Patriarch Ignatius Aprem II receives Oriental Orthodox delegation: Discuss plans to organize Pan-Oriental Orthodox Council


Prakash Varghese – (OCP Delegate of UAE, Gulf and Levant Region)

Reflections on the future of the Oriental Orthodox Communion:

Beirut: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch and All East received high level Oriental Orthodox prelates at his residence on 5th August 2014.

Bishop Anba Bishoy, Bishop of Damietta of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Archbishop Nareg Alemezian – Bishop of Cyprus of the Armenian Orthodox Church in Lebanon, Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon & Secretary General of the Holy Synod of the Syriac orthodox Church.

Also were present Mor Dionysius Yuhanon -Director of Patriarchal Office, Mor Chrysostomos Michael Shimon – Director Patriarchate charitable institutions, and Mor Thimotheos Mathews- Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs.

Prelates from Coptic and Armenian Churches conveyed greetings from Pope Tawadros and Catholicos Aram I respectively to Patriarch Aphrem II.

Talk on Oriental Orthodox Unity

Discussions were held on the progress of the Oriental Orthodox Council in Middle East, reports were submitted to the Patriarch and dates of the upcoming meetings were informed.

They also discussed with Patriarch Aprem II various plans to organize a meeting between the heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches. The idea is to develop a Pan-Oriental Orthodox Council which will benefit member Churches of the Oriental Orthodox communion.

OCP News Service