Patriarchate News

On August 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the Panel Discussion entitled: “Persecutions of Christians Today; Where We Stand”, during the International Pilgrimage for Politicians and Family Summit, organized by the International Catholic Legislators Network, in Fatima – Portugal. The panel was moderated by His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for Aid to Persecuted Christians.
 
His Holiness gave an overview about the situation of Christians in the Middle East over the past few years and emphasized that the International community should play a more positive role in establishing peace in the various countries of the Middle East.
 

On August 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the Strategy Group focusing on the region of the Middle East, during the International Pilgrimage for Politicians and Family Summit, organized by the International Catholic Legislators Network, in Fatima – Portugal.
 
The main theme discussed was the support of returning Christian families and the discussions were moderated by His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for Aid to Persecuted Christians.
 
His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al Rai also participated the group meeting.
 
His Holiness spoke about the challenges that the Syrian and Iraqi families are facing in their homeland and the obstacles that come in their way when they choose to return to their countries in the Middle East. He spoke about the role of the churches in offering help to all citizens alike, especially in helping new families and young people to establish themselves and remain in their countries.
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On August 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, met His Excellency Mr. Mick Mulvaney, Acting Chief of Staff of the White House, in Fatima – Portugal.

During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with His Excellency the current situation in the Middle East. He also hoped that more efforts are vested to establish peace in the region, especially in Iraq and Syria.

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On August 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met His Excellency Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, in Fatima – Portugal. The meeting was also attended by their Beatitudes Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch.

During the meeting, His Holiness discussed with His Excellency the current situation in the Middle East. He hoped to have efforts by the international community to establish peace in the region. His Holiness thanked the government of Hungary for their support of persecuted Christians and their assistance in projects of reconstruction in Iraq and Syria.

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On 22 August,2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Divine Liturgy of the Opening of the International Pilgrimage for Politicians and Family Summit, held at the Lady of the Rosary Basilica in Fatima – Portugal.

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Christopher Cardinal Schonborn, Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, with the participation of His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan.

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On 20 August,2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Antoine Mrad, Counselor of the President of the Lebanese Forces and Director of the Office of Communication with the Religious Authorities, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon. He was accompanied by the members of the Communications Office: Dr. Jean-Claude Saab, Mr. Elie Charbachi and Mr. Pierre Daou.
 
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Cyril Babi, Director of the Legal Department, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 
During the meeting, Mr. Antoine invited His Holiness to attend the annual Holy Qurobo for the Martyrs of the Lebanese Resistance. His Holiness and his guests also spoke about the historical presence of Christians in Lebanon as well as the importance of being united in order to preserve the Christians in Lebanon and the Middle East.
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On August 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Dr. Mike Bassous, General Secretary and CEO of the Bible Society in Lebanon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh.

His Holiness and Dr. Bassous spoke about the work of the Bible Society and the publication of new editions of the Bible in the Syriac language.

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On August 18, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited the commemorative monument of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo in Berlin.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, and Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, as well as priests and faithful from Berlin.
His Holiness prayed the special teshmeshto (service) of the Martyrs for the martyrs of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo.

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On August 18, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated Mor Izozoel Church in Berlin – Germany.

His Holiness was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in Holland, Mor George Kourieh, Patriarchal Vicar in Belgium, France and Luxemburg, and Anba Damian, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Northern Germany.

At the end of the rite of the consecration, His Holiness and their Eminences the Archbishops celebrated the Divine Liturgy.

In his sermon, His Holiness congratulated the members of Mor Izozoel parish in Berlin on the consecration of their new church. He pointed out that this building is no longer an ordinary building, it became the house of the Lord where the faithful gather to pray together and praise the Lord. He commended the efforts of the parish priest and its council who worked together to complete the project. His Holiness hoped that this parish remains active and continues to be devoted to prayer and spiritual gatherings where the faithful can find rest and spiritual nourishment.

At the end of the Holy Qurobo, His Eminence Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis thanked His Holiness for consecrating the church and conveyed the gratitude of the entire congregation.

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On August 17, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over ramsho (evening) prayer at Mor Izozoel Church in Berlin.
 
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of the External Affairs in Germany, and Anba Damian, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Northern Germany were also present at the prayer.
 
In his sermon, His Holiness explained the reading of the gospel, pointing out that every Christian should think about every action before doing it, so as to see if they are able to finish it or not, lest they be mocked. He also emphasized that Christianity is a life commitment and not only for a few hours or in certain places.
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