The Apostolic Foundation of the Church in Sri Lanka and South India is linked to St Thomas, the doubting disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.
India had Christians from the very early times, and there is no doubt that they would have had some impact on Sri Lanka especially because of the geographic proximity of these two countries and also because of the trade and commerce between them.
The first official Assyrian who visited China in our age is His Beatitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa, the Metropolitan of Iraq and Russia of the Assyrian Church of the East (ACOE). He went to China in 1996 in search of the remains of the Church of the East.
"It was a dream to see the remains and relics of our Church mission in China which been in 635 A.D. Thank God my dream came true in 1996." says H.B. Mar Gewargis Sliwa.
His Grace DR. Mar Aprem
B.D., M.Th., S.T.M.. D.Th., Ph.D.
Metropolitan Church of the East
High Road, Thrissur 680 001, Kerala, India
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA Clarifies
ACE Merger not in the agenda: Mar Aprem
Thrissur, Oct 03 (PTI) Senior Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East (ACE), Mar Aprem denied reports appearing in a section of the press in the second week of July last about "a possible merger" of his Church with the Rome Catholic Church.
It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that we regret to announce the falling asleep in the Lord of His Beatitude Mar Narsai DeBaz, Metropolitan of Lebanon, Syria and Europe of the Assyrian Church of the East. His Beatitude was called to his heavenly home by the Lord at 3:00 pm Pacific Time, in the healthcare facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was hospitalized for the past week and a half.
Archdiocese of India: Commencing his Apostolic Sojourn to the blessed land of India, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV arrived at Nedumbassery Airport on the 13th of January 2010 at 8.30am.
Recently a delegation representing the Australian Federal and State Governments, members of the Department of Housing, visited the Senior Accommodation Living Projects initiated by the “Assyrian Church of the East Retirement villages Australia Ltd” a branch of the Trust of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, to observe the progress and the resent development.
From the beginning of Creation, the Assyrians were a monotheist nation and their deep-rooted monotheistic traditions antedates by centuries the emergence of Deuteronomic monotheism. This is the reason, the Assyrians were the first nation that embraced Christianity. They were monotheists before Christ and Christians after Him, and the past therefore led on to the present without a break.
The 22nd Annual Conference of the Youth Association of the Assyrian Church of the East in North America was held from July 3rd to 6th, 2008, at Phoenix, Arizona (USA) under the auspices of the St. Peter Parish in Phoenix, Diocese of Western United States. There were over 400 youth participants in this year’s conference from all over the four dioceses in North America (Diocese of Eastern USA, Western USA, Canada and Western California). The various parish youth ministries which participated from our North American parishes were as follows: 1) Mar Gewargis Parish, Chicago; 2) St. Mary’s Parish, Roselle; 3) St. Andrew’s Parish, Des Plaines; 4) St. Mary’s Parish, Detroit; 5) Mar Mari Parish, Hamilton (Canada); 6) St. Peter Parish, Phoenix; 7) Mar Narsai Parish, San Francisco; 8) Mar Yosip Khnanisho Parish, San Jose; 9) Mar Addai Parish, Turlock; 10) Mar Zaia Parish, Modesto; 11) Mar Gewargis Parish, Ceres; 12) St. Mary’s Parish, Los Angeles; 13) Rabban Hermizd Parish, San Diego. There was also one representative from the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. The parish priests who participated in the Conference were: 1) Cor-bishop David Royel, San Jose; 2) Cor-bishop Gewargis Toma, Des Plaines; 3) Cor-bishop Fredrick Hermiz, Phoenix; 4) Rev. Auchana Kanoun, Ceres; 5) Rev. Kando Kando, Mar Yosip Parish, Chandler; 6) Rev. Gewargis Bet-Rasho, Los Angeles; 7) Rev. William Toma, Roselle; 8) Rev. Polos Benjamin, Chicago; 9) Rev. Lawrence Namato, Detroit.
Owing to a range of different circumstances a large number of Indians are now residing in the United Arab Emirates. Among these are a significant group of Christians from Kerala State and other states in India who are permanently living in UAE regions such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharja. Indian members of the Church of the East also have a presence in the UAE along with a few Assyrian families. Following a visit to the UAE by His Beatitude Dr. Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Malabar and All India in 2005, it was requested by some faithful in the UAE that a Mission Parish be formed as other sister churches have done in order to cater for the sacramental needs of their faithful.
Recently, few Internet news websites have published reports of a demonstration held by Assyrian community in Chicago on Thursday June 28th 2007, were a speech was given by the suspended bishop Ashur Bawai Soro.