During his second visit to Germany HH the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Mar Afrem II Karim consecrated new churches, and also met with German President in order to highlight the plight of the Christians of Middle East. When visiting the town of Gutersloh, where a big Assyrian community lives, on 8th July, he was received in St. Mary church for a spiritual evening with the local congregation. In his speech HH presented the plans of building a new patriarchal branch in Lebanon as a compliment to its residence in Damascus. Until now 1 million dollars of donations are collected from the congregations and privates. During this evening a fundraising was made for the same purpose.
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