On October 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a group of about 100 deaf people from the Association “Talking Hands”, at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant and the Patriarchal Delegate in the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Affairs of the Monks and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya as well as Fr. Zuhri Khazaal, Priest of St. George Parish in Homs.
During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the group and was briefed on their activities. A theatrical play was performed by the members of the Association using hand signs. After meeting each person and learning about their skills and talents, His Holiness blessed the group and prayed to the Lord to protect them and grant them health and spiritual joy.