On November 5, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to Guatemala City, starting his first apostolic visit to the Archdiocese of Central America.
His Holiness was received at the airport by His Eminence Mor Yacoub Eduardo Aguirre, Archbishop of Central America, and the head of the Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala. Crowds of people also came to the airport to welcome His Holiness and receive his blessings.
During his apostolic visit, His Holiness will be accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Western USA, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Metropolitan of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Theethose Yeldo, Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese in Northern America, Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Archdiocese of the Eastern USA, Very Rev. Raban Augeen Al-Khoury Nimat, Director of the Patriarchal Office in North America, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.