Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited St. Peter the Apostle Church in Perth.
Their Eminences Mor Meletius Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara, Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director accompanied His Holiness during this visit.
His Holiness prayed the service of the Virgin Mary and of all the saints and blessed the new church which is being constructed.
In his spiritual word, His Holiness told the faithful that it is always a joyous occasion to see new churches being built and new houses of worship of the Lord being consecrated.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Yacoub Burd’ono Church in Melbourne.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, in the presence of Bishops of sister churches and clergy and a crowd of faithful.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the significance of the Sunday of Renewal of the Church. He spoke how each faithful should seek to renew one’s self spiritually and to grow spiritually until they reach holiness.
After the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness bestowed the pectoral cross to Fr. Ishak Babawi, parish priest of Mor Georges Church in Melbourne.
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His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in a Youth Conference and Q&A held by the Syrian Orthodox Youth Group of Melbourne (SOYGOM) at Mor Yacoub Burdono Church in Melbourne.
More than 150 young people participated in the event.
Their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and Environs also attended.
The gathering was opened by the evening prayer held at the church; then the youth had the chance to ask their questions directly to His Holiness concerning vocation, family and other issues.
His Holiness answered their questions and spoke about the role of the Syriac family in bringing up the children on the faith of the church and strengthening their relation to the Church.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II meets the faithful of St. Mary Church in Dandenong – Melbourne.
Their Eminences Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, also attended the meeting.
After the meeting, His Holiness blessed the Foundation Stone for the new building of St. Mary Church in Dandenong.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the thanksgiving prayer at St. Georges the Martyr Church in Dandenong – Melbourne.
Their Eminences Mor Meletius Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara, Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, as well as priests and a crowd of faithful attended the prayer.
His Holiness prayed the service of the saints at the monument raised in the memory of Saint Mor Baselius Yeldho. Afterwards, he blessed the foundation stones of 5 new churches which will be built in Melbourne.
Members of the Parliament of Melbourne were also present at the function and they thanked His Holiness for blessing the community.
In his spiritual word, His Holiness spoke about the faithful as living stones with whom the church is built.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attends an official reception in his honor organized by the Syriac Orthodox Churches in Melbourne.
His Holiness expressed his great joy to be among his spiritual children, who live in a geographically far country from the patriarchate headquarter, yet are always in the heart and thoughts of their spiritual father; They are the little flock, and it is their Holy Father’s good pleasure to give them the kingdom.
Their Eminences Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar of Australia & New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Meletius Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our church in India, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director accompanied His Holiness.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met the faithful of St. Thomas Church in Melbourne at the reception organized by the Church Committee.

After a thanksgiving payer at Mor Yacoub Burdono Church, His Holiness was received by the Church Choir. His Holiness blessed the community by lighting the lamp and blessing the memorial stone of the new church building.

The children from Sunday school performed in a short theatrical play. His Holiness blessed the faithful and spoke about the relations that bond them to the church, mentioning the firm faith of the forefathers who remained attached to the church despite all persecutions.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Malatius Malke Malke, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visits the community of St. Georges Parish in Melbourne.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Malatius Malke Malke, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, and Kurdistan, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
Upon his arrival, His Holiness was greeted by the Syriac Scouts and the church choir performed Syriac and Arabic hymns and songs.
In his speech, His Holiness reminded the faithful of the many sacrifices that our forefathers made preserving the faith of our church. He also spoke about the importance of remaining attached to the homeland where the blood of the martyrs of our church has been shed.
At the end of the visit, His Holiness blessed the faithful.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Mor Aphrem Church in Melbourne.
His Holiness is accompanied by their Eminences Mor Malatius Malke Malke, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
In his speech, His Holiness encouraged the faithful to remain attached to their orthodox faith and the traditions of the Syriac Orthodox Church. He also stressed the importance of working together to preserve the Syriac language and heritage.
The Choir of Mor Aphrem Choir also gave a performance of Syriac hymns and songs.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Mary Church in Auckland in New Zealand.
He was assisted by their Eminences Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, in the presence of the clergy and a crowd of faithful.
In his Sermon, His Holiness expressed his gladness to be among his spiritual children; he then spoke about the consecration of the Holy Church.