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Our aim to sustain the Catholicity (Universality) of the Syriac Orthodox Church: Mor Ignatius Ephrem II


Damascus (Syria), 30 June 2014: His Holiness Ignatius Ephrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East said his main aim is to sustain and improve the Catholicity (Universality) of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch . His Holiness said that the enthronement service of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch, The 'Order of Mor Cleemis' ( St Clement) was divided into 26 parts and it was read in 13 languages.

The Syriac Orthodox Episcopal Holy Synod under the under the auspices of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East has concluded on 30 May 2014 at the Patriarchate.

Steps will be taken to improve the already existing strong relationship of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East with church in Malankara which is the integral part of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.

The Universal Syriac Orthodox Holy Synod will be convened every 4 years.

A six (6) member Committee under the president ship of the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East was constituted to look into the possibility of convening an Universal Syriac Orthodox Holy Synod in India ( Malankara) in the year 2016. The other members are His Beatitude Catholicose and Aboon Mor Basilious Thomas I, Syriac Orthodox Church Synod Secretary and Mount Lebanon diocesan Metropolitan Mor Theophilose George Saliba , Regional (India) Syriac Orthodox Church Synod Secretary and Kochi diocesan metropolitan Mor Gregorios Joseph , Metropolitan of High Range Region and Perumbavoor Region of Angamaly diocese and United Kingdom Mor Aphrem Mathews and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchal secretary Metropolitan Mor Themotheous Matta Al Koury .

The next year is the 100th anniversary of genocide of the 100,000 Syriac Orthodox Christians of Turkey , which occurred in the year 1915. Programs related to this event will be organized in Europe , America, Middle East and India.

Press release  Arabic text


Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church calls on Syrian citizens to vote in elections

May 31, 2014

Maarat Saydnaya, (SANA) The Holy Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch held Friday a meeting in Maarat Saydnaya headed by Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.

Patriarch Aphrem II said, in statements after the meeting, that there are more than 60 archbishops of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the world, adding that the importance of the meeting lies in the gathering in Syria, highlighting that the meeting signals a message that "No matter how hard the circumstances are, we will live our normal lives."

On the presidential elections in Syria, Patriarch Aphrem II said that since his first visit, he has been urging citizens to participate in the elections, adding that elections is a step in constructing a democracy that suits the Syrian nature.

He stressed that voting is the right and duty of every Syrian citizen, noting that what has happened in the Syrian embassy in Lebanon proves that Syrians are avid to participate in this democratic process.

His Beatitude described decisions made by some countries to deprive Syrians in their lands to vote as inconsistent with the democratic situation in these countries and being an uncivilized act.

The participants expressed, in the meeting's concluding statement, gratitude for President Bashar al-Assad for his keenness on providing any help.

The statement stressed the importance of co-existence between Muslims and Christians, calling also for a Christian unity.

M. Nassr/ M. Ismael

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)






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