Patriarchate News

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited Mor Ignatius Dayro in Manjinikkarra, India.
He was accompanied by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and the their Eminences, accompanying delegation to India: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as a group of their Eminences Archbishops of our Church in India.
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received by His Eminence Mor Athanasius Geevarghese, Abbot of Mor Ignatius Dayro & Metropolitan of Simhasana Churches of South Kerala, as well as priests, monks, deacons, and a large crowd of faithful.
His Holiness prayed at the tomb of Saint Patriarch Ignatius Elias III of blessed memory. He then blessed the faithful and spoke to them expressing his great joy to be among them and reassuring his continuous prayers for them and our beloved church in India.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, at the Cliff House in Kerala, India.
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation to India.
His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his positive role in the current situation in India.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, their Eminences, the accompanying delegation to India: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese in Damascus, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, and a number of their Eminences Archbishops from our church in India.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II held a press conference at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz – Kerala.
His Holiness answered all the questions which were about his visit to Kerala and the current situation in India.
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and their Eminences Mor Gregorius Joseph, Metropolitan of Kochi and Secretary of the Regional Synod of India, Mor Theophilos Kuriakose, Patriarchal Vicar in Europe, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, were present.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Regional Epsicopal Synod of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India, at the Patriarchal Center in Puthencruz – Kerala.
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, as well as their Eminences Archbishops members of the regional episcopal synod attended the session.
His Holiness opened the session with a prayer, asking the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide the fathers of the Holy Synod to make the decisions that are for the common good of the Church and the faithful.
In his inaugural speech, His Holiness said that his visit to India is to assure our people who have been faithful to the throne, that their spiritual father is pained by what is happening to them, and is praying daily for the good of the church. His Holiness stressed that “We will spare no effort to help the church continue to serve and witness in India”.
The session was also attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Cochin International Airport in India.

He was received by His Beatitude Mor Baselios Thomas I, Catholicos of India, and a number of Archbishops of our Church in India, as well as a large crowd of faithful.

His Holiness is accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Mr. Volker Bouffier, Minister President of the State of Hessen, and Mr. Udo Schoffmann, Mayor of Pohlheim.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, and Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with his guests the situation in Syria. They also spoke about the presence of our Church in Germany.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated the church of Mor Eliyo in Pohlheim – Geissen, Germany.
His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Dioscorus Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden, Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Head of Foreign Relations in Germany, in the presence of the clergy and parishioners.
His Holiness then celebrated the Holy Qurobo in the newly consecrated church.
In his sermon, His Holiness expressed his happiness to see the zeal of the youth and all those who worked for the completion of this church, and to see how the small flock there has grown and increased, and now has a place to pray for God.
 

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Choir Concert at the spiritual night prepared by Mor Eliyo Church in Geissen. Their Eminences Archbishops Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of Foreign Relations in Germany, were also present.
The choirs of the four Syriac Orthodox parishes in Geissen offered hymns and national songs in Syriac.
In his speech, His Holiness spoke about the meaning of the consecration of the church and explained that it is to dedicate a building so that it becomes the house of the Lord where faithful meet and pray.
He also spoke about the necessity that the faithful be renewed in the spirit when they experience a consecration.
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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Evening prayer (Ramsho) at Mor Eliyo Church in Geissen.

Their Eminences Archbishops Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Dioscoros Benjamin Atas, Patriarchal Vicar in Sweden and Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of Foreign Relations in Germany, 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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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the newly appointed Archdiocesan Council of Germany, at his residence in Germany, in the presence of His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany and Chair of the Council.
His Holiness congratulated the new members of the council and encouraged them to work together with His Eminence the Archbishop for the best of the Archdiocese.