Patriarchate News

On October 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Mor Ostatheus Isaak, Metropolitan of Mylapur and Bangalore and Patriarchal Vicar of the Syrian Orthodox Jacobite Church in UAE, accompanied by a delegation from the St. Ignatius Cathedral in Dubai – UAE, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
 
His Holiness welcomed His Eminence and the accompanying delegation. He listened to their report on the development of the ministry in the different Emirates in Dubai. His Holiness blessed the efforts of the different committees and wished them progress in their activities.
 
The members of the delegation also discussed with His Holiness the various plans and projects they have for the community in Dubai.
 
Very Rev. Fr. Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for the Affairs of the Church in India, also attended the meeting.

 

On October 13, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma – Damascus.

 

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Dioscoros Benjamen Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden.

 

During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness spoke about the current situation in Jazeerah (Syria) and the difficulties and dangers that our people are going through during these days. He stressed that we should remain attached to our faith which will help us go through these times of trouble. His Holiness also welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin Atas who is known for his love for the church and his ministry to the faithful in Sweden.

 

His Holiness offered a special prayer for peace and security in Jazeerah (Syria) and for the wellbeing and safety of the faithful there.

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On October 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the land on which the church in Lattaqia will be built.

His Holiness was informed about the ongoing work and the plans designed by the architects and engineers for this purpose.

He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, and Director of the Financial Department as well as members from the Parish Council in Lattaqia.

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On October 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Governor of Lattaqia Mr. Ibrahim Khodr Al-Salem, at the Governate headquarters in Lattaqia.

Mr. Khodr welcomed His Holiness, and espressed his appreciation for his visit to the Lattaqia. His Holiness thanked the governor and spoke with him about the presence of our Syriac Orthodox Church in Lattaqia, and the project of building a Church for our parish there.

His Holiness is accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, and Director of the Financial Department as well as the President of the Parish Council Mr. Hisham Naima, and Mr. Jamil Jabbouri.

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On October 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the members of the Parish Council of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Lattaqia.
 
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, and members of the Patriarchal Committee for the Endowments participated in the meeting.
 
First, His Holiness met the members of the Parish Council in Lattaqia and discussed with them the progress in the project of the building of the new church compound in Lattaqia.
 
Then, he met with the engineers and architects who briefed His Holiness on the plans for the construction of the church. His Holiness blessed the efforts of the parish council and the engineers and instructed them to continue their efforts in order to bring this project to life. His Holiness underlined the importance of building the church and other facilities in Lattaqia to offer the faithful members of our church the possibility to meet in this own church and to have activities as well as gatherings, especially the youth.
 

On October 8, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the International Society for Oriental Christians, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus. The delegation included Mr. Hanna Afrim, Paulos Kurt, Heinz Neff as well as journalists and authors.
 
During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the delegation and appreciated their positive attitude and support of the Syrian people who is winning the fight against terrorism and conspiracy. He emphasized the importance of this visit to observe the reality and visit the diverse projects of the Patriarchate in order to offer the support and aid for the Syrian people who are still attached to their land and country
 
In turn, the members of the delegation expressed their joy to visit different cities and regions in Syria to transmit to their governments the truth of what is happening in Syria.
 
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Director of the Financial Department, General Manager of EPDC and the Patriarchal Delegate in the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs.

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On October 2nd, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Sankt Ignatius Syriac Orthodox Seminary in Sweden.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dioscoros Benjamen Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness was received by the teachers and seminarians of Sankt Ignatius Seminary.
After offering the prayer (teshmeshto) at the Chapel of the Seminary, His Holiness inspected the premises and listened to the report of the teachers on the theological formation as well as courses offered at the Seminary.
At the end of his visit, His Holiness blessed the teachers and seminarians of Sankt Ignatius Syriac Orthodox Seminary and wished them a blessed and successful academic year.

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On October 2nd, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Edessa School in Norsborg, Sweden.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, as well as priests and deacons.
He was received by the Administrative and Academic body of the Edessa School. The pupils welcomed His Holiness with songs and hymns in Syriac.
Then, His Holiness inspected the different sections of the school and listened to the overview presented by the principal and teachers on the programs offered at the school, particularly the special care given to the Syriac language and music.
At the end of his visit, His Holiness blessed the teachers and the pupils of the Edessa School and wished them a blessed and successful academic year.

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On October 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received the keys of the property of Dayro d-Slibo, the new monastery for the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Sweden.

After completing the official papers for the property, His Holiness visited the premises of the new monastery. Their Eminences the Archbishops: Mor Dioscoros Benjamen Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Yusuf Cetin, Patriarchal Vicar in Istanbul and Ankara, Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, as well as many priests and laypeople, were also present at this historical event.

His Holiness prayed the service (teshmeshto) of the Virgin Mary, the Saints and the Holy Cross; he blessed the faithful who were present at this solemn occasion. Dayro d-Slibo is the first Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Sweden.

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On September 29, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Bietigheim – Germany.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for the Youth Affairs and Christian Education, as well as Very Rev. Fr. Abdelahad Qashisho Aphrem, the parish priest of St. Peter and St. Paul Church.
 
At the end of the rite of the consecration, His Holiness and their Eminences the Archbishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy. In his sermon, His Holiness congratulated the members of St. Peter and St. Paul parish in Bietigheim on the consecration of their new church. He commended their unified efforts and their hardwork together with their parish priest to complete the project.
 
At the end of the Holy Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis thanked His Holiness for consecrating the church and conveyed the gratitude of the entire congregation.

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