His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the
discussion panel entitled "Aleppo, Mosul and Beyond: What Future do
Christians have in the Middle East?" at the Munich Security Conference.
Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and
Kurdistan Region was also present in the discussion panel.
panel was sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the discussions
were moderated by the German Ambassador to Luxembourg Dr. Heinrich
His Holiness spoke about the different experiences that our
people had in our homeland in Iraq and Syria, resulting in the
migration of many. He spoke about the current situation as well as the
relief efforts that the Church is doing to encourage the faithful to
remain in the homeland.
His Holiness also spoke about the diverse
projects implemented by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch with
the help of St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) and
through the support of many international organizations and foundations.
Holiness gave suggestions to help the Christians remain in their
homeland and survive the genocide that aimed at forcing our people to