Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Municipality Headquarter (Rathaus) in Memmingen, Germany.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Philoxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin and Diyarbakir, Mor Theophilus Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, accompanied His Holiness along with the priests and members of the parish council.
His Holiness was received by the officials at the Rathaus where he signed the guestbook and thanked them for their warm reception. He spoke about the integration of our people in Memmingen and the welcome they receive at the city which is their new home.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Joseph Church in Memmingen, Germany.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Philoxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin and Diyarbakir, Mor Theophilus Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, assisted His Holiness in the Holy Qurobo.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the annunciation of the birth of St. John the Baptist to Zachariah and how the faithful trust the Lord and His promises without putting conditions on Him. He explained also how the Lord takes care of the little flock and told the faithful to continue to preserve the faith of the forefathers and to the traditions of our Church.
Following the Holy Qurobo, a reception was organized in honor of His Holiness where the faithful received his blessings.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II meets representatives of the youth from the Dioceses of Central Europe and the Benelux.
Their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, and Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, attended the meeting.
The youth were given the opportunity to express their concerns and needs as well as their expectations from their mother church, the Syriac Orthodox Church.
They discussed many issues related to the use of Syriac language, as well as the need for more developed books for religious education that give a wider knowledge of the history and traditions of our church.
His Holiness and their Eminences gave their guiding remarks and a delegation from the youth will meet again to follow up the recommendation.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended some of the lectures offered at the first World Conference on Medicine for Suryoye (WCM) held in Munich.
Several talks were delivered by doctors on the Syriac medicine and topics related to this theme.
Furthermore, the Conference launched the World Medical Association of Suryoye (WMAS) which will help connecting Syriac physicians and paramedics together and facilitate their cooperation together for the good of the Syriac Church people throughout the globe.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Phliloxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin, Diyarbakir and Environs, Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, attended the ceremony.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated a special Holy Qurobo for the participants of the World Conference on Medicine for Suryoye at the University of Munich.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany and Mor Theophilus Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe. assisted His Holiness.
Their Eminences Mor Philoxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin and Omid and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany also attended the Holy Qurobo.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II officially inaugurates the First World Conference on Medicine for Suryoye, held at the University of Munich in Germany and organized by Kano Suryoyo.

His Holiness greeted all the physicians and people working in the field of medicine who gathered from different countries to participate in this important event.
Dr. Fuat Oduncu welcomed His Holiness and explained the main goals of the conference as well as the World Medical Association of Suryoye (WMAS).
Then Dr. Walter Jauch, Director of the Hospitals at the University of Munich, and Dr. Martin Reincke, Director of the Clinics and Polyclinics at the Conference Venue, welcomed His Holiness at this historical event which they hope that it will grow and bring forth good results of cooperation and collaboration among the Suryoye Physicians and Medical Professionals.
In his opening speech, His Holiness addressed the physicians emphasizing the important role they have in treating people and saving lives. He added that it is important to realize how sacred a doctor’s mission is and how valuable are the talents that God gave to them.
Their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar of Germany, Mor Philoxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin and Diayrbakir, Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany attended the opening ceremony.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo for the faithful of the parishes of Mor Aphrem Church and St. Peter the Apostle Church in Perth.
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, and Mor Melethiose Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara.
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Christian faith that strengthens the believers and allows them to win their souls instead of wasting them going after the delights of the world.
At the end of his homily, His Holiness granted a pectoral cross to Very Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa as a token of appreciation for his devotion in his ministry for more than 58 years. At the end of the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness prayed the special teshmeshto of the Holy Martyrs in remembrance of the Martyrs of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met Her Excellency Honorable Catherine Doust, President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia, at the Parliament House in Perth, in the presence of Honorable Martin Pritchard, member of the Parliament and of the Legislative Council.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences, Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, Mor Melethiose Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our Church from Malankara, as well as Very Rev. Fr. Boutros Issa, Parish Priest of St. Aphrem Church in Perth, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Rev. Fr. Jomon Parish Priest of St. Peter the Apostle Church and representatives of the Syriac Orthodox Church councils in Perth.
His Holiness and Her Excellency discussed the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. His Holiness also spoke about the situation of our people who emigrated to Western Australia and how well they integrated in the Australian society, especially in their jobs.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attends an official reception in his honor organized by St Aphrem Church and St. Peter Church in Perth.
His Holiness expressed his great joy to be among his spiritual children, who are the little flock who love their church and are attached to their faith and traditions.
He also prayed the special service (teshmeshto) of the Martyrs of Sayfo and spoke of the history of these massacres and genocide.
Their Eminences Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar of Australia & New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Meletius Youhanon, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand for the faithful of our church in India, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director accompanied His Holiness.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met Her Excellency Honorable Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia, at the Governor’s House in Perth.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences, Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia & New Zealand, and Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Dr. Theodore Issa representing Mor Aphrem Church in Perth.
His Holiness and Her Excellency discussed the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. Her Excellency welcomed His Holiness and spoke of the importance of supporting Christians in the Middle East to remain in the homeland which is the cradle of Christianity.
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