By Matthew Davis
On Jan. 8, a bomb exploded in the bedroom of Archbishop Samir Nassar, who leads the Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria. He was in a nearby room and wasn't hurt. The incident illustrated the point Archbishop Samir emphasized during a Nov. 9-15 visit to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: "We are living in a very dangerous area because of the [Syrian Civil] war," he said.
By Devin Watkins
Pope Francis signed a Common Statement on Friday with Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. The two religious leaders signed the statement at the end of their meeting in the Vatican, following a moment of prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
By Charles Lewis
There is something about distance, numbers and repetition that I have always found peculiar in terms of evoking reaction. I find this is especially true when thinking about anti-religious persecution. When several people are killed in an incident close to home, attention is massive. Think of the awful event last month when a madman shot up the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh leaving 11 dead.
On November 6, 2018, as a milestone in the new history of our Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the Antioch Syrian University (ASU), in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Atef Al-Naddaf, Minister of Higher Education in Syria, in ASU in Maarat Saydnaya. The inauguration was also attended by Dr.
A two-day conference entitled "Syriac Christianity at the Crossroads of Cultures" gathered researchers from all over the world at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome last week. Both Mar Gewargis III, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, and Cardinal Louis Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, participated in the opening session of the conference commemorating the 700th...
By Edith M. Lederer
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's new government plans to intensify efforts to uproot cells of the Islamic State extremist group and introduce "robust measures" to achieve sustainable security throughout the country, the country's U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Jan Kubis told the U.N.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkish forces has killed 19 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during air strikes in northern Iraq, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The air strikes targeted several regions in northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains, a PKK stronghold, Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Twitter.
As many as 80% of Syria's Christians have left their country since the start of the civil war in 2011, while 50% of Iraq's Christians have been uprooted since 2006, according to a report produced by Christian charities Open Doors International, Served and Middle East Concern last year, which said the arrival of IS was only the "tipping point" of a trend already gathering pace as Christians...
By Ahmed Twaij
BASRA, Iraq -- Recent violent protests in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have brought to light years of suffering by Iraqis in what is known as the economic capital of Iraq due to its vast oil reserves and deep-sea port access connecting the country to the international market. Basra, a predominantly Shiite city, also has a significant minority population, including black Iraqis and Christians.
By Leith Aboufadel
The Syriac-led Suturo forces sent a large number of reinforcements to the Deir Ezzor Governorate this week to aid their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the key town of Hajin. According to the group, the Suturo sent the reinforcements to the Hajin front after the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) captured several areas from the Syrian Democratic Forces near the...
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY -- Appealing to the international community to help bring peace to Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis and Catholicos Gewargis III, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, also paid homage to the lands' persecuted Christians, who demonstrate that faith in Christ is a bond that is stronger than any denominational difference.
By Devin Watkins
Pope Francis spoke about the "great suffering" that many Christians are enduring in the Middle East, and prayed for peace in the region, especially in Iraq and Syria. The Pope was meeting Friday with Mar Gewargis III, the Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.