Patriarchate News

On July 28th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Sayfo Monument in commemoration of the Syriac Genocide at St. Athanasius Church in Tampa – USA.
Their Eminences: Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah were present in the meeting as well as the clergy and the Board members of the parish of St. Athanasius.
His Holiness conducted the special teshmeshto (service) for the martyrs and prayed for all martyrs who died defending their faith, especially those who were killed during the Syriac Genocide Sayfo (1915).
 

On July 27th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met the youth of the Syriac Orthodox Churches in America at the 54th Convention held in Tampa – USA.
During the Q&A session, His Holiness discussed the different issues that the youth raised and spoke about the topics that are important to our communities.
His Holiness listened to the contributions of the youth towards the discussions and themes that were raised and explained the viewpoint of our church concerning the different matters. He highlighted the importance to remain attached to the cultural and spiritual heritage that the Church Fathers and forefathers left to us, as well as ways to be witnesses of Jesus Christ among the society we live in.
Their Eminences: Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, and Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahla and Bekaa, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah were present in the meeting.
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On July 27th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the general meeting of the two Archdioceses of Western and Eastern USA, at the 54th Annual Convention held in Tampa, USA.
Their Eminences Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, and Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, reported on the work of their Archdioceses along with the representatives of the parishes, clergy and lay people, who presented different aspects of the ministries offered at the parishes and institutions of the Archdioceses.
His Holiness answered the different questions raised at the meeting. He gave his guidance on how to restructure the convention, keeping its original mission alive and improving elements of spirituality and Christian teaching.
At the end of the meeting, His Holiness blessed the delegates and representatives of the parishes asking the Lord to strengthen them in order to spread His gospel throughout the communities they serve.
Their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahla and Bekaa, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, also attended the meeting.
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From June 27th till July 25th 2018, upon the request of His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Sisters Helene Samarji and Sayde Elias, from the Sisterhood of Mor Jacob Baradeaus, who work on digitizing manuscripts at the Department of Syriac Studies (DSS), completed the digitization process of 73 manuscripts kept at Mor Jacob Monastery in Warburg – Germany.

The project of digitizing Syriac Manuscripts is one of the many projects executed by the DSS, directed by Very Rev. Raban Dr. Roger-Youssef Akhrass. The work completed in Germany comes after finalizing the digitization process of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate Manuscripts kept in Damascus and Atchaneh.

His Eminence thanked the sisters and the department for digitizing the manuscripts, which were presented to the monastery as gifts from several priests and faithful, as well as for the great job they are doing to preserve Syriac Heritage and spread it all over the world.

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On July 26th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over Evening (ramsho) prayer at the 54th Convention in Northern America in Tampa – USA.
Their Eminences: Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, and Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, as well as the clergy of both Archdioceses, and faithful, attended the prayer.
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness blessed all the faithful who were present.
 

On July 26th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the clergy meeting of the two Archdioceses of the USA at the 54th Annual Convention held in Tampa.
Their Eminences: Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA, and Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Western USA, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, attended the meeting.
His Holiness opened the meeting with a spiritual word in which he spoke about the challenges of our church in the east and in the diaspora. He encouraged the clergy to reshape their service in a way that can be more open, more prophetic, and more missionary. His Holiness underlined the need to preserve our heritage in the diaspora, and never giving up our identity.
His Holiness then answered the questions of the clergy and gave his guidance to help them through the different challenges of their pastoral ministry.
 

On Tuesday July 24th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Antoine Laham, Assistant to the Special UN Envoy to Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh.
Mr. Laham updated His Holiness about the work of the office in Syria. His Holiness stressed the importance of reaching a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria as well as all the crises in the region and all over the world. His Holiness also noted the important role of the Church during the crisis, and spoke about all the relief and help projects executed by our Patriarchate to provide aid to all Syrian people equally.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On July 19th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended “Sure we can” play, which was prepared by Sabro team under the auspices of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Art in Damascus.
Children from different orphanages in Damascus participated in the play, namely from: Panteleimon, St. Paul, Dar Al-rahma, and the Little Angel House orphanages. Sabro team, of St. Jacob Baradeaus Church in Jaramana, helped the children discover and enrich their gifts with the help of teachers from the High Institute of Arts for nearly one complete year. The play included various scenes that showed the children’s talents such as acting, singing, dancing, playing the violin and drawing.
At the end, His Holiness gave a word in which he congratulated Sabro Team and all the children for their great work. He considered that the play is the fruit of this work; however, the thing which is more important is that the team has enriched the children’s talents, a sign of hope for a better future for them. His Holiness noted that the word Sabro (ܣܒܪܐ) in Syriac holds a deep meaning; it is not only that one should have hope, but also share it and give it to others. He assured that “Sure we can” is slogan for all of us especially in Syria where hope was revealed throughout the years of crisis. His Holiness considered that wars aim at making man lose his hope; however, we have made certain that together “sure we can” defeat all such trials. The work of this team, His Holiness added, is clear evidence that hope and love will prevail. He added that seeing these children, from various religious and social backgrounds, participating together in this event is also a vivid sign for a better future in Syria.
The event was attended by political figures, dignitaries, artists, and a crowd of people.
 

On July 18th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from Elamkulam Church in India, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh.
The delegation was headed by His Eminence Mor Dioscoros Kuriakose, Metropolitan of the Simahasana Churches in the North of Kerala and Abbot of Malecuriz Dayro.
His Holiness discussed with the delegation matters related to their church.
 

On July 18th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II offered his condolences to His Brother in Christ His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Maronite Patriach of Antioch and All the East, on the passing away of his sister Mrs. Farha Al-Rai, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bkerki.

He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Dioscoros Kuriakose, Metropolitan of the Simahasana Churches in the North of Kerala and Abbot of Malecuriz Dayro, Mor Athanasius Elia Bahi, Patriarchal Vicar of Canada, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Cyril Babi, Director of the Department of Legal Affairs and Spiritual Courts.

His Excellency Archbishop Paul Sayyah, Vicar General of the Maronite Church, was present
His Holiness, His Beatitude, and their Eminences and Excellency raised special prayer that her soul may rest in peace.

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