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After the Prayer Meeting in Bari, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, as well as all their Holinesses and Beatitudes, moved back to the Basilica of St. Nicholas, where they held a closed meeting concerning the situations in the Middle East.
During their meeting, their Holinesses and Beatitudes discussed ways and means to ensure safe stay for Christians in the Middle East, and emphasized the importance of reaching peaceful solutions for the different crises in the region and all over the world.
In his word, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II noted that he fails to understand the position of the west in general, but also many churches in the west, concerning the presence and suffering of Christians in the Middle East. He assured that the church is not with or against governments, but is always with the country and the people, and works for justice. His Holiness considered that actions should be taken towards raising the sanctions that are imposed on Syria, because they are not against the government but against people who are suffering in their movement, food and medicine, etc. Moreover, He wished that Christian solidarity will be realized actually, and that support and help for Christians will be provided equally to all Christians without discrimination based on denomination.
 

On July 7th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the Prayer Meeting hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis in the city of Bari – Italy, along with the Heads of Middle Eastern Churches.
Their Holinesses and Beatitudes Patriarchs of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, also participated in the prayer.
His Holiness Pope Francis greeted their Holinesses and Beatitudes outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas and together they descended to the crypt to pray before the relics and light a flame for peace symbolizing the unity of Christians. They then moved to the Esplanade where a place was prepared for the prayer to take place.
In his Introductory Address at the Prayer Meeting, His Holiness Pope Francis considered that “we are carrying in our hearts our Churches, our peoples and all those living in situations of great suffering. We are saying to them, ‘We are close to you’”. He considered that from the Middle East “the light of faith spread throughout the world.” He noted that “There is also the danger that the presence of our brothers and sisters in the faith will disappear, disfiguring the very face of the region. For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East.”
His Holiness Pope Francis concluded: “Indifference kills; and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference. We want to give a voice to those who have none, to those who can only wipe away their tears. For the Middle East today is weeping, suffering and silent as others trample upon those lands in search of power or riches.”
After that, the Prayer Meeting was held. All heads of Churches gathering in Bari raised the prayer together for peace. His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II prayed in Syriac and English the following prayer:
“Blessed be Jesus Christ, our Lord, the Only–Begotten of the Father, announced by the prophets as Prince of Peace, born of a woman in Bethlehem of Judea: by his blood he reconciled Abel and Cain, he knocked down the dividing wall and he made the two peoples one; risen from the dead, as his first gift to his disciples, he gave peace. The same peace we ask for his two servants the kidnapped archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim together with the kidnapped priests that they may return to us safe.”
At the end of the prayer, their Holinesses and Beatitudes lit candles for peace.
His Holiness our Patriarch was accompanied by 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.
 

On July 5th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in a meeting hosted by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, at the Maronite Patriarchate headquarters in Bkerki.
The meeting was also attended by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia for the Armenian Orthodox Church, and His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch.
The meeting aimed at discussing the situation of the Holy Church and the presence of Christians in the Middle East, in preparation for Bari meeting hosted by His Holiness Pope Francis on the 7th of July.
His Holiness our Patiarch was accompanied by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On July 4th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received an official delegation from the Church of Greece at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

The delegation included His Grace Bishop Ioannis of Thermopilo, titular Metropolitan of the Church of Greece and Abbot of the Monastery of the Assumption of the Mother of God in Pentelis, and Prof. Christos Voulgaris.

The delegation are on a private visit to His Holiness on behalf of His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens.

During the meeting, the delegation invited His Holiness on behalf of His Beatitude for an official visit to the Church of Greece.

Their Eminences Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.

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On June 30th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an official reception at St Peter Church in Perth – Australia on the occasion of its consecration and inauguration.

The reception was attended by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselius Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Mor Athanasios Geevarghese, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in Southern Kerala and Abbot of Manjinikkara Dayro, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, Mor Iraneous Paulose, Metropolitan of Kozhikkod and Patriarchal Vicar in Oman, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
His Excellency Hon. Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia, Hon Kate Doust, President of the Legislative Council in Western Australia, and Mr. Amit Kumar Mishra, Consul General of India in Western Australia, as well as many dignitaries, engineers and friends of the church who contributed to its edification.
In his speech, His Holiness showed the important role of the Syriac church and its mission wherever the faithful gather to praise the Lord. He also emphasized the need to hold firm to our faith and traditions that we have received from our forefathers.
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On June 30, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter Church in Perth – Australia.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The Holy Qurobo was attended by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselius Thomas I, and their Eminences: Mor Athanasios Geevarghese, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in Southern Kerala and Abbot of Manjinikkara Dayro, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, Mor Iraneous Paulose, Metropolitan of Kozhikkod and Patriarchal Vicar in Oman, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

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On June 29, 2018, which is the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated St. Peter Church in Perth – Australia.
His Holiness was assisted by His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselius Thomas I, and their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Mor Athanasios Geevarghese, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in Southern Kerala and Abbot of Manjinikkara Dayro, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, Mor Iraneous Paulose, Metropolitan of Kozhikkod and Patriarchal Vicar in Oman, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
At the end of the rite of the Consecration, His Holiness congratulated the community and spoke about the very essence of Christianity, which is serving people and Christ Himself, especially in the churches built for His praise and the benefit of His people.

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On June 29th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mr. Amit Mishra, Consul General of India in Perth – Australia, at His Holiness’s residence.

During the meeting, His Holiness and his guest discussed issues related to the situation in the Middle East, as well as in India, in addition to the presence of our Church in Australia.

The meeting was also attended by their Eminences: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Mor Athanasios Geevarghese, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in Southern Kerala and Abbot of Manjinikkara Dayro, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, Mor Iraneous Paulose, Metropolitan of Kozhikkod and Patriarchal Vicar in Oman, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

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On June 28th 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an official reception organized by by members of the managing committee of St Peter Church in Perth – Australia, in his honor.
The reception was also attended by: Mor Malatius Malki Malki, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Milithios Yuhanon, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Mor Athanasios Geevarghese, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in Southern Kerala and Abbot of Manjinikkara Dayro, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America, Mor Iraneous Paulose, Metropolitan of Kozhikkod and Patriarchal Vicar in Oman.
His Holiness is accompanied by: Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
In his speech, His Holiness expressed his joy to be present among the Jacobite Syriac Community in Perth, especially for consecrating a new church for them. He also spoke about the unity of the church.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated St. Paul Chapel in St. Paul Center for the Elderly in Zahle.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bikaa, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, and Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, in the presence of their Eminences: Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Advisor, Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Athanasius Touma Dakkama, Patriarchal Vicar in the United Kingdom, Mor Gregorius Malke Urek, Patriarchal Vicar in Adiyaman and its Environs, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kurdistan and their Environs, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, Mor Georges Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar of Belgium, France and Luxemburg, and Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates.

His Excellency Mr. Elie Ferzli, Deputy-Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, as well as a number of their Excellencies members of the Lebanese Parliament, and individuals and organizations who helped complete this project, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Zahle.

At the end of the rite, His Eminence the Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bikaa gave a speech in which he welcomed His Holiness, thanking him for consecrating the chapel and inaugurating the center. His Eminence congratulated His Holiness, on behalf of all Zahle people, for the inauguration of the new patriarchal residence in Atchaneh. Then, he congratulated all Zahle people for the completion of St. Paul Center project, explaining the various stages of the project and its goals.

His Holiness then spoke congratulation His Eminence, the Vicariate, and all Zahle people for this project, assuring that humanitarian work is at the very essence of Christianity, for serving people, all people, is serving Christ Himself. His Holiness assured that this center will not be a place where elderly will wait their death, but a place where they can get the needed treatment for their recovery with all dignity.

Then, His Holiness, along with their Eminences and their Excellencies, inaugurated the center and made a tour in its various parts and facilities.

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