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His Holiness Karakin II Visits His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I

During his visit to Syria the Catholicos of all Armenians, His Holiness Karakin II visited his brother in Christ the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I at the Mor Aphrem Monastery in Ma’arat Saydnaya, Damascus, on Friday November 13, 2009.

His Holiness the Catholicos was received by His Holiness the Patriarch, several Archbishops, clergy and seminarians at the entrance of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. His Beatitude Ignatius IV, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch was also present. His Holiness the Patriarch warmly welcomed His Holiness the Catholicos and his entourage reminding all of the special relationship of faith and shared witness which binds both churches for the last seventeen hundred years. He likewise, spoke of the hreat sacrifices which faithful of both churches offer to preserve their faith.

His Holiness the Catholicos thanked the Lord for giving him the opportunity to visit his brother the Patriarch of Antioch and the Syriac Orthodox Church. He expressed his desire to see the two churches continue to work together for the Glory of God and the wellbeing of humanity.
After exchanging gifts, Their Holiness, Beatitude and all dignitaries were invited to a banquet dinner offered by the Patriarchate in honor of His Holiness the Catholicos of all Armenians.

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