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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mor Mattai Dayara ( St.Mathew Monastery) of Syriac Orthodox Church threatened

Christians Flee after Mor Mattai Dayara ( St.Mathew Monastery) of Syriac Orthodox Church is threatened by ISIS .

This historic Syriac Orthodox monastery in Iraq, where the monks still pray in the Aramaic - a language used by Jesus Christ - is in danger of being attacked by Islamic State militants.

According to Syriac tradition,the monastery was founded in 363 by Mar Mattai who had fled persecution in Amid under the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate.  He was involved in healing the sister of Mor Behnam and converting both the brother and sister to Christianity.

Their father, king Sennacherib of Assyria  killed his son and daughter who repented later and gave Mattai a place on top of Mount Alfaf in order to establish his monastery. Mattai soon had a small group of Syriac followers. The community developed under his leadership.

Father Joseph Ibrahim, who is one among the seven remaining monks  in this enormous mountainside monastery, admits that he's afraid of "the unknown future." Let us uphold our brothers in prayer.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ISIS 'blows up 4th-century Mar Behnam Catholic monastery

ISIS 'blows up famed 4th-century Mar Behnam Catholic monastery' in Iraq

According to the pictures released by IS, it is believed that the Islamic State (ISIS) militants have  blown up parts of the ancient monastery of Mar Behnam near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, south-east of Mosul.

The monastery was founded in the 4th century and built on the tomb of Berhnam and his sister Sarah, who were converted to Christianity by St. Matthew. It was founded as part of the Assyrian church of the east, and like all churches in the region was part of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

The photos, released by IS members, show the 4th-century monastery's tomb complex of Mar Behnam and Mar  Sarah reduced to rubble". 
IS fighters had stormed the monastery in July 2014 and expelled all its resident monks.

Earlier in March, IS militants reportedly bulldozed the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra and the Nimrud archaeological site near Mosul.

On 26 February, the militants published a video showing the destruction artefacts in a Mosul museum and at the Nergal Gate to ancient Nineveh.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The five member peace commission constituted by His Holiness will start functioning very soon

His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I Catholicose announced today that the five member Metropolitan Commission constituted by the Holy Episcopal Synod presided over by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch during his first Apostolic visit will start functioning soon. His Beatitude called upon the Orthodox faction to accept the reality of two churches & work for peaceful co-existence co-operating with each other.