Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Catholicos Aram I Inaugurate Second “Levantine Matters” Academic Conference

Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II and Catholicos Aram I Inaugurate Second “Levantine Matters” Academic Conference

OCP News Service and – 24/05/2024

Antelias – Lebanon: On May 23, 2024, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the second academic conference entitled “Levantine Matters” at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh. The event was organized by the Hungarian Center for Levantine Christianity (HCLC) in collaboration with the Levant Center for Research and Studies.

The inauguration was attended by prominent religious leaders including His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, Armenian Orthodox Catholicos of Cilicia, accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Director of the Library of the Catholicosate. Also present were His Excellency Archbishop Selwan Moussa, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Jbeil and Batroun and their Dependencies, and several Archbishops from the Syriac Orthodox Church: Mor Theophilos George Saliba, Patriarchal Advisor, Mor Justinos Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Archbishop of Beirut, Mor Severus Roger Akhrass, Patriarchal Vicar for Syriac Studies, Mor Cyril Babi, Director of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, and Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Assistant.

The event also saw the attendance of diplomatic representatives including His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Oussama Khashab, representing the Lebanese Foreign Minister, His Excellency Mr. Mark Erszegi, Special Advisor for Religion and Diplomacy in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, representing His Excellency Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, His Excellency Mr. Zoltan Fodor, First Secretary of the Embassy of Hungary in Lebanon, and His Excellency Mr. Doghman, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Syria in Lebanon.

The conference attracted several researchers dedicated to the support of Levantine Christianity, aiming to foster dialogue and collaboration in preserving the rich Christian heritage of the Levant region.


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