Nov. 21, 2008: Patriarch of Ethiopia, His Holiness Abba Paulos and a 9 member delegation from the Ethiopian Church visited the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch on 20th and 21st November 2008. His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and the Supreme head of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, welcomed His Holiness Abba Paulos and the delegation on their arrival at the Mor Ephrem Seminary in Maarat Saydanya Damascus on 20th morning. H.H. Abba Paulos was accompanied by 5 bishops, 1 monk, 1 priest and 2 lay officials. On 21st morning, His Holiness Abba Paulose accompanied by His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, visited the President of Syria, Dr. Bashar Al Assad, who welcomed them warmly.
The Ethiopian church with 45 million faithful in Ethiopia and 5 million in Diaspora, 5 lakh clergy, 1200 monasteries etc., is a flourishing church. The church is one among the Oriental Orthodox family having full inter-communion with the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch.
Rev. Dn. Joshy C Abraham, http://www.syrianchurch.org/