Thousands of people around the globe took to the streets on Sunday to commemorate the 1915 massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, demanding that Turkey recognize the atrocity as genocide.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and First Lady Rita Sargsyan laid flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in the country’s capital, Yerevan.
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of Palms Sunday at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus assisted His Holiness during the Holy Qurobo.
The Memorial Day for the victims of Jasenovac marks the date of the liberation of this concentration camp run by the Ustasha, one of the worst death camps in World War Two Europe, which some historians have dubbed the Serbian Auschwitz.
April 22 was picked as the Memorial Day because a group of 1,075 prisoners tried to break out of the camp on that day in 1945. Only 127 got through.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who is leading a delegation to a ceremony marking the centenary of the Serbian army’s landing on the Ionian island of Corfu, has said that the brotherhood of the Greek and Serbian peoples was then forged for eternity, woven into our being forever, as part of Serbia’s heroic history.
It’s been two years since two top Christian clergymen were kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, prompting the brother of one of the victims – himself a senior cleric – to raise alarm that “the world is silent.”“We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately, the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence,” Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch said last week on the anniversary of their disappearance. . .
The two religious leaders, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi, were kidnapped by gunmen in April 2013 when they were on their way back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.