His Holiness presented His Excellency with a gift, a ‘Syriac Cross’, as a sign of friendship and appreciation. His Holiness also thanked the Archbishop for all the help and assistance that he has offered to our community in Salzburg, particularly on the academic level.
In his welcoming speech, His Excellency Archbishop Lackner recalled the great collaboration that his predecessor Archbishop Dr. Alois Kothgasser and the Late Lamented Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Archbishop Lackner hoped that this collaboration will remain and continue, especially with the inauguration of the new Beth Suryoye, the new Syriac Theological Seminary in Salzburg.
In turn, His Holiness expressed his joy at the level that the relationship between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in Salzburg has reached. He thanked the Lord for the great opportunity to have a Syriac Seminary at the heart of Europe, in Salzburg. He also hoped to further develop the relations between the two churches and to exchange expertise and academic knowledge in the benefit of all.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Dionysius Issa Gurbuz, Patriarchal Vicar in Switzerland and Austria, Mor Philoxenus Saliba Ozmen, Archbishop of Mardin and Diyarbakir and Environs, Mor Philoxenus Mattias Nayis, Patriarchal Vicar in Germany, Mor Julius Hanna Aydin, Director of External Relations in Germany, Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin, Patriarchal Vicar in the Netherlands, His Grace Mor Georges Kourieh, Dean of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.