The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch distances itself from the "Hatune Foundation", the organization headed by the religious Syrian Orthodox Hatune Dogan.
The foundation presents itself as a charity,
dedicated to helping the poor and needy in various parts of the world,
with a special concern for initiatives in favor of Christians and other
minority groups subjected to violence in the Middle East and
A statement released by the patriarchal Office states that the Hatune
Foundation "is not affiliated with the Syrian Orthodox Church, nor does
it represent in any way the same Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate".
organization - emphasizes the statement, sent to Agenzia Fides - works
"in a completely independent manner, without the approval or consent of
the Syriac Orthodox Church and its primates in Europe and around the
Therefore, it is confirmed that the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate
does not support directly or indirectly this organization, nor actively
promotes its fundraising or other activities".
The Syrian Orthodox nun Hatune Dogan, the mind behind the Foundation
that bears her name, is currently working in Germany. In numerous
interviews circulating on the Internet, she makes reference to the
events of her family, forced to flee Turkey in the past.
In many of her
statements a total identification between bloody jihadism of the
self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) and Islam is proposed.
ISIS. Anyone who says different things is a liar", said Sister Hatune in
an interview nearly a year ago to CBNNews, linked to media networks
(Christian Broadcasting Network) founded by US tele-preacher Pat
"Islam and democracy" stated amongst other things Sister
Hatune in that interview "are opposites, like white and black. And I
hope that America understands".
It is not the first time that the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate distances
itself from organizations which in the West justify their initiatives
and fundraisers with the motivation to offer support to the persecuted