Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the closing ceremony of the initiative “Towards Peace” organized by St. Ephrem Patriarchal Choir, and held at Dar El Assad Opera House in Damascus.

His Holiness took a tour at the “Art for Peace” exhibition where pieces of arts, namely paintings, and visual art items, were displayed by the participants of the competition organized the initiative “Towards Peace” in poetry, music, drawing, painting and visual art, under the title “Art for Peace”.

Then, His Holiness attended the performance of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Choir who sang different songs on peace, nostalgia, forgiveness, reconciliation as well as traditional songs from different parts of Syria.

In his speech, His Holiness congratulated the Choir for their great work, and emphasized the importance of this initiative in bringing together the Syrian people in celebrating art for peace. He talked about peace, not only as contrasted with war and destruction, but as a gift from God to all human beings. He stressed the fact that peace is an innate right to all people and that it is the greatest crime of all to deprive someone from their peace. In concluding his speech, His Holiness reminded that it is our mission to preserve our peace and to build peace in our societies, not waiting for others to give it to us.

At the end of the ceremony, His Holiness distributed trophies for the winners in the competition “Art for Peace”.

His Holiness was accompanied by Very. Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On November 25, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the executive committee of the Global Group of Syrian Businessmen Organization (GGSBO), at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Damascus.

The delegation was led by Dr. Khaldoun Al-Muwaqqih, Head of the GGSBO.

The committee informed His Holiness about the programs and works of the organization.

The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On November 24, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II ended his first apostolic visit to Bahrain.
 
Ms. Betsy Mathieson, Secretary of His Majesty King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Board of Trustees Second Deputy Chairperson of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and President of This is Bahrain Society, and His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence”, represented His Majesty King of Bahrain at the farewell of His Holiness at Bahrain International Airport.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Synod, and Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, also came to the airport to say good bye to His Holiness.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
 

On November 23, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a celebratory reception held in honor of his first apostolic visit to Bahrain.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Synod, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as the Reverend priests and deacons, and a large crowd of the faithful of our church, attended the ceremony.
 
Ms. Betsy Mathieson, Board of Trustees Second Deputy Chairperson of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and President of This is Bahrain Society, represented His Majesty King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
 
In his word, His Holiness expressed his great joy to meet his beloved spiritual children and be with and among them. He also thanked them for the true and faithful love they showed him, and for the great steadfast loyalty they have to the throne of Antioch.
 
Ms. Betsy then gave a speech in which she welcomed His Holiness on behalf of His Majesty. She expressed the respect and love of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Syriac Orthodox Church as well as to all Christians. She also spoke about religious tolerance, and emphasized the importance of love to God, the self, and the neighbor.
 
Then, Ms. Betsy presented to His Holiness a gift from His Majesty as a token of respect to him and to the Syriac Church.
 
The ceremony included lighting the flame of peace, in addition to several musical and performances, as well as chants in Syriac and Malyalam.
 

On November 23, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim, Charge D’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Bahrain.
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorius Joseph, Archbishop of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Synod in India, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary and for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
 

On November 22, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter Church in Bahrain.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Synod, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Annuciation to Virgin Mary. He spoke about the free will God gives each one of us to choose what is good or not. He also spoke how one should choose what is according to the will of the Lord as Virgin Mary did: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
 
His Holiness also congratulated the congregation gathered at the Church for the consecration of their new Church. He expressed their gladness to be between them and with them.
 

On November 22, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated the foundation rock and St. Peter Church in Bahrain.
 
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Synod, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates.
 
At the end of the rite of the Consecration, His Holiness congratulated the community and spoke about the importance of building a place where they can worship God and glorify His Holy Name. He also spoke about the tolerance found in Bahrain, and about the Christian spirit of living in peace and harmony with the governing authorities.
 
Ms. Betsy Mathieson, Board of Trustees Second Deputy Chairperson of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and President of This is Bahrain Society, represented His Majesty King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
 

On November 22, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Ms. Betsy Mathieson, Board of Trustees Second Deputy Chairperson of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence and President of This is Bahrain Society, in Bahrain.
 
His Holiness spoke with his guest about the importance of religious tolerance in promoting peace and enforcing coexistence among the members of the society.
 
Their Eminences Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, attended the meeting.
 

On November 22, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence”, in Bahrain.

His Excellency welcomed His Holiness in Bahrain. They then exchanged thoughts about the importance of peaceful coexistence between the various components of a society.

Upon the invitation of His Excellency, His Holiness visited “Beit Al-Quran” (House of Al-Quran) where he was received by Sheikh Salah Al-Jowder. His Holiness took a tour in the institute, and met with Dr. Abd Al-Latif Kanoo, Director of “Beit Al-Quran” and was introduced to the various Arabic manuscripts preserved there, as well as to the history of the institute.

Their Eminences Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod in India, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, accompanied His Holiness.

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On November 21, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Crown Prince of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifah, at the Crown Prince’s palace in Manama, Bahrain.

His Royal Highness welcomed His Holiness and expressed his pleasure to meet with the head of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. His Holiness thanked His Royal Highness for his warm welcome, and showed his gladness towards religious tolerance in the Kingdom of Bahrain. During their meeting, His Holiness and His Royal Highness discussed various cultural and religious issues, and spoke about the history of our Syriac Church and that of the Arab countries, especially in Bahrain.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Joseph, Metropolitan of Cochin and Secretary of the Regional Episcopal Synod in India, Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Patriarchal Vicar in Bahrain, Mor Anthimos Matthews, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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