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    One door opens to heal schim in Malankara.

    The Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, H.H Ignatius Aphrem IInd is visiting India for 5 days from May 22 to May 26. There are newspaper reports that the Patriarch has written a letter to H.H Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose IInd  Catholicose of the East and head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian...
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    Islamic State plans to attack Syriac Christians in India

    The Times of India is reporting that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) of India has busted Islamic State (IS) module that has been planning to attack a christian denomination in the state of Kerala, that has a Syrian lineage. Though the news paper article does not explicitly call out which...
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    American Late Night TV personality Stephen Colbert on H.H Ignatius Aphrem II

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkRpAK3OtqQ#t=04m24s This is a clip from the American TV CBS Late Show. I am impressed that he knows that Syriac Orthodox vespers are called "Ramsho" payers.  He calls H.H  as "Golden Snake Santa Pope" and goes on to say that "Papa Antioch could be a great king...
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    OO and Anglican agreement on Christology and Filioque

    Anglican and Oriental Orthodox churches reach historic agreements on the incarnation of Christ and procession of the Holy Spirit. Source...
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    CBS 60 minutes - popular american news program on the plight of Iraqi Christians

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    What is meant by Animator ?

    I have seen that Roman Catholic seminaries have someone designated "Animator".  Is this another word for Professor? or is this like an administrative role like "Rector"?  What is the role of an "Animator" ?
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    Middle Eastern Christians Flee Violence for Ancient Homeland

    Article appeared in the National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141229-syriac-christians-refugees-midyat-turkey/
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    "sons of God" came unto the "daughters of men" and they bore them children

    My question is about the events described in Gen 6:1-5. I recently came across the following article. http://jbq.jewishbible.org/assets/Uploads/401/jbq_401_sonsofgod.pdf As per this article;   This makes sense to me. Can this be understood as the Orthodox Christian interpretation as well? Or...
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    Patriarch of Antioch visit to Armenia

    H.H Ignatius Aphrem II, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East visited Armenia. He along with H.H Karekin II, Catholicose of All Armenians visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan and offered prayers for the Armenian and Syriac martyrs. He later visited the Theological Seminary in...
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    Patriarch of Antioch speaking at IDC Summit

    Here is the speech delivered by H.H Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on the topic "Why Muslims need Christians" at the IDC Summit. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=309971152516183&set=vb.122483771264923&type=2&theater
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    Bishop of the Malabar Independent Syrian Church reposed in the Lord

    Mor Koorilose (Cyril) Joseph of the Malabar Independent Syrian Church reposed in the Lord yesterday. Malabar Independent Syrian Church came in to existence in 1772, when a dispute arose between two Bishops of the Malankara church, namely, Mor Dionysius and Mor Koorilose (Kattumangattu).  At...
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    Syriac Orthodox (Western Rite) Missionary Bishop of Brazil repose in the Lord

    His Eminence Mor Leolino Gomes Neto of Syriac Orthodox Evangelical Mission (Western Rite) in Brazil reposed in the Lord yesterday. His Eminence was born in 1939. His Eminence established many monasteries and churches in Brazil. The funeral was held today at the Syriac Orthodox Mission Church...
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    Psalm 141:5-7

    Psalm 141 (numbered 140 in Syriac Peshitta) is part of the evening prayer in the Syriac tradition. I am reciting the psalm from the  "Malayalam translation from Syriac". I will refer to that as MalSyriac for short. I noticed that Ps 141 that I recite from MalSyriac is different from what I read...
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    EO and OO Patriarchs of Antioch meet

    H.H Ignatius Aphrem II the Patriarch of Antioch and all of East of the Syriac Orthodox Church visited H.B John X the Patriarch of the Greek (Rum) Orthodox Church of Antioch on August 18th. Photos.
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    Iraqi Christians find refuge in ancient St. Matthew monastery

    Iraqi Christians are finding refuge in Dayro d-Mor Mattai aka Monastery of St. Matthew The news item and a video is at http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/6/17/iraqi-christiansfindrefugeinancientmonastery.html
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    News Report: The two abducted Syrian bishops are in good heath

    Two Bishops Kidnapped in Syria Held Captive by ISIL, in 'Good Health' According to a report published in al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday, the two bishops are “in good health” and are currently detained in the region of Tal Abyad, which is located in north of Raqqa governorate, near the Turkish...
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    H.H Ignatius Aphrem II enthroned as Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.

    His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was enthroned as the Patriarch of Antioch and All East on Thursday 29-May-2015 at at Saint Peter’s and Paul Cathedral attached to Mar Ephrem Monastery in Saydnaya, just outside Damascus. H.B Baselious Thomas I  Catholicose (Maphrian) of the East, led the...
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    Catholicose Emeritus Baselious Marthoma Didymus I enters eternal rest

    H.H Baselious Marthoma Didymus I; the Catholicose Emeritus of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has entered eternal rest. His funeral will be held tomorrow at 10:30 AM Indian Standard Time at Mount Tabor Dayara (Monastary), Pathanapuram, Kerala State, India.  He was 94 years old.  He was the...
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    About 100 Brazilians join the Syriac Orthodox Church

    About One Hundred Brazilians joined the Syriac Orthodox Church. Most of them were receiving by Chrismation. Mor Titos Paulo Metropolitan of Brazil lead the services. Photos
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    "We believe" versus "I believe" Moses Bar-Kepha (Mor Severus)

    In the Syriac Church (I think in all the OO churches) when we say the creed we begin with "We believe".  The following is what the 9th Century Syriac Father, Moses Bar Kephas (Moses son of Kephas who took on the name Severus when ordained a Bishop) says about this: Source...