Patriarchate News

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over and ecumenical prayer at Buenos Aires Catholic Cathedral in Argentina.
 
He was received in the Cathedral by His Eminence Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and a crowd of clergy and faithful.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Holiness and all who were present prayed for peace in the world, and for all persecuted Christians, as well as for the safe return of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.
 
After reading a passage from the Bible in Syriac, His Holiness delivered a short spiritual message in which he emphasized the importance of promoting and reaching peace all over the world. He also spoke about his fraternal relation with His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome, who was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He asked for the prayer of all for the persecuted brethren and for the return of the two abducted archbishops.
 
After the prayer, His Holiness met with His Eminence the Cardinal. He presented to him a wooden cross which has Sayfo icon in its middle.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with Her Excellency the Honourable Marta Gabriela Michetti, Vice President of Argentina, in Buenos Aires.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Alfredo Miguel Abriani, Director of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was also present.
 
Her Excellency welcomed His Holiness to Argentina on behalf of His Excellency President of the country, and spoke about the role of religions in building peace. In turn, His Holiness spoke about his first apostolic visit to Argentina. He also talked about the situation in Syria, especially the persecution of Christians. He emphasized that all Christian leaders all over the world are praying for peace to reign throughout the globe. He also recalled Sayfo genocide.
 
His Holiness also spoke about the case of the two abducted Archbishops of Aleppo Boulos Yaziji and Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Legislative Council of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

He was received by His Excellency Mr. Omar Abboud, Member of the Legislative Council, as well as a group of officials.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.

The council welcomed His Holiness, and praised his leading role in defending persecuted Christians in the Middle East. They declared him as an Honorary Guest to Argentina. In turn, His Holiness thanked the council for the overwhelming reception and the honoring they gave him. He also spoke about Sayfo Genocide which the Church commemorates tomorrow June 15th.

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On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Argentina, in Buenos Aires.
 
He was received by His Grace Óscar Vicente Ojea, Bishop of San Isidro and President of the Conference, and His Grace Carlos Humberto Malfa, Bishop of Chascomús and General Secretary of the Conference.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.
 
His Holiness invited their Graces as well as all members of the Conference to visit Syria and inspect the reality of the situation there. He also spoke about the mission of the Church in ministering to her faithful children in the Middle East as well as in the diaspora.
 

On June 14, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Mr. Alfredo Miguel Abriani, Director of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Buenos Aires.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Evangelical Mission Churches in Brazil, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires was also present.
 
His Holiness highlighted the generosity of Argentina in receiving immigrants from Syria and Lebanon since more than a century, taking care of them, and helping them to integrate in the society. He also spoke about the situation in Syria, and the role of the Church in the realms of helping the refugees, and in the relief and development.
 

On June 13, 2019, His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires, held an official reception in the honor of His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, Mor Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Missions in Brazil as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

The ambassadors of Russia, Venezuela, Serbia and others as well as Syrian dignitaries from Argentina attended the reception.

His Excellency Mr. Mahfouz welcomed His Holiness and expressed his joy at the blessing that His Holiness brought from the Middle East, the land of the ancient religions.

His Holiness thanked His Excellency for his love and for welcoming him at the “Syrian House”. He spoke about the real situation in Syria, which is different from what media is propagating. He said that his visit is both pastoral – to visit the faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Argentina – and to reflect the true image of Syria and the reality of what is happening there.

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On the evening of June 13, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at St. Aphrem Church in Buenos Aires. He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Severius Malke Mourad, Patriarchal Vicar in Brazil, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Nuncio to the Syriac Missions in Brazil as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.

His Eminence Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation and thanked him for his role in defending the Christians in the Middle East.

His Holiness expressed his joy to begin his apostolic visit to Argentina with a prayer with the other churches in coincidence with the day of the prayer for the unity of the churches. He also thanked the Lord for the role of Argentina in welcoming Christian emigrants from the Middle East since the last century, and giving them the opportunity to live and prosper. He compared those days to ours where the religious extremism is the enemy of life, especially the attempts to empty the Middle East from Christians.

At the end of the prayer, His Holiness received the guests who attended the official reception held in his honor. Among the guests were: His Excellency Mr. Maher Mahfouz, Charge d’Affaires of the Syrian Embassy in Buenos Aires, the representative of His Eminence Cardinal Poli, and their Excellencies Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Buenos Aires Kissag Mouradian, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Buenos Aires Jacob Al-Khoury, Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Ignatius,  and other representatives of the sister churches in Argentina.

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On June 13, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Buenos Aires International Airport in Argentine, for his first apostolic visit to the Patriarchal Vicariate of Argentina.
 
He is accompanied by His Eminence Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
His Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by His Eminence Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, and Her Excellency Suzana Surbaje, Official Representative of the Ministry of Exterior.
 
His Holiness’s visit will last for several days, during which His Holiness will meet his spiritual children in the various provinces in Argentina, and celebrate with them the Feast of Pentecost, and the Commemoration of Sayfo Martyrs. During the visit, His Holiness will also have several meetings with officials.
 

On June 11, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Her Excellency Dr. Rizan Saleh Qader, Representative of the Region of Kurdistan in Italy.
 
Her Excellency thanked His Holiness for visiting the Region and taking part in the legal oath of the new president. They discussed together general affairs.
 
His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, attended the meeting.
 

On June 10, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with their Beatitudes Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, and Cardinal Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon.

The meeting was hosted by His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, at the Archdiocesan Residence in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, along with a number of their Eminences and Graces Archbishops of the various Churches in Iraq attended the meeting.

During the meeting, His Holiness and their Beatitudes, Eminences, and Graces, discussed the general situations in Iraq and the other countries of the Middle East. They reassured the importance of preserving the presence of Christianity in the region.

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