The Syriac Orthodox Church in Wikileaks
I. FINDING ROOM FOR THESYRIAC ORTHODOX IN ISTANBUL
The Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan for Istanbul and Ankara Yusuf Cetin
February 7 discussed the need for more Syriac Orthodox churches and
clergy in Istanbul following the boom in the community's population in
the 1990s. Cetin also noted that while some families are returning to
their homes in the southeast following the community'sexodus due to the anti-PKK raids in the 1990s, the numbers are not as great as the local municipalities suggest. Despite the challenges of the Syriac Orthodox in Turkey, the community in Iraq is facing much more significant problems, he said.
Cetin's choice not to mention the cases is consistent with his silence on the issue when meeting with President Obama in April 2009, and may
indicate differing priorities among the metropolitans of the Syriac
Orthodox Church in Turkey, who do not speak with one voice.
The cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10ISTANBUL62.html
II. DIYARBAKIR CHURCH ROBBED
(Turkey) Unidentified persons broke into the 1,700-year-old Meryem Ana
Syriac Christian Church in Diyarbakir on January 8, stealing three 300- year-old silver-plated crosses and a painting of the Virgin Mary). An investigation is underway
The cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2003/01/03ADANA7.html
III. THE VATICAN'S"OTHER" INTERESTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Vatican's "other" interests in the middle east the oriental
orthodox community is composed of six independent national churches which are in communion with each other, but not with the Assyrian church of the east, the Roman Catholic Church, or the orthodox churches (e.g. Greek, Russian, etc.). This body broke with the main body of the church (at that time located in Rome and Constantinople) in the fifth century, approximately 30 years after the Assyrian church's break. This oriental orthodox community is composed of the Armenian apostolic church, the Coptic Orthodox Church (Egypt), the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church(India), and the Eritrean Orthodox Church. The Vatican's dialog with this community is not as far along as with the Assyrian church, but much further along than with the Orthodox Church. That said, the Vatican has to tread carefully in this area. After several joint declarations with the Armenian Church, Coptic pope Shenouda III of Egypt declared that dialog with the Vatican must be done on a full community basis, and not by individual national members. Thus,the Vatican now has to be more sensitive to the desires of the Egyptian Coptic community and the Syrian Orthodox church if it wants progress in the over all dialog.
The cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2002/03/02VATICAN1171.html
Zach George Arapura