Turkish authorities arrested Syriac orthodox priest, Father Aho Bilecen of Dayro d’ Mor Yakoub d’ Qarnao (Monastery), and two faithful (Josef Yar and Musa Tastekin) in Turabdin region (southeast Turkey), a stronghold of the ancient Syriac Orthodox Christians. Father Aho was ...

Syrian-Christian Women’s Defensive Group Will Fight Against The Turkish Invasion in Northern Syria

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Faruk Firat – (Editor Christian Affairs – the Levant and the Middle East) - OCP News Service - 10/11/2019 Istanbul-Tukey: Syrian-Christian Women's Defensive group HSNB will fight against the Turkish army and its mercenaries in Northern Syria in order to protect the minorities in the region. Assyrian (Syrian Christian) commander Nisha Gawriyeh of the Syrian-Christian women's protection ...

TOMOS OF AUTOCEPHALY GRANTED TO THE UKRAINIAN SCHISMATIC CHURCH

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OCP News Service - 6/1/19 Turkey: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople handed over the so-called Tomos of Autocephaly to Metropolitan Epiphany Dumenko - Primate of the newly formed nationalist Church of Ukraine in a ceremony held at the Church of St. George in Istanbul. Patriarch Bartholomew read the text during the solemn service before handing over the ...

Awareness, Action and Impact: Third International Forum on Modern Slavery

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople - Press Release - 28/10/18 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced his plans to convene a Third International Forum on Modern Slavery, with the theme “Awareness, Action and Impact.” Recognizing that modern slavery is a global scourge that traps millions of people to lives of suffering, injustice, and humiliation, His All-Holiness ...

Assyrians in Sweden Critical of Government’s Position on Genocide Bill

Swedish PM Stefan Lövfen delivering a speech at the Assyrian Association of Södertälje in April 2014. ( AINA)

AINA - 11/5/18 Stockholm (AINA) -- Assyrians and Armenians in Sweden have reacted strongly after Swedish prime minister Stefan Lövfen revealed in an interview that his government has no intention to make genocide recognition part of Swedish foreign policy. The announcement was ill received by the large Assyrian community, which makes up a significant portion of the ...

“THE COMMEMORATION OF THE GENOCIDE IS RECOMMITMENT TO THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION AND REPARATION” HIS HOLINESS ARAM I

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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 26/4/18 24 April is the day that Armenians all over the world commemorate the Genocide and demand that their stolen rights be restored. The 24th of April is the day to honour the life and legacy of the one-and-a-half million martyrs. The goal of the Genocide was to annihilate the entire nation; but Armenians both at ...

EU Commission’s Turkey Report Touches on Property Rights As Well

St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastry in Midyat, Turkey, founded in 397 A.D.

Bar Daisan - AINA - 22/4/18 Brussels (AINA) -- In its new report on accession, the European Commission in Brussels has given Turkey the worst testimonial yet, attesting that the country is facing serious regressions in the rule of law, freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary. Related: The Case of the St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery in Midyat, Turkey "Turkey ...

Assyrians Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Patriarch’s Assassination

His Holiness Benjamin Shimun XXI (1887-1918), Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of East.

AINA - 5/3/18 (AINA) -- On March 3 Assyrian around the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mar Benjamin Shimun XXI, Patriarch of the Church of East. Mar Shimun was assassinated on March 3rd, 1918 by Ismail Simko, a Kurdish warlord. The Patriarch had accepted Simko's invitation and had gone to his residence ...

Erdogan Won’t Like It: Netherlands to Recognize 1915 Armenian Genocide

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Sputniknews - 18/2/18 On Thursday, the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the bicameral Netherlands parliament, approved two motions recognizing the atrocity known as the Armenian genocide of 1915. One of the motions states that Tweede Kamer "recognizes the Armenian genocide," while the other motion states that the Dutch minister or Dutch Secretary of State will attend an ...

International Conference on “Regional Peace: Realities and Perspectives” in the Mother See

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 6/11/17 On October 31, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; an international conference on “Regional Peace: Realities and Perspectives” was held in the Vatche and Tamar Manookian Library of the Mother See. The conference was organized through the initiative of the ...

PAT. BARTHOLOMEW CONSECRATES RESTORED CHURCH IN CONSTANTINOPLE ORTHODOX CEMETERY

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Orthochristian.com - 30/10/17 The consecration of the restored historic Church of the Transfiguration in the Şişli Orthodox cemetery in Constantinople was celebrated by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on October 22, reports Sedmitza. The first Divine Liturgy in the newly-consecrated church was then concelebrated by Pat. Bartholomew and fifteen other hierarchs. The service was attended by the Consul General ...

“WHY WOULD THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS SO EASILY REJECT OUR CASE, KNOWING THAT NO LAWYER WOULD DARE TO BRING SUCH A CASE BEFORE THE TURKISH COURTS?”

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 26/10/17 Brussels. Addressing the conference on the Armenian Cause at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 19 October 2017, His Holiness Aram I said, “the Armenian Genocide is no longer an exclusive concern of Armenian-Turkish relations; this well-documented fact of history, the first genocide of the 20th Century, has become a matter of historical ...

Turkish Archaeologists Claim to Solve Mystery of Santa Claus’s Burial Place

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Sputinknews - 5/10/17 Archaeologists in Turkey may have solved a mystery dating back thousands of years, after they discovered an ancient tomb they believe contains the remains of Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Christian bishop who became popularly known as Santa Claus. Researchers stumbled across the tomb in the ground beneath Saint Nicholas Church, as they were conducting digital surveys of the ruins in Turkey's ...

Romanians in Turkey offer prayers to Virgin Martyr Paraskeva on her feast day

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - 30/7/17 Romanian Orthodox faithful living in Istanbul gathered Wednesday, 26 July 2017, at St Paraskeva – Pikridion Church to honour the feast of the Holy Virgin Martyr Paraskeva of Rome. On the patronal feast of the Romanian parish in Istanbul, His Eminence Elpidophoros, Metropolitan of Bursa, presided over the Divine Liturgy ...