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On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concluded his visit to Egypt.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences Archbishops: Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, and Anba Michael, Assistant Bishop of the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Hadayek El-Kobba, El-Wailly & Mansheyat El-Sadr in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to farewell His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Ciro International Airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo, was also present.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Riyad Sneih, Ambassador of Syria to Egypt.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation. His Holiness and His Excellency spoke about the ancient cultures, and the role of the Church in the building of societies and individuals.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Riyad Sneih, Ambassador of Syria to Egypt.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation. His Holiness and His Excellency spoke about the ancient cultures, and the role of the Church in the building of societies and individuals.
 

Later, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the New Cathedral of the Nativity in the New Administrative Capital.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and in Egypt, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt.
 
A delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church also accompanied His Holiness. The delegation consisted of: His Eminence Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries for the Coptic Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Angelos, Papal Secretary, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and Seminarians of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, celebrated the First Holy Qurobo in the Cathedral last Christmas.
 

After their meeting in Cairo, Their Holinesses Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, visited St. Mark Cathedral in Anba Rouwais, Cairo – Egypt.
 
Their Holinesses, along with the two Church delegations, entered the Cathedral in a procession, while the Seminarians chanted. In the Cathdedral, their Holinesses prayed for the Holy Church, and her faithful children, and for peace to reign all over the world.
 

On January 30, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited his brother in Christ His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbassia District in Cairo, Egypt.
In his address, His Holiness Pope Tawadros welcomed his “beloved brother Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch”. He expressed his happiness to see the Church of Christ keeping the Orthodox faith in the Middle East and all over the world. He added: “We welcome Your Holiness as a beloved brother and dear friend and successor of the Patriarchs who held the flame of faith and kept through generations, in the Syriac Orthodox Church, which offered a big number of martyrs”. His Holiness assured his continuous prayer for the peace in Syria and for the release of the two abducted archbishops of Aleppo Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II also welcomed His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II in “Egypt, the land which you love”, and recalled his visit to our Syriac Orthodox Church last June, and his participation in the inauguration of the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, and the consecration of St. Severus the Great Church, as well his bringing with him part of the relics of the great Saint to be kept in the church.
 
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, in his address, expressed his great joy to “be at home, for I am not a stranger in Egypt, and I thank the Lord Who gave me the opportunity to meet once again my dear brother His Holiness Pope II and their Eminences Archbishops of Sister Coptic Church”. His Holiness recalled his years of studies he spent in Egypt, and expressed his happiness to meet the seminarians once again.
 
His Holiness also noted that his visit to Egypt aims at completing the workshops about Antioch Syrian University.
 
His Holiness wished to more frequently meet His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, however “the hardships and challenges the Church is facing in the Middle East has prevented us from this previously”. He prayed for the relation between the two sister Churches: Syriac and Coptic Orthodox Churches; he added “our mission is to live on this earth and continue to be witnesses to our Lord Jesus Christ”.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt, and Mr. Elias Shahrastan, Head of Parish Council of our Church in Egypt.
Their Eminences: Anba Daniel, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Maadi & El-Basateen, Anba Youlyous, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Old Cairo, Manial and Fum El Khalig in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope and Administrator of the Bishopric of Social Services, Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries, Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and the Seminarians of the Coptic Orthodox Church, were also present
 
 
 

On January 30, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Anba Moussa, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Youth, at the Diocesan Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.
 
His Eminence welcomed His Holiness in Egypt. They spoke together about youth ministry.
 
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and in Egypt, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt.
 

On January 29, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the third workshop about Antioch Syrian University organized in Cairo by a team of specialists from the King’s College London in the United Kingdom.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Dr. Rakan Razouk, President of ASU, as well as members of the administrative board of ASU, also attended the workshop.
During the workshop, the participants finalized the mission and vision of ASU, and completed the work started in the two previous workshops.
 

On January 28, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Cairo International Airport.
 
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and a group from Antioch Syrian University (ASU).
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences: Anba Youlyous, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Old Cairo, Manial and Fum El Khalig in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope and Administrator of the Bishopric of Social Services, Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries, and Rev. Fr. Angelos, Secretary of His Holiness Pope Tawadros, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to receive His Holiness and the accompanying delegation at the airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt, along with a number of faithful from our Church, were also present to welcome His Holiness.
 
His Holiness will have an Apostolic Visit to the Syriac Orthodox Church in Egypt, an official visit to the sister Coptic Orthodox Church, and a workshop for ASU with specialists from King’s College.
 

On January 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inspected the construction project of Oum Al-Nour (Mother of Light) Cathedral in Erbil.

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