On March 16, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met their Excellencies the Archbishops of Damascus: Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus Armash Nalbandian, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Vicar Aphrem Maalouli, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Assistant Moussa Al-Khoury, Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Assistant Youhanna Batch, Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Damascus Mar Youhanna Jihad Battah, Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Damascus Joseph Arnaouti, Rev. Fr. Raymond Gergess, General Vicar of the Latin Bishop in Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma, Damascus, following the regular meeting of the Bishops of Damascus.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant, and Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for Monks Affairs and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya.
During the meeting, their Excellencies discussed the issues that are of importance for the faithful in Damascus and prayed for the health and protection of all the people, especially with the spread of corona virus.