Patriarchate News

On January 29, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the third workshop about Antioch Syrian University organized in Cairo by a team of specialists from the King’s College London in the United Kingdom.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Dr. Rakan Razouk, President of ASU, as well as members of the administrative board of ASU, also attended the workshop.
During the workshop, the participants finalized the mission and vision of ASU, and completed the work started in the two previous workshops.
 

On January 28, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Cairo International Airport.
 
He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and a group from Antioch Syrian University (ASU).
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences: Anba Youlyous, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Old Cairo, Manial and Fum El Khalig in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope and Administrator of the Bishopric of Social Services, Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries, and Rev. Fr. Angelos, Secretary of His Holiness Pope Tawadros, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to receive His Holiness and the accompanying delegation at the airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt, along with a number of faithful from our Church, were also present to welcome His Holiness.
 
His Holiness will have an Apostolic Visit to the Syriac Orthodox Church in Egypt, an official visit to the sister Coptic Orthodox Church, and a workshop for ASU with specialists from King’s College.
 

On January 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inspected the construction project of Oum Al-Nour (Mother of Light) Cathedral in Erbil.

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On January 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Masrour Barzani, Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency President Barzani welcomed His Holiness. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for supporting Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan. They spoke together about the important role of education in promoting tolerance and openness against extremism and terrorism. They also discussed the general situation of Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan and the help that the Regional Government has provided to Christians since 2014.
 

On January 26, 2019, upon the invitation of His Beatitude and Eminence Mar Louis Raphaël I Sako Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Chaldean Patriarchate Headquarters in Iraq and met His Beatitude.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.

A number of their Excellencies Archbishops of the Chaldean Church, as well as seminarians of St. Peter Chaldean Seminary were also present in the meeting.

His Holiness and His Beatitude discussed several general Christian matters. At the end, His Beatitude offered a dinner in honor of His Holiness.

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On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq Minister of Education in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency warmly welcomed His Holiness. They spoke together about the situation in Iraq and the region. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for the support he’s showing for Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 

On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. karim sinjari Minister for the Interior in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency warmly welcomed His Holiness. They spoke together about the situation in Iraq and the region. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for the support he’s showing for Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan.
 

On January 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the new Archdiocesan Residence in Erbil.
 
An official celebration was organized for the occasion. It was attended by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, and His Beatitude Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.
 
Their Eminences Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as their Eminences and Excellencies Archbishops and representatives of the various Christian Churches in Iraq were also present.
 
In his word, His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf thanked His Holiness for his fatherly love and spoke about the stages of the project of the Archdiocesan Residence and its aims.
 
Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund expressed, in his word, his happiness for the help Barnabas Fund is being able to provide for the Church in the Middle East.
 
In his word, His Holiness congratulated the Archdiocese of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan for the new Archdiocesan Residence. He assured that this doesn’t imply by any means that the center of the Archdiocese has been moved; yet, he stressed that the aim of this new residence is to offer better service for the faithful in Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan. He also thanked the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan for its help, and Barnabas Fund for its generous contribution in the building of the new residence.
 
His Holiness then led the prayer of blessing the new place, and inaugurated the new building.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Masoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
 
His Excellency President Barzani welcomed His Holiness. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians in Erbil and in Iraqi Kurdistan. They also spoke about the inauguration of the Archdiocesan Residence and the role it’ll play in encouraging Christians to stay in the lands of the forefathers.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan Mr. Nechirvan Barzani.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
 
The meeting was also attended their Excellencies: Mr. karim sinjari, Minister for the Interior, Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education.
 
His Excellency Prime Minister Barzani welcomed His Holiness and expressed his full support to Christians. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians. They also spoke about the projects being executed by His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud for the service of the faithful. They also noted the major role of Christians in the Academic and Educational field.