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On February 2nd, 2019, for the occasion of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus.

 
He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar in the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States of America.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the roots in the Old Testament of the act of presentation to the temple of the firstborns. He also talked about the fulfillment of God’s promises, and recalled the story of Simon the elder.
 
During the Qurobo, His Holiness presided over the rite of blessing the candles according to the tradition of the Syriac OrthodoX Church of Antioch.
 

On February 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Lady of Dormition Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
 
During the Qurobo, His Beatitude ordained the Very Rev. Archimandrite Elias Al-Dabieh as Archbishop of Basra, Hauran and Jabal Al-Arab for the Greek Catholic Church.
 
His Holiness 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.
 
His Eminence Mario Cardinal Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Damascus, attended the ordination.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated His Beatitude Absi and His Excellency Al-Dabieh for the ordination, and wished the new archbishop a fruitful service for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.
 

On February 1st, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo celebrated by His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, at the Lady of Dormition Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
 
During the Qurobo, His Beatitude ordained the Very Rev. Archimandrite Elias Al-Dabieh as Archbishop of Basra, Hauran and Jabal Al-Arab for the Greek Catholic Church.
 
His Holiness 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.
 
His Eminence Mario Cardinal Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Damascus, attended the ordination.
 
At the end of the Qurobo, His Holiness congratulated His Beatitude Absi and His Excellency Al-Dabieh for the ordination, and wished the new archbishop a fruitful service for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concluded his visit to Egypt.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences Archbishops: Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, and Anba Michael, Assistant Bishop of the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Hadayek El-Kobba, El-Wailly & Mansheyat El-Sadr in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to farewell His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Ciro International Airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo, was also present.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II concluded his visit to Egypt.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, delegated their Eminences Archbishops: Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, and Anba Michael, Assistant Bishop of the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Hadayek El-Kobba, El-Wailly & Mansheyat El-Sadr in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, to farewell His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II at the Ciro International Airport.
 
Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo, was also present.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Riyad Sneih, Ambassador of Syria to Egypt.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation. His Holiness and His Excellency spoke about the ancient cultures, and the role of the Church in the building of societies and individuals.
 

On January 31, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Dr. Riyad Sneih, Ambassador of Syria to Egypt.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest of St. Mary Church in Cairo.
 
His Excellency welcomed His Holiness and the accompanying delegation. His Holiness and His Excellency spoke about the ancient cultures, and the role of the Church in the building of societies and individuals.
 

Later, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the New Cathedral of the Nativity in the New Administrative Capital.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and in Egypt, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt.
 
A delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church also accompanied His Holiness. The delegation consisted of: His Eminence Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries for the Coptic Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Angelos, Papal Secretary, and Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and Seminarians of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, celebrated the First Holy Qurobo in the Cathedral last Christmas.
 

After their meeting in Cairo, Their Holinesses Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, visited St. Mark Cathedral in Anba Rouwais, Cairo – Egypt.
 
Their Holinesses, along with the two Church delegations, entered the Cathedral in a procession, while the Seminarians chanted. In the Cathdedral, their Holinesses prayed for the Holy Church, and her faithful children, and for peace to reign all over the world.
 

On January 30, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited his brother in Christ His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark for the Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbassia District in Cairo, Egypt.
In his address, His Holiness Pope Tawadros welcomed his “beloved brother Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, and the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch”. He expressed his happiness to see the Church of Christ keeping the Orthodox faith in the Middle East and all over the world. He added: “We welcome Your Holiness as a beloved brother and dear friend and successor of the Patriarchs who held the flame of faith and kept through generations, in the Syriac Orthodox Church, which offered a big number of martyrs”. His Holiness assured his continuous prayer for the peace in Syria and for the release of the two abducted archbishops of Aleppo Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji.
 
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II also welcomed His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II in “Egypt, the land which you love”, and recalled his visit to our Syriac Orthodox Church last June, and his participation in the inauguration of the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, and the consecration of St. Severus the Great Church, as well his bringing with him part of the relics of the great Saint to be kept in the church.
 
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, in his address, expressed his great joy to “be at home, for I am not a stranger in Egypt, and I thank the Lord Who gave me the opportunity to meet once again my dear brother His Holiness Pope II and their Eminences Archbishops of Sister Coptic Church”. His Holiness recalled his years of studies he spent in Egypt, and expressed his happiness to meet the seminarians once again.
 
His Holiness also noted that his visit to Egypt aims at completing the workshops about Antioch Syrian University.
 
His Holiness wished to more frequently meet His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, however “the hardships and challenges the Church is facing in the Middle East has prevented us from this previously”. He prayed for the relation between the two sister Churches: Syriac and Coptic Orthodox Churches; he added “our mission is to live on this earth and continue to be witnesses to our Lord Jesus Christ”.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus and in Egypt, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, Very Rev. Raban Philippos Issa, Parish Priest in Egypt, and Mr. Elias Shahrastan, Head of Parish Council of our Church in Egypt.
Their Eminences: Anba Daniel, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Maadi & El-Basateen, Anba Youlyous, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of Old Cairo, Manial and Fum El Khalig in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo and assistant to the Pope and Administrator of the Bishopric of Social Services, Anba Klemandos, Assistant Bishop for the Patriarchal Suffragan Holy Diocese of El-Hagana & Almaza in the Holy Archdiocese of Cairo, Anba Saweros, General Bishop and Administrator for New Monasteries, Dr. Gerges Saleh, the ecumenical representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and the Seminarians of the Coptic Orthodox Church, were also present