The Holy Synod approves the name "Syriac Orthodox Church" in English
April 3, 2000
Damascus. H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, convened a general Synodal session for the Church in the Middle East and its diaspora between March 28 and April 3, 2000 at the Patriarchal center in Ma'arat Saydnaya, near Damascus. All Archbishops of the Church attended with the exception of H.E. Mor Yulios Shabo, Archbishop of Sweden and the Scandinavian Countries who could not attend due to personal reasons.
The meeting began with prayers by His Holiness who then encouraged the members of the Synod to consider the future of the church as we enter the new millennium.
The Patriarch welcomed the Fathers of the Church, and thanked them for attending the Synod. H.H. extended a special welcome for Mor Silwanos Butros (Peter) al-Ni`meh, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Homs, who attended the Synod for the first time.
H.H. anounced that "as Mor Malatius Barnaba, the former Archbishop of Homs, has retired due to his old age, H.E. Mor Dioscoros Luka Shaaya, Archbishop of Dayro d-Mor Matay and the most senior among the bishops, becomes the Dean of the Synod."
The Fathers discussed many issues relating to the Church and accomplished the following:
On April 1, The Patriarch and the Holy Synod proceeded to Antioch for the historic celebration of the Holy Qurbono at the Church of St. Peter. The Holy Synod reconvened on April 3 after returning from Antioch. His Holiness concluded the Synodal Session by blessing the participants and the faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Church.