Saint Mary Church of the Holy Belt (كنيسة أم الزنار; Um az-Zinnar) Syriac Orthodox Church in Homs, Syria, built over cryot from 50 AD (seat of Syriac Orthodox archbishopric). A relic venerated as Cincture of the Theotokos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary_Church_of_the_Holy_Belt
Ephrem the Syrian was a Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century from the region of Syria. His works are hailed by Christians throughout the world, and many denominations venerate him as a saint. He has been declared a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism. He is especially beloved in the Syriac Orthodox Church. He has been called the most significant of all of the fathers of the Syriac-speaking church tradition.
Syriac Catholic Church is a Christian church in the Levant having practices and rites in common with the Syriac Orthodox Church. Being one of the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches the Syriac Catholic Church has full autonomy and is a self-governed sui iuris Church.
Syriac Christians from Turkey and Syria attend a mass at the Mort Shmuni Syriac Orthodox Church in the town of Midyat, in Mardin province of southeast Turkey in this February 2014 file photo.
Iraq’s Christians Flee as Extremist Threat Worsens
Iraq’s Christians Flee as Extremist Threat Worsens NYT 10/16/06 "In the northern city of Mosul, a priest from the Syriac Orthodox Church was kidnapped last week. His church complied with his captors’ demands and put up posters denouncing recent comments made by the pope about Islam, but he was killed anyway '-- the three major faiths are that of peace. Why is it so hard to practice? Maybe that's a problem of man not faith.
The Prince of Wales attends the consecration of the new St Thomas Cathedral Syriac Orthodox Church