Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mor John Habib Chamieh, Archbishop of Argentine for the Maronite Church, who is on a visit to Lebanon, and His Eminence Archbishop Eznik Petrosyan, representative of the Holy Sea of Etchmiadzin to “Severus of Antioch” Symposium, as well as Proto-Archimandrite Fr. Shahe Ananyan, Director of the Inter-Church Relationships Department of Holy Etchmiadzin, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.

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For the 1500 Jubilee of the Exile of Patriarch Mor Severus the Great to Egypt, the Department of Syriac Studies at the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch held a Symposium on the great Saint entitled: “Severus of Antioch” on May 25, 2018 at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
His Eminence Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, inaugurated the symposium on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II who was on a visit to India.
Then, different papers were presented as follows; Dr. Frederic Alpi: “The translation of the writings of Severus of Antioch into Syriac: historical steps and ecclesial consequences (in French)”, Dr. Youhanna Youssef: “The quotation of Severus of Antioch in a work of the Eighteenth century (in English)”, Very Rev. Raban Dr. Roger Akhrass: “The figure of the Apostle Peter in the writings of Severus of Antioch (in French)”, Fr. Abdo Badwi: “The Iconography of Mar Severus of Antioch (in English)”, Very Rev. Raban Dr. Youhanna Habil: “The Ecumenical Impact of the theology of Severus of Antioch in the 21st century (in French)”, Proto-Archmandrite Hayr Shahe Ananyan: “Severus of Antioch: Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Perspectives (in English)”, Mr. Fadi Baroudi (& Raban Dr. Roger Akhrass): “Patriarch Severus of Antioch in the Maronite Liturgy (in Arabic)”, and Fr. Hegumen Arseny: “Spiritual Heritage of Syriac Christians (in English)”.
His Eminence Archbishop Eznik Petrosyan represented the Holy Sea of Etchmiatzin at the symposium.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with delegations from the affected churches in India, at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz.

His Holiness listened to their complaints and pain and stories and promised to help and do all he can to make sure that they go back to their churches.

His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, was also present.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the crowds of the faithful who gathered after the Holy Qurobo in the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz to meet His Holiness and receive his blessings.

His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, welcomed His Holiness and said that he wishes to see the problems solved and the church in peace, for Jesus Christ is the source of peace.

In his speech, His Holiness expressed his happiness to meet the crowd of faithful, who are in pain and are forced either to be separated from their churches or to accept being served by priests from other churches. He assured that he wants to be with them, and that as a father, he cannot stay away from his spiritual children when they are in deep need for him.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St Athanasius Church – Puthencruz.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Titos Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese of Northern America, and Mor Osthatheos Ishaq, Metropolitan of Mylapore and Delhi and Patriarchal Vicar in Kuwait.
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, as well their Eminences Archbishops members of the accompanying delegation to India: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian affairs, along with a number of their Eminences Archbishops of our Church in India, attended the Holy Qurobo, in the presence of a large crowd of faithful.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Mor Ignatius Dayro in Manjinikkarra, India.
He was accompanied by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and the their Eminences, accompanying delegation to India: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as a group of their Eminences Archbishops of our Church in India.
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received by His Eminence Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Abbot of Mor Ignatius Dayro & Metropolitan of Simhasana Churches of South Kerala, as well as priests, monks, deacons, and a large crowd of faithful.
His Holiness prayed at the tomb of Saint Patriarch Ignatius Elias III of blessed memory. He then blessed the faithful and spoke to them expressing his great joy to be among them and reassuring his continuous prayers for them and our beloved church in India.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, at the Cliff House in Kerala, India.
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation to India.
His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his positive role in the current situation in India.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, their Eminences, the accompanying delegation to India: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese in Damascus, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and a number of their Eminences Archbishops from our church in India.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a press conference at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz – Kerala.
His Holiness answered all the questions which were about his visit to Kerala and the current situation in India.
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences Mor Gregorius Joseph, Metropolitan of Kochi and Secretary of the Regional Synod of India, Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, were present.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Regional Epsicopal Synod of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India, at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz – Kerala.
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, as well as their Eminences Archbishops members of the regional episcopal synod attended the session.
His Holiness opened the session with a prayer, asking the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide the fathers of the Holy Synod to make the decisions that are for the common good of the Church and the faithful.
In his inaugural speech, His Holiness said that his visit to India is to assure our people who have been faithful to the throne, that their spiritual father is pained by what is happening to them, and is praying daily for the good of the church. His Holiness stressed that “We will spare no effort to help the church continue to serve and witness in India”.
The session was also attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Cochin International Airport in India.

He was received by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and a number of Archbishops of our Church in India, as well as a large crowd of faithful.

His Holiness is accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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