Media Advisory - Eastern Christians - An Opportunity To Meet A Leading Figure In The Middle East! His Holiness, The Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Is Visiting Toronto And The Greater Montreal Area

MONTREAL, Aug. 26, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of his first Apostolic Visit to Canada, His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, will be in Toronto and Greater Montreal to deliver a message about the tragic realities of Eastern Christians and to meet with the media. Almost to the day after the march of solidarity that took place in Montreal last year, the reality of the Christian population of the Middle East has not changed, but has instead deteriorated.

Media are invited to continue their coverage of the situation of Eastern Christians. More than one million people living in Quebec and the rest of Canada identify with one or the other Christian communities from the Middle East region.

When: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Hilton Toronto / Markham
8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G 1A5

Greater Montreal:
When: Friday, September 4, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Hotel 2240 Autoroute des Laurentides, Laval, QC, H7T 1X5

His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II will assess in particular:

  • The daily lives of Christians in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, the gloomy prospects of their experiences and their future, battling in the current conflicts: persecution, violence, discrimination and deportations.
  • The expectations of the Syriac Orthodox Community from the government authorities, on national and international levels, the media and their fellow citizens of Quebec and the rest of Canada.

A 60-minute period is reserved for this meeting with editorial writers, columnists, and reporters.

We encourage the media to conduct interviews in private with the Patriarch. Biographical information on the journey of His Holiness is available on request.

Please RSVP & interview requests before the press conferences; with Ms Maro Akoury, head of media relations. 

A Cocktail reception will follow.

* On September 4th, in the evening, at the Sheraton Laval, a private banquet in honour of His Holiness will bring together all of the Syriac Orthodox community and various personalities political (federal, provincial, municipal), religious, secular & civil society organisations.

SOURCE: St-Jacques Syriac Orthodox Church.
4375 Boul. Henri-Bourassa O. Saint-Laurent, Qc. H4L 1A5, Canada

SOURCE St- Jacques Syriac Orthodox Church

For further information: Mrs. Maro Akoury, Communications & media relations, (514) 771-3031,; Reverend Father Kamil Ishak, (514) 927-1220,


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