Patriarchate News

On June 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Antioch Syrian University, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
Members of the BOT listened to a report from Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of ASU, about the first academic year at the university, as well as preparation for the new academic year 2019-2020.
 
The BOT elected Dr. Bariaa Al-Qudsi as Vice-President of the board, and His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as Secretary of the BOT.
At the end, Architect Mr. Michel Al-Zayyat presented a prototype design of the new buildings of ASU.
 

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On June 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inspected the Happy Child House Summer Camp, and the works in progress at the Syriac Cultural Center in Harat Al-Yahud in Old Damascus.

 
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
 
His Holiness was informed about the various activities done to the children at the camp. He blessed the children and all the employees at the House.
 
He then made a tour in the Syriac Cultural Center project.
 

On June 21, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Dr. Gerado Zamora, Governor of Santiago del Estero.
His Holiness spoke about his fraternal relation with His Holiness Pope Francis, who shoes great care towards Christians in the Middle East, especially through his continuous prayer for peace in Syria, and his desire to visit Iraq soon. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Province of Santiago del Estero for helping the Syriac community there. He also spoke about the general situation in Syria, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as well as their forced emigration. His Holiness considered that Christians have shown their active role in any society they become part of.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
The meeting was also attended by their Excellencies Mr. José Emilio Neder, Vice governor of Santiago del Estero, and Dr. Marcelo Barbur, Minister of Security and Worship in the local government.
 

On June 21, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. José Emilio Neder, Santiago del Estero Lieutenant Governor, in the presence of members of the legislative council of the Governorate of Santiago del Estero.
His Holiness spoke about his apostolic visit to the Patriarchal Vicariate of Argentina, in which he had the chance to meet his spiritual children. He also praised the role of the governorate of Santiago del Estero in the integration of the faithful in the society, and helping them keep their traditions and stay firm in their faith and in their relation with the Church, especially through ensuring for them the freedom to practice their faith.
His Excellency, in turn, thanked His Holiness for his historical visit to Argentina, and spoke about the educational and cultural projects that the governorate is executing in order support all newcomers.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
 

On June 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Church in Frias – Argentina.

 

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh.

 

In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the time between the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Pentecost, during which the Church celebrates the Lord’s promises. He also spoke about Simon Peter who had renounced the Lord, but repented and became courageous after the Pentecost, going out in public and preaching and gathering many souls for the church and the glory of God. He mentioned the importance of the renewal in the Holy Spirit in keeping the faith and holding firmly to it.

His Holiness also expressed his joy to be among the Syriac people in Frias and he blessed them all asking the Lord to protect His small flock in Frias.

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On June 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Dr. Ástor Anibal Padula, Governor of Frias, at the Municipality of Frias in Argentina.

His Excellency welcomed His Holiness in Argentina, and in Frias. He praised His Holiness’s efforts in defending Christianity in the Middle East, as well as taking care of the Church in the diaspora.

His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his warm reception. He spoke about the historical presence of our Syriac Orthodox Church in Argentina; His Holiness also recalled the Syriac genocide Sayfo, and spoke about the situation in Syria and the countries of the Middle East. He also raised the case of the two abducted archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.

His Holiness and His Excellency moved then to Park of May 25 in Frias, where they put a wreath of roses before the monument of Liberty.

He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On June 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited St. Mary Catholic Church in Frias, Argentina.

He was received by Rev. Fr. Sergio Lamberti, parish priest of St. Mary Church, and a crowd of faithful.

His Holiness raised prayer of thanks in the Church, after which he spoke to all who were present.

His Holiness noted the good relations between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, recalling the long mutual ecumenical journey, and the agreement of 1984 between both Churches. He also wished that full communion between all churches may be reached soon.

His Holiness asked all who were present to pray for peace in Syria, Iraq, and countries of the Middle East.

He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On June 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Sayfo monument for the commemoration of the martyrs of Sayfo Genocide, in April 9 Park in Frias, Argentina.

The inauguration was attended by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and His Grace Bishop Luis Urbanc, Catholic Bishop of Catamarca, and His Excellency Dr. Ástor Anibal Padula, Governor of the Frias.

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On June 19, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to St. Georges Church in Frias – Argentina.

He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Holiness offered a prayer of thanksgiving and received the certificate of “Guest of Honor” from the Governor of the city.

At the end of the prayer, His Holiness blessed the faithful who were gathered in the church.

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On June 18, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met the Governor of Cordoba Mr. Juan Schiaretti.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director. The meeting was also attended by ministers of the local government of Cordoba in the presence of the Honorable Consul of Syria in Cordoba Mr. Abdallah Saddi.
 
His Holiness spoke about his official visit to the city of Cordoba and how it feels like he is among one big family. He thanked the Governor for helping the community preserve their heritage and traditions as well as the educational support they provide in general.
He then spoke about the situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria and the difficulties and challenges due to the war. He also mentioned the problem of migration that is affecting the demography of the country.
His Holiness asked also to pray for the safe return of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji.

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