A Syrian Christian church representative in New York called on Friday for the world community to peacefully resolve the “endless war” in Syria, amid US talks of military intervention in the two-year civil war.
The entire world community needs “to sit down together and, through peaceful conversation, agree on a resolution instead of this endless war. That is my message,” Bishop Nicholas Ozone, who serves the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, whose patriarchal headquarters is in Damascus, told RIA Novosti.
Christians make up an estimated 10 percent of Syria’s mostly Muslim population. The country’s Orthodox Christians are represented by the Antiochian Orthodox Church, also known as the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, and the Syriac Orthodox Church.
At the invitation of His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, His Beatitude John X Patriarch of Antioch and all the East participates in the conference "The challenges facing Arab Christians" in Amman - Jordan.
His Eminence Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch visits His Beatitude John X, Greek - Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all East in the Patriarchal Residence Balamand.
World cultural heritage sited endangered, among which, the old part of Damascus, antique “Cities of death” on the north, a Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, the old part of Bozrah, as well as the ancient Aleppo
The World organization for culture UNESCO is concerned about the cultural heritage in Syria. Director General Irina Bokova said on Thursday night in Paris that cultural values contributed to the identification of people with their country. “Destruction of one often leads to the destruction of the second”. All sides involved in the fight must protect cultural heritage, she said. The UNESCO received reports on damages of museums and buildings, as well as the theft of cultural property. In addition, there is illegal mining, since such sites are not guarded anymore.
In Beijing in the Orthodox Church on the territory of the Russian Embassy, a service of supplication was held to Grand Princess, martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna. This was announced today in an interview with correspondent of Itar-Tass, said Bishop Sergius (Ivannikov) of Barnaul and Altai.
“Today’s liturgy has been devoted to the appearance of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God – the keeper of the Orthodox East,” – said Bishop Sergius. “After Sunday’s liturgy, a prayer was also chanted in her honor, and we visited the site of the ruined temple, where the remains were buried before, of other co-martyrs of the Princess - Grand Duke Sergei, the princes of royal blood John, Konstantin and Igor, and their servants – Theodore and Vladimir.