On the 15th of October 2007 in Ain Terez, the 17th convention of the Council of the Catholic Patriarchs of the Orient was opened under the title of þChristians in the Middle East , Seekers of Peace. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated as an opening ceremony presided by His Beatitude Gregorius III Lahham Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem for the Melkkite Greek Catholics. The Participants are His Eminence Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for Maronites, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX , Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia for Armenian Catholics, His Beatitude Msgr. Michel Sabbah, Patriarch of Jerusalem for the Latins, His Beatitude Antonious Naguib, Patriarch of the Coptic Catholics, His Beatitude Mar Ignace Pierre VIII Abdel Ahad, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for the Syrian Catholics. The Presence of Arab Christians in the Arab world amidst the Islamic majority will be the central point of discussion of this convention.
His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX is accompanied by the Eparchy Assistant bishop, His Excellecy Msgr. Hovhannes Tryrouzian and the Patriarchal Vicar of the Partriarchal Clergy Institute of Bzommar Father Mikael Mouradian.