Official Receptions for His Holiness in Beirut

IMG_6195On the occasion of his first apostolic visit to Beirut, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with the Archbishops of Beirut during an official reception which was also attended by His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan.

Their Eminences and Excellencies Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Mgr. Boulos Matar, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Beirut Mgr. Elias Aoudeh, Greek Catholic Metropolitan of Beirut and Jbeil Mgr. Cyril Salim Boustros, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Mgr. Shahe Panossian, Armenian Catholic Archbishop Mgr. George Assadourian, Latin Archbishop Mgr. Boulos Dahdah, Chaldean Archbishop of Beirut Mgr. Michel Kassarji, Coptic Orthodox Priest in Lebanon Rev. Fr. Rouwais Al-Ourashalimi, Coptic Catholic Priest Rev. Fr. Antonios Ibrahim, Assyrian Priest Rev. Fr. Yatroun Goliana, Representative of the Protestant Church Rev. Nabil Maamarbashi, and the Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon Mgr. Gabrielle Caccia.

His Holiness also presided over the evening prayer (Ramsho) at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Msaytbeh.

After blessing the faithful in the church, His Holiness met with the different associations and societies that work in the Archdiocese of Beirut in the presence of His Eminence Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut.

Finally, His Holiness met with the members of the Archdiocesan Council who gave a full report on the different endowments in the Archdiocese as well as the institutions that belong to it.

A formal Gala dinner was given at the reception held in honor of His Holiness at the Four Seasons Hotel. It was attended by many politicians, officials and other dignitaries from Beirut.

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