He was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury.
His Holiness was welcomed by Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate of the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and the clergy of Aleppo, along with a crowd of the faithful.
His Holiness entered St. Aphrem Cathedral in al-Sulaymaniyye neighborhood, where he raised prayer.
Then, His Holiness gave a word in which he greeted the faithful of the Archdiocese of Aleppo on the occasion of Christmas. He assured that our joy remains lacking the presence of His Eminence Mor Gregorius Youhanna Ibrahim, abducted Archbishop of Aleppo. He prayed for his release along with Archbishop Boulos Yaziji, priests, and all who are abducted.