Patriarchate News

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.
 

On August 22nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Dr. Farid Elias al-Khazen, Lebanese Ambassador to Vatican, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.
During the meeting His Holiness and his guest emphasized the role of Lebanon in promoting dialogue in the region. They also discussed various topics related to ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On Sunday August 19th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, in the presence of clergy, monks, and deacons of the Patriarchate.
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Rev. Qashisho Youssef Al-Birni to be a priest in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
In his sermon, His Holiness explained the Bible reading. He talked about the core of the Apostleship mission that is having faith in the Lord and preaching His Gospel. He considered that we, giving up our faith and call, give power to Satan to control our lives; for Satan has been defeated by our Lord and has no more authority over our world.
He also spoke about the life of priesthood and congratulated the newly ordained priest, wishing him long years of blessed service.
At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed for our beloved ones in Kerala, India. He expressed his sorrow to see the floods resulting in the loss of hundreds of people as well as thousands from their homes. He asked the prayer of all to our faithful there and to all who are suffering that the Lord may shorten these days of hardship.
 

On August 15 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a Delegation from our Church in Bahrain.
The delegation was headed by His Eminence Mor Coorilose Geevarghese, Metropolitan of Niranam and Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh.
His Holiness discussed with the delegation matters related to their church.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Marcos.

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