On July 27, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the ceremony of Installation of the new Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus His Excellency Mor Youhanna Jihad Battah. The ceremony was presided by His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and took place at St. Paul Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
During the ceremony, His Beatitude installed His Excellency as Archbishop of Damascus for the Syriac Catholic Church.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Very Rev. Raban Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Delegate in Aleppo and Environs, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, His Eminence Mario Cardinal Zenari, the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, as well as Archbishops and representatives of the various Churches in Damascus, attended the ordination.
At the end of the ceremony, His Holiness congratulated His Beatitude Patriarch Younan and His Excellency Mgr. Battah wishing him a fruitful service for the glory of God and the growth of His Holy Church and hoping to strengthen the cooperation between the churches.