On March 5, 2019, on the occasion of the visit of His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch, along with His Eminence Cardinal Tagle, and His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Fr. Youhanna Saroukhan, and Deacon Imad Syryany, attended the meeting.
The delegation was accompanied by Monseigneur Thomas Habib, Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Damascus, and Rev. Fr. Habib Mrad, Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Secretary.
His Holiness welcomed his guests, and expressed his happiness to receive His Eminence Cardinal Tagle in Syria. They all discussed together the general situation in Syria and the Middle East, as well as the humanitarian work of the Church and Church organizations for the relief of all people living in trouble.
His Holiness and his guests also spoke about the good ecumenical relations between the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, and looked forward for complete communion and full unity.