Thursday, 10 October 2013

Syriac Catholics land rights in Mardin, Turkey

Many of you may or may not be aware that the heartland of Syriac Christianity was in an area in south Turkey called Tur Abdin (The Mountain of the Servants of God). Here, the ancient Syriac city of Nisibin still lives.

The Syriac Catholic population was literally whipped out during the genocide of the early 1910s perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. What was once a thriving area with a few Eparchies completely vanished in a period of a few years. I may blog about this in latter posts.

Syriac Catholic Patriarchate in Mardin
The Syriac Catholic Patriarchate was moved to Beirut by the late Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II Rahmani. And our Patriarchal Properties were simply left to their own accord. They were eventually taken away from the Syriac Catholic community and turned into a museum (like Hagia Sophia)

On October 4 2013, members of the Syriac Catholic community applied to the European Court of Human Rights for their land rights.

Now I myself do not have much hope here. The European Court of Human Rights has a history of being extremely secular (and Anti-Christian). I would however like to note that if the roles were different. And the Syriac Community had taken land from the Turks or heaven-forbid the Kurds and burned their properties, there would be massive international upheaval. But because the victims here are Christian, the Western media feels that it is not worth reporting on.

I ask for your prayers here. That our ancient Churches, Monasteries and Patriarchal complexes may be returned into the hands of the community.


Through the prayers of the Birth-Giver of God Maryam, and Mor Ephrem. God Bless you.


  1. Never trust a Turk.

  2. Some old photos of the Syriac Catholic community in Mardin: