Being hailed as “an ardent advocate for human rights, social justice, and peace throughout the Middle East,” His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will serve as the keynote speaker this weekend for the 18th International Conference of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) in Washington, D.C. He will also accept an award in behalf of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
On Friday night, October 14, 2016, His Eminence will receive the “Living Stones Solidarity Award” for the Antiochian Archdiocese, which HCEF has deemed a prime example of giving “its full support to Christians throughout the Middle East” and serving “as a home to many Palestinian Christians in North America seeking spiritual support and a place to belong.”
In his keynote address on Saturday afternoon, October 15, Sayidna Joseph will share “the important steps needed and tremendous advances being made for improving the climate for Christians in the Middle East.” His perspective is of keen importance as our Mother Church, the Orthodox Christian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, struggles to help her children survive in the Syrian war and constantly prays for the release from captivity of two hierarchs from Aleppo: Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, the brother of His Beatitude, Patriarch John X; and the Syriac Archbishop John Ibrahim.
Sayidna Joseph says he is honored to serve as the keynote speaker and thankful that HCEF is recognizing the Archdiocese for its work in behalf of Middle Eastern Christians. For more information about the 18th International Conference, visit the Conference website.