Saint Ephrem Universal Syriac Orthodox Medical Mission Inaugurated
- Grand opening of the Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical Mission, the social ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch was held at the Saint Ephrem Seminary in Ma�raat Saidnaya, Damascus, Syria.
At the last of the two days program, during the Holy Qurbono, His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I lit the lamp symbolically to inaugurate the medical mission. In the inaugural address His Holiness said that like this lamp shines for others, this new organization should reach out to every poor, destitute, deprived and sick person with help. He said that serving such unprivileged and the wounded is equal to providing services to Jesus Christ and following the Scripture teachings. The Holy Patriarch sent a Bull to all his parishes around the world through diocesan metropolitans asking to contribute of one day income per family for the immediate relief assistance fund under the Medical Mission for the refugees of war in Iraq. After the Qurbono, in a luncheon meeting at Tilan Hotel, Catholicose of India, H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I, stated in his presidential address that this medical mission could share the love of Lord Jesus to many in need around the world.
The president of the Medical Mission, Augene Mor Clemis gave the welcome speech. Dignitaries including: diplomatic mission of several countries; Deputy Health Minister of Syria, Najath Athulla; Apostolic Nuncio, Moramdimi John Baptist; and various church heads, the Mayor of Damascus, attended the function. Joseph Mor Gregorios, Fr. Babu Peringol, and Dr. Abraham Edathara spoke on the goals of the mission. Dr. Suhail Savaro, Dr. Susan Jacob and Dr. George Hanna, spoke on the social and medical mission pertaining to Christianity. Lony Thomas gave the Vote of Thanks.
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> Grand opening of the Saint Ephrem Universal Syrian Orthodox Medical
Mission, the social ministry of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of
Antioch was held at the Saint Ephrem Seminary in Ma'raat Saidnaya,