September 22-26, 1998
By the gracious invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, Iwas, our exalted Patriarch, the members of the Holy Synod, their Eminences the Metropolitans and Archbishops, traveled to the Monastery of St. Ephraim the Syrian in Ma'arrat Saydnaya to attend the meetings of the Holy Synod.
After selected prayers from the Order of Pentecost, His Holiness opened the session of the Holy Synod welcoming their Eminences. This was followed by reading the Agenda which contained three major items: the Constitution of the Church, the Unified By-laws of the Parish Councils, and the Personal Status Law. Amendments and additions were made to all three items.
The Synod, after studying the three items, submitted the final versions to His Holiness for approval and publication. A team of specialists will review the documents from a legal perspective.
Other items discussed and actions taken include the following:
The Synod also resolved that every Metropolitan shall sign a document attested by a Notary Public ceding all his personal properties to the church according to the provisions of item 153 of the Church Constitution. A copy of this document shall be submitted to the venerable Patriachate by the next session of the Holy Synod.
At the beginning of the meeting, His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Malatius Barnaba rendered his resignation as the Head of the Archdiocese of Homs and Hamah and the environs, to His Holiness, for health reasons, and for reaching the legal retirement age. His resignation was accepted.
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