Patriarchate News

On December 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Antonios Monastery in Charleroi – Belgium.
 
His Holiness was assisted in the Holy Qurobo by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about priesthood and the spiritual ministry to serve the faithful, as well as the behavior and discipline of the priest in order to better serve the flock of Christ.
 
During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness ordained Dn. Petros Bernar and Dn. Philipos Ricci to be priests and serve at St. Antoine de Padoue Monastery in Charleroi.

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On December 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited St. Antoine de Padoue Monastery in Charleroi – Belgium.
 
His Holiness was received by the Abbot of the Monastery Mgr. Charles Clement Boniface (Raban Samuel) who expressed his joy to receive His Holiness and have his blessing. He took His Holiness and the accompanying delegation on a tour in the monastery where they visited the church and the large library.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On December 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a Christmas Recital at Mor Izozoel Church in Brussels.
 
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, also attended the recital as well as the clergy from Brussels.
 
After the Ramsho prayer, St. George Church Choir offered a performance of Christmas Carols in Syriac.
 
At the end of the recital, His Eminence Mor George Kourieh announced the publication of a new series of spiritual and dogmatic books published by the Archdiocese. Then His Holiness blessed the faithful present in the church.

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On December 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Abdel Mawlah Al-Noukari, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Belgium and Head of the Syrian Diplomatic Body in the European Union, at the Archdiocesan Residence in Brussels.
 
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary, and Media Office Director.
 
During the meeting, His Holiness spoke about the current situation in Syria and hoped that the suffering of the Syrian people due to the sanctions unilaterally imposed on Syria will end soon.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness in Belgium and spoke about the services that the Syrian Embassy is offering to the citizens. He also hoped that the true image of what is happening in Syria will be brought forward to the western societies.

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On December 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem IImet with their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Samuel Aktas, Archbishop of Turabdin, Mor Philoxenus Yusuf Cetin, Patriarchal Vicar in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, and Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, who were visiting the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh. Dn. Josef Onder and Malfono Issa Dogdu were also present.
 
His Holiness and their Eminences discussed general matters of the church.

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On December 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Mor Coorilos Geevarghese, Metropolitan of Niranam and Patriarchal Vicar of the Syrian Orthodox Jacobite Church in Qatar, accompanied by a delegation from St. James Church in Doha, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Lebanon.
 
His Holiness welcomed His Eminence and the accompanying delegation. He heard from them a report on the situation of our congregation in Doha. He blessed their efforts to develop the community. His Holiness blessed the members of the delegation and asked them to convey his prayers and best wishes to all the faithful of St. James Church in Doha.
 
Very Rev. Fr. Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for the Affairs of the Church in India, also attended the meeting.
 

On November 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the official ceremony of signing a memorandum of understanding between Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Hungary and Antioch Syrian University in Damascus, at the Rector’s Office of Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest.
 
Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of Antioch Syrian University, signed the memorandum and hoped that this step will strengthen the collaboration between both universities and will be the beginning of further cooperation in presenting better education for the students in Syria and Hungary.
 
His Holiness blessed this step which is the fruit of collaboration with the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians which is giving special attention to the university through the Patriarchate. He hoped that it will bring about further advances and that it will be an opportunity to work on establishing institutes of specialized studies.
 
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director also attended.
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On November 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Holiness Abune Mattias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, at Budapest.

Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, were also present at the meeting.

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inquired about the situation of the Christians in Ethiopia, especially those who are being persecuted for their faith in the Lord. He assured his love and solidarity with the sister Ethiopian Orthodox Church and prayed for peace and security in Ethiopia. Their Holinesses also discussed the relationship between the two sister Oriental Orthodox Churches and ways of promoting common interest and support for each other.

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On November 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, in Budapest.
 
His Holiness and His Excellency discussed the situation of Christians in the Middle East.
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On November 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the opening session of the 2nd International Conference of Christian Persecution which was held in Budapest.
 
In his speech, His Holiness spoke about the lack of interest of the international community in helping the suffering Christians in the Middle East. He added that there should be a support of the strong secular state where all citizens are equal as well as lifting the sanctions unjustly imposed on Syria.
 
His Excellency Mr. Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, spoke about the responsibility that Hungary took to support the Christian communities in the Middle East to remain in their homeland.
 
His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, State Secretary for the Aid of the Persecuted Christians spoke about the program that Hungary Helps is providing in support of Christians and thus showing that actions are needed to help the Christians in their own countries overcome the difficulties in order to remain there.
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