His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met the faithful of St. Thomas Church in Melbourne at the reception organized by the Church Committee.
After a thanksgiving payer at Mor Yacoub Burdono Church, His Holiness was received by the Church Choir. His Holiness blessed the community by lighting the lamp and blessing the memorial stone of the new church building.
The children from Sunday school performed in a short theatrical play. His Holiness blessed the faithful and spoke about the relations that bond them to the church, mentioning the firm faith of the forefathers who remained attached to the church despite all persecutions.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Malatius Malke Malke, Patriarchal Vicar in Australia and New Zealand, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, Kurdistan and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.