Patriarchate News

On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq Minister of Education in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency warmly welcomed His Holiness. They spoke together about the situation in Iraq and the region. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for the support he’s showing for Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 

On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. karim sinjari Minister for the Interior in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency warmly welcomed His Holiness. They spoke together about the situation in Iraq and the region. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for the support he’s showing for Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 

On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the new Archdiocesan Residence in Erbil.
 
An official celebration was organized for the occasion. It was attended by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, and His Beatitude Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.
 
Their Eminences Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as their Eminences and Excellencies Archbishops and representatives of the various Christian Churches in Iraq were also present.
 
In his word, His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf thanked His Holiness for his fatherly love and spoke about the stages of the project of the Archdiocesan Residence and its aims.
 
Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund expressed, in his word, his happiness for the help Barnabas Fund is being able to provide for the Church in the Middle East.
 
In his word, His Holiness congratulated the Archdiocese of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan for the new Archdiocesan Residence. He assured that this doesn’t imply by any means that the center of the Archdiocese has been moved; yet, he stressed that the aim of this new residence is to offer better service for the faithful in Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan. He also thanked the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan for its help, and Barnabas Fund for its generous contribution in the building of the new residence.
 
His Holiness then led the prayer of blessing the new place, and inaugurated the new building.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Masoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
 
His Excellency President Barzani welcomed His Holiness. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians in Erbil and in Iraqi Kurdistan. They also spoke about the inauguration of the Archdiocesan Residence and the role it’ll play in encouraging Christians to stay in the lands of the forefathers.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan Mr. Nechirvan Barzani.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
 
The meeting was also attended their Excellencies: Mr. karim sinjari, Minister for the Interior, Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education.
 
His Excellency Prime Minister Barzani welcomed His Holiness and expressed his full support to Christians. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians. They also spoke about the projects being executed by His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud for the service of the faithful. They also noted the major role of Christians in the Academic and Educational field.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Consul General of the United States in Erbil Mr. Steven Fagin.
 
His Holiness discussed with his guest the general situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in the Nineveh Plain and the governorate of Kurdistan, and how to provide humanitarian help to them.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs , and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over thanks prayer at Oum Al-Nour (Mother of Light) Church in Ankawa, Iraq.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs , Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, along with the clergy and a crowd of faithful attended the prayer.
 
At the end, His Holiness blessed the faithful.
 
A reception in honor of His Holiness was then organized by the parish.Click to view slideshow.

 

On January 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Erbil International Airport in Iraq, on an Apostolic visit during which he will inaugurate the new Archdiocesan Headquarters of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, in Erbil.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa, 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.
 
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by an official delegation from Kurdistan Regional Government, consisting of Their Excellencies: Mr. karim sinjari, Minister for the Interior, Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education.
 
His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, as well as their Eminences Archbishops of Iraq: Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Advisor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, and Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Their Eminences and Excellencies Archbishops from the various Christian Churches in Iraq also came to receive His Holiness.
 

On January 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, along with their Beatitudes: Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Maronite Church, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, and Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, Senior Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, presided over the prayer for the unity of the Church, held at St. Severus the Great Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.
 
During the prayer, sisters of St. Jacob Baradeus Convent presented several chants in Syriac and Arabic. Then prayers were raised for the unity of the Church and for peace to reign in the hearts of all humans that they may be one as God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is One. At the end, His Holiness, their Beatitudes, and all who were present exchanged the kiss of peace.
 
The prayer was attended by His Excellency Mgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, and Mor Chrysostomos Michael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, were also present.
 

On January 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Their Beatitudes: Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Maronite Church, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, and His Excellency Mgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, was also present.

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