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On May 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. Oommen Chandy, Previous Chief Minister of Kerala. They spoke together about the third Apostolic visit of His Holiness to India.
 

On May 26, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Church in Malecuriz Dayro in Puthencruz, India.
 
He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, in the presence of their Eminences Archbishops members of the Regional Synod in India, as well as the Very Rev. and Rev. fathers, nuns, deacons, and a large crowd of the faithful of our Church.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness decorated Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, with the Holy Pectoral Cross in appreciation of his service to the Church.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness addressed the faithful making it clear to all once again that “we will never abandon our people here in Malankara”. He added “We affirm our commitment to have peace and reconciliation between both factions of the Church as much as we can, and we will try to do that. But in case that doesn’t work, then you are going to be taken care of by your spiritual father and by the entire Church, because you are very dear to our heart and you are blessed members of the Church.”
 
His Holiness assured that the door for peace is still open, and will remain open, until an agreement that takes care of everyone and preserves the dignity of everyone, and the rights to have free worship and free conscience to be loyal to the Holy See that they want to be. However, His Holiness remarked “a time will come when that peace does not happen, when we see more grabbing of our Churches by force, when we see injustice done to our people, then a time will come when we’ll say enough is enough! We have to take care of our own and we have to strengthen our Church here”.
 
“The ordinary people, the young, the old, all of you, and from both sides” His Holiness illustrated “deserve to have peace of mind, peaceful worship, and peaceful places where you can go and worship God, deserve to have dignity for your beloved departed ones when the time comes for them to be buried.” He assured that “it is the responsibility of the leadership of both groups to come together, to sit, discuss, dialogue, and find the peaceful way of doing this”.
 
His Holiness emphasized that “as the spiritual father and patriarch of both factions, we want all of you to be in peace, to live together in harmony, and be able to worship in the Churches that your forefathers have built, and we want the entire Church, both factions to be in peace here in Kerala as a witness to the others, because when we are divided, we cannot witness to our faith and to the Lord. This is our wish, and this is our desire as the spiritual father for all”.
 
He restated that “while we respect the law and the courts of this country, we repeat again, the court may solve legal issues – issues about property, but they cannot solve the problem that we have in the Church here, what we need for this problem to be solved is faith and prayer from everyone: prayer is the best means for us to bring about peace and reconciliation”.
 
At the end, His Holiness blessed all the faithful who were present.
 

On the evening of May 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch arrived at Malecuriz in India.
 
He was accompanied by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences Archbishops members of the patriarchal delegation, and members of the regional synod in India.
 
His Holiness presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at St. Georges Church.
 
Then, he held the special prayer for the inauguration of the Inmates of Khanema Hanna Home.
 
The house was constructed by a donation by Karim family in memory of their late mother Mrs. Khanema Hanna (mother of His Holiness).
 

On May 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
 
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the center by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, their Eminences Archbishops members of the regional episcopal synod in India, and a large crowd of clergy and faithful of the JSC in India.
 
After praying in St. Athanasius Church in the center, His Holiness presided over the regional synod of our Church in India, during which Church affairs were thoroughly studied and discussed.
 
Later, His Holiness met with the Working Committee, and then with the Managing Committee.
 
It was decided that the Committee of three archbishops assigned by His Holiness will continue to work as the Metropolitan Office. The Committee will choose one of their Eminences the archbishops to coordinate its work until the election of a new Metropolitan Trustee.
 

On May 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St Ignatius Nurono Cathedral in Manjinikara – India.

He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, in the presence of their Eminences Archbishops members of the Regional Synod in India, attended the Qurobo.

At the end, His Holiness addressed the faithful, commanding them to love God and their neighbor, for only this “brings to each of us peace and tranquility and therefore brings to the whole world peace.” His Holiness added: “the true church of God is the Church that teaches love, peace and harmony; this is our commandment to you, that you love God, and your neighbor – and your neighbor is every human being.”

His Holiness emphasized the importance of unceasing prayer in the life of the apostles and in the life of the whole Church, he said: “Prayers not only bring us closer to God, they teach us to be better Christians and to be good ambassadors and apostles of our Lord and Savior.”

He continued: “No matter how strong we think our selves are, no matter how educated, no matter how many great people stand with us, how many court verdicts come in our favor, if we do not pray and pray and pray we will not please God and we will not reach our goal of being good and faithful Christians and good disciples of Christ.”

“Many of us think that having money will get us favorable solutions; having power on our side will make us win; having shrewdness and cunningness and cheating will help us achieve our goal.. that’s not the case dearly children in Christ.”

“It’s only through prayers”, His Holiness illustrated, “prayers that perform miracles, we can stand in front of God asking to help us, and He will!”

His Holiness asked the faithful to pray “because I believe it is through prayer that God will help us to overcome our problems and to get out of this terrible situation that we are in; He told us to pray for those who hate us, who persecute us, and He also told us to come to Him – all those who have heavy ladens and who are troubled – to come and find peace and tranquility in Him.”

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On May 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at the Cathedral of Mor Ignatius Dayro in Manjinikara – India.

His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, their Eminences Archbishops members of the accompanying delegation, and of the Regional Synod in India, as well as the Very Rev. and Rev. fathers, deacons, and a crowd of the faithful, were also present.

After the prayer, His Holiness addressed the faithful expressing his great joy to meet them for the third time, and congratulating them for the inauguration of the new residence of the Dayro.

His Holiness then spoke about the special situation of the Church in India, he said: “You are always in our prayers and in our mind; every single day we think of you and we ask the Lord to help us to find a solution for the problem that our Church is in”.

His Holiness added: “No one can tell in whom you believe and to whom your loyalty should be; this is something personally between you and your God, between you and the great memory of your forefathers who taught you the faith and who entrusted to you this great jewel of faith and loyalty”. He continued: “Of course we respect the court of this country and the legal system of this country, however courts and judges cannot judge the faith of people, they judge based on technicalities, they judge based in the facts presented to them and the information they were given, but they cannot judge your faith, your loyalty. It’s very obvious that we expect of you to respect and to obey the laws of these country; however, your faith, you decide it no one else.”

His Holiness illustrated: “we tried, and we gave space and time for this to happen, we took many initiatives, we wrote, we received many people, mediators, tried to set up meetings and to discuss the issues of the church, but unfortunately all these did not work”. However, His Holiness continued “we are praying and we are working for peace in our church, we want reconciliation, we want people to live in peace and harmony, to be able to worship their God and their Savior according to the age old traditions of their forefathers, we will do all that we can to bring peace and harmony to our church here”.

 

On May 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a prayer at the Tomb of the Thrice Blessed Saint Patriarch Mor Ignatius Elias II in Mor Ignatius Dayro in Manjinikara.

He then, presided over the inauguration prayer of the new residential building of the monastery.

The prayer and inauguration were attended by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, their Eminences Archbishops members of the accompanying delegation, and of the Regional Synod in India, as well as the Very Rev. and Rev. Frs., deacons, and a crowd of the faithful.

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On May 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Cochin International Airport for his third Apostolic Visit to the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in India.

He is accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Religious Education, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Rev. Fr. Markose, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicose of India, their Eminences Archbishops members of the regional episcopal synod in India, and a large crowd of clergy and faithful of the JSC in India.

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On May 19, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Mark Cathedral in New Jersey, and ordained subdeacons and readers for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States.
 
Their Eminences and Graces: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Anba Macarios, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchal Exarch of the Eritrean Congregation in the USA, and Archbishop Daniel Findikyan, Archbishop of the Eastern Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Church in America, assisted His Holiness in the Qurobo.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the importance of the Resurrection season in the life of the Holy Church. During this period, His Holiness said, we celebrate the time when our Lord Jesus used to stay with the disciples to teach them. His Holiness also affirmed the significance of the Apostolic tradition in the Church.
 
He then congratulated the faithful of the Archdiocese for the consecration of their new cathedral, as well as for the ordination of the new subdeacons and readers.
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On May 18, 2019, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was awarded an honorary doctorate in Divinity from St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York.

The President of the seminary bestowed His Holiness the doctorate, in the presence of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tykhon, <br>Metropolitan of All America and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and Board Chairman of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, their Eminences archbishops: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America, Mor Silvanos Ayub, Knanaya Archbishop of Europe and America, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and other accompanying clergy and a number of Their Graces Archbishops, as well as academic figures from the seminary.

The president of the Seminary expressed his happiness to bestow to His Holiness the honorary doctorate, assuring on behalf of the academic staff and the university their respect to His Holiness for the hard effort and service he is doing to spread the word of God, as well as to let the voice of all persecuted Christians reach the whole world. 

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