Patriarchate News

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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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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