His Holiness Aram I visited the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch at St. Aphrem Seminary in Damascus on Tuesday 9 September 2008

St. Aphrem Seminary, Damascus: On 09 September 2008 evening His Holiness Aram I and the delegation visited Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in the Syrian Church’s summer residence. The Synod of Syrian Bishops is underway presently. Upon his arrival, His Holiness was received by the Patriarch and the Bishops.


His Holiness the Patriarch Zakka I warmly welcomed the Pontiff underlining the friendly relations between the two churches. The Patriarch recalled the Fellowship between the Coptic and Syrian Churches and the Catholicosate of Cilicia, set up by the efforts of His Holiness Aram I twelve years ago.


Making a brief overview of the relations between the Armenian and Syrian Churches, His Holiness Aram I said: “Our two ch

urches have had the same theological approach and have together against all external heretical movements. We must further strengthen our cooperation in a world in which we are facing many challenges patching the daily life of our communities. He called upon the Bishops to conti

nue the strong cooperation between the two churches with the same spirit par

ticularly at the level of the Dioceses.


The meeting was followed by a reception during which Syrian Bishops asked His Holiness questions about theological and ecumenical issues.

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