Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - The Syro Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, from its headquarters in Damascus, announced the future birth of its own television channel, designed to support the pastoral care of Syriac Christians through its programs. The channel will be called Suboro TV, from the Syriac word which also indicates the Annunciation of the Angel to Mary, and the beginning of the programs is scheduled for March 25, 2018, the liturgical solemnity of the Annunciation, a Christian holiday celebrated in the Middle East - especially in Lebanon - also by many Muslims.
Suboro TV will dedicate particular attention to the news about the activities of the Churches around the world. The first proposal to create a television network connected with the Syro Orthodox Patriarchate had already emerged during the Synod of the Syro Orthodox Church in 2009 and was relaunched during the Synod of 2015. "Persecution and assimilation" reads the Patriarchal communiqué, sent to Agenzia Fides "threaten our existence; therefore, we need a new support, a channel that illuminates and unites our people through its programs".
The Patriarchate acknowledges that there are already many Syriac television networks, which help preserve and spread the Syriac language as well. But he adds that each of these channels pursues a "political agenda", while Suboro TV, "as a channel linked to the Church, will not be associated with any vision or political agenda". Among the tasks indicated in the "mission" of the new TV channel there is also that of "spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Church's Faith, and the Teachings of the Fathers of the Syriac Orthodox Church", as well as "Promoting multicultural understanding and religious dialogue". Suboro TV will have its own broadcasting studios in Lebanon and Germany, and correspondents scattered in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and in the Siro-orthodox communities in the West. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 6/6/2017)