Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was received by a crowd of faithful of our Church in Muscat at his residence.
Leading the crowd were their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal synod in India, Mor Ireneos Paulose, Patriarchal Vicar of Oman and Metropolitan of Kozhikkod Diocese, Mor Melethios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar for Australia, Mor Theodosios Mathews Metropolitan of Kollam Diocese, Mor chrysostomos Markose, Metropolitan of Evangelical Association of the East, Mor Osthatheos Issac Metropolitan of Mylapore Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar for UAE.
Sheikh Noman Bin Hareth Al-Amiri, Sheikh of Al Seeb city, representing the government of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Endowments in the Sultanate of Oman, were also present.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness thanked the faithful of our church for their overwhelming love and expressed his great joy to be among them
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Muscat International Airport for a pastoral visit to our Church in Oman.
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by His Eminence Mor Ireneos Paulose, Patriarchal Vicar in Oman, Sheikh Noman Bin Hareth Al-Amiri, Sheikh of Al Seeb city, representing the government of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed, Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Endowments in the Sultanate of Oman, Commander Thomas Alexander, and Dr. Renji.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency the President of Lebanon General Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
During the meeting, His Holiness conveyed to His Excellency the love of our Syriac Orthodox Church to Lebanon, and their support to the efforts that His Excellency is making to keep Lebanon safe and secure.
His Holiness also invited His Excellency to participate in the Inauguration of the new Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon during June, in the presence of their Holinesses and Beatitudes Patriarchs of the sister churches.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus, and Very Rev. Fr. Garegin Hambardzumian, Dean of Gevorkian Theological Seminary coming in Holy Etchmiadzin – Armenia, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with his guests ways of collaboration between the Armenian Seminary and our Syriac Orthodox Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary.
Very Rev. Fr. Garegin will visit in the coming days our seminary in Maarat Saydnaya for this purpose.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary an Media Office Director.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received, in his residence in Bogota – Colombia, His Excellency Archbishop Oscar Urbina Ortega, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference in Colombia, along with the secretary of the Conference.

His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo Aguirre, Archbishop of Central America, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.

His Holiness thanked his guests for their support to the Christians in the Middle East. He also discussed with them several issues concerning our church in Colombia. His Holiness assured that our church is there to serve and minister to the people, not to proselytize. He also asked the conference’s support to the very small communities our church has in Colombia.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met, with representatives of the communities of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese in the province of Bogota in Bogota – Colombia, in the presence of their Eminences Mor Yacoub Eduardo Aguirre, Archbishop of Central America, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with his esteemed guests issues related to the church in Central America, especially in Bogota.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with representatives of the clergy of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Central America in Colombia in the presence of His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo Aguirre, Archbishop of Central America. During the meeting, the clergy presented to His Holiness the various programs and activities aiming at serving the parishes as well as their missionary work. His Holiness listened to their concerns and gave them spiritual guidance for the good of the church of Central America.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Archbishop of Central America, during his visit to Colombia. His Holiness discussed with His Eminence the situation of the churches and missions of our Syriac Orthodox Church in Colombia.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II gave a speech during a Plenary Session at the 3rd Global Gathering in the Global Christian Forum (GCF) – Bogota, Colombia. The session was entitled “Facing Common Challenges Together in Mutual Love”, and the title of His Holiness Speech was: “Following Christ together in discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: What does this mean for the global church today?”
In his speech, His Holiness considered that the two archbishops of Aleppo “presented no threat to anyone. As disciples of Christ, called by Him to tend His sheep, they were fully dedicated to their mission. Their care and compassion went beyond their immediate flock. It was extended to the community at large regardless of their religious affiliation, which earned them the love and respect of the entire society in Aleppo.” He added that despite the negative impact on the Christian community in Aleppo, “even after five years of their abduction, the Christian community in Aleppo – although greatly reduced by numbers, remains steadfast in its faith in Christ.” His Holiness then invited the audience to watch a 3-minute video about the two Archbishops.
His Holiness moved to speak about the persecuted Church; he said: “I come from a church, the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, which faced many tribulations and genocides throughout the centuries. Some 100 years ago, a massive genocide took place in the Ottoman Empire aiming at eliminating Christianity from the land of its birthplace […]. Today, we continue to suffer persecution at the hands of terrorist groups.” He added “Because of our history of persecution and martyrdom, whenever I think of the marks of the church being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic I immediately add to it ‘Persecuted’. The true church that is faithful to her Lord and Savior has to be a persecuted one.”
His Holiness then spoke about the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, and his continuous visits to comfort them since his installation in 2014. He then condemned the “low state of affairs which our world has reached”, referring to the recent attack on Syria by the U.S., U.K. and France.
He then brought to attention “a very sensitive matter which is affecting us. Some of our sister Churches are making use of this painful situation in Syria and Iraq by practicing proselytism.”
He also considered that what Christians and other minorities are subjected to in the Middle East and throughout the world is nothing less than “religious and ethnic cleansing.”
He concluded: “We continue to be the “light of the world”, spreading knowledge where there is ignorance, and love where there is hatred. This is our mission; this is what we are called for.”
During the session, two members gave tributes to Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, who was a founding and active member in the GCF, on the occasion of the 5-year anniversary of his abduction along with Archbishop Boulos Yaziji.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the morning prayer and opening plenary session at the 3rd Global Gathering in the Global Christian Forum entitled: “Let mutual love continue” (Hebrews 13:1) – Bogota, Colombia.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Coorilose Geevarghese, Metropolitan of Niranam, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness will present at the forum a speech about following Christ together in discrimination, persecution and martyrdom.