Thursday, March 29, 2012


Syria’s Christians
Where Samer’s from.
Today, Christians make up about a tenth of Syria’s 22 million people. Half of these two million souls belong to the Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the preeminent Christian institution in the country. As many as 500,000 people belong to the Syriac Orthodox Church*, and another 125,000 belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church**. Catholics number around 400,000 people and belong primarily to the Armenian and Melkite Greek Catholic*** churches.
From Daniel Nichols.

*A Lesser Eastern church, not in the Orthodox communion, that I know little about.
**Armenia’s church, another Lesser Eastern one that I’m slightly acquainted with, of a different rite from the Syriac.
***The Antiochian Orthodox’ twin; lay intercommunion in Syria.

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