Opposition leader Vladimir Neklyayev detained in Belarus - news agency directorWorld March 25, 5:33
Russia submits amicus curiae brief to US Supreme CourtRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:34
Russia, China suggest for UN SC to adopt resolution on chemical terrorism threatRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:23
Russian lawmaker compares European Union to Soviet UnionRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:16
Russian emergencies ministry says fire at Kazan’s gunpowder factory fully extinguishedWorld March 25, 3:01
Relations btw US, Russia worst over half-century - Lukin quoting KissingerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 2:58
Russia suggests setting up international coalition for demining operations in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 1:08
One person dies in fire at gunpowder factory in Russia's KazanWorld March 24, 21:47
Russia's 'Gentlefan' baton passed on to Krasnodar ahead of Cote d’Ivoire friendlySport March 24, 21:34
MOSCOW, February 06. /ITAR-TASS/. The Moscow Patriarchate has voiced concern about the fate of the Christian population in Syria, said Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department for Church External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Hilarion met representatives of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces in Moscow on Thursday, the department’s press service reported.
“We’re concerned about radicalism that will lead to the loss of many lives, abduction of Christians and destruction of Christian churches. We watch persecutions against Christians in Syria,” the metropolitan said.
The whereabouts of two clergymen - Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo and Metropolitan Mar Grigory John Ibrahim, who were kidnapped in April 2013, are still unknown, the metropolitan said, adding that the abbess and nuns from Sacred Fekla’s Greek Orthodox monastery in Maalula’s settlement had not been freed yet.
The meeting involved NCORF Secretary-General Bader Jamous, his deputy chairman Faruk Tayfur, member of the NCORF Political Bureau Michel Kilo, member of the Kurd National Council Salah Derwish and former chairman of the Syrian National Council Burhan Ghalioun.