His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to the city of Curitiba in the State of Parana in Brazil.
He was accompanied by their Eminences Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Syriac Orthodox Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Environs, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Paulo Milton.
At the airport, His Holiness was received by Rev. Fr. Gesse and the clergy who serve in the region of Curitiba.
At the entrance of his residence, His Holiness was greeted by a group of Brazilian Syriac Christians and Syrian refugees who came to receive his blessings.
His Holiness then met with the Syrian refugees and inquired about their conditions and work in Brazil. He thanked the clergy for their assistance to the refugees and directed them to offer any help possible to help them adapt to their new lifestyle in Brazil.