His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Mgr. Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Bikfaya.
His Excellency’s visit comes at the end of his eight years of service in Lebanon.
His Holiness emphasized the important role His Excellency played during his service, witnessing for the word of God and raising the voice of truth. He also wished His Excellency success in his new mission in the Philippines.
In turn, His Excellency expressed his great appreciation to His Holiness and to the Syriac Orthodox Church, and thanked him for his kind wishes. He wished him in turn long years of fruitful service.
At the end of the meeting, His Holiness presented His Excellency a special Syriac Cross as a token of respect and appreciation.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director also attended the meeting.