Book Presentation to His All Holiness the Patriarch

Yusuf Begtas:We must own our possessions without letting them own us. Those who are able to show this boldness and courage, and those who successfully carry this out in their lives achieve the highest rank possible. Accordingly, the more love and goodwill there is, the more life becomes meaningful and fulfilling. Continue reading

A Visit to Derkube Village.

Yusuf Begtas:Over there… just over there… far away… there’s a village atop happiness hormone-secreting Turabdin. Though we might never visit it, that village belongs to us… Continue reading

The Meaning and Importance of Spiritual Rituals in Syriac Culture

Yusuf Begtas:In Syriac culture, the spiritual rituals performed with music-especially in churches-have a deep, multifaceted philosophy. The main purpose of these rituals of didactic character and educational meaning is to counter and affiliate the pathological problems of the mind with the warmth of the stable and therapeutic thoughts of the Continue reading

The Glory of the Spirit and Nobleness of Intelligence

Yusuf Begtas: No entity in nature, whether organic or inorganic, exists solely for its own self. Due to the natural system, everything is interdependent. Just as the sun does not rise for itself, neither does a tree bear fruit for itself. The same goes for us humans. By virtue of mutual need, we must complete and better one another with love and without Continue reading

Patriarch: Christians will be extinct if West does nothing

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Iraq 07/03/2021
Speech of His Beatitude Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Yonan (Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syriacs) in the great Al-Tahira Syrian-Catholic Church (Church of the Immaculate Conception) during Pope’s visit to Qaraqosh (Baghdeda).

By Fionn Shiner AMID a spiraling economic crisis and an upsurge in violence, a Middle Eastern Patriarch says that if the West fails to help the Christians in Lebanon the community could soon be extinct. Continue reading

The Middle East Council of Churches Inaugurates the “Season of Creation” 2021 Ecumenical Prayer from the National Evangelical Church in Beirut

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Under the patronage and presence of the President of the National Evangelical Union in Lebanon and President of the Council for the Evangelical Family HE Reverend Dr. Habib Badr, the Middle East Council of Churches inaugurated the “Days of the Season of Creation” 2021 for the first time in the Middle East. An Ecumenical Prayer service Continue reading

Injured MP to walk marathon for ‘amazing charity’

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Rehman Chishti posing with ACN t-shirt ahead of announcement he will run the London marathon for the charity

By Fionn Shiner A PARLIAMENTARIAN recognised for his commitment to religious freedom is to walk the equivalent of the London Marathon in aid of a Catholic charity– in spite of an injury that at first left him barely able to stand. Continue reading

Call from Iraqi doctors to the community 

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We , Iraqi Australian doctors, have been privileged to look after your health for many years. Our main goal is to work with and for you. You have for many years entrusted us with your health and listened to our clinical judgment. Now we are asking you again, to trust our judgment about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine to combat this deadly virus. Continue reading

Syriac Culture and Its Future Perspective

Yusuf Begtas

The historical traces of Syriac culture and its unique structure in the realm of art, crafts, architecture, folklore, economy can be seen in different regions of Turkey such as Antakya, ?skenderun, Adana, Malatya, Urfa, Elaz??, Ad?yaman, Diyarbak?r, Mardin, Van, Continue reading

The Benefits of Generosity

Yusuf Begtas :Our lives belong to us as much as they belong to others; our lives belong to this life as much as they belong to another. Helping and supporting one another with unconditional love and for the benefit of the fellow man is imperative for Continue reading

Masks and Intentions

Yusuf Begtas :Beyond known meanings, masks that hide the true nature of one’s self/personality are deceptive intentions/speech/actions and manipulative behavior/roles that conceal sincere emotions and true appearance. In this negative fashion, one experiences a terrifying alienation both towards themselves and those they are in Continue reading