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الرئيسية > أنباء البطريركية > His Holiness Visits the Churches in Old Homs
His Holiness Visits the Churches in Old Homs
Within his first apostolic visit started at Sadad, His Holiness visited Old Homs on Saturday 7 June 2014 and evaluated the losses that resulted from the terroristic acts of destruction that devastated the greater portion of Old Homs. During this visit, His Holiness was accompanied by their eminences Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Environs, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Bekaa, Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Director of the Patriarchal Office in Damascus, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Secretary and some monks and priests.

First, His Holiness visited the Syriac Catholic church where he was met by Rev. Fr. Philip Barakat, Episcopal Vicar in Homs and Fr. Michel Semaan. His Holiness and the delegation took a tour inside the church and observed the destruction in it.
His Holiness then visited the Maronite church where he was welcomed by Fr. Alan.

Then, he went to the Greek Catholic church (Al-Salam) and examined the amount of destruction. His Excellency Mgr. Abdo Arbash explained the effect of terrorism on this particular church.
In the Evangelical church, Rev. Moufid Qara Jouly said that the church will return to its previous glory as long as we have religious leaders like His Holiness, who encourage people to stay in Syria.

In the Lazarists Convent, His Holiness offered prayer for the rest of the soul of Fr. France. He registered a word in which he greeted his devotion to Christian life. He also visited the monastery and saw the destruction in it.
His Holiness then went to the Greek Orthodox church in Homs where he was welcomed by its bishop His Excellency George Abu Zakhm and the parish priests.

At the end of his visit to the churches of Old Homs, His Holiness entered the Church of the Lady of the Girdle (Um el-Zunnar) in a big procession where he prayed thanking the Lord for everything and asking for the intercession of the Lady of the Girdle (Um el-Zunnar) to have peace in Syria. His Holiness also visited the tombs of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem I Barsoum and Mor Malatius Barnaba and the location of the girdle.

In his speech, His Holiness spoke of faith and that anyone who loses faith is not a human anymore. He added that the Syriac people exist in Syria before even being Christians. It is a joy to see the church return to us and it show that life is gradually returning back to Homs and Syria. He pointed out that his visit to the churches shows that evil is trying to deprive us from our lives, but it is powerless. He said that we will forgive our offenders and pray for their sake that God removes hatred from their hearts. He said that ignorance is very dangerous and leads to hatred.

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