Tag Archives: Syria

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.

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Christian volunteers in the Middle East

 

102 volunteers are currently in the Middle East providing practical help and solidarity to Christian communities.

If you can join them send your application to the head of volunteers: volontaires@soschretiensdorient.fr

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient

 

Rebuilding Syria: Can you volunteer?

“My time in Syria began with an assignment in the Christian village of Maaloula, at the heart of the mountains in the north of Damascus. This is a charming village with an incredible cultural heritage, and I was struck by the beauty of the surroundings. The village is made of old houses painted in blue near churches with some of them built more than 1600 years ago and a great statue of Mary is contemplating the valley from the top of a hill……..

After Maaloula, I went to Aleppo to work on another assignment for three weeks. I felt so privileged to be able to discover this city that I always dreamed of. It has a profoundly rich cultural heritage and is considered as one of the oldest cities of the world……..

Finally, and to finish my time in Syria, I was sent to Homs, third biggest Syrian city. Here again, I discovered entire neighbourhoods shattered by the war with broken glass still paving the streets. Every week we went to the Qara monastery to offer our help for the many works that had to be done. We also spent quite a lot of time in Sadad, a small Christian village in the desert where we visited the elderly and gave French classes to adults and teenagers. My Syrian adventure ended on a high note with the Pentecost pilgrimage near Tartous with all the French and Syrian volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. ”

Read more here about Vincent’s charitable working holiday, and Join the volunteers in Syria. 

Christian towns targeted on the murderous frontline

With ferocious clashes currently taking place around Christian towns on the Hama-Idleb borders in Syria, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley reports:

“I have visited As Suqaylabiyah many times over the last year and have personally experienced a number of the attacks on the town by the HTS-dominated terrorist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside. In September 2018, Al Suqaylabiyah and the neighbouring town of Mhardeh were targeted with prohibited ground-launched cluster munitions and Grad missiles. In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were killed in the attack, another massacre that barely registered in Western reporting.

The shock that resonated throughout Al Suqaylabiyah after the deaths of four children in May 2019 was unprecedented. I visited the town about a week after the attack ……..”

Read more at MintPress News.

 

Amazing historic Christian sites

From the Syrian Ministry of Tourism.

Follow them on Facebook and learn of many more fantastic ancient Christian sites to visit such as the town of Ma’loula (where Aramaic, the principle language spoken by Jesus is still spoken today) or the incredible 11th-century crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers.

#SAINT_HANANIYA_CHURCH#Damascus_Old_City – Bab Sharqi

In the heart of Damascus, One of the oldest churches ever built.

The smell & fragrance of old History & Christianity spreading out in every corner,

Where Saint Hananiya Church located approximately two hundred meters north of #Strait_Street near #Bab_Sharqi ( Eastern Gate)

It is a small underground Chapel ( five meters below ground level today ), this was likely the street level during the Roman period, where Archaeological excavations in 1921 found the remains of a Byzantine church from the 5th or 6th century ..

The Historical Church houses only a small Altar, some Icons and a few pews.

The #Icons in the church tell the story of the conversion of #Saul_of_Tarsus, who converted to Christianity & became St. #Paul_the_Apostle, when Hananiya (Ananias) received a divine revelation from #Jesus_Christ instructing him to visit Saul, and by placing his hand’s upon his eyes, restored Saul’s vision. and Ananias baptized Saul and became Christian,,,

Maronite Patriarch renews call for International Community to help displaced Syrians return home

The Syria Times reports that “Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Rahi has renewed his call on the international community to help the displaced Syrians return to their homeland.”

Patriarch al-Rahi stated that certain governments are purposely preventing the return of Syrian refugees due to geo-political machinations “which have nothing to do with human values.”

Patriarch al-Rahi previously affirmed back in April that “some international parties don’t want displaced Syrians to return home” because it “serves their political interests.”

This horrific fact was also affirmed by the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and other government ministers to one of The Saint George Educational Trust’s founding trustees during a recent visit to The Lebanon.

SOS Christians of the East

Al-Suqaylabiyah buries its children.

As the long-awaited offensive of the Syrian Arab Army against al-Qaeda is finally launched to clear Idlib of more than 30,000 foreign head-chopping terrorists, the number of civilian martyrs also increases. The Wahhabi-Salafist terrorists are continuing to bombard the Christian villages of al-Suqaylabiyah and Mahardah in northern Hama.

On Sunday, four children and a woman died martyrs under the rockets of terrorists. Six others were critically injured.

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is on the ground helping the families of martyrs in Mahardah, al-Suqaylabiyah

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