Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the first Holy Qurobo over the ruins of Virgin Mary church in Deir ez-Zor, after the city’s liberation.

The Governor of Deir ez-Zor Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Samra, received His Holiness and the accompanying delegation at the airport.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.

The Holy Qurobo was attended by several religious figures, as well as the faithful who started to return back to the city.

In his sermon, His Holiness thanked the Lord that the irregular situation in the city has come to an end, and expressed his deep sorrow to see destruction everywhere, especially that churches, mosques and all kinds of buildings were destroyed by terrorists. However, His Holiness assured that his visit to the city is a vivid message to all evil hands that we are the children of life, and that Syria will recover no matter what. He also expressed his solidarity with all families and citizens of the city who lost their beloved ones or their houses and works, and assured them that the church will always try its best to help them. His Holiness also expressed his sadness to celebrate the Holy Qurobo over the ruins of Virgin Mary Church.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the feast of the Presentation of our Lord to the Temple, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Selwanos Petros Al-Nemeh, Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about Simon the elder who gave us an example by his strong trust in God an His promises. He also emphasized the importance of following the Lord’s commandments and abiding by the church laws, as our Lord and Savior did. His Holiness spoke as well about the faithfulness of Mother of God Mary and St. Joseph.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Catholic Church in Germany, at the Patriarchate headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
The delegation is on a humanitarian visit to Syria. It includes: Fr. Peter Fuchs from Munich, Fr. Stefan Dreher from Stuttgart, and Fr. Michael Theuerl from Berlin.
His Holiness welcomed his guests and discussed with them issues related to the current situation in Syria, and the humanitarian work done by our patriarchate to help relief the people affected by the current crisis.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Fast of Nineveh, at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.
His Eminence Mor Dionysios Jean Kawak attended the Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about God’s mercy, for He wants the salvation of all nations equally. He also spoke about the real repentance of all the people of Nineveh. His Holiness emphasized the importance lent in the life of individuals as well as the whole church.Click to view slideshow.

 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Sayyid Sadeq Al-Mousawi at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma – Damascus.
Al-Mousawi offered His Holiness a copy of his new book.
His Holiness discussed with Sayyid Al-Mousawi issues related to the history of Christianity and Islam, and the relation between the two religions.
Their Eminences Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the Syriac Orthodox Archbishops of Lebanon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
Their Eminences, members of the : Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa,
Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh participated in the meeting.
His Holiness opened the meeting with a prayer and then he discussed with their Eminences the different issues related to our Church in Lebanon. They also worked on the bylaws of the Council of Syriac Orthodox Archbishops of Lebanon, which is to be finalized in the coming meeting.
Very Rev. Fr. Elias Gerges, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, also attended the meeting.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the General Secretariat of the Holy Synod at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
Their Eminences, members of the General Secretariat: Mor Justinus Boulos Safar , Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa,
Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, His Eminence Mor Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kurdistan and Environs, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, participated in the meeting.
His Holiness opened the meeting with a prayer and then he discussed with their Eminences the different matters on the agenda.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
The Coptic Orthodox Delegation included the members of the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches: Anba Bishoy, Anba Benyamin and Dr. Guirguis Saleh as well as Rev. Fr. Rouwais AL-Ourashalimy.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Eastern United States, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Jimmy Danho.
His Holiness welcomed their Eminences and the members of the Delegation and discussed with them matters related to the special relations that exist between the two sister churches: the Coptic Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox Churches.
His Holiness conveyed his brotherly love and hearty wishes to His brother in Christ His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the Throne of St. Mark, Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the opening prayer of MECC Executive Committee session at the Antonine University in Baabda – Lebanon.
His Holiness then lead the closing session of the Executive Committe in which various topics of common concern between the churches as well as matters that are in the scope of the MECC work were discussed.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Rev. Fr. Pablo Neves from Brazil, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.

During their meeting, Fr. Pablo submitted to His Holiness a copy of his new book for children in Portuguese.

His Holiness congratulated Fr. Pablo for his work, and encouraged him to continue working on such projects that can bring children closer to God and the Holy Church and teach them the principles of Christian life.

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