The King and Queen receive the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church

On Tuesday 26 May, The King and Queen held an audience with the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II.

While in Sweden, Ignatius Aphrem II – Patriarch of Antioch and All The East – visited the country's Syriac Orthodox churches and congregations.

He also met with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at Rosenbad.

The Syriac Orthodox Church

The Patriarch of Antioch is the Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church. The church's official seat is in Damascus, but because of the situation in Syria the church is currently based in Beirut.

The church has around 5.5 million members around the world, 80,000 of whom live in Sweden.