On December 17, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received Rev. Fr. Firas Loufti, Regional Superior of the monks of the Order of the Franciscans in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, with a delegation of monks from the order, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus.
The meeting was attended by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness spoke with his guests about the general situation in Syria. They also discussed the different ways with which the Church is ministering and attending to the needs of the refugees and those affected by the crisis.