Patriarchate News

On September 22nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated a special Holy Qurobo for the participants of the World Conference on Business for Suryoye in Stuttgart, Germany.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany and Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, assisted His Holiness.
His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, also attended the Holy Qurobo.
 

On September 21st 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II officially inaugurated the First World Business Conference for Suryoye, held in Stuttgart – Germany and organized by Kano Suryoyo.
Dr. Raid Scharbil Gharib, Secretary-General of the conference welcomed His Holiness and all the Suryoyo businessmen present at the conference.
Then, words of welcome and greetings were delivered by Mr. Sami Sagur, Conference President, Mr. Adai Malki, President of Kano Suryoyo, Mr. Habib Afram, President of the Syriac League in Lebanon, and Oliver Jung, Commissioner for European integration and Constitutional Cooperation at the Ministry of Justice of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg.
Then, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II delivered the inaugural keynote in which he addressed the businessmen present emphasizing the importance of working together as one people. He added that it is significant to have healthy competition among all who work in the field of business; however, it is more important to realize how valuable are the talents that God gave to them, and thus put them together for the use of the community.
At the end of his speech, His Holiness announced the launching of the World Business Association of Suryoyo (WBAS) which will help connecting Syriac businessmen together and facilitate their cooperation together for the good of the Syriac Church people throughout the globe.
Their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany attended the opening ceremony.
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On September 19th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Hans-Peter Glanzer, Charge d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy in Damascus, at the Patriarchate headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with His Excellency the situation in Syria. They also spoke about the projects executed by our church to relief the suffering ones and reduce their pain.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary, and Media Office Director.
 

On September 19th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Safwan Al-Qudsi, Member of the Central Committee of the Progressive Front and General Secretary of the Syrian Arab Socialist Party, and His Wife Dr. Bariaa Al-Qudsi, Vice President of Antioch Syrian University, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Holiness discussed with his guests issues related to the social affairs as well as the Antioch Syrian University.
Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director attended the meeting.
 

On September 19th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Georges Andrea, Head of the Bible Society in Syria, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
Mr. Andrea introduced to His Holiness the various projects of the Bible Society. They also spoke about the importance of preaching the Gospel to the world.
Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director attended the meeting.
 

On September 14th 2018, during the Suryoyo Youth General Gathering, a Question and Answer session was held with His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.
Mr. Joe Lahoud, Executive Director of Suboro TV, moderated the session. He asked His Holiness about the means youth can utilize to face challenges of the era. He also asked him about the importance of two major projects being executed by the patriarchate, Suboro TV and Antioch Syrian University.
Floor was then opened to the youth to ask their questions and show him their concerns. The youth asked questions about moral issues, Syriac cultural topics, the challenges that they are facing due to the current situation in Syria, as well as many other issues.
 

On September 14th 2018, on the occasion of the Feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the story of the discovery of the cross, and the significance of the cross in the Christian life. His Holiness emphasized that as Christians, we boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and carry our cross with joy following the footsteps of our Master.
The Holy Qurobo was attended by the youth taking part in the Suryoyo Youth General Gathering in Syria held at the monastery.
 

On September 13th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the third Suryoyo Youth General Gathering in Syria (SYGG-Syria), at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya – Syria.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, monks, priests, seminarians, and about 250 youth from the four Archdioceses in Syria: Aleppo, Jazeera and Euphrates, Homs, and Damascus, as well as representatives from Lebanon, attended the inauguration.
His Holiness inaugurated the gathering with a prayer in which he asked the Lord’s special blessing for the youth during the coming days.
Then, Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department (SPYD), welcomed the youth at the gathering and spoke about the spiritual aims of it, especially with respect to the personal spiritual, social, moral and humanitarian growth.
A play was then presented portraying the results of making bad decisions and choices, and was concluded with a message for all the youth to choose wisely.
Then, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II gave a spiritual word in which he hoped that the youth will benefit from this gathering spiritually, strengthen their faith in God, their bonds in their Church. He considered that what choice does a person make, either lifts them or pulls them down. His Holiness assured that the presence of this number of youth is message that Syria with its heritage will always be alive by all its citizens. At the end, His Holiness emphasized the importance of prayer and asking the Lord’s wisdom before making any decision, hoping that the youth choices will be for their holiness and salvation.
Then, His Holiness lit fire for the feast of the finding of the Cross.
 

On Sunday September 9th 2018, upon the invitation of the Lady of Elij, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, at the Patriarchal Residence in Sayydit Elij, Batroun, North Lebanon.
The Qurobo was offered under the title: “Persecution.. or famine.. or sword?”, in commemoration of the martyrs of persecutions and genocides of the last century, including the Syriac martyrs of Sayfo.
Representatives of the various churches which suffered persecution, as well as a number of political and public figures, and members of martyrs’ families, were also present.
After the Qurobo, His Beatitude Cardinal Rai presented His Holiness an honor shield on behalf of the league.
At the end, His Beatitude and His Holiness inaugurated a monument for the martyrs on the occasion.
 

On August 28th 20118, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, at the Maronite Patriarchal Residence in Dimane, North Lebanon.
The meeting was hosted by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and was attended by their Holinesses and Beatitudes: Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, and Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia for the Armenian Orthodox Church.
The meeting was also attended by His Excellency Mgr Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, as well as representatives of the various religions in Lebanon.
During the meeting, words were given about the good relations between Lebanon and Switzerland, as well as the current situations in the Middle East, and the issue of the refugees.
His Holiness brought to attention the case of the abduction of the two Archbishops of Aleppo, Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, and Boulos Yaziji, and asked the help of His Excellency President Berset to bring this case to a good end.