Patriarchate News

On October 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the World Business Association of Suryoye (WBAS), at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon. The delegation included Dr. Raid (Scharbil) Gharib and Mr. Sami Sagur from Germany.
 
During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the delegation and appreciated their positive role in promoting cooperation and support among the Syriac Businessmen throughout the world.
The delegation briefed His Holiness on their work and the progress they are making since the last meeting of WBAS. They received the blessings of His Holiness for their efforts and hard work.
 
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On October 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Raban Samuel (Mgr. Boniface) at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Bikfaya.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Holiness welcomed Mgr. Boniface and exchanged with him on the history and heritage of the Syriac Orthodox Church. Mgr. Boniface and the accompanying delegation received the blessings of His Holiness.

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On October 15, 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 St. Georges Church in Al-Ain – UAE, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
 
His Holiness welcomed His Eminence and the accompanying delegation. He congratulated them on their official recognition in UAE. He blessed their efforts to develop their community and their new projects there. His Holiness blessed the members of the delegation and asked them to convey his prayers and best wishes to all the faithful of St. George Church in Al-Ain.
 
Very Rev. Fr. Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for the Affairs of the Church in India, also attended the meeting.

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On October 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a Delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon. The delegation included their Eminences: Anba Thomas, Bishop of Al-Qusiyya and Mir, and Anba Angelos, General Bishop of the Churches in Northern Shubra, as well as Dr. Guirguiss Saleh, Honorary General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the members of the standing committee and listened to the results of their recent meeting. He wished them the best in their endeavors.
 
In turn, the members of the committee conveyed the regards of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and spoke about the efforts they are making to support the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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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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