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For Syriac Catholics, Hope Prevails in Turkey

Courtesy photosDuring his pastoral visit to Turkey, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a priest at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Mardin, the first in more than 110 years. Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan re-consecrates the church of the Syriac Catholic Monastery of Saint Ephrem in Mardin, which was confiscated for the past 100 years. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople at his patriarchal seat in Istanbul.

In his homily, the patriarch referred to the verse, ‘Look at Him and trust in Him’ inscribed in Syriac over the cross raised behind the altar, telling the faithful: ‘Our eyes are always on the crucified Jesus, and in Him we place all our hope.’

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