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Meeting of the Patriarchs of Antioch in Mor Aphrem Monastery

June,19 2015

On June 13, 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited the Patriarchs of Antioch to attend a meeting alongside the Holy Synod, in Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saidnaya, Damascus.

Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X, Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan and Gregorius III Lahham arrived at Maarat Saidnaya and were welcomed at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral.

They led together an ecumenical prayer where they prayed for peace in Syria and the safe return of the two abducted archbishops of Aleppo Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji. They also prayed for the unity of Churches hoping that the Churches of Antioch can live together a unified witness to Christ in this region.

Then, His Holiness and their Beatitudes the Patriarchs as well as the Archbishops members of the Holy Synod and the guest bishops met to discuss the important issues pertaining to the Christian presence in the Middle East.


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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 18 churches and parishes in 17 western states. It was established in 1952 as the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In November 1995 by the Holy Synod, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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