Patriarchate News

On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden, held an open conversation at Uppsala Cathedral.
During the conversation, His Holiness answered the questions directed to him. He spoke about the mission of our Syriac Orthodox Church and the Church of Sweden in Sweden and all over the world, mainly preaching the Good Tidings to all people.
Their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were present.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden.

His Holiness and Her Eminence had a private talk.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and 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.

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On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the Very Rev. Annica Anderbrant, Dean of Uppsala Cathedral.
Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, were present, in addition to His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren.
After having a small talk, His Holiness presented Very Rev. Anderbrant a small gift as a token of respect.
Very Rev. Anderbrant hosted a lunch in honor of His Holiness.
 

On September 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Salzburg Support Committee of the Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg (STSS) in Sweden.
His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland attended the meeting.
His Holiness gave his instructions emphasizing the common responsibility of all archdioceses and parishes to support all our seminaries in Europe.
He also spoke about the importance of raising educated and spiritual seminarians and pastors for the Church.
 

On September 28th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden upon an official invitation from the Church of Sweden for him to be the guest of honor at the opening session of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden.
His Holiness is accompanied by their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and 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.
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by a delegation from our Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden led by their Eminences Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, and Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, as well as a delegation of representatives from the Church of Sweden led by His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren.
 

On September 25th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Abdallah Al-Gharby, Syrian Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

His Holiness and His Excellency studied matter on the agenda of the meeting.

His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, attended the meeting.

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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 Friday September 21st 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the administration board of the Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg (STSS), in Stuttgart – Germany.
The administration reported to His Holiness on the preparation made for the new academic year. His Holiness blessed their work and wished them and all the students at the seminary a successful and fruitful year.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarcal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

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.