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His Holiness Visits Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian

On August 13, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Eminence Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Archbishop of Damascus in the diocesan headquarters in Damascus. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Office Director, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

His Eminence Archbishop Armash received His Holiness and offered him books on the history of the Armenian Church. During their meeting, His Eminence conveyed to His Holiness the greetings and love of his brother in Christ His Holiness Catholicose Karekin II, Catholicose of the Armenians. Archbishop Armash...

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His Holiness Visits the Summer Camp “Growing-up Together” for Kids in Damascus

On August 13, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II paid a short visit to the Summer Camp “Growing-up Together” for kids in the Headquarters of the Activities of the Patriarchal Vicariate in Damascus in Haret El-Zaytoun. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Office Director, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary, and Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

During his visit, His Holiness inspected the activities that they were doing and listened to the children singing what they learned in the camp.

This camp has 25 children from Damascus, Homs and other places,...

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His Holiness Receives the President of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Lebanon

On August 9, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Mr. Assaad Hardan, President of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Lebanon heading a delegation from the party in the patriarchal residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon. The meeting was attended by their Eminences Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh and Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Apostolic Delegate for the Churches of the Syriac Evangelization Mission in Brazil.

His Holiness discussed with his visitors the issue of the persecution of Christians in Mosul. He invited all the people of good will to support them during...

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His Holiness Receives the Apostolic Delegate of the Syriac Evangelization Mission in Brazil

On August 9, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Mor Titus Boulos Tuza, the Apostolic Delegate of the Syrian Orthodox Evangelization Mission in Brazil at the patriarchal residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.

On Sunday August 10, 2014, His Holiness presided over the Holy Qurobo (Divine Liturgy) which Mor Titus Boulos Tuza celebrated in St. Jacob Baradeus Church. The Holy Qurobo was attended by His Grace Mor Jose Faustino and Rev. Fr. Paolo Milton from Brazil. Were present also in the Divine Liturgy their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Aphrem Aboudi, Mor Philoxenus Matta Chamoun and Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael...

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His Holiness Visits His Excellency the Prime Minister of Lebanon

On Friday August 8, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II paid a visit to His Excellency Mr. Tammam Salam, the Prime Minister of Lebanon in the Grand Serail in Beirut. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli and General Secretary of the Holy Synod, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut and Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Office Director in addition to the president of the Syriac League in Lebanon Mr. Habib Afram. Mr. Mohammad Al-Mashnouq, Minister of Environment in Lebanon also attended the meeting.

During his visit, His Holiness...

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His Holiness Receives Mor Dioscoros Kuriakose and an Accompanying Delegation from India

During the period between August 6 and 8, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Mor Dioscoros Kuriakose, Metropolitan of the Simhasana Churches in India heading a delegation from India.

His Holiness discussed with His Eminence the situation of the churches that are under the Holy See of Antioch and the new projects they are doing in India.

His Holiness also blessed the members of the delegation and offered his apostolic benedictions and fatherly blessings to the faithful of these churches in India.

His Holiness Receives Mor Timotheos Thomas, Archbishop of Kottayam

During the period between 1 and 4 August 2014, His Eminence Mor Timotheos Thomas, Archbishop of Kottayam visited His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II in the patriarchal residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon in the presence of His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matthew, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs. His Eminence Mor Timotheos Thomas conveyed the greetings of the faithful of his diocese to His Holiness and presented him with a detailed report on the situation of his diocese. In turn, His Holiness encouraged Mor Timotheos Thomas to continue the good work and service of his people in India and conveyed his apostolic...

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His Holiness Receives Reverend Edgard Traboulsi and Mr. Jeremy Barker

On August 3rd, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Rev. Edgard Traboulsi from the Evangelical Church in Lebanon accompanied by Mr. Jeremy Barker in the patriarchal residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon. The meeting was attended also by His Eminence Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Patriarchal Office Director.

Mr. Jeremy gave a brief introduction of his work at International Christian Concern, which deals with human rights issues and defends religious freedom. He stressed on the importance of promoting awareness on these issues and defending the freedom of confession. Then they spoke about the situation of the Christians in the Arab...

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