Patriarchate News

On Sunday December 16, 2018, His Eminence Mor Severius Malke Mourad was installed Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil at St. Mary’s Church in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Delegated by His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, His Eminence Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, presided over the Rite of the Synthronise (Installation), in the presence of the clergy and faithful of the Patriarchal Vicariate in Brazil. During the rite, the sustatikon was read, declaring the official appointment of His Eminence Mor Severius Malke Mourad as Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil.
His Eminence Mor Severius Malke Mourad addressed the faithful of the Patriarchal Vicariate in Brazil praying the Lord to bless his ministry and the flock that was entrusted to his spiritual and administrative care.
 
Faithful from all the parishes of the Patriarchal Vicariate attended this special rite and congratulated His Eminence for his new mission.
 

On December 16, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Christmas Charity Bazaar organized by the women’s group of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, at Sayfo hall in the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, was also present.
 
The bazaar continues till Tuesday evening (Dec 18), and aims at fundraising for charity works organized by the women’s group.
 

On December 14, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an advent meditation held in Budapest for the holders of scholarships from the State Secretariat for the aid of persecuted Christians.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and His Excellency former Minister of Human Capacities Mr. Zoltan Balog.
His Excellency Minister Azbej spoke about the importance of helping Christians in the Middle East. He also commended the huge efforts of His Holiness to support all Christians and all those affected by the crises in the Middle East.
His Holiness spoke about the role of education in promoting humanity, emphasizing that the support of the government of Hungary in educating young Christians is very important for the reconstruction of our countries. He expressed his happiness to meet the students who have received scholarships from the Hungarian government.
He hoped for the continuation of the cooperation with the Hungarian people and government in support of all the persecuted Christians in the world.
The students present at the meditation recited hymns from different traditions and in various languages.
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On December 13, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the evening prayer at the Greek Catholic church in Budapest.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
In his spiritual message, His Holiness spoke about martyrdom and the persecution of Christians, especially in the cradle of Christianity. He also spoke about the true message of Christmas, which is love and mercy, indicating that the incarnation of our Lord is a message of peace for humanity.
At the end of his message, His Holiness thanked the churches in Hungary for their support for the suffering people in Syria and Iraq.
At the conclusion of the prayer, His Holiness presented His Excellency Metropolitan Fulop Kocsis with a cross as a token of appreciation for his efforts in helping the suffering Christians in the Middle East.
 

On December 13, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in a roundtable discussion on the persecuted Christians, at the Public Service University in Budapest, upon the invitation of Members of the European Parliament as well as Members of the Hungarian Parliament.

His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar at the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.

His Holiness spoke about the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. He emphasized that the massive exodus of Christians from their homeland has drastic effects on the region and that there is a need to support Christians remain in their homeland. He renewed the appeal to the International Community to help in all ways possible to the return of the abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim. He also spoke about the different humanitarian projects that the Patriarchate is implementing, mostly through EPDC, to support the suffering people in Syria and Iraq and thanked the Hungarian government for their continuous support for the churches in the Middle East.

 

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On December 13, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Hungarian Institute of Musicology.
 
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Mata Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
 
His Holiness was received at the institute by Prof Pál Richter, Director of the Institute, and Prof Balázs Déri, leader of Eastern Liturgy Research Group.
 
His Holiness was informed about the archiving processes held by the institute for the Syriac music and liturgy. He praised the great efforts made by the institute to preserve the Syriac heritage, and discussed means of collaboration between the institute and Antioch Syrian University, as well as the Syriac Cultural Center being built in Damascus.
 

On December 12, 2018, upon the invitation of the Hungarian Government, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, in Hungary.
 
His Excellency Tristan Azbej, State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, also attended the meeting.
 
His Holiness discussed with their Excellencies matters related to the situation in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. He also thanked the Hungarian Government for the support it provides to the persecuted Christians, and assured that helping Christians remain fixed in their lands and live in dignity is the best way to show support and love.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.Click to view slideshow.

 

On December 11, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, visited the Holy Cross Monastery near Vienna – Austria.
 
They were received by the Rev. Abbot of the Monastery Fr. Maximilian Haim, and the monks of the monastery. He expressed his joy to receive His Holiness and His Beatitude and have their blessing.
 
During the meeting, His Holiness and His Beatitude noted the good relations between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Syriac Catholic Church. They also spoke about the situation in the Middle East, reassuring the importance of protecting the presence of Christianity in the region.
 
Then, His Holiness and His Beatitude presided over evening (Ramsho) prayer in the Church of the monastery. At the end, they gave their blessing to all the monks of the monastery.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.Click to view slideshow.

 

On December 11, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Austrian Chancellor Mr. Sebastian Kurz, at the chancellery of Austria.
 
Their Beatitudes Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, and Cardinal Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, and His Eminence Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, also attended the meeting.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and their Beatitudes, and expressed his full support to the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
 
They assured that what is needed is to help Christians remain fixed and live with dignity in the land of the forefathers.
 
His Holiness expressed his worries that the Middle East, which is the cradle of Christianity, is being emptied of Christians according to political agendas. He also showed his disturbance from the international indifference concerning the case of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji. He also stressed that the priority in Syria and Iraq is for humanitarian resolutions rather than political or military solutions.
 
Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.Click to view slideshow.

 

On December 11, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Their Beatitudes Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, and Cardinal Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, held a common interview with the media, at the residence of the Archbishopric in Vienna – Austria.
 
They assured the importance of preserving the presence of Christians in the Middle East.
 
His Holiness stressed the significance of having governments that ensure equality between all citizens of one country, regardless of their faith and denomination.