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The Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Syria

Meeting at Aleppo

15-17 November 2010

The Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Syria met at Aleppo under the presidency of Patriarch Gregorios III of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, to discuss matters arising from the recent Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The Assembly was first concerned with the problems of Caritas trying to deal with the difficulties of Iraqi refugees in Syria.

It went on to consider the matter of the personal statute in legislation.

The Assembly also discussed the Syrian President's initiative to hold an international Christian-Muslim Congress in December 2010 to examine the impact of the Synod's recommendations on Middle Eastern countries.

The Assembly also discussed the date of Pascha, when next year (as this year) once again Eastern and Western calendars coincide. There was a desire among the participants to continue to work, in order to have in future unified Christian witness in the Middle East's predominantly Muslim countries.

On the final day, the Synod was attended by representatives of other Churches, including the Greek Orthodox, the Syriac Orthodox, and the Armenian Orthodox Churches and Protestant Churches. They also support the unification of the date for celebrating Pascha.

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A Photo Album - 2001
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1st visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III to the Archdiocese of Saida, Lebanon, August 4, 2001

(Left) His Beatitude (Right) His Excellency Bishop John Ellya

Pastoral visit of His Beatitude Gregory III Laham to the city of Aleppo, Syria in May, 2001

(Left) His Beatitude (Right) His Excellency Jean Janbart, Archbishop of Aleppo

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Pastoral visit of His Beatitude Gregory III Laham to the city of Aleppo, Syria in May, 2001

Sheikh Ahmad Hassoun, Grand Mufti of Aleppo, presenting to His Beatitude a plaque on which are incrusted the 99 "Good Names of God" (Asmaa'ul Laah il Husna)

1st visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Gregory III to the Archdiocese of Saida, Lebanon, August 4, 2001

Civil and spiritual authorities, including the Governor of South Lebanon met His Beatitude at the Awwali River Bridge, the entrance to the City of Saida. A procession and a popular march followed through the Main

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Sept 5, 2001

Bishop John Elya visits the Parliament of Lebanon and holds a special meeting with Elie Fourzly, the Vice-President of the Parliament

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