NORTH AND EAST SYRIA: Syriac community in Derik inaugurates the Mor Bassus and Mort Shoshan church in Derik

DERIK, Syria – The Syriac community of the city of Derik inaugurated the Syriac Orthodox Mor Bassus and Mort Shushan Church in Hakimiye village, countryside of the city of Derik (Malikiyah) after the completion of its reconstruction. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of the Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates Church Maurice Amsih led the festive inauguration ceremony.

The inauguration of the church was attended by many Syriacs from the city of Derik and many of the priests of the diocese of the Gozarto (Jazira) and Euphrates.

In an interview with satellite TV station Suroyo TV, Archbishop Maurice Amsih said that there hab been a church here been for more than a 100 years, but much restoration was needed. Restoration started three years ago.

Archbishop Amsih thanked the Syriac security forces Sutoro for their protection and the effort they exert in protecting the region and its people. He also thanked everyone in the homeland and diaspora who donated to restore the Mor Bassus and Mort Shushan church.