On June 16, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the funeral service of the Late Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Nabak Mor Theophilos Philip Barakat, at the Lady of Deliverance Church in Zeydal – Homs.
The service was presided over by His Beatitude Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch. His Beatitude Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarch Joseph Absi, and His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, also participated in the funeral.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.