IDIL, TURKEY — Clambering over the rubble of what was once his hometown, Robert Tutus pointed to a spot just up the road from where his family’s house had stood.
“This is where my father was assassinated,” he said. “Two men walked up to him as he was returning home one evening, and killed him with a bullet to his head.”
His father, Sukru Tutus, was the last Christian mayor of Azeh, known as Idil in Turkish, a town in southeastern Anatolia that traces its Christianity back to the time of the Apostles.
Within a month of his killing, which happened…
Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Cardinal Mousa Dawod, passes away. May God have mercy on him.
The Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of the Eastern US under the auspices of His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim invites all women to celebrate the inaugural Suryoyo Women Day
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:00PM at St Mark’s Cathedral Hall
Suryoyutho: Faith & Belonging (who are we and what we believe?)
7:00PM – 8:15PM Cocktail Hour & Ice Breaker with a door prize
8:15PM – 8:30PM Evening Prayers
8:30PM – 8:35PM Welcome remarks & Introduction of H. E. Mor Cyril by Christine Kiraz
8:35PM – 8:50PM Opening remarks by H. E. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
8:50PM – 9:20PM Lecture on the role of Suryoyo women in our history by Prof. Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent
9:20PM – 9:30PM Q&A with the Lecturer
9:30PM – 10:30PM Open Forum on women’s role in our church & community and how we can help each other to face each unique challenge.
(Coffee, Tea and desert)
This event is for women of all ages and is free.
For more information & to RSVP please email Natalie Yilmaz: or Aygul Akbuklut:
The Standing Conference of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in America met on Wednesday, April 25, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Archdiocese in Bronx, New York. His Eminence Abune Zekarias, Archbishop of the Ethiopian Church, welcomed the attendees and opened the meeting with a requiem prayer for His Holiness Shenouda III, the late pontiff of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Very Rev. Fr. Shamoun Asmar and Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun, along with Youth Director Gabriel Bar-Sawme, attended the meeting where the participants discussed a proposed forum on Oriental Orthodox youth, planned for October 2012 in conjunction with the…