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After the evening prayer, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Memorial Plate for the commemoration of the martyrs of Sayfo Genocide, at the entrance of St. Aphrem Church in Buenos Aires.
 
The inauguration was attended by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, as well as a crowd of clergy and faithful.
 
His Eminence Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and their Graces Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Buenos Aires Yacoub Al-Khoury and Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Ignatius along with many clergy from sister churches also attended the inauguration of the Sayfo Memorial Plate.
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On June 15, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer of the Feast of Pentecost, at St. Aphrem Church in Buenos Aires.

A special prayer was also held for the commemoration of the martyrs of Sayfo Genocide.

The prayer was attended by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, as well as clergy and faithful from Buenos Aires.

His Eminence Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and their Graces Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Buenos Aires Yacoub Al-Khoury and Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Ignatius also attended the prayer along with many clergy from sister churches.

At the end, His Holiness gave a short sermon in which he expressed his happiness to meet his spiritual children on his first apostolic visit to Argentina. He spoke about the Feast of the Pentecost which is a feast that unites Christians in the one Holy Spirit Who dwelled on the Apostles as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ. He added that the Syriac Orthodox Church celebrates today the commemoration of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo. The Church celebrates the courage of the martyrs who did not fear death but loved the Lord and happily gave their lives for Him, conquering death in this world. His Holiness added that the martyrs of Sayfo are the living members of the Church who taught us to build our church on the strong rock of faith, namely on our Lord Jesus Christ.

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On June 16, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Sayfo monument for the commemoration of the martyrs of Sayfo Genocide, at the city hall of La Plata in Argentina.
 
The inauguration was attended by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and His Excellency Mgr. Victor Manuel Fernandez, Archbishop of La Plata, as well as the Head of the Municipality and many other officials and a crowd of people.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Feast of the Pentecost, at St. Peter Cathedral in La Plata – Argentina.
 
His Holiness was assisted 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 Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Missions in Brazil.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the Feast of the Pentecost, which is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit in the disciples who were gathered in Jerusalem.
 
His Holiness added that the Holy Spirit gave courage to the disciples to witness to Christ and to carry the good news of the Gospel to the whole world.
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On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over and ecumenical prayer at Buenos Aires Catholic Cathedral in Argentina.
 
He was received in the Cathedral by His Eminence Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and a crowd of clergy and faithful.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Holiness and all who were present prayed for peace in the world, and for all persecuted Christians, as well as for the safe return of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.
 
After reading a passage from the Bible in Syriac, His Holiness delivered a short spiritual message in which he emphasized the importance of promoting and reaching peace all over the world. He also spoke about his fraternal relation with His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome, who was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He asked for the prayer of all for the persecuted brethren and for the return of the two abducted archbishops.
 
After the prayer, His Holiness met with His Eminence the Cardinal. He presented to him a wooden cross which has Sayfo icon in its middle.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Her Excellency the Honourable Marta Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of Argentina, in Buenos Aires.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Alfredo Miguel Abriani, Director of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was also present.
 
Her Excellency welcomed His Holiness to Argentina on behalf of His Excellency President of the country, and spoke about the role of religions in building peace. In turn, His Holiness spoke about his first apostolic visit to Argentina. He also talked about the situation in Syria, especially the persecution of Christians. He emphasized that all Christian leaders all over the world are praying for peace to reign throughout the globe. He also recalled Sayfo genocide.
 
His Holiness also spoke about the case of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Legislative Council of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

He was received by His Excellency Mr. Omar Abboud, Member of the Legislative Council, as well as a group of officials.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.

The council welcomed His Holiness, and praised his leading role in defending persecuted Christians in the Middle East. They declared him as an Honorary Guest to Argentina. In turn, His Holiness thanked the council for the overwhelming reception and the honoring they gave him. He also spoke about Sayfo Genocide which the Church commemorates tomorrow June 15th.

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On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Argentina, in Buenos Aires.
 
He was received by His Grace Óscar Vicente Ojea, Bishop of San Isidro and President of the Conference, and His Grace Carlos Humberto Malfa, Bishop of Chascomús and General Secretary of the Conference.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.
 
His Holiness invited their Graces as well as all members of the Conference to visit Syria and inspect the reality of the situation there. He also spoke about the mission of the Church in ministering to her faithful children in the Middle East as well as in the diaspora.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. Alfredo Miguel Abriani, Director of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Buenos Aires.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.
 
His Holiness highlighted the generosity of Argentina in receiving immigrants from Syria and Lebanon since more than a century, taking care of them, and helping them to integrate in the society. He also spoke about the situation in Syria, and the role of the Church in the realms of helping the refugees, and in the relief and development.
 

On June 13, 2019, His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires, held an official reception in the honor of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Missions in Brazil as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

The ambassadors of Russia, Venezuela, Serbia and others as well as Syrian dignitaries from Argentina attended the reception.

His Excellency Mr. Mahfouz welcomed His Holiness and expressed his joy at the blessing that His Holiness brought from the Middle East, the land of the ancient religions.

His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his love and for welcoming him at the “Syrian House”. He spoke about the real situation in Syria, which is different from what media is propagating. He said that his visit is both pastoral – to visit the faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Argentina – and to reflect the true image of Syria and the reality of what is happening there.

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