July 3, 2013 Damascus, (SANA) – Patriarch of Antioch and all East for Greek Orthodox John Yazigi stressed the importance of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Meeting Austrian Ambassador in Damascus Isabel Raucher charge d’ affairs of the European Union Michel Ryan in Syria and political advisor at the European Union Commission in Damascus Anis Nakror, the Patriarch ... Read More »
ENTHRONEMENT SPEECH OF PATRIARCH JOHN X OF ANTIOCH Distinguished guest and beloved children, We thank the Lord our God who allowed us, in the two previous months, to celebrate His appearance in the flesh as man and His manifestation as God coming to save us. After Jesus has fulfilled His plan of salvation by dying on the cross and ... Read More »
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS – A PERSONAL REFLECTION It almost seems like yesterday when I was residing in Damascus, and conversing with His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch after the conclusion of small vespers at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab-Touma on a very cold winter evening. I recall that at the time, His Beatitude was gravely ill and could not ... Read More »
INITIATIVE OF THE HEADS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONCERNING THE SITUATION OF THE CHRISTIANS IN THE REGION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.
We Christians have been living in the region of the Middle East since ancient times. Therefore, we consider that all efforts aiming at ousting us are unreasonable and unjust. Even when other religions conquered our land, we have always managed to adjust ourselves and find ways of symbiosis and peaceful coexistence with them. However, the recent increasing influence of extreme ... Read More »