Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Mary Church in Ruwi – Oman.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod in India, and Mor Ireneos Paulose, Patriarchal Vicar of Oman and Metropolitan of Kozhikkod Diocese.
Their Eminences: Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, Mor Mor Barthelmaus Nathanael Youssef, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf Countries, 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, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, attended the Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness greeted his spiritual children and expressed his great joy to among them. He spoke about the ascension of our Lord Jesus, which our Church in India is celebrating today following the Gregorian calendar.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Sheikh Sheikh Abdallah Bin Mohammed Bin Abdallah Al Salmi, Minister of Endowment & Religious Affairs, at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in Muscat.

His Excellency welcomed His Holiness in the Sultanate of Oman, and expressed his pleasure to meet with the head of the Pontiff of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.

His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his warm welcome, and showed his gladness towards religious tolerance in Oman.

During their meeting, His Holiness and His Excellency discussed various issues related to the current crisis in Syria. They also had a cultural discussion in which they spoke about the history of our Syriac Church and that of the Arab countries.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Ireneos Paulose, Patriarchal Vicar of Oman and Metropolitan of Kozhikkod Diocese, 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.

At the end of the meeting, His Holiness and His Excellency exchanged tokens of respect.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the sister Coptic Orthodox Church in Muscat, at his residence in Muscat, Oman.

The delegation was led by Fr Surial Anba Bishoy, Priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Muscat.

The delegation expressed their great honor to meet His Holiness in Oman and receive his blessings. They also wished him a successful apostolic visit.

The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Grace Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian church, at his residence in Muscat, Oman.
His Grace welcomed His Holiness in the Sultanate of Oman and wished him a successful visit.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with His Grace various church issues.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod in India, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Grace was accompanied by Fr. Shijo Abtlraham Zacharia, the secretary to the Metropolitan, and Fr. Titus Thomas Vicar of St. Paul’s Church of the Mar Thoma Church in Muscat.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Royal Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, the Personal Representative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, Sultan of Oman, and Minister of Heritage and Culture in the Sultanate of Oman, at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in Muscat.
His Royal Highness welcomed His Holiness in the Sultanate of Oman, conveying to him the greetings of His Majesty the Sultan and his love and respect to all Christians and to our Church in Oman.
His Holiness thanked His Royal Highness for his warm welcome, and prayed for the continuous success and good health of His Majesty the Sultan as well as His Royal Highness Sayyid Haitham, showing is gratefulness to the atmosphere of tolerance found in Oman.
During their meeting, they discussed issues related to the current crisis in Syria, and assured that a peaceful resolution should be reached. His Holiness spoke about the history of our Syriac Church in the region, and pointed out that we had churches in different places in Oman, and about the present of our Church and people there. He also spoke about the painful history of our church and the continuous persecutions she had suffered, especially during Sayfo. He also pointed out to the abduction of their Eminences Archbishops of Aleppo, Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, and Boulos Yaziji, and asked the help of His Royal Highness to bring their case to a good end, noting the great role of His Royal Highness in the release of Fr. Tom in Yemen.
His Royal Highness emphasized the importance of reaching peace and stability in the Middle East, and assured that the history of the Sultanate of Oman goes back to hundreds of years of religious freedom and is open to all religions. He also showed his readiness to help in the case of the two abducted archbishops, and noted the respect of our faithful there to the Sultanate.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod in India, 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, and Commander Thomas Alexander.
At the end of the meeting, His Holiness and His Excellency exchanged tokens of respect.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an official reception on his honor in Muscat.

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.

Their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin 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, and Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Church.

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. Their Excellencies Mr. Andramani Pande, Ambassador of India, and Mr. Bassam Seifeddin Al-Khatib, Ambassador of Syria, attended the Official Reception.

In his word, His Holiness expressed his great joy to be among the faithful of our church in Oman; he spoke about their role in building the society, and collaborating with the people of Oman. He also thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, Sultan of Oman, as well as the government of Oman, for their support to Christians, and the love they are showing to our people there.

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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.