According to the TASS News Agency, His Holiness Igantius Aphrem II- Patriarch of Antioch and All East – Primate of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church (Oriental Orthodox Communion) has called USA and other Western powers to stop financing terrorist and militant groups in Syria.
“We ask the United States and other nations to stop financing terrorist and extremist groups. Consolidated effort is needed to bring the situation back to normal. We urge all parties to make efforts for a peaceful resolution of the crisis,” the patriarch told the news conference in Moscow. He also said that “big role of external forces that foment the crisis, so we ask to stop financing those who direct their weapons against the Syrian people.”
On October 31, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; and with the attendance of the President of Armenia, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan; the re-consecration service of the St. Gevorg Cathedral of Tbilisi, Georgia, was offered.
Israel's antiquities body claimed Tuesday to have solved "one of Jerusalem's greatest archaeological mysteries" by unearthing an ancient Greek citadel -- the Acra -- buried under a car park.
Iraq: After being bombed and destroyed by terrorists following the commencement of the 2003 war in Iraq, St George’s Church of the Assyrian Church of the East in the Baghdad suburb of Dora has risen once more.
On October 24, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch Catholicos of All Armenians; His Grace Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan, Grand Sacristan of the Mother See, presided over the consecration service of the Holy Virgin Mary Armenian Church in Sodertalje, Sweden.
Police confiscated a Bible estimated to be 1,000 years old in the central Turkish city of Tokat on Tuesday.
Police detained three suspects who were attempting to sell the Bible, written in the old Assyriac language, to undercover police officers.