On January 13, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the Holy Qurobo and prayer for the Late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Lady of Dormition Greek Catholic Melkite Cathedral in Bab Sharqi, Damascus.
The Holy Qurobo was celebrated by His Beatitude Joseph Absi, Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, and His Eminence Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus.
His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Cyril Babi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Bahhi.