Patriarchate News

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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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the meeting of MECC Executive Committee at the Antonine University in Baabda – Lebanon.

During the meeting, the participants election of Dr. Thuraya Bachaalani as Acting General Secretary for MECC.

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As President of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) for the Oriental Orthodox Churches Family, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the opening session of the MECC Executive Committee held at the Antonine University in Baabda, Lebanon.
His Beatitude Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, and Rev. Dr. Habib Badr participated as presidents of their Church families.
His Eminence Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, represented the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch in the Executive Committee. Rev. Fr. Jimmy Danho participated as the Associate General Secretary of MECC for the Oriental Orthodox Churches Family.
His Holiness was accompanied by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated “Patriarch Zakka I Iwas Dialysis Center” in Dwelaa – Damascus.

The center is a project lead by St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC), and aims at offering free services to patients with kidney failure and in need of dialysis, thus giving them a chance to live productive lives.

His Holiness prayed at the center that it may be a place of healing to those in pain.

Their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates were present.

After the inauguration, His Holiness attended a formal reception organized by EPDC in honor of the doctors who volunteer or help the committee in all its relief programs.

His Excellency Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as other church leaders from Damascus attended the reception.

During the reception, a short movie about EPDC projects and work was presented.

In his word, His Holiness emphasized that the role of the church is to serve the world and make it a holy place. He said that we as humans need each other, and should work together to reduce the pains and sufferings of one another. He added that the church tries always to follow the commandments of our Lord in all what she’s doing, keeping in mind that “‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10). Moreover, the church tries her best to keep human’s dignity which is being lost due to the crises. In addition, His Holiness stressed the fact that our role as Christians, along with other religions, is to spread the culture of peace.

At the end of his word, His Holiness explained the goals of opening a dialysis center as well as naming it after the late Patriarch Zakka I Iwas of blessed memory.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury talked then about the various fields of service of EPDC and thanked all those who are volunteering and helping all the suffering people.

During the event, His Holiness honored the doctors offering services to EPDC with tokens of appreciation.

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