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BETH SLUTHO - AN ANCIENT OPEN AIR "HOUSE OF PRAYER"  OF THE HOLY SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
IN TURABDIN (S.E. TURKEY)


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Holy Father on an Apostolic visit to the Diocese of Euphrates & Jazeera


31 October 2010, Qamishili: His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch made a Apostolic visit to the diocese of Euphrates & Jazeera from Oct 28th to 31st. The Patriarchal entourage included, H.E Mor Theophilose George Saliba - Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon & Hon. Secretary of the Holy Synod, H.E Mor Severios Malke Mourad - Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, Jordan & Holy Land, H.E Mor Silwanos Petrus Isaa Al-Nemeh - Metropolitan of Homs & Hama, H.E Mor Philaxinos Saliba Ozmen - Metropolitan of Mardin & Abbot of Deir Za'faran Monastery, H.E Mor Justinos Paulose Yousef Safar - Metropolitan of Zahle & Bekaa, H.E Mor Philaxinos Mathias Nayis - Patriarchal Assistant & Director of St. Ephraim Theological Seminary, H.E Mor Clemis Daniel Korieh - Metropolitan of Beirut & Director of Patriarchal institutions in Lebanon, H.E Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq - Director of the Patriarchal Curie, priests, monk and nuns.

His Holiness the Patriarch was accorded a rousing reception at the Qamishli Airport by H.E Mor Osthatheos Matta Roham - Metropolitan of Euphrates & Jazeera, H.E Mor Dionysius Behnam Jajawi, Gen. Mazy Najib Salloum - Governor of Hassakah province, government officers, eminent priests from the diocese, representatives of the different councils, Scouts and large crowd of faithful. From the airport, the entourage was taken to the Monastery of Virgin Mary in Hassakah. 

Later on His Holiness presided over a public meeting and inaugurated four different projects that were built and completed by the Diocese of Euphrates & Jazeera under the leadership of H.E Mor Osthatheos in association with the different councils of the diocese. On the 29th, His Holiness inaugurated the Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Centre, a socio-cultural centre, built adjacent to the St. George Cathedral and the headquarters of the Diocese. This Centre is proposed to be a centre for civilization and cultural development. It has been built as a three storied building. The ground floor comprises a large lounge area, and the first and second floors consists of offices for different religious commissions of the Church, six classrooms to teach the languages and a digital library.

On 30th, His Holiness laid the foundation for the proposed school building adjacent to the Church of Virgin Mary in the neighbourhood of Nazareth. The President of Centre for religious education thanked His Holiness on behalf of the inhabitants of Nazareth and wished a successful completion of the school building project. 

On 31st, His Holiness consecrated the newly built Morth Shmooni Church at Maaliki. His Holiness, who arrived at the entrance of the town was carried over their shoulders by the faithful to their church. His Holiness who celebrated the Divine liturgy and consecrated the new church building, congratulated the faithful of Maaliki for having built a beautiful place of worship.

On the same day evening, His Holiness and his entourage were taken in a procession to Qamishli. The occasion was the inauguration of Liberty High School built and donated by the senior & retired Metropolitan H.E Mor Dionysius Behnam Jajawi. The faithful lined up the roads leading to the venue to welcome His Holiness.


On November 1st morning, His Holiness and the entourage were given a warm farewell at the Qamishli airport on their return to the Patriarchal Headquarters.
 

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Harvest Festival celebrated at St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Kuwait


29 October 2010, Abbasiya, Kuwait: The St. George Universal Syrian Orthodox Church celebrated its 14th Harvest Festival on Friday 29th October at Integrated Indian School, Abbassiya with variety entertainment programs.


His Excellency  Ajay Malhota, Ambassdor of India, inaugurated the festival and His Eminence Mathews Mor Theodosius Metropolitan presided over the general meeting. Very Rev. Abraham Cor Episcopa, Rev. Binchu Varghese, Rev. Fr. Elias George, Rev. Fr. C. Kurian, Rev. Fr. George Kottapuram, Mr. K.P. Koshy and Mr. Philip Koshy delivered felicitation speeches.

 

 

During the meeting, the souvenir prepared in connection with the festival was released by the Mor Theodosius Mathews Metropolitan and Publicity Convener Abraham Jacob, by presenting a copy to Mr. Philip Koshy, Country Manager for Western Union, the main sponsor. Vicar, Rev. Fr. Jyothis Pothara welcomed the gathering and the Church Secretary John C. Thomas proposed the Vote of Thanks.


Various entertainment programs were held during the day. The Ganamela led by Rimi Tomy and mimics show by the Mimics team led by Kalabhavan Jinto enthralled the audience. The other programs included Shinkari Melam by Shaiju and party, and a variety of programs by members. Raffle draws were conducted during the program by the Raffle convener Koshy Kuruvilla.

 


Food stalls arranged by Varghese T Chacko, Giby Sushil and Vanitha Samajam members served popular mouthwatering Kerala dishes. The other conveners of the event were Kurian Mathew (Reception), Mathew Moolayil Varghese (Sponsorship), Bechu Mathen (Event Management), Eldo K Abraham and Moncy Chacko (Games) & Dinu Punnoose Thomas (Volunteers)

The festival came to an end by the Vote of Thanks proposed by the Program Convener, George K. John.


5th Dukhrono of Mor Julius Yeshu`Çiçek 

(1941 - 2005)


 

Archbishop Mor Julius Yeshu` Çiçek, who passed away on October 29, 2005 at the age of 63 is acknowledged as one of the greatest shepherds of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. Since his consecration as the first Metropolitan of Central Europe in 1979, His Eminence had oversaw the establishment of a number of churches and monasteries in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, England and France. In the 1970s when Christians found it impossible to continue in their ancient homeland in South East Turkey and emigrated to Europe enmass, it was Mor Yulius Çiçek who shepherded the community in Europe. During the twenty-six years of his archbishopric, the Church in Europe achieved remarkable growth.

 

Mor Yulius made very significant scholarly contributions to the Church through the Bar Hebraeus Publishing House which published about 100 books related to the Syriac Orthodox liturgy, Bible, history, etc., in Syriac and in European languages, as well as periodicals such as the "Kolo Suryoyo". His Eminence was also an eminent calligrapher who continued the ancient Syriac Orthodox tradition of liturgical manuscript production as a monastic vocation.

Biographies of His Eminence Mor Julius Yeshu` Çiçek

(a)  sor.cua.edu       (b) SyriacChristianity.org 

Links related to the Funeral of His Eminence Mor Yulius Çiçek:

Obituary (Shroro: SOC Digest)
Condolences of The Mayor of Losser (Shroro: SOC Digest)

Bishop of London, Rt. Rev. Michael Colclough visits Holy Father  at Patriarchal Monastery


29 October 2010, Ma'arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Bishop of London Diocese of Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Michael Colclough visited His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at St. Ephraim Patriarchal Monastery here on October 25, Sunday. Bishop Michael was accompanied by his wife Cynthea. Patriarchal Assistant and Director of Theological Seminary, Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Matthias Nayis joined His Holiness in welcoming Bishop Michael to the Monastery. Bishop Michael, on behalf of Archbishop of Canterbury and head of Universal Anglican Community, Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams thanked His Holiness for the ecumenical relations between two churches.

His Holiness enquired about the recent visit of Archbishop Dr. Rowan Williams to India. Bishop Michael visited Patriarchate to learn more about the Syriac Orthodox Church, its belief, teachings, history and doctrines. is on  Bishop Michael will stay for a week in the Monastery as the guest of Syriac Orthodox Church.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Mor Gregorios Kuriakose led foundation stone for St. Peter's Chapel at Thottapuzha


29 October 2010, Thottapuzha, Kerala: Metropolitan of Kallisserry & Malabar Regions of Knanaya Jacobite Archdiocese, Mor Gregorios Kuriakose led foundation stone for the new chapel under St. Mary's JSO Knanaya Church, Eraviperoor, which is dedicated to St. Peter's. Archbishop Mor Severios Kuriakose and Metropolitan of Ranni & Outer Kerala Regions of the Archdiocese, Mor Ivanios Kuriakose blessed the occasion with the presence. Priests of the Archdiocese and lots of faithful were present.


"Role of Scholars in Controlling Religious Discourse and National Unity"

His Holiness stressed the necessity of facing the challenges created by the enemies of the nation through belief in God and preserving the national unity.


24 October 2010; Damascus, Syria: His Holiness Morn Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church stressed the necessity of facing the challenges created by the enemies of the nation through belief in God and preserving the national unity, pointing out that Muslims and Christians in Syria live as brothers and will work hand in hand to protect their homeland.

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Anniversary of the Holy Mooron Koodasha and Family Convention at St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Patriarchal Church, Puthupally


24 October, 2010, Puthupally, Kottayam: His Eminence Kuriakose Mor Ivaniose inaugurated the 2nd anniversary of consecration of Puthupally St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church here on 24th October. Hon. Leader of Opposition and MLA, Shri. Oommen Chandy, Bar Etho M`hero Thampu George Thukalan, Chevalier Bibby Abraham, Chevalier Ommachan Venkidath, Rev Fr. Jossy, Church administration committee members and hundreds of faithful participated.


 

Mor Coorilos receives warm reception in Johannesburg


24 October, 2010, Johannesburg: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese of Niranam diocese and Patriarchal Vicar of UK was accorded a warm reception in Johannesburg, South Africa by the Syrian Christians from Kerala. The Metropolitan was received at the airport by the faithful. An evening prayer and a fellowship meeting was organized at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Johannesburg which was attended by a large number of Syrian Christians from Kerala. Mor Coorilos is the first Jacobite Bishop to visit and conduct a service in South Africa.

 

Mor Coorilos arrived in Johannesburg from Cape Town where he attended the third Lousanne Congress on Evangelization. The Metropolitan was on the WCC delegation to the Lousanne Congress in Cape Townsburg: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese of Niranam diocese and Patriarchal Vicar of UK was accorded a warm reception in Johannesburg, South Africa by the Syrian Christians from Kerala. The Metropolitan was received at the airport by the faithful. An evening prayer and a fellowship meeting was organized at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Johannesburg which was attended by a large number of Syrian Christians from Kerala. Mor Coorilos is the first Jacobite Bishop to visit and conduct a service in South Africa. Mor Coorilos arrived in Johannesburg from Cape Town where he attended the third Lousanne Congress on Evangelization. The Metropolitan was on the WCC delegation to the Lousanne Congress in Cape Town. 



Kandanad Diocese and Jacobite Syrian Christian Church blessed with three new Priests


23 October 2010, Kadakkanad, Kerala: The Kandanad diocese of the Jacobite Syrian Christian  Church has been blessed with three new priests. Rev. Fr. Philiphose ( Bijo ) from Mannakunnam Church, Rev. Fr. Biju ( Yuhanon ) from Vadakara Church and Rev. Fr. Santosh ( Geevarghese ) from Piravom Church were ordained by the diocesan Metropolitan His Eminences Mathews Mor Ivanios on October 23, 2010.


246th Dukhrono of Saint Baselios Sakralla Maphriono concluded at Kandanad Morth Mariyam Cathedral 


23 October, 2010, Kandanad, Kerala: 246th Dukhrono of Saint Baselios Sakralla Maphriono concluded at Morth Mariyam Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral here on October 22, 2010, Friday. Metropolitan Mor Ivanios Mathews was the chief celebrant for the Holy Penta Mass celebrated at the cathedral on Friday. Thousands of faithful participated in the Holy Penta Mass, followed by Nercha and Rassa.

 

 

On October 21, Thursday, His Beatitude Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I offered Dhoopa Prarthana at the sacred tomb of Saint Baselios and led Evening Prayer at the Cathedral. Metropolitans Their Eminence Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Clemis Kuriakose, Mor Athanasius Elias, Mor Theodosius Mathews and Mor Anthonios Ya`qub accompanied His Beatitude.

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'Raasa' marks the beginning of the first anniversary celebrations of the Divine Miracle at St. Mary's Global Marian Pilgrim Centre, Kattachira 


20 October 2010, Kattachira, Kerala: 'Raasa' marks the beginning of the first anniversary celebrations of the Divine Miracle at St. Mary's Global Marian Pilgrim Centre, Kattachira. Thousands participated.

 

 

The Social Welfare Fund was inaugurated by His Grace Dr. Samuel Mar Irenios, Auxiliary bishop of Malankara Catholic Church - Trivandrum Diocese at St. Mary's Global Marian Pilgrim Centre, Kattachira. The Vicar, Rev. Fr. Roy George, Rev. Fr. Eldhose Athirampuzha, Rev. Fr. P.K.George, Rev. Fr. George John and a large gathering of faithful were present.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


Rev. Fr. Jacob Joseph ( Saji Achen ) presented a paper on "The Church and Other Faiths" at United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore


19 October, 2010, Bangalore: Rev. Fr. Jacob Joseph ( Saji Achen ) presented a paper on "The Church and other Faiths" at United Theological College (UTC), Bangalore on Oct 21st. Rev. Saji Achen was participating in the meeting organised in Charles Ranson Hall, UTC in honour of the visiting Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most. Rev Dr. Rowan Williams.

The paper presented by Fr. Joseph


Holy Father meets the participants of " Orthodox Vision For Peace " Conference


19 October 2010, Ma'arat  Sayyidnaya, Damascus: His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch met the participants of "Orthodox Vision for Peace" conference in his private office in the Patriarchal Monastery of St. Ephraim. His Eminence Mor Philaxinos Mathias Nayis,  the Patriarchal Assistant and Director of the Faculty of Theology and Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq, Director of the Patriarchal Curia were present along with His Holiness in welcoming the delegates.

The "Orthodox Vision for Peace" conference is being held at Saint Christophorus Monastery in Sayyidnaya near Damascus.

During the meeting, His Holiness reviewed his guests on the topics being discussed by the Participants during the meetings and workshops. The participants thanked His Holiness for having hosted them for the second time in the Monastery of St. Ephraim and presented His Holiness with a commemorative gift. The delegates then walked around the Monastery and the Patriarchal Headquarters and visited the Library of the Patriarchate.

 

 

 

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Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo asked Pope Benedict and Christian leaders around the world to set a common date for a liturgical commemoration of the Christian martyrs of the 19th and 20th centuries. That, too, he said, would be "another step toward Christian unity."


18 October 2010, Vatican City: Orthodox delegates to the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East asked the Catholic Church to move quickly to institute a common date for Easter and to consider new ways for the pope to exercise his authority.

Delegates from other Christian churches, especially from Orthodox churches in the Middle East, told the synod Oct. 15 that all Christians looked to the gathering for concrete ideas to strengthen their communities in the region.

And several of the "fraternal delegates" who addressed the synod asked Pope Benedict XVI for very specific action to promote greater unity among Christians to give all of them a stronger witness in the Middle East.

Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo, Syria, said the request by several Catholic bishops at the synod that all Christians move toward a common date for celebrating Easter is something that should be enacted quickly.

"This is a general request of all the Christians of the Middle East," he said, adding that "Christians are waiting impatiently to see their unity represented by this symbol."

In addition, he asked Pope Benedict and Christian leaders around the world to set a common date for a liturgical commemoration of the Christian martyrs of the 19th and 20th centuries. That, too, he said, would be "another step toward Christian unity."

The metropolitan also asked the pope to consider ways of "separating communion from authority" in the church so that all Christians would recognize they are united in professing the same faith without having to accept the direct authority of the pope.

Lebanese Greek Orthodox Metropolitan George Khodr also told the synod that the current role of the bishop of Rome, the pope, is problematic for the Eastern Christian churches, who believe the church of Christ is constituted locally first of all with the faithful gathered around their bishop. To extend a bishop's authority universally doesn't make sense from the point of view of the history and experience of the East, he said.

Common belief in the Eucharist is "the only sign of communion between Christians," he said. "It is the Eucharist that makes us everywhere a 'chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.'"

Armenian Orthodox Bishop Shahan Sarkissian of Aleppo, Syria, said the Armenian patriarch, Catholicos Aram, saw the October gathering at the Vatican as "the synod of all the churches of the Middle East, because we face the same conditions, we share the same problems and are faced with the same challenges."

"We should concentrate collectively on the Christian presence and witness in the Middle East and consecrate ourselves all together to reorganize and renew our commitment and mission," Bishop Sarkissian said.

Assyrian Orthodox Bishop Gewargis Sliwa of Baghdad, Iraq, said all the Christians in Iraq consider the synod "a spiritual and holy gathering," so synod participants have a great responsibility to respond by working together with friendly, brotherly and spiritual relations.

He said the situation of Iraq Christians is unique and dire. "The situation needs quick, wise and urgent steps and actions," including putting pressure on "the international humanitarian and political organizations to save Iraqi people in general from this destruction and to create the peaceful circumstances that will keep the existence of Christians in the country."

Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Makarios Tillyridis of Kenya told the synod that while it is true many Christians in the Middle East do not enjoy full freedom of religion and conscience, it does not exclude them from the obligation to work for Christian unity and to love their non-Christian neighbors.

"Concerning the community of Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as the Jewish community, all around us, we can't fail to respect their belief and way of life," he said. "Cooperation with the non-Christians is very important in healing past injustices and promoting peaceful coexistence."

A message to the synod from Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, was read to synod participants Oct. 15.

He urged joint action to pressure governments to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to support Palestinian Christians.

"The synod is raising unprecedented great expectations for all Christians in the Middle East, especially for Iraqis and Palestinians, who are under serious tribulations," he wrote.

"Now is the time for actions together. For us Christians these should be based on three fundamental imperatives: an ethical and theological imperative for a just peace; an ecumenical imperative for unity in action; and the Gospel imperative for costly solidarity and love of all our neighbors," the message said.

Source: General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican


MJSSA - Kollam Diocese Mor Sabor Aphroth Camp held at St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Kundara


17 October 2010, Kundara, Kerala: The annual camp of MJSSA Kollam Diocese- Mor Sabor –Afroth Camp was held at. St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Kundara on 16th and 17th October, 2010. The inauguration of the camp was done by Bar Eto Briro Dr. D. Babu Paul IAS. The meeting was attended by V. Rev. Stephen Cor-Episcopa, Vicar Rev. Fr. Davis Thankachen, Diocesan Secretary and MJSSA Director Rev. Fr. Sabu Samuel, Rev. Fr. Punnose Tharakan, Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Tharakan, Rev. Fr. Anish T. Varghese, Rev. Fr. Thomas Thomas, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nallila, Rev. Fr. Gregor Kollanoor, Dr. Dn. Paul Samuel and Mr. Baby Mathara. Classes for students and teachers were conducted separately on both days. 


Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim represents World Council of Churches in the Special Synod at Vatican, as its Fraternal Delegate


15 October 2010, Vatican City: Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim of Aleppo represents World Council of Churches in the Special Synod of Catholic Bishops in Middle East, going on at Vatican, as WCC's Fraternal Delegate to the Synod. Mor Gregorios is attending the Synod as an observer from Syriac Orthodox Church, commissioned by His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Archbishop read the message of Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC) on October 15, Friday. His Eminence Cardinal Sandri of Congregations of Eastern Churches chaired over the session. Bishop Nibandian representing Armenian Orthodox Church, Bishop Shahan Sarkiisian representing the Catholicate of Cilicia and Bishop George Khodr, representing Roman Orthodox Church also spoke in the session.

Source: General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Vatican


His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas declared Karingachira Cathedral as the Georgian Pilgrim Centre of India on October 16, 2010.
Centenary celebration of Submission of the Registered deed to His Holiness , The Patriarch and the Platinum Jubilee of re-election of St. Athanasius Paulose "Valiya Thirumeni" at the Historic Association meeting at Karingachira concluded


15 October 2010, Karingachira, Kerala: St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Karingachira was declared as the "Georgian Pilgrim Centre of India" by His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch. The concluding ceremony of the Centenary celebrations of Karingachira Cathedral deed submission and Platinum Jubilee of the re-election of St. Athanasius Paulose Valiya Thirumeni as Malankara metropolitan were held at the Cathedral premises on 16th October.

 

 

His Eminence Mor Gregorios Joseph, Holy Episcopal Synod Secretary and Metropolitan of Kochi diocese read the Apostolic Bull of His Holiness.

 

 

His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, inaugurated the function.

 

 

His Eminence Mor Clemis Daniel Kurieh, the Patriarchal delegate read the Apostolic Blessing message of His Holiness.

 

 

Prof. K V Thomas, Hon. Union Minister, Shri. K P Dhanapalan MP, Shri. Jos K Mani MP, Shri. Saju Paul MLA, Shri. K Babu MLA, Shri. M J Jacob MLA, Metropolitans of the Jacobite Syrian Church, Commander P P Thankachan were present on the Historic Occasion along with a large gathering of the priests and faithful.

 

 

Earlier in the morning, Holy 9nmel Qurbono was celebrated at the Cathedral. His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I was the chief celebrant. Patriarchal Delegate, Mor Clemis Daniel Kurieh, Metropolitans Their Eminence Mor Gregorios Joseph, Dr. Mor Ivanios Mathews, Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Mor Athanasius Elias, Mor Philoxenos Zacharias and Mor Aphrem Mathews assisted His Beatitude.

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Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


Thulaam 1st Perunnal, Re-installation of the Holy Relics, Gospel Convention and Family Meet at St. Jacob Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Orthodox Church, Allapra concluded


14 October 2010, Allapra, Kerala: Thulam 1 Perunnal concluded at St. Jacob's JSO Church, Allapra on October 14, Thursday. The feast was started on October 10, Sunday, when Vicar Fr. Jacob Paulose Kochuparambil hoisted the flag. His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, The Catholicos of India, was the chief celebrant for the feast. Metropolitans Their Eminence Mor Aphrem Mathews and Mor Osthatheos Ishaq celebrated H. Qurbono on various days. Earlier, the Holy Relics of Patriarch Saint. Ignatius Elias III of Manjanikkara and St. Athanasius Paulose, Valiya Metropolitan of Malankara were reinstalled in a sacred tomb built inside the church.

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Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


Holy Father visits His Holiness Catholicose Aram I of the Armenian Orthodox Church of Cilicia


14 October 2010; Antelias, Lebanon: His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas visited His Holiness Catholicose Aram I of the Armenian Orthodox Church of Cilicia on October 14, Thursday at the headquarters of Armenian Orthodox Church at Mount Lebanon. Archbishop Mor Theophilose George Saliba, Hon. Secretary to the Holy Episcopal Synod and Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Mor Philoxenos Matthias Nayis, Patriarchal Assistant and Director of St. Ephrem Theological College accompanied His Holiness. The Their Holiness discussed about the relation between two sister churches and with other sister churches in the Oriental Orthodox Church family. The representations of Syriac Orthodox Church and Armenian Orthodox Church in World Council of Churches (WCC), Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and in the special synod of Catholic bishops in Middle East going on at Vatican, Rome were discussed. 






Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas extended Apostolic blessings and greetings to the Special Synod of Catholic Bishops in Middle East at Vatican City


10 October 2010; Vatican: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Special Assembly of Bishops in Middle East at Vatican City on October 11, Monday. 

Archbishop of Aleppo & Environs, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim arrived at Vatican City on October 10, Sunday to attend the Special Assembly of Bishops in Middle East convened by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Mor Gregorios attends the conference as the special invitee of His Holiness Pope from Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, commissioned by His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.  His Eminence connived the greetings and best wishes of Holy Father to Pope Benedict and the Synod of Bishops.

 

The theme of the synod was ‘The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness.’ Bishops from Jerusalem and Palestine aside, 185 bishops from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Syria and Turkey are attending the synod. The synod will be addressed by the Pope, Rabbi David Rosen, Director for inter-religious affairs of the American Jewish Committee, Muhammad Al - Sammak, political counsellor to the Grand Mufti of Lebanon for Sunni Islam and Ayatollah Seyed Mostafa Ahammadabady, member, Iranian academy of sciences for Shia Islam. This is the first time all the bishops of the Middle East are gathering together and meeting the Pope. The synod will conclude on October 24. 

The head of the Syro Malankara Church Catholicose His Beatitude Dr. Baselios Clemis and Curia Bishop of the Syro Malabar Church Dr. Mar Bosco Puthur attend the synod as the special invitees from India.

Source: Office of the Archbishop, Aleppo, Syria


Harvest Festival celebrated at Vallamkulam Bishop's House of the Knanaya Archdiocese - Kallissery region


08 October 2010, Vallamkulam, Kerala: Harvest Festival celebrated at Vallamkulam Bishop's House of the Knanaya Archdiocese - Kallissery region.

 

 

Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Mor Ivanios Kuriakose and Mor Gregorios Kuriakose were present for the function. Prof. P. J Kurien M.P inaugurated the function. Other dignitaries from different walks of life along with Priests and faithful of the church participated.


The Autumn 2010 meeting of the Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America held


07 October 2010, New Rochelle, New York: The Autumn 2010 meeting of the Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America convened at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Among the members present were Their Eminences Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop Abune Zekarias and Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho. Very Rev. Fr. John Meno and Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, both of the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States, were also in attendance. Among the issued discussed were the youth of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Standing Conference’s web site, the Joint Commission of the Eastern/Oriental Orthodox Churches, the annual Eastern/Oriental Orthodox UN prayer service, Christian Churches Together, Oriental Orthodox Sunday school relationships, the Roman Catholic/Oriental Orthodox United States Consultation, the international Roman Catholic/Oriental Orthodox Dialogue and the yearly Oriental Orthodox Concelebrated Liturgy. During and after lunch, participants shared news from the sister Churches. It was agreed that the Spring 2011 meeting of the Standing Conference will be held on March 10th of the coming year.

 

The churches in Oriental Orthodox Family, viz. Syriac Orthodox Church, Armenian Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Orthodox Church and  Eritrean Orthodox Church are the members of the conference.


Dr. George Malki sworn in as the Minister for Irrigation in Government  of Republic of Syria


06 October 2010, Damascus, Syria: Dr. George Malki, a Syriac Orthodox faithful, sworn in as Minister for Irrigation in Government of Syria on October 05, Tuesday, before His Excellency the President. Dr. George, a PhD holder in Civil Engineering & Irrigation held many prestigious positions in his carrier in Syria and United Nations.

 

His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas and Archbishop of Aleppo Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim extended Apostolic blessings on behalf of Holy Universal Syriac Orthodox Church on the occasion of pride.

 

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Oriental Orthodox Churches Joint Divine Liturgy

28 September 2010

St. Ephraim Cathedral, Burbank


28 September 20101, Burbank, USA. On Tuesday, September 28th the annual Oriental Orthodox clergy conference and joint Divine Liturgy was held at St. Ephraim Cathedral. The Liturgy began at 10 am and was according to the Rite of Syriac Orthodox Church. H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Armenian Church of Cilicia, H.E. Archbishop Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Prelate of the Syriac Orthodox Church of the Western US, and H.G. Bishop Serapion, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, presided over the Liturgy. There were also in attendance many priests from all three Archdioceses. H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Armenian Church of Etchmiadzin apologized for not being able to attend due to meetings.

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Archbishop of Canterbury opens Tur Abdin exhibition at Southwark Cathedral


28 September 2010, Canterbury: Photojournalist Guilio Paletta, who specialises in small Christian groups, has been to Tur Abdin in south-east Turkey to record the life of the Syriani Christians.


 

The little ancient Christian community in the mountains has been immune from Roman influence but suffered in recent upheavals which saw death or exile from beginning of the 19th century to the 1990s. The Syrian Orthodox minority now finds itself struggling as a minority with little support from the Turkish authorities.

"The Syrian Church represents a very ancient and a very rich strand in the great tapestry of Christian witness," said the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

"Perhaps most importantly to most people in maintaining the language that is closest to the language spoken by Our Lord himself across these centuries.



"I can still remember the experience of first hearing the psalms sung in Syriac and realising that was probably the same kind of sound heard by Our Lord as the psalms were sung in Aramaic in his day."

Speaking of the community's present struggle with poverty and harassment, Dr Williams said that he wanted to express solidarity with them and pray for them.

"Turkey has an honorable tradition of tolerating and protecting religious minorities and it would be a tragedy if the next generation were to see that tradition becoming any weaker."



The Bishop of Woolwich read out a message from the Bishop of Tur Abdin who said that it was a great comfort to have support from the Tur Abdin Focus Group which is staging the exhibition.

A second message was received from the Patriarch of Antioch who visited Lambeth Palace last year. The Patriarch's representative Bishop Polycarpos also spoke.

Canon Bruce Saunders, welcoming the Archbishop, said: "Southwark Cathedral is a parish church rooted in this local community, we are the mother church of the diocese but from time to time we also behave like an English cathedral should with a national profile doing something which takes our interest beyond our own boundaries."

Among guests at the opening were the Syrian Ambassador, diplomatic representatives from the Netherlands and Turkey, Metropolitan Seraphim of Glastonbury, the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, Fr Stephen Griffith who is both Anglican Chaplain in Syria and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Apocrisiarius to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Archdeacon of Southwark.

For the Archbishop it was his second visit to Southwark in 6 days; last week he opened a new nurture room at Cathedral School in Redcross Way.

 

Source: London-sel.co.uk

This exhibition was organised by the Tur Abdin Focus Group to raise awareness of the Christians of Tur Abdin and to show concern and support for the problems they are facing. In welcoming the Archbishop, the Bishop of Woolwich (The Right
Rev’d Christopher Chessun), who is the chairman of the Group, read out letters of greeting and appreciation from Archbishop Samuel Aktas of Tur Abdin as well as His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I, the Patriarch of Antioch. Dr. Williams spoke movingly of the invaluable spiritual tradition embodied in the Tur Abdin community and of its spiritual and cultural value to the wider community.

The opening was well supported and attended both by His Excellency the Syrian Ambassador and representatives of the Turkish Embassy and covered by both Turkish and Syriac media including Suroyo TV, Suroyo SAT and Hurriyet. Metropolitan Mor Polycarpos
Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in the Netherlands, represented the Patriarch of Antioch. Abba Seraphim, attended as a member of the Tur Abdin Focus Group, and represents the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom.

The photographs are not merely of churches and liturgical ceremonies but contain some very striking images of the simple rural life of the Suriani and personal portraiture which highlight the vitality and uniqueness of this community. The exhibition can be viewed at Southwark Cathedral until 18 October after which it will be moved to Chichester Cathedral and travel to other centers.

Tur Abdin focus group website


Holy Father receives the delegates of the Joint Commission between WCC and the Vatican


27th September 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus:: His Holines Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch received the delegates of the Joint Commission between WCC and the Vatican at the Patriarchal Headquarters in Maarat Saydanaya near Damascus. His Holiness commended them on the great efforts the Joint commission is making to promote Christian unity and ecumenical relations between all communities. His Holiness also gave them a brief overview of the spread of the Syrian Orthodox church in the world today and also situation of the Christians in the Middle East.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


MGJSM Mylapore diocese chapter inaugurated at St. George Chapel, Avadi, Chennai


26 September 2010, Avadi, Chennai: The MGJSM Mylapore diocese chapter was inaugurated at St. George chapel, Avadi on 26th Sept by His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Catholicos. His Eminence or Osthatheos Ishaq and other priests of the diocese attended the inaugural function. About 250 students from Tamilnadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh along with a large number of faithful participated in the inaugural ceremony.


Rev. Dr. George who is an eminent scholar and professor in Gurukul Seminary, Chennai has been appointed as the Director of family Directorate of Mylapore Diocese.


Rev. Dr. Fr. George with Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas 1st & His Eminence Issac Mor Osthathiose

26 September 2010, Chennai: Rev. Dr. George who is an eminent scholar and professor in Gurukul Seminary, Chennai has been appointed as the Director of family Directorate of Mylapore Diocese by His Eminence Mor Osthathiose, Metropolitan of Mylapore & Delhi dioceses. 


Holy Father visited His Beatitude Ignatius Hazim IV, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.


25 September 20110, Damascus, Syria: His Holiness  Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Patriarch of Antioch and all the East visited His Beatitude Ignatius Hazim IV, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch on 25th September. The Syrian Orthodox delegation included His Eminence Mor Philexinose Mathias Niyas, The Patriarchal Assistant and His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Director of the Patriarchal office.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Spiritual Organizations of the St. Mary’s Jacobite Syriac Orthodox  Church, Muscat bade farewell to Fr. Alias Ipe


24 September 2010, Muscat: Spiritual Organizations of the St. Mary’s Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church, Muscat bade a very fond farewell to Rev. Fr. Alias Ipe at a special event organized at the parish chapel on Friday, the 24th September 2010. The farewell meeting was arranged under the patronage of Parish Managing Committee, Spiritual Organizations such as Martha Mariyam Vanitha Samajam, Sunday School and Youth Association.

The programme began with opening prayer by the Vicar Rev. Fr. Alias Ipe. Mrs. Ancy Benoy sung a melodious devotional song before the welcome speech by Mr. Eldho Varghese, Vice-President of Youth Association. Felicitations were made by Mr. K. K. Thomas, Mrs. Jolly Babu Thomas, Mr. Alias Paul and Mr. V. T. Mathew on behalf of Parish Managing Committee, Martha Mariyam Vanitha Samajam, Youth Association and Sunday School respectively. In his reply speech, Rev. Fr. Alias Ipe extended his heartfelt gratitude to all. Ecumenical farewell party will be held on Thursday, the 30th September, 2010 after the Holy Qurbono.

During his tenure, the Parish has achieved a lot of progress in various spheres of Ministry. The able leadership and sterling inspiration caused the spiritual enlightenment and awakening of the Parish and related spiritual Organizations. A steep hike in the number of membership from 350 families to 650 families is noteworthy and is to be highly appreciated.

The parish celebrated its 30 th year of formation with a cluster of charity and developmental activities this year. Preliminary steps for the Parish building renovation have already been completed. Recently, after many discussions and deliberations, the parish has got nearly 1000 Sq.Mtrs of land from the Ministry of Awqaff and Religious Affairs for constructing a beautiful church at Ghala, one of the fast developing areas of the Muscat Municipality. The Parish is very much indebted to Rev. Fr. Alias Ipe for his sincere Service and Spartan missionary spirit. The parish is also happy with the service of Kochamma Mrs. Deepa Alias and the loving company of their children Ms. Aleena Irene Alias and Master Alan Ipe Alias.


His Beatitude Catholicos Baselios Thomas I consecrated new chapel at Avadi, Chennai, India


26 September 2010, Avadi, Chennai, India: St. George Chapel, the New Chapel of St. Thomas JSO Church,  for  the benefit of  faithful from Avadi area of Chennai,  came  into existence. The temporary consecration ceremony was conducted on 25   Sept 2010. H.B.  Dr. Baselios Thomas I , Catholicos and Metropolitan Trustee was the chief celebrant assisted by H.G. Mor Osthatheos  Ishaq along with the priests of the Mylapore Diocese.

 

The ceremony was started with  the Evening prayer  on 25th  followed by a Public Meeting where local residential representatives were present.  Bava praised on the efforts taken by the Annangar Main church  to complete the construction in such a short time. He also stressed the need for more churches in other areas  of Mylapore Diocese where  our members are residing.  He particularly mentioned  Mr. C L Thomas, son of Late V T lazar who whole heartedly gave a piece of land freely  to construct the Chapel  in Lazar Garden in Kamaraj Nagar, Avadi , Chennai 600 071.  In his welcome speech , Rev Fr. Aby Alias , Vicar , St Thomas JSO Church and Diocesan Secretary referred that many have sponsored in kind and cash for various items needed for the Chapel. Rev Fr. Aby Paul,  Asst Vicar  proposed a Vote of thanks.

 

Bava assisted by Diocesan Metropolitan offered Holy Qurbono in the new Chapel on 26 Sept.2010  After the Service, Mr. C L Thomas  and Mrs. V T Lazar were felicitated and also senior members of 75 years of age or more. He also inaugurated the Mor Gregorios Youth Movement of  Chennai Chapter by lighting the lamp.

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Metropolitan Dr. Mor Severios Abraham laid foundation for St. Ignatius Elias III Shrine at Piramadom


 

24 September 2010, Piramadom, Kerala, India: Metropolitan of Ankamali Region of Ankamali Diocese, Dr. Mor Severios Abraham laid foundation stone for the re construction of St. Ignatius Elias III Shrine under St. John's Bethlahem JSO Church, Piramadom. Vicar Fr. Jibu Cherian Kochuputhenpurayil, Fr. Roy Mathews Meppadom and lots of faithful attended.


Mor Coorilos addresses the Dutch Mission Council in Utrecht, Holland


23 September 2010, Utrecht, Holland: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese and Moderator of WCC's Commission on World Missiona dn Evangelism addressed the annual council of the Dutch Mission Council which met in Utrecht from September 20-23, 2010. Mor Coorilos was invited by the Mission Council of Protestant Churches in Holland to speak on Mission and Ecology from the Syrian Orthodox Perspective. The paper was well received by the Council. The was for the first time, an Orthodox theologian was invited by the Council to address them. "Green Liberation", authored by Mor Coorilos was discussed at length by the Council meeting. Mor Coorilos also attended the meeting of WCC's working group on Evangelism. 


The Holy Moroon consecration held on 19 September 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul in the Ma`arat Sayyidnaya


19th September 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: The Holy Moroon consecration held on 19 September 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul in the Ma`arat Sayyidnaya led by His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, assisted by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I and Metropolitans of the Universal Syrian Church.

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Program schedule for 30th Enthronement anniversary celebrations of His Holiness The Patriarch


 

Venue: Monastery of St. Ephraim in Ma'arat Saydnaya, Damascus.

 

13 September 2010; Monday, 7:00 pm: Performance by St. Ephrem Syriac Choir, followed by Syriac Orthodox Scout March to Salute HH, Firework.
14 September 2010; Tuesday - 10:00 am Holy Qurbono - Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Enthronement day of HH the Patriarch - felicitations. 

New Guest house nearing completion to the St. Aphrem Dayro, to be consecrated on 14 September 2010

 

14 September 2010 - Tuesday - 6:00 pm: Consecration of the new guest house building - Saint Ignatius Patriarchal center  and also the consecration of the associated chapel devoted to Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

15 - 19 September 2010: Holy Synod

19 September 2010 Sunday - 10:00 am: Consecration of Holy Mooron (Chrism).

 

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Holy Mooron Consecration will start at 10:00 AM


19th September 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: The Holy Moroon consecration Liturgy will start at 10:00 AM on 19 September 2010 at the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul in the Ma`arat Sayyidnaya led by His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, assisted by His Beatitude the Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I and Metropolitans of the Universal Syrian Church.

 

His Beatitude accompanied by His Eminence Mor Aphrem Mathews reached the Patriarchate yesterday and given a warm welcome at the airport by His Eminence Mor Philoxenos Mathias Nayis, the Patriarchal assistant and Rev. Dn. Joshy Abraham, the Patriarchal secretary for the Indian Affairs.

 


The preparation for the consecration of Holy Chrism has been started on 10th September at Patriarchal Head quarters here.

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Farewell to Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal

17 September 2010, Al Ain, U.A.E: Rev. Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal (Aji Achan) was given an official sent-off by the St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Church, Al Ain, UAE, on Friday, 17th September 2010, in the evening. The warm function was inaugurated by His Eminence Thomas Mor Timotheos while His Eminence Yuhanon Mor Militos presided over. Besides parishioners, clerics from various Churches including the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church were attended the function and felicitated him. Cultural performance by Sunday School children added colour to the function.

 

 

He Left U.A.E to Damascus on 25th Sept. (Saturday) to undertake the position of secretary to His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

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A new icon of St. Ignatius Noorono presented to the church at Ma`arat Sayyidnaya


14th September 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: A new Icon of St. Ignatius Noorono, the third Patriarch of Antioch has been presented on the occasion of the consecration of the St. Ignatius Church at the Patriarchal centre , Ma`arat Sayyidnaya. The icon was drawn by the respected sisters of the monastery of St. Demiana of the Coptic Orthodox church.  St. Ignatius was the third patriarch of Antioch after St. Peter and St. Evodios. He was a disciple of St. Peter and St. John and a friend of St. Polycarpus of Smyrna. There is a popular traditional belief that St. Ignatius was the child our Lord took on his lap amidst his disciples as seen in Mathews 18:2. He was imprisoned by the Romans and condemned to the wild beasts. The church honours him as a saint and martyr.

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


The Annual Holy Synod Of The Church Of Antioch

Begins At The Patriarchate


15th September 2010, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus : The annual Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch started today at Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus, under the chairmanship of His Holiness the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas. The Holy Synod began at 9.30 am with special prayers by Holy Father Patriarch appealing the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church and the glorification of the Almighty. Thereafter spiritual hymns were sung marking the beginning of the Synod.

All the Metropolitans of the Synod except Mor Severios Ishak Zakka and the Mor Miltius Malke Lahdo, who could not come due to health grounds, are participating in the Synod. Metropolitans Their Eminences Mor Athanasius Geevraghese and Mor Yeldho Theethos from India were also present in the Syrian synod as special invitees of His Holiness.

 

The Secretary of the Holy Synod presented the prepared agenda which was approved by all members after adding few subjects to be discussed during session.

 

Here are some Subjects of discussion during the session.

  • The Archdiocese of Germany – Patriarchal Vicariate

  • The Archdiocese of Belgium, France, and Luxemburg – Patriarchal Vicariate.

  • Iraq

  • The Affaires of our Syriac church in India

  • Retired Bishops

  • Monks Convention

The Holy Synod discussed many other subjects and was suggested that future items should be reported to the Holy Synod secretary’s office before holding the next Holy Synod. These items will be on the next agenda. They will be discussed and decisions will be taken according to the rules.

 

Being the Dean of bishops, members of the Holy Synod, his Eminence Mor Gregorios Saliba Shamoun thanked His Holiness in person for his presence and presiding over the Holy Synod’s meeting, who by the grace of God and the blessings of His Holiness came out with suggestions and decisions for the benefit of the holy church. He asked, in the name of all bishops, for his Holiness’s health and prolonged life to shepherd the church and lead it to progress and prosperity.

He also thanked bishops in charge of serving the holy center of St. Ignatius the Illuminator and St. Ephrem the Syriac monastery, specially his Eminence Mor Philoxenos Mattias Naish, the monks and nuns for their fine service.

His Holiness the patriarch said: “Thank you, Dean of bishops, and thanks to the Holy Synod members for your presence at these important meetings in which we conferred about church matters in all our Archdioceses. We recognize the hardships faced by our people due to immigration. Wherever we go we are accompanied by these problems. We arrange for our people all kinds of spiritual, administrative, and social services. I pray that harmony and optimism prevail between the bishops as every one of them is responsible in front of God and his conscience for the benefit of the holy church. I pray that God bless our clergy and laity and protect our holy church that He may make peace reign all over the world preventing wars and confusions specially in our beloved Middle East where some regions are suffering from destitutions and dark days.”

His Holiness asked for good health and happiness for all, bestowing his apostolic blessings with his well known fatherly love. The Holy Synod was concluded by a prayer.

After the conclusion of the Synod, on Sunday the 19th the Holy Moroon consecration will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter & St. Paul in the Ma`arat Sayyidnaya led by His Holiness the Patriarch, assisted by His Beatitude the Catholicos and Metropolitans of the Universal Syrian Church.

 

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate


Abbot Abrohom Türker of Deir Za`faran passed away


15 September 2010, Midyat, Turkey; Long-time Reesh Dayroyo of Deir Za`faran (Kurkmo Dayro), Rabban Abrohom Türker (74), died today in Midyat, Turkey, after a bout with cancer. Dayroyo Abrohom was born in 1936 in Midyat. In 1958, late bishop Mor Philoxenos Hanna Dolabani of Mardin, tonsured him a monk at Deir Za'faran. He assumed responsibilities at the monastic school which was closed in unfortunate circumstances by the Turkish government in 1978. After H.E. Mor Philoxenos Saliba Özman became bishop of Mardin in 2003, Rabban Abrohom was appointed abbot of the monastery of Mor Abrohom and Mor Hobel in Midyat. He revived the monastery which was abandoned since 1980, assisted by two nuns, and established new buildings for guests; this encouraged the faithful from Europe to visit Tur Abdin, their homeland. He dedicated himself to the service of the church all his life.

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Ecumenical Meeting of Bishops, held at Castel Gandolfo (Rome)from 9-13 September 2010


13 September 2010, Rome: The 29th Ecumenical Meeting of the Bishops was held at Castelgandolfo, Rome from 9-13 September 2010. 35 bishops from 17 countries attended the Conference. Apart from the discussions and dialogues, the participants visited St. Clements Church where the Holy Relics of St. Ignatius of Antioch (Ignatius Noorono) are entombed and  an ecumenical service was conducted. On sunday the 12th Sep., the bishops Joined  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI  with the audience for the midday Angelus at his summer residence. Dr. Mor Theophilose Kuriakose Metropolitan, one of the moderators of the conference, was taken to His Holiness' reception chamber to meet him personally.


UK Family Conference concluded at Belfast


12 September 2010, Belfast, UK: The second "U.K Annual Family Conference" was held under the auspices of Belfast St. Ignatius Elias Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cchurch on the 11th and 12 th of September. The family conference started with the hoisting of the Patriarchal flag by the Patriarchal Vicar of the U.K diocese Mor Coorilos Geevarghese on 11th Sept. The highlight of this years family conference was the presence of Mor Philaxinos Zacharias of the Malabar diocese. Mor Coorilos presented the theme of this years family conference. Mor Philaxinos led the Bible classes and retreat.

 

More than 500 delegates from the 19 parishes of the U.K diocese attended this years family conference making it a grand success. The conference concluded on 12th September , Sunday with the Holy Qurbono.

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IInd Ireland Family Conference concluded on 12th September at Esker Monastery, Galve


12 September 2010, Galve, Ireland: IInd Ireland Family Conference inaugurated on 10th September at Esker Monastery, Galve. H.E Kuriakose Mor Dioscorus inaugurated the function held at Esker Monastery here. The family conference got concluded on 12th September. Close to 300 individuals participated in the family conference conducted this year. Very Rev. K P Geevarghese Cor Episcopus  lead the retreat. Fr. Samson Meloth of Pelicon Centre and Dr. Lazarus took the classes. H.E Kuriakose Mor Diascorose offered Holy Qurbono on the final day.

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World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) held at the Renewal Centre at Kochi.


10 September 2010, Kochi, Kerala: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lam inaugurated the World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) at the Renewal Centre at Kochi. The theme of the congress was Beyond conflict to reconciliation: The challenge of the 21st century. The Seminar presided by IARF president Dr,Thomas Mathew and started with the prayers from 11 different religions.

Dr. Sukumar Azhikode delivered the main speech. Arya Samajam president Agniveg, Sivarathri National centre Mahaswami Homidhalla, Swami Jidhath Majnanandha, Dr. Sheikh Ali, Hiroshima Foundation President Dr. Stephen Leeper and the only representative from the Christian religion H. E Kuriakose Mor Theophilose (Resident Metropolitan, MSOT & Metropolitan in charge for Germany, Switzerland, Austria) delivered the speech.

 

The Seminar on religious freedom attended by social and religious leaders from different parts of the world. About 600 peace-makers from different parts of the globe took part in the Congress to discuss issues such as religion and human rights.


Niranam Diocese of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church organized an Iftar in accordance with Ramzan enforcing the religious harmony existing in the state on 09 Septemberh


9 September 2010, Thiruvalla: Niranam Diocese of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church organized an Iftar in accordance with Ramzan enforcing the religious harmony existing in the state on 09 September 2010. Hundreds of people from different walks of life participated in the Iftar. Thantri Akeeraman Kaalidasa Bhattathiri inaugurated the function. Payippad Muslim Juma' ath Emam Muhammed Isa Alka delivered the message. Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrisostom Metropolitan of Marthoma Syrian Church spoke during the occasion. Honorable Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan various church leaders and political leaders also spoke during the
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A colloquium on the preservation of St. Thomas Christian Heritage


08 September 2010, Kochi, Kerala, India: The Association for Preservation of the St. Thomas Christian Heritage (APSTCH) hosted a colloquium on the efforts to digitize the ancient manuscripts and inscriptions that document the heritage of the St. Thomas Christians in India. The meeting was held at Ernakulam on September 8, 2010, Wednesday. Several linguists and historians from international and local universities participated. Notable participants included Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Mar Aprem (Chaldean Church), Dr. Hubert Kaufhold (University of Munich), Dr. Hidemi Takahashi (University of Tokyo), Dr. George Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute and Publisher, Gorgias Press, New Jersey), and Fr. George Kurukkoor (Old Malayalam linguist).

Dr. Istvan Perczel (Tubingen University, Germany and Central-European University, Hungary) and Dr. Susan Thomas (Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Kaladi, Kerala) presented the accomplishments of the digitization project initiated in 2005 that has digitized a large collection of endangered documents which are now being prepared for online and print publication as well as scholarly study.

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Metropolitan Mor Theodosius Mathews laid foundation stone for Kollam St. Thomas JSO Church


09 September 2010, Kollam, Kerala: Metropolitan of Kollam Diocese, Mor Theodosius Mathews laid foundation stone for the latest project of the diocese, St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church at Kollam Town. The solemn function was attended by Diocesan Secretary, Fr. Sabu Samuel Adichanalloor, Fr. Punnose Tharakan, Very Rev. K J Thomas Cor-Episcopus  Adichanalloor, Very Rev. Mathews Cor-Episcopus Nallila, Very Rev. Abraham Mannikarottu Cor-Episcopus, Dn. Jhones Parakode and many faithful.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


Service Centre started at Annamalai University Campus, Chidambaram


05 September 2010, Chidambaram, ThamilNadu, India Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church , Mylapore Diocese started spreading  its wings not only in Chennai city but also outside in TamilNadu. Recently, for the benefit of the students, Staff and other members  of Annamalai University Campus, Chidambaram in TamilNadu, a service centre was started and as a first step, Holy Qurbono was celebrated in the  campus under the able guidance of Rev. Fr. Aby Alias ,Vicar , St. Thomas Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Annanagar, Chennai and Diocesan Secretary on 05 Sept 2010.  Around 250 students and others attended the Service.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


His Beatitude consecrated St. Mary's JSO Chapel under Chelad Bes Ania Church


08 September 2010, Kothamangalam, Kerala:Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I consecrated St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Chapel at Kallad, under St. Stephen's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Bes Ania Church, Chelad on September 07, Tuesday. On Sep 08, Wednesday, Very Rev. Yuhanon Plavilayil Rabban celebrated Holy Qurbono. Vicar, Fr. Geevarghese, Fr. Shaji, Fr. Daniel, Fr. Joseph, Fr. Baiju Chandy, Fr. Aby, Dn. Binu, Dn. Ben and lots of faithful attended.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


Annual feast of St. Mary begins at St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church , Kattachira, Kollam Diocese
(Marian Pilgrim Centre & Homs of Malankara)


01 September 2010, Kattachira, Kayamkulam, Kerala: Kattachira small and silent residential locality in Kerala’s near Kayamkulam has witnessed a miracle, photo of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus in which flows an oily liquid with an aromatic smell. It was first noticed in October 21, 2009. Despite repeated wiping of oil from the photo, there was a continuous flow. As per the Kollam Diocese Metropolitan HG Mor Theodosius Mathews kalpana, Holy Qurbono and prayers are being held on a daily basis. The Pilgrims from all parts of India coming to seek refuge at the lap of St Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Chapel. Many of the expatriates and the nonresident diaspora who visited Kerala for their  vacation made a bee line to the spot and to visit and pray at the shrine.

 

Now similarly, oil flows from the cross kept near this photo and also from the Kalpana of HH Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I. HH has shown interest to visit the place but ill health seems to have held him back. Rationalists have felt that more investigations were needed to establish the source and nature of the liquid.

Since November 21, 2009  oil has begun flowing from the Holy Qurbono taksa kept in the chapel’s madbhoaha.

 

Rev. Fr Roy George, Vicar, of the chapel says: “So far we have collected 62 bottles of oil from the photos and the cross and kept them inside the madbhaha. Early morning  when the chapel is opening for Holy Qurbono one can feel the smell of the fragrance at its peak. Many of the pilgrims from far and wide are coming over to pray and get blessed.”

 

The small church area is now seeing massive expansion work to accommodate more tourists and pilgrims in the days ahead. On 10 January 2010 , the chapel was declared as a Global Marian Pilgrim Centre as per the Apostolic Bull (No E 187/09) of H.H  Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.

 

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Annual feast of St. Mary begins at Marthamariam (St. Mary's) Cathedral, Manarcad


01 September 2010, Manarcad, Kottayam, Kerala: The annual feast of St. Mary at the St. Mary's Church, Manarcad, near here, will be observed from September 1 to September 8.

The chief guest of the feast this year is Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni who will deliver the keynote address on September 5. Ports and Youth Affairs Minister V. Surendran Pillai, Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy, Jose K. Mani, MP, and V.N. Vasavan, MLA, will speak on the occasion.

During the feast, or eight days of lent (Ettunombu Perunaal), a public reception will be accorded to Metropolitan Mor Selwanos Pathros, Archbishop of Homs and the Special Envoy of the Patriarch of Antioch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas on September 5.


A religious procession (Raza) will be taken out to the ‘Kurisu Palli' (shrine) on September 6. Thousands of people are expected to take part in this procession.

Another high point of the Feast is the ‘Nada Thurakkal' on September 7. The image of Mother Mary and Jesus Christ will be kept for public display on this day. This annual display will continue for a week till September 14.

The curtains will come down on this 8-day Feast on September 8.

 

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Mor Coorilos Geevarghese consecrates St. Paul's Mission Chapel in Chithoor, Andhra Pradesh


03 September 2010 Chithoor, Andhra Pradesh: His Eminence Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, President of St. Paul's Mission of India consecrated the newly built St. Paul's Mission Church of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Chithoor mission field in Andhra Pradesh. Mor Coorilos and the team from Pattimattam Mission Centre that accompanied the metropolitan were accorded a warm reception by the members of the church. Brother John (a convert) is in charge of this mission field.


By the grace of God, our mission fields are flourishing in various parts of India.


We urge every one to continue to pray for and support the activities of St. Paul's Mission of India, the only missionary organization of our church.

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Holy Father hosted an Ifthar Meet on behalf of all Churches in Syria


31 August 2010, Ma'arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: Patriarch Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas hosted an Ifthar Meet at Patriarchate on August 31, Tuesday, on behalf of churches in Syria. Hon. Ministers of Republic of Syria, Dr. Sheik Muhammed Fadhel, Mr. Muhammed Abdul Sattar, Sheik Dr. Abdul Father Elbezm, His Excellency Sheik Abdul Bari, Mufti of Damascus, Metropolitans of sister churches, Apostolic Nuncio of Damascus, Archbishop Gathas Gazim, Bishop Luke Khoury, Archbishop Joseph Absi, Bishop Elias, Metropolitans of our church, Their Eminences Mor Philoxenos Matthias Nayis, Mor Osthatheos Matta Rohum, Mor Silwanos Petrus Mor Justinos Paulose, Mor Dionysius Yuhanon Kawaq, abbots of St. Ephraim Dayaro were among the others who participated in the Ifthar

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate.


14th Dukhrono of LL Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Paulose II started at "Malelcuriz Dayaro"


LL Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Paulose II

Catholicos of the East  (1975-'96)

 

H.E Geevarghese Mor Athanasious hosted flag for the Dukhrono Perunnal today (29 August 2010) at "Malelcuriz Dayaro"

 

 

Malelcuriz Dayaro Church

 


"Kantheela" of Very Rev. Phinehas Rabban of Malelcuriz Dayro 


29 August 2010. Malelcuriz Dayro, Kerala: "Kantheela" of Very Rev. Phinehas Rabban of Malelcuriz Dayro held today at Malelcuriz Dayro. His Eminence Kuriakose Mor Diascorose administrated the service. Lots of Corepiscopas, priests, Deacons & hundreds of faithful participated.
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Those who knows Phinehas Rabban would testify his saintly life at Malel Kuriz Dayro. While working in the P&T Department at Thiruvanathapuram, Mr. Joseph had an irrepressible inner call to devote his life for the Lord's glory. Restless in spirit he wrote about it to Mor Philoxenos Paulose Metropolitan (Catholicose Paulose II) of blessed memory. After a series of correspondence and discussions he resigned his job in November 1967 and came to the Metropolitan's Aramana in Muvattupuzha marking the beginning of his dayro life. In 1976 he moved to the Malecuriz Dayro as per the express desire of the Catholicos where he served also as teacher in the seminary till it was shifted to Udayagiri. Since he entered the portals of the monastery he has never gone out of its bounds except in the church processions during holy feats.


As per the Holy Apostolic Bull of H H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, The Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, No. 289/2006 Kuriakose Mor Diascorose ordained Dn. Joseph (Joseph sir), as a full deacon (mSamshono Evangeloyo) on 21 October 2006, Oct 28, as a Priest, and on November 02, as a Dayaroyo (Ramban), at Malelcuriz Dayaro.


He is now 78years and is always involved in praying, teaching, preaching or giving spiritual counsel.

Number of Metropolitans, hundreds of Priests and thousands of Faithful of Malankara who were fortunate enough to study under this Ugra Sanyasi-Arch Dayroyo-Monk (this highly appropriate word used by His Beatitude Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicose). 


Holy Father attended the Ifthar hosted by His Excellency, The President of Lebanon at Baabda Palace


26 August 2010, Aabda Palace, Lebanon: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas attended the Ifthar hosted by His Excellency, The President of Lebanon Michael Sulaiman at Baabda Palace on August 26, Thursday. Honourable Ministers of Lebanon and Syria, Church leaders and religious leaders from Muslim community attended the party. 

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate. 


Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim hosted Ifthar at Aleppo


28 August 2010, Aleppo, Syria: Archbishop of Aleppo, Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim hosted an Ifthar Party at the Headquarters of Syriac Orthodox Church at Aleppo on August 28, Saturday. The ifthar meet was attended by eminent personalities from various folks of life like His Excellency Sheik Dr. Ahmed Badr Eddin Hussain of Syria, His Excellency Dr. Mahmoud Akkham of Aleppo, Sheik Dr. Muhammed Abdul Huda Hussain, heads of various churches from Syria and Aleppo, scholars, representatives of universities in Aleppo. 


Mor Coorilos Geevarghese attended WCC-CWM meeting on "Ubuntu" in Bostwana


27 August 201, Bostwana: Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos attended a three day conference on "Ubuntu" (African concept of inter-relationship between human beings), jointly organized by the WCC and the Council for World Mission (CWM) In Kanye, Bostwana in Southern Africa from August 23-27, 2010. Thirteen leading theologians and church leaders from different countries attended this "think-tank" meeting. The conference included visits to rehabilitation centers for HIV-AIDS affected people and talks by tribal chiefs in the setting of "kgotla" (the traditional place where the clans meet and discuss and decide on issues). Pictures here show the visits to the HIV-AIDS rehab centers, the meeting at the 'kgotla' and a group photo of the participants, in front of a traditional hut and meeting place made purely of mud. 

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"Children should be morally enlighten" : His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I Catholicos

25 August 2010, Allapra, Kerala: 'Children ought to follow Jesus and be morally enlighten', said Bava while rendering the benedictory speech in the study camp held at St. Jacob's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Allapra on Aug 25, Wednesday. Metropolitan Mor Aphrem Mathews Metropolitan Perumbavoor Region inaugurated the camp and also led the children into meditation. The classes were taken by Mr. Joseph Thomas, Samanwaya counselling centre, Thrikkakara and Rev. Fr. Prince, lecturer Bharat Matha college, Thrikkakara. Rev. Fr. Jacob Paulose Kochuparambil Vicar, St. Jacob's Jacobite Syrian Church rendered the welcome. Rev. Fr. Regi Thekkinethu, Manager, Koinonia and Mr. D. Paulose Thuruthiyil, Trustee, St. Jacob's Church, Allapra extended felicitation. The camp Co-ordinator Rev. Fr. Paulose Pallathukudy delivered the vote of thanks.

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Dr. Mathew Samuel has been decorated with the title Chevalier 


21 August 2010; Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.: Dr. Mathew Samuel has been decorated with the title Chevalier for his contribution for the beginning and activities of Jacobite congregation at Perth, Australia. The St. Aphrem’s medal was presented to him by Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. The public meeting was held on 21st August at St. Peter’s Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram at 7.30 PM. The Metropolitan of Australia and Kozhikode dioceses His Eminence Paulose Mor Iraneos was present for the function. Felicitations were given by Rev Fr. Anish T. Varghese, Rev. Fr. Mathias Kavunkal, Comm. Dr. C.A. Ninan, Bar Eto Briro Dr. D. Babu Paul and Chev. Koshy M. George. A memento was presented to Chev. Dr. Mathew Samuel by St. Peters Morth Mariam Vanitha Samajam. A "ponnada" was given by Church Secretary Mr. Elias. Reply speech was delivered by Chev. Dr. Mathew Samuel.

 

Dr. Mathew Samuel is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Perth, Western Australia and belongs to St. Peters JSS Cathedral Thiruvananthapuram. He is the eldest of three sons of Mr. M. Samuel ( Currently Trustee of St. Peters JSS Cathedral) and Mrs. Ammini Samuel. His wife is Dr. Binu Susan Kuruvila , who is doing her fellowship in Cardiology at Perth. They have two daughters – Reshma and Shreya. His youngest brother Dn. Dr. Paul Samuel , an ENT surgeon serves as Youphadyakno of Kollam diocese currently in Thiruvananthapuram. 


Conserving the environment is the duty of youth" :  Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I


21 August 2010; Allapra, Kerala: Conserving the environment is the duty of youth, said Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. His Beatitude was addressing the audience after inaugurating the youth camp of Perumbavoor Region of Ankamali Region, Shaino Yarukhoyo at Koinoniya, the regional centre on August 21, Saturday. His Beatitude planted a sapling and inaugurated the project of Youth Association. Seminars on "Ecology in the Biblical context", "Ecology in the vision of patriarchs" and "Ecology in the context of social life" were taken by His Eminence Mor Aphrem Mathews Metropolitan, Rev. Fr. Jomy Joseph and Mr. Chinnan T. Painadathu respectively. The camp was chaired by the auxiliary metropolitan of the Perumbavoor region, H is Eminence Mor Aphrem Mathews. The regional Vice-President, Rev. Fr. Biju Varkey Korattiyil welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Regi Thekkineth, Manager, Koinonia, Mr. Eldho Jacob, central committee member, Mr. Regi J. K, Former regional secretary and Mr. Sinu M. Jose, regional secretary spoke on the occasion. Rev. Fr. Jacob Paulose Kochuparambil, Director of Yuvadarshanam rendered the vote of thanks.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice.


New church for Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Goodalloor, The Nilgiris


26 August 2010; The Nilgiris; India:  Metropolitan of the Malabar Diocese,  Mor Philoxenos Zacharias led foundation stone for St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church at Puthoorvayal, Goodalloor, under the diocese on August 26, Thursday. By this, the total number of churches in Malabar Diocese has become 41. Rev. Fr. James Vanmelil (Diocesan Secretary), Rev. Fr. Babu Neettinkara (Clergy Secretary), Very Rev. Andrews Cor Episcopus, Rev. Fr. George Manayath, Rev. Fr. Jacob Michael Pulliyattel, Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Meleth, Rev. Fr. Mathai Athirampuzhayil, Rev. Fr. George Varghese Kavungumpillil, Rev. Fr. James Jacob Edaputhusserril, Rev. Fr. P C Paulose Puthanpurakkal, Rev. Fr. Geevarghese Kattuchira, Rev. Fr. Shibu Kuttiparichel, Rev. Fr. Basil Kaduvakulangara and lots of faithful attended. The church will be constructed at the plot donated by Shri. Yeldho Chembala Mazhuvannoor.


HAITI RELIEF: Malankara Archdiocese in USA released check for $ 28,172


26 August 2010; New Jersey: In a special meeting held at the St. George Syrian Orthodox Church, Carteret, New Jersey on Saturday , August 21st Mr. Andrew Kerr , the official representative of the Charity Organization " Hands on Disaster Response "(HODR) accepted the check for the amount of $ 28,172(Twenty eight thousand one hundred seventy two Dollars) from Mor Titus Yeldho , Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America. Rev,Fr. Geevarghese Jacob Chalissery(Diocesan Joint Secretary), Mr.Abraham Mathew (Diocesan Treasurer), Rev. Dr. A. P. George(Vicar, St. George Church Carteret), Rev. Dn. Akash Paul, Ms. Tina Geevarghese (MGSOSA Official), Mr. T.V. John (Diocesan Sunday School Director), Mr. Raju Abraham (St. Pauls Coordinator) , Mr. Saju Paulose Maroth ( Diocesan Project Committee) and Biju Cherian (Treasurer, Antiochean True Faith Organization) were also present on the occasion.

Ms. Tina Geevarghese( MGSOSA ) and Ms. Heena Patel explained their wonderful experience in Haiti while they volunteered with the HODR. " The generous contribution you have given will be utilized for the good of the suffering people of Haiti " said Mr. Andrew Kerr in his speech. He also thanked Ms. Tina and her team for their dedication and hard work in Haiti . Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho expressed his gratitude to the parishes in the Archdiocese for their generous donation to the Haiti Relief Fund. Well wishers and a number of faithful from New York and New Jersey area witnessed the event.
 


Delegation from Roman Orthodox Church visits Holy Father at Patriarchal Monastery


19 August 2010; Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, Damascus: An official delegation of Roman Orthodox Church, commissioned by His Beatitiude Patriarch Ignatius Hazim IV visited His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at St. Ephraim Patriarchal Monastery here on August 19, Thursday. The delegation was sent by Ignatius Hazim IV to wish Holy Father on the occasion of 30th enthronement of Holy Father and to strengthen the historic relation between the two churches. The delegation included Archbishops and bishops of Roman Orthodox Church. The meeting was also attended by Archbishop Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim (Aleppo & Environs), Mor Theophilose George Saliba (Secretary to the Episcopal Synod, Archbishop, Mount Lebanon), Mor Clemis Daniel Kurieh (Patriarchal Vicar, Bierut) and Mor Philoxenos Mathiyas Nayis (Patriarchal Assistant & Diretor, Patriarchal Seminary)

Source: Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate.


Proposed Saint Gregorios Jacobite Church, Parumala


Proposed Saint Gregorios Jacobite Church, Parumala

16 August 2010, Parumala, Kerala, India; Jacobite Syrian Christian Church today owned a plot near the tomb of Saint Gregorios Geevarghese of Parumala (Parumala Kochu Thirumeni). A church will be consecrated in this land in the name of the Saint. The proposed Saint Gregorios Jacobite Church will be the first ever church consecrated in Parumala in Saints name.

 

Proposed Saint Gregorios Jacobite Church Website

http://parumalapally.org/

Kalpanas are issued by Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. Malankara Holy Synod secretary His Eminence Joseph Mor Gregorios, Niranam diocese metropolitan His Eminence Geevarghese Mor Coorilos and message from Priest Trustee of the Malankara Church Korooso Dash'roro Sophar Very Rev. Curien Corepiscopa Kaniamparambil is available in this link.


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