Breaking News

Home to Virgin Mary Girdle: Um Al-Zennar Church in Homs

Homs (ST)_ Very few know that Um Al-Zennar church in Homs  is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the whole world, and is home to the girdle of the Virgin Mary. The church building dates back to 59 A.D., when it was only a cellar underground, used for secret worship due to fear of Roman pagan rule, then it expanded in the Christian era.

The archaeological origin of this ancient church dates back to the introduction of Christianity into Homs, in the first century A.D., on the hands of the missionary Miles. He started spreading the word about this new religion in Homs, Baalback and Rastam, at a time when Christians were facing persecution at the hands of the Jews and the Pagans. They used to meet in underground caves and practice their acts of worship in simple rites as churches and temples could not be built. This continued till Emperor Constantine took over the rule and converted to Christianity, making it the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th century A.D... A matter that gave some relief to Christians, and launched Gospel extension toward internationality.

French and Portuguese touristic group visiting Palmyra

Homs (ST)_ A group of 27 tourists from French and Portuguese nationalities, visited the ancient city of Palmyra.  They were astonished by its features and monuments; they noticed as well the damage of ISIS terrorist attacks on the ancient city ruins.

French professor John Pierre said that he was thrilled to see such a rare historic monument of one of the most ancient civilizations in the world; stressing his deep sadness to see scenes of destruction by the enemies of human culture, ISIS. He also thanked Syrian authorities for their concern and interest in the restoration of ruins and monuments of Palmyra after liberation from terroristic groups.

Searching for the Roots of a Deep Faith

Syria will also have a starring role at Josp Fest

Elisabetta Povoledo has been writing about Italy for nearly three decades, and has been working for The New York Times and its affiliates since 1992. She has covered papal conclaves (two), Vatican trials (three), Italian presidents (four), Italian governments (16, in seven legislatures), and Rome’s homeless cat population .She said about Damascus that SOME 16 feet beneath the present-day street level of Damascus, the Syrian capital, just off the Street Called Straight, is a cramped, artificially lighted chapel with roughly cut stones for walls and a few modern pews as furnishings.

Damascene women had habits and traditions still being observed

Old Damascene bath houses swing between glories of old days and luxuries of present time...Old habits being revived.

Despite the speedy progress of technologies and the development of modernism, history, heritage and old habits still attract people strongly, inviting them to relive past joys and sail in pleasant atmospheres hardly found in modern innovations.

MAR MARON CHARACTER & MESSAGE AND Christianity spread in all Syrian cities

Mar Maron lived in a period full of religious and political events which accompanied the spread of Christianity. Christian monks were highly influenced by the successive and concurrent events especially after Roman Emperor Constantine had issued the famous decree of Milan 313AD which allowed Christians to declare their new religion publicly and recognized Christianity as a state religion.

In his book "History of Maronites", issued in the eighties of the past century, Lebanese father Botros Dhaw said: "Since the start of Christian era and until 313AD, Christians suffered from persecution. One day, exactly at sunset, Constantine, saw the image of a cross drawn in the sky by sun rays and "With this you will win" written near it. In the morning he ordered new banners be made for the army with the sign of the cross on them and he won the battle over his opponent, Emperor Maxentius, in 312AD near Rome. After that he ruled all Europe and issued the declaration of 313AD which stopped persecution but fell short of declaring Christianity as a state religion.