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The Cradle of Civilisation welcomes Christian visitors

Quoting a famous French archaeologist, Andre Parrot, The Syria Times reminds us all that “Every human has two homes, his own and Syria”.

The profound fact that Syria is the ancient cradle of civilisation, and also a country exceptionally rare in the modern world where Christianity is considered part of the fundamental fabric of the nation, with a breath-taking abundance of historic Christian and non-Christian sites to visit, is currently bought to life by a delegation of French politicians who are in the middle of an official visit to Syria.

Virginie Joron writes that “The defence of Christians in the East must be one of the main priorities of the resumption of our diplomatic relations with Syria.”

The impressions of her first ever visit to Syria confirm that “there is a complete difference” between the reality that she’s witnessing and the false ideas presented about Syria by the governments and mainstream media of France and Europe.  She writes that “It’s time to stop the [ Machiavellianism ] and find peaceful solutions with the Syrian government.”

She writes glowingly of Damascus and how welcoming it still is to tourists and foreign visitors even after the dreadful suffering endured by its inhabitants at the hands of Western geo-political plotting.

“The city is reborn with crowded terraces and there is music everywhere. We feel safe, we feel good. No aggression, no eyes moved, no [ offensive insults ], no hostility in the streets of Damascus. Indeed, we are more than well welcomed. Some are even happy to see French people and be able to speak our language. They come to say hello to us.”

Syria: Christianity is in Safe Hands

200 young Catholics of the Syriac Patriarchate of Antioch spent the day talking with their country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, who came to visit their Catholic youth camp held at the Monastery of Saint Thomas in Saidnaya, near Damascus, on 4th July.

President al-Assad, is known throughout the Middle East for his fervent protection of the Christians who, alongside many of their Moslem countrymen, are still under fierce attack from Western-supported Wahhabi-Salafists belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The president was presented with an ornate copy of Holy Scripture.

New Melkite Patriarch Elected

President Bashar al-Assad received the recently-elected Patriarch of the Melkites, Yusuf al-Abssi, in Damascus, Syria, yesterday, 4th July 2017.

The patriarchy traces its origin directly back to the See of Antioch, founded by St. Peter himself, one year after Our Blessed Lord’s crucifixion, and has its seat in Damascus. There are roughly 1.6 million Melkite Catholics throughout the world.

Our Lady Lovingly Honoured by The Flower of the East

Syria - Maaloula

In 2013 the famous statue of Our Lady that majestically watches over Ma’loula – the ancient city where Aramaic, the native language spoken by Christ, is still spoken – was destroyed by Daesh.

A new statue was commissioned and paid for personally by Asma Al-Assad, wife of the Syrian President, who is popularly known as The Jasmine (the flower) of the East.

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A new statue was delivered and put back in its rightful place above Ma’loula in 2015.

Syria Ma'loula new statue Our Lady delivered by SAA 2015

 

A Founding Trustee of The Saint George Educational Trust, Roberto Fiore, recently visited Syria and relates that:

“Our visit to Ma’loula was the most moving part of the entire trip. There we were given first-hand accounts of Daesh in action.

We heard about the martyrdom of people who simply refused to renounce the Christian Faith, we learnt of the kidnapping of nuns, we saw the destruction of the altars and of churches built 1700 years ago.

We saw history in motion, with new legends in the process of being made. Finally we heard how the army liberated Ma’loula, though not without the great sacrifice of two hundred Syrian soldiers.

The people of Ma’loula are proud that President Assad visited them just three days after the town’s liberation, giving comfort and money to rebuild the town and its historic monastery, while his wife gave money to restore the statue of Our Lady which dominates this ancient Christian settlement.“

Syria Ma'loula new statue Our Lady delivered by SAA June 2015

 

‘Listen’ to Bishop Audo – Another Chaldean Bishop Speaks

Bishop Audo of Aleppo

Press TV reports that

“A bishop from the Syrian province of Aleppo says the majority of the Arab country’s Christian community supports President Bashar al-Assad in any future election.

The Chaldean Catholic bishop, Antoine Audo, said on Wednesday that about 80 percent of Syria’s Christian population would support Assad if he stood for reelection.

Speaking to reporters in Switzerland’s city of Geneva, Audo criticized “propaganda” against the Syrian leader, insisting that there was no persecution of Christians by the government.

He further said that ongoing deadly conflict in the country aimed to “destabilize the Syrian society and transform the war into a confessional war.”

The bishop added that other minorities and communities in the country also supported Assad in his fight against “the extremists.”

Audo stated that different terrorist groups including the Daesh militants fighting the government in Damascus posed a serious threat to Syrian Christians, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the country.

According to Audo, the country’s 1.5 million Christian population before the start of the foreign-backed militancy in 2011 now stands at about 500,000, “due to insecurity.”

He said only around 40,000 of Aleppo’s once 160,000 Christian population remained in the province, adding that the community faced great dangers day to day”.

Christmas Carols in Damascus

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President and First Lady of Syria, Bashar and Asma Al-Assad, make an impromptu visit to the Catholic Church of Notre Dame de Damas to listen to Christmas choral rehearsals. The church narrowly escaped damage from mortar fire earlier, a Christmas present sent by so-called “moderate” terrorists based in a neighbouring area of the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

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