Daramsuq (Damascus) – Syriac Melkite Catholics Mor Youssef Absi praised the role of Christmas in bringing believers closer, filling their hearts with love and strengthening their relationship. Mor Youssef Absi called on Christians all over the world to pray and work for a world in which peace and security prevail.
Syriac Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II congratulated the Syriac people and Christians all over the world on Christmas, asking God that peace and security may prevail soon in Syria and the whole world, and prayed for the coronavirus pandemic to be eliminated.
Bkerké, Lebanon – Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Boutros al-Raï delivered a sermon in which he emphasized a quick solution to the current Lebanese crises. His Holiness expressed his hope that President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Hariri would succeed quickly in forming a solid government that contributes to Lebanon’s development.
Baghdad – Patriarch of Babylon of the Syriac Chaldean Catholics Mor Louis Sako sent Christmas congratulations to Christians all over the world calling for solidarity and coexistence between the believers, and for Christians and Muslims to build a unified and coherent Iraqi state. Iraqi President Barham Salih participated in the Christmas service.
Christmas Mass at St. Joseph Church in Baghdad;
I wish you all a Merry Christmas. We celebrate the enduring values of peace, tolerance embodied by Jesus Christ. Diversity of Iraq’s society is our cherished strength; together we will confront extremism,work for a better future. pic.twitter.com/yCrOiOWWy7
— Barham Salih (@BarhamSalih) December 25, 2020
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustapha al-Kadhimi participated in celebrations at the Syriac Catholic Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad.
— المكتب الاعلامي لرئيس الوزراء 🇮🇶 (@IraqiPMO) December 24, 2020
Christmas message from Syriac Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Mar Gewargis III Sliwa. In writing here.
Christmas message by Archbishop Mar Zaia Khoshaba of the Syriac Ancient Church of the East in Canada.