Patriarchate News

On July 19, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mor Youhanna Jihad Battah, the newly elected Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus, at the Patriarchal Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Anthimos Jack Yacoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Deacon Imad Syryany.
 
During the meeting, His Excellency invited His Holiness to the ceremony of his installation as Archbishop. He wished the presence of His Holiness and asked for his blessings and his prayers seeking the grace of the Lord in his ministry.
 

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On July 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Chargé d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Argentina, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.

The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Holiness welcomed his guest and discussed with him the recent developments in Syria. He also remembered the apostolic visit to Argentina last month.

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On July 7, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Aho Church in Paderborn.

He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, and Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg.

In his sermon, His Holiness encouraged the faithful to remain attached to the church and to learn its teachings and the traditions that the holy Fathers have delivered to us and that we were able to keep to this day.

After the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness attended a reception held to introduce and promote Suboro TV. In his word, His Holiness spoke about the importance of Suboro TV, and its programs that offer spiritual and cultural knowledge as well as the opportunity to be connected more to the church.

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On July 6, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Jacob of Serugh Monastery in Warburg, on the occasion of the Family Festival celebrated by the Patriarchal Vicariate of Germany. He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, and Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg, in the presence of the priests from Germany, and a crowd of Syriac families and faithful.

In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Lord’s selecting the apostles and preachers and commissioning them two by two to preach repentance and that the Kingdom of heaven is near. He pointed out that it is necessary to have faith in order to be able to do great deeds and perform miracles and healings. He also spoke about the Lord’s words: no prophet is without dignity except in his country and among his relatives, emphasizing the importance of encouraging and supporting all those who serve and preach the word of life to others, and not mocking or despising them. He said that preachers should be accepted joyfully. His Holiness reminded that each one is responsible for the salvation of all through preaching to all.

During the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness inaugurated the new bells of the Monastery.

The Family Festival took place throughout the entire day where lectures were delivered to the families which were present. They emphasized the role of the families in helping individuals learn about the identity, customs and church teachings and traditions.

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After the Holy Qurobo, His Holiness attended a reception held for the occasion of the Family day at the Patriarchal Vicariate of Belgium, France, and Luxemburg, and for Suboro TV.
 
In his word, His Holiness spoke about the importance of the Syriac family that loves the Holy Church and raises its children in a true Christian way. He also said that, besides the international Mother’s and Father’s day, the Church has dedicated a day to celebrate the feast of the Syriac Family.
 
His Holiness also spoke about Suboro TV, and how it helps the family in its role, through providing spiritual and cultural programs.
 
His Eminence Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg, welcomed His Holiness, and spoke about the projects executed by the patriarchate for the service of the faithful, especially Suboro TV.
 

On June 30, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Kraainem, for the occasion of the Feast of the Twelve Apostles, and the Family Day at the Patriarchal Vicariate of Belgium, France, and Luxemburg.
 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg, in the presence of the Rev. Priests of Belgium, and a crowd of faithful.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about how the Lord chose his twelve Disciples; he explained how they followed Him without caring for all the hardships that will face them; and how they kept for us the true faith. His Holiness also considered that the disciples found in Jesus the Lord and Messiah whose power is from above.
 

On June 29, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the evening (ramsho) prayer at Mor Shemoun d’Zayte Church in Zellik, Belgium.
 
The prayer was also attended by His Eminence Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxemburg, as well as the clergy and faithful of the parishes in Brussels.
 
At the end of the prayer, His Holiness attended a choir performance for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Shemoun d’Zayte.
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On June 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Antioch Syrian University, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus.
 
Members of the BOT listened to a report from Dr. Rakan Razzouk, President of ASU, about the first academic year at the university, as well as preparation for the new academic year 2019-2020.
 
The BOT elected Dr. Bariaa Al-Qudsi as Vice-President of the board, and His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as Secretary of the BOT.
At the end, Architect Mr. Michel Al-Zayyat presented a prototype design of the new buildings of ASU.
 

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On June 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inspected the Happy Child House Summer Camp, and the works in progress at the Syriac Cultural Center in Harat Al-Yahud in Old Damascus.

 
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
 
His Holiness was informed about the various activities done to the children at the camp. He blessed the children and all the employees at the House.
 
He then made a tour in the Syriac Cultural Center project.
 

On June 21, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Dr. Gerado Zamora, Governor of Santiago del Estero.
His Holiness spoke about his fraternal relation with His Holiness Pope Francis, who shoes great care towards Christians in the Middle East, especially through his continuous prayer for peace in Syria, and his desire to visit Iraq soon. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Province of Santiago del Estero for helping the Syriac community there. He also spoke about the general situation in Syria, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as well as their forced emigration. His Holiness considered that Christians have shown their active role in any society they become part of.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
The meeting was also attended by their Excellencies Mr. José Emilio Neder, Vice governor of Santiago del Estero, and Dr. Marcelo Barbur, Minister of Security and Worship in the local government.