Patriarchate News

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan Mr. Nechirvan Barzani.
 
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Justinos Paulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Patrick from Barnabas Fund.
 
The meeting was also attended their Excellencies: Mr. karim sinjari, Minister for the Interior, Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education.
 
His Excellency Prime Minister Barzani welcomed His Holiness and expressed his full support to Christians. His Holiness thanked His Excellency and the Regional Government for the help and facilitation they provide to Iraqi Christians. They also spoke about the projects being executed by His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud for the service of the faithful. They also noted the major role of Christians in the Academic and Educational field.
 

On January 25, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with His Excellency Consul General of the United States in Erbil Mr. Steven Fagin.
 
His Holiness discussed with his guest the general situation of Christians in the Middle East, especially in the Nineveh Plain and the governorate of Kurdistan, and how to provide humanitarian help to them.
 
The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs , and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
 

On January 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over thanks prayer at Oum Al-Nour (Mother of Light) Church in Ankawa, Iraq.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs , Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khouri, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, along with the clergy and a crowd of faithful attended the prayer.
 
At the end, His Holiness blessed the faithful.
 
A reception in honor of His Holiness was then organized by the parish.Click to view slideshow.

 

On January 24, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived at Erbil International Airport in Iraq, on an Apostolic visit during which he will inaugurate the new Archdiocesan Headquarters of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, in Erbil.
 
He was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa, 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 Holiness and the accompanying delegation were received at the airport by an official delegation from Kurdistan Regional Government, consisting of Their Excellencies: Mr. karim sinjari, Minister for the Interior, Mr. Pishtiwan Sadiq, Minister of Education.
 
His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Metropolitan of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, as well as their Eminences Archbishops of Iraq: Mor Gregorios Saliba Chamoun, Patriarchal Advisor, Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, and Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Mattai Monastery, and Their Eminences and Excellencies Archbishops from the various Christian Churches in Iraq also came to receive His Holiness.
 

On January 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, along with their Beatitudes: Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Maronite Church, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, and Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, Senior Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, presided over the prayer for the unity of the Church, held at St. Severus the Great Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.
 
During the prayer, sisters of St. Jacob Baradeus Convent presented several chants in Syriac and Arabic. Then prayers were raised for the unity of the Church and for peace to reign in the hearts of all humans that they may be one as God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is One. At the end, His Holiness, their Beatitudes, and all who were present exchanged the kiss of peace.
 
The prayer was attended by His Excellency Mgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon.
 
Their Eminences: Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahle and Bekaa, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, and Mor Chrysostomos Michael Chamoun, Patriarchal Vicar and Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, were also present.
 

On January 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Their Beatitudes: Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Maronite Church, and Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, and His Excellency Mgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, was also present.

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On January 22, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the sessions of the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), hosted by our Syriac Orthodox Church on behalf of the Oriental Orthodox Family of Churches, and held at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.
 
His Holiness, along with His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, Senior Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, and Dr. Souraya Bechealany, Acting Secretary General of MECC, presided over the inaugural session.
 
His Holiness opened the session with prayers and chants from the Syrian tradition. Prayers from the different Church members of the Family of Oriental Churches were then raised.
 
A video for the commemoration of the Late Archbishop Anba Bishoy, member of the executive committee was then screened.
 
In his inaugural speech, His welcomed His Beatitude and their Eminences and Excellencies as well as all who are present at the patriarchal residence. He spoke about the common challenges facing the Churches in the Middle East. He also emphasized that Christians should always seek peaceful coexistence with other components of the societies. His Holiness considered that Christian leaders should meet continuously and unify efforts against extremism and terrorism, and work altogether to spread the Christian values and morals.
 
His Holiness also raised several questions about the Divine Justice, that they may be discussed during the theological panel to follow. He also hoped that the MECC may be able to reach common answers for the various questions, as well as to reach to celebrate altogether all Christian feasts, and to unify the witness for the one Holy Church of the One Almighty God.
 
Dr. Bechealany gave a welcome speech in which she thanked His Holiness and the Syriac Orthodox Church for hosting the meeting, and spoke about the aims of the MECC. She stressed that justice is the stone on which peace and stability are built.
 
A theological panel about justice then took place.
 
His Eminence Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Lebanon and Member of the Executive Committee of MECC, and Rev. Fr. Jimmy Danho, Associate General Secretary of MECC for the Oriental Orthodox Churches Family, were also present.
 

On January 21, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Lebanon.

His Holiness warmly welcomed His Beatitude and had a cordial meeting with him.

His Beatitude, along with His Holiness, will preside over the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), hosted by our patriarchate and held in the coming two days at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh.

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His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met the members of the Syriac Benevolent Association in Amman.
Their Eminences Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Gabriel Dahho, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Jordan and the Holy Lands.
His Holiness expressed his joy to meet the members of the Syriac Association in Amman and encouraged them to work together with clergy for the best interest of the people they are serving.

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On January 20, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a reception held in honor of his first apostolic visit to Amman – Jordan at St. Aphrem Cathedral.
Their Eminences: Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, and Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, as well as Very Rev. Raban Gabriel Dahho, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Jordan and the Holy Lands, the Reverend clergy and deacons, and a large crowd of the faithful of our church, attended the ceremony.
Their Excellencies the Archbishops and Vicars of the sister churches in Amman also attended the reception. His Excellency Dr. Iman Alloush, Ambassador of Syria in Amman, and the Ambassador of France in Amman were present in addition to many dignitaries from Amman

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