DARAMSUQ: Syriac Patriarchs participate in meeting of Council of Heads of Catholic Churches in Syria

DARAMSUQ (DAMASCUS) – A meeting of the Council of Heads of Catholic Churches in Syria was held on Friday at the Conference Palace in Daramsuq (Damascus), in the presence of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Melkite Patriarch Youssef Al-Absi, Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem, Syriac Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholics, Cardinal Mario Zenari, Ambassador of the Papacy in Syria, and a number of bishops of the Catholic Churches in Syria.

During the opening session, Patriarch Younan clarified that “the priority for spiritual shepherds is to serve the parish and the church with dedication in these fateful situations in the East in general, noting the importance of serving everyone with love, with an emphasis on duties towards the community of believers.”

During the meeting, the Church Fathers discussed the affairs of the Church in Syria and the challenges facing the faithful in these difficult circumstances. They also discussed the results of the conference “The Church is a House of Love – A Joint Synodal Journey”, and listened to the reports of the committees of the Council.

Patriarch Younan also paid a visit to the Saint Anthony of Badawani Monastery for the Franciscan monks, in Salhiya, Daramsuq. Mor Ignatius III Younan held prayers in the monastery church, then thanked the abbot for receiving him, expressing his happiness with this visit, and praising the missionary work he is doing to spread the word of the Lord Jesus in the midst of the current challenges facing the preaching of the Gospel.