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HH Patriarch Mor Ignatios Zakka I Iwas
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

Source: Calendar published by Simhasana Church, Kunnamkulam

HH Mor Ignatios Zakka I Iwas was born on April 21, 1933, in Mosul, Iraq. He completed his high school education at St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox School and entered the Mor Aphrem theological school at Mosul in 1946 where he completed his education in 1954. He was ordained priest and became a monk in 1947. Later he completed a Masters degree in English at City University of New York and a Master's degree in Pastoral Theology at General Theological Seminary, New York. He was consecrated Metropolitan Mor Severius Zakka by Patriarch Yacqub III in 1963. In 1964, Mor Severious discovered the remains of St. Thomas in the sanctuary wall of the church at Mosul. In 1969, Mor Severious became the Metropolitan of Baghdad, where he also served as the Head of Syriac Studies and a member of the educational academy. Mor Severius also served as a member of the World Council of Churches. On September 14, 1980, Mor Severius was consecrated the Patriarch of Antioch by name Ignatius Zakka I, in a rite officiated by Catholicos of the East, Mor Baselius Paulos II along with the archbishops of the Holy Synod. After a long reign of 33 ½ years, the 10th longest Patriarchal reign, His Holiness passed away at Kiel, Germany.

Consecration of Mor Severus Zakka as bishop (Nov 17, 1963)
Source: Suryoye News

Announcement of Mor Severus Zakka as Patriarch (1980)

Click on the links below for the presentation, "The life and times of late Patriarch HH Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas" by Thomas Joseph, SOR webmaster, delivered at the condolence meeting held on Mar 23, 2014, at St. Mary's Church, Whittier, Los Angeles.

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Souvenir of St. George's Church, Karingachira, 1980.

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