Dear sri M. G Daniel,
Your points are correct. Let me make clear why I support the opinion of
Rev. Fr. Paulose to shift the Patriarchate is not fearing the radicals,
the reason is the dictotor like autocratic form of government in syria,
because I believe democracy is ideal for true Christians.Also,Antioch is
not in Syria at present.
Antakya (Arabic: Ø§ÙØ·Ø§ÙÙØ©â, Aná¹Äkyä from
Syriac: ÜÜ¢ÜÜÜÜÜÜ, Aná¹iokia; Greek:
á¼Î½ÏÎ¹ÏÏÎµÎ¹Î±, Antiókheia or Antiócheia) is the seat
of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey, near the border with
Syria.Known as Antioch in ancient times, the city has historical
significance for Christianity, as it was the place where the followers
of Jesus Christ were called Christians for the first time.
However we can not ignore HH's interest in Syria as well.His Holiness
Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas' dream came true in 1996 with
the construction of a beautiful new structure which became the location
of St. Aphrem's Clerical Seminary. The new building is located in the
municipality of Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, about twenty five kilometers north
of Damascus.He is friendly with the rulers too. I respect this, at the
same time, not ignoring the intention behind the suggestion.
In HIS love,
Jai Abe Cheriyan
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, M. G Daniel wrote:
> The uprising in Syria is closely observed by all Syrian Orthodox
Church members.I feel uneasy when I read the suggestion to shift the
Patriarchate fearing the radicals. I know it was shifted once or twice
early. Will you please go through Mat. 28:20 "Teaching them to observe
whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto
the end of the world. Amen"