Patriarchate News

On September 28, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Bietigheim in Germany.
 
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of the External Affairs in Germany, Mor Polycarpos Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in the Netherlands, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, were also present at the prayer.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness expressed his joy to see this new church which was built by the efforts of the members of the community to be a house of prayer where they can meet to praise the Lord and glorify His name. Explaining the gospel that he read to the faithful, His Holiness said that the mystery of the kingdom of God is in doing mercy to others. He said that the Christian message is to forgive and thus show mercy and love. His Holiness spoke about the different talents that the Lord gives to us and thus we complete one another when we cooperate together in doing good and helping each other for the good of the community and its development. At the end of his sermon, His Holiness prayed that all may have their hearts ready to welcome the Lord and allow Him to reign over our lives as this building of the new church is ready to be consecrated and become a house of God.

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On September 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at Mor Ishayo Holoboyo Church in Gronau.
 
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of Foreign Relations in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education were also present.
 
In his speech, His Holiness emphasized on the importance of Christian education that starts at home and continues in school and in the church. These are the places where children learn about their faith and get attached to their church traditions and dogmas. He spoke about the responsibility that the church has as a teacher to help children grow spiritually and reach the kingdom of God. His Holiness prayed for all those who work hard in the education and upbringing of the young generations, who are the future of the church and society.
 
His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis welcomed His Holiness and thanked him for his visit as he mentioned the various important projects that the Patriarchate is doing under the wise leadership of His Holiness.
 
Then, His Holiness prayed the service (teshmeshto) of the martyrs at the monument of Sayfo in commemoration of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo.
 
At the Gala Dinner organized by the teachers of Nordheim-Westfalen and Mor Ishayo Holoboyo Church in support of Suboro TV, His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub introduced the Patriarchal Channel and spoke about its mission and vision. He also spoke about its various programs and the different ways it can be supported.
 
Their Eminences the Archbishops also encouraged the faithful to subscribe to the channel in order to receive the various programs it is offering. His Holiness blessed all those who contributed to the support of Suboro TV and hoped that it will succeed in its mission and reach its goals which are mainly to spread the gospel of the Lord to all.
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On September 26,2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Nasib Hatem, Coordinator of the Free Patriotic Movement, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon. He was accompanied by Mr. Alfred Abdo and Mr. Joe Raad.

 

The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

 

During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with his guests the current situation in Lebanon, especially with regards to the rights of the Syriac Orthodox faithful in Lebanon.

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On September 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Association “My Wish is Light”, headed by Mrs. Siham Zouky, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
 
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
During the meeting, Mrs. Zouky gave an overview of the association and its charity work in Lebanon, especially helping in health care, education and other social care for the needy. His Holiness commended the work of the association and expressed his joy that they are offering a social ministry that supports the church’s teachings of love and care for all the needy.
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On September 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mother Superior Jeanette Abou Abdallah, from the Sisters of the Cross, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Atchaneh, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
During the meeting, Mother Abou Abdallah invited His Holiness to the inauguration of the renovated Church of Christ the King.
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On September 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over a consultary meeting to discuss issues related to the unity of the Knanaya Archdiocese, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Fr. Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Holiness and their Eminences discussed the recent developments in the issues prevailing in the Knanaya Archdiocese in order to find the suitable actions to be taken for a smooth administration of the Archdiocese.
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On September 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the General Secretariat of the Holy Synod at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
 
Their Eminences, members of the General Secretariat: Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa,
Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, participated in the meeting.
 
His Holiness opened the meeting with a prayer and then he discussed with their Eminences the different matters listed on the agenda. Reports of the Committee of the Church Constitution, Personal Statutes and the Church Councils, as well as the Liturgical Committee, were read and discussed.
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On September 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation of Italian parliamentarians headed by MP Paolo Romani at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

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 learn firsthand what is happening in Syria and not from the western media which is often biased and not revealing the complete truth.

In turn, Mr. Romani expressed their joy to visit different cities and regions in Syria to transmit to their governments the truth of what is happening in Syria. He also spoke about their efforts to find a solution to the crisis, especially to the sanctions imposed on the Syrian people.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On September 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Committee of Syrian Women in Chile, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the delegation headed by Mrs. Marlene Haddad, and gave them an overview of the different projects that the Patriarchate is implementing.

The delegation was interested to hear about the “Little Angel House” Orphanage and the ways that the Patriarchate is ministering to the families in need. Also, they were happy to learn about the various programs offered at Antioch Syrian University as well as the scholarship programs

The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director as well as Mr. Majid Nazha and Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of Antioch Syrian University.

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On September 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Interreligious Working Group for the Aid of the Population of Syria at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
The delegation was headed by Rev. Fr. Stefan Igumnov from the Russian Orthodox Church. It is part of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations, which works under the auspices of His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, represented by Mr. Sergey Melnikov.
 
During the meeting, the members of the delegation spoke about the main role of Russia in fighting terrorism in Syria, and supporting the Syrian people during the years of crisis. They pointed out to the importance of opening the school that the working group contributed to its restoration as well as the round table that will take place to discuss the major points of improving the humanitarian help delivered to the Syrian people.
 
In turn, His Holiness welcomed the delegation and conveyed his fraternal greetings to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill. He emphasized that this visit is a sign of the continuation of the Russian support to the Syrian people. He highlighted that the Russian support helped Syria fight terrorism. He expressed his gratitude to the Russian people and hoped that more Russian tourists will visit Syria to get to know its rich history and visit its famous religious and historical sites.
 
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Monk Boutros Dakermajian.
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