His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a reception organized by the Council of the Heads of Churches in Iraq in his honor. The reception was hosted by the Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Baghdad Avak, at the Armenian Orthodox Archdiocese Headquarters in Baghdad.
His Holiness Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III Sleewa, His Beatitude Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East Mar Adai II, and representatives of the churches of Iraq were also present in this reception.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary, His Grace Mor Maurice Amsih, Director of the Public Relations and Patriarchal Delegate in Al-Jazeerah and Euphrates, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
The Council representatives welcomed His Holiness and appreciated his vist to Baghdad during these difficult times highlighting its importance especially in bringing hope to the people. They also presented His Holiness with gifts as a token of appreciation and esteem.