60 orphans honored in Lady of Damascus Church

Under the banner 'Together on the Path of Childhood', a ceremony was held Tuesday to honor 60 orphans  in the Church of Our Lady of Damascus on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year.

The ceremony was held by the Charity Al-theqaleen Center and the Syrian Phoenix Initiative and it aimed to offer psychological and moral support to children, member of the Phoenix Initiative ShukriMikdad told Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Syrian local opposition groups launch the Damascus Platform

Syrian local and national figures launched ‘the Damascus Platform, towards a comprehensive National Dialogue Conference’.

 The Damascus Platform’s members aim to organize a Syrian dialogue to discuss political solution of the crisis in Syria.

On November 26, About 320 Syrian opposition figures, Members of Parliament, civil society activists and national independent political activists held a one-day meeting in Kaisar Palace Hotel in Damascus.

Secretary General of the National Youth Party Maher Merhej, a key organizer of the Damascus Platform meeting, said to the Syria Times that the Damascus Platform is not an opposition gathering only but it is open for all Syrian opposition and loyalists who believe in political peace process to end the crisis in Syria.

According to Merhej, all participants agreed on the following Syrian national principles

Joint prayer for Syria in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lattakia

Prayers and hymns were performed Saturday evening in the Latin Church in Lattakia city in parallel with joint prayers performed in cities of Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Tartous, Khribat and Yabroud for peace in Syria.

The prayers came within an annual activity held by Directorate of Tourism in cooperation with churches and archdioceses under the banner ‘Bells for Odessa 3’, according to Director of Tourism Promotion Firas Wardeh, who asserted that this activity consolidates amity and victories being achieved by Syrian people and army in Aleppo city and in other Syrian cities.

Syrian Steadfast Women Show Wonderful Handmade Works in Bazaar in Damascus

On the occasion of the Christmas and New Year, the 'Steadfast Women'  bazaar was opened Friday in the 'Dama Rose' Hotel in Damascus by Minister of Tourism Besher Yazigy and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Rema Qadri in cooperation with 'Martyr's Mother' Group.

The three-day bazaar contains handmade works such as : accessories, crochet, wool clothes, embroideries, paintings and Easter candles. The proceeds from the activity will go to support martyrs' families, especially their children who will light up the Christmas tree in the same hotel [Dama Rose] next Sunday.

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate Holds Celebration for Orphans in Damascus

The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus held Friday evening a charity celebration for orphans on the occasion of Christmas.

The celebration, held in the' Mona Lisa' Restaurant in Bab Touma district with the participation of 80 kids from orphanages, included entertainment program for children plus two speeches given by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Rima al-Qadri and Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.

First Lady Attends AAMAL's Festivity Marking International Day of Persons With Disabilities

DAMASCUS, (ST)-Under the patronage and in the presence of First Lady, Mrs. Asma Al-Assad,  AAMAL, the Syrian Organization of People with Disabilities, celebrated its 10th foundation anniversary vowing hard work to improve the situation of disability in Syria and to help people with special needs live normal integrated life and be effective in their society.

The event was held marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

"Over the past ten years, AAMAL provided services to more than 46 thousand disabled people, most of them were children, and 30 thousand of them got these services during the war years," Mrs. Asma said.

This is the Genuine Syria

To be a Syrian with a Mufti rank.... to speak in the name of the Syrians and to make each one of us feel that he is you and that you are speaking with his tongue. All of us felt that we are speaking there in Dublin.

The martyr's mother says: "I felt that I am the one who was speaking there".

The martyr's father says: "the Mufti says what I want to convey to the world".

The soldier in the battle says: "he's one of us. He is a real soldier".

 The citizen in the street says: "He is one of us, he speaks on our behalf". The official in his office claps proudly saying I wish I were there to learn from this great man.

When the Mufti says that the demolition of churches and mosques is easier than killing a young child shows us how our moderate Islam cares about what God creates.

He considers that all the work of man on earth is not equivalent to a bit of God's creation.

This sound that can manifest Syria and its people is the sound that we want to reach to the whole world to tell them about the people of Syria, their morals and principles and the common living of all the spectrum of the Syrian community.  

All of them are living in one big house which is Syria. They belong to a deep-rooted civilization and genuine heritage. They are fighting for one goal to achieve justice and peace. They want to prove that what have been said via the hectic campaigns of the hostile media during the last period of the so called "revolution of freedom", is but a fabrication, astray and falsifying of facts.

Amal Farhat Homs correspondent