Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo for the faithful of the parishes of Mor Aphrem Church and St. Peter the Apostle Church in Perth.
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, and Mor Melethiose Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Christian faith that strengthens the believers and allows them to win their souls instead of wasting them going after the delights of the world.
At the end of his homily, His Holiness granted a pectoral cross to Very Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa as a token of appreciation for his devotion in his ministry for more than 58 years. At the end of the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness prayed the special teshmeshto of the Holy Martyrs in remembrance of the Martyrs of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met Her Excellency Honorable Catherine Doust, President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia, at the Parliament House in Perth, in the presence of Honorable Martin Pritchard, member of the Parliament and of the Legislative Council.
His Holiness was accompanied 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, Mor Melethiose Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara, as well as Very Rev. Fr. Boutros Issa, Parish Priest of St. Aphrem Church in Perth, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Rev. Fr. Jomon Parish Priest of St. Peter the Apostle Church and representatives of the Syriac Orthodox Church councils in Perth.
His Holiness and Her Excellency discussed the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. His Holiness also spoke about the situation of our people who emigrated to Western Australia and how well they integrated in the Australian society, especially in their jobs.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attends an official reception in his honor organized by St Aphrem Church and St. Peter Church in Perth.
His Holiness expressed his great joy to be among his spiritual children, who are the little flock who love their church and are attached to their faith and traditions.
He also prayed the special service (teshmeshto) of the Martyrs of Sayfo and spoke of the history of these massacres and genocide.
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 Her Excellency Honorable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia, at the Governor’s House in Perth.
His Holiness was accompanied 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, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Dr. Theodore Issa representing Mor Aphrem Church in Perth.
His Holiness and Her Excellency discussed the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. Her Excellency welcomed His Holiness and spoke of the importance of supporting Christians in the Middle East to remain in the homeland which is the cradle of Christianity.
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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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