Patriarchate News

On October 5, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the official opening of the friendly football championship organized by the Suryoyo Patriarchal Youth Department (SPYD) at Al-Nidal playground in Damascus.
Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of SPYD, welcomed His Holiness and thanked him for blessing the championship by his personal presence. He also welcomed the 32 teams participating in the championship from five different governorates in Syria. He also spoke about the goals of the championship, mainly strengthening the love and respect bonds between children of the various churches.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Deacon Imad Syryany.
 

On October 4th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the meeting of the organizations and committees of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
The meeting was attended by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as the clergy of the diocese.
His Holiness opened the meeting with a prayer. He then spoke about the role of all organizations and committees of the Church, which is glorifying the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and preaching His Holy Gospel.
He also spoke about the important aspect of these organizations as preservers of the Christian presence in Syria, as well as witnesses of our Lord Jesus.
His Holiness concluded with raising prayer to the Lord to bless all His servants.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury thanked His Holiness for his continuous and direct care to the patriarchal archdiocese. He then spoke about the items on the agenda which were later discussed thoroughly.
 

On October 2nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with members of the organizing committee of the Suryoyo Youth Global Gathering (SYGG 2019) which will be held next year in Sweden.
During the meeting, His Holiness listened from them about the preparations and programs being made for the gathering. He gave them his instructions and ideas for the success of the gathering.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.
 

On October 2nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Opening of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden at the Cathedral of Uppsala.
His Majesty Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria were also present.
During the opening, His Holiness gave a speech in which spoke about the presence of members of our Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden since the 1960’s, and how “they were totally embraced by the Swedish people and especially by the Church of Sweden”. He also spoke about the “good contributions” they made to the society “by being hardworking people who succeeded in their businesses and got integrated into the society to a great extent, even in the political life and public services.”
His Holiness also considered being at the opening of the General Synod as an expression of “our joy for the very cordial relations and mutual respect existing between our churches”. He thanked the Church of Sweden for “helping our people to settle here” without making “any attempts to take away our people from their Church or practice proselytism among them”. He also thanked it for “its active role in the life of the ecumenical movement which seeks the visible unity of Christ’s Church here on earth for we know we will be united in heaven”. His Holiness added that “we also wish to thank the Church of Sweden for its active involvement in the relief efforts in disastrous areas and where human suffering exists.”
At the end of his speech, His Holiness raised raise his “humble prayers to our Lord Jesus Christ to bless Sweden, the Royal family, the Church of Sweden and the entire people of this great country”.
Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese in Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Aphrem Lahdo, Assistant of the Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia, were also presentClick to view slideshow.

 

On October 2nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Majesty Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria, on the sidelines of the Opening of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden.
During the meeting, His Holiness spoke with His Majesty and Her Royal Highness about the Syriac Orthodox Church and the presence of Syriac people in Sweden.
 

On October 2nd 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with their Graces Archbishops and Bishops members of the General Synod of the Church of Sweden.
Her Eminence Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala in Sweden and Primate of the Church of Sweden, was also present.
During the meeting, His Holiness spoke with them about the role and mission of the Church in Sweden bringing Christ to the people and people to Christ. He also spoke about the importance of collaboration between churches to reach this goal.
Their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese in Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Aphrem Lahdo, Assistant of the Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia, were present.
 

On October 1st 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over a meeting in Uppsala with representatives from the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Sweden and Scandinavia and Patriarchal Vicarate in Sweden.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with the representatives different issues of interest for our Syriac people in Sweden. They also spoke about the role of our Churches in Sweden, that of Sankt Ignatius Theological Seminary, of the priests, and lay people. Moreover, they spoke about the integration of our Syriac people in the Swedish society.
 

On October 1st 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was received by their Excellencies Imams Salahuddin Barakat, Tajeddin Farfour, and Mohammed Albagouri, in Stockholm – Sweden.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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On October 1st 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II was received by the Metropolitans, Archbishops and Bishops from the Orthodox and Catholic Churches along with the Church of Sweden.
The meeting was hosted by Bishop Eva Brunne, Bishop of Stockholm for the Church of Sweden, at the Stockholm Cathedral. Their Graces Anba Abakir for the Coptic Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Cleopas for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and Rev. Fr. Jean Mansour, for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, and the Chaldean Catholic Visitor were also present. His Grace Bishop Mikael Mogren, Bishop of Västerås also attended the meeting.
During the meeting, His Holiness spoke about the importance of working together for spreading the Gospel of Christ. He talked about the current situation in the Middle East, especially the persecution of Christians, and asked the help of the western Churches to relief those suffering brethren and to bring to light the truth of their suffering.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Aphram Lahdo, Assistant to the Archbishop of Sweden and Scandinavia.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Mor Kyriakos Church in Vasteras – Sweden.

Their Eminences Archbishops Mor Julius Abdelahad Shabo, Metropolitan of Sweden and Scandinavia, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese in Damascus, were also present.

At the end of the prayer, His Holiness blessed the deacons all the faithful who participated in the prayer.

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