BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) – The Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Aphram II Karim participated in the commemoration ceremony of the Seyfo genocide of 1915 this week in the Syrian capital.
The ceremony was held at the St. George Cathedral in the Bab Touma District of Old Damascus.
Presiding upon the mass, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East Mar Ignatius Aphram II Karim said that the memory of the Seyfo genocide committed by the Ottomans in Mardin and Diyarbakir is a reminder that our forefathers fought for their homeland and remained committed to it, despite all the killing and torture they were subjected to by the Ottomans.
“This is what currently motivates us to remain and steadfast in our homeland Syria and to remain committed to it, defend it, and defeat Takfiri terrorism,” he said.
His Holiness prayed for the souls of that perished during the Seyfo genocide of 1915 and all of Syria’s deceased.