Ignatius Abded Aloho II

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Mor Ignatios 'Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (1833–1915) was the 118th Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch from 1906 to his death in 1915.

Birth and ordinations[edit]

Patriarch 'Abded-Aloho II Sattuf (Abd Allah II in Arabic) was born in Sadad, he became a monk at an early age, and later was ordained priest. In 1870, he visited the area of Tur 'Abdin and recorded the names of villages, monasteries, churches, clergy and the families living in the area.

He was appointed bishop of Jerusalem in 1872 by Patriarch Peter IV and he accompanied the Patriarch to England and India from 1874 to 1877. After the return, he stayed for two more years before going back to London where he secured a printing press for Deir al-Za`faran.

After his return, `Abded-Aloho served as the bishop of Syria and then of Amid. He paid a second visit to London, during which he attended sessions of the 1888 Lambeth Conference, and secured a second printing press.

The Patriarch received a medal from King Edward VIII, and two medals from the Ottoman sultan.

Church histrorian Adrian Fortescue who visited Turkey had written in his world famous book 'The lesser eastern churches'(page 339 and 340) that Patriarch Abdullah joined Syrian catholic church in 1896 and returned to his mother church in 1905 on a promise of Patriarchal throne when it become vacant.He also wrote that Mar Abdullah totally paid 500 Turkish currency to become patriarch.

Patriarchal consecration[edit]

After the deposition of Patriarch 'Abded-Mshiho II (`Abdul Masih) in 1903, 'Abded-Aloho was selected and consecrated Patriarch in 1906. Shortly after consecration, he visited London for the third time as an apostolic visit en route to India. In England, he met twice with King Edward VII. In India, he established the Knanaya Diocese.


After coming back from India, he lived in Dayro d-Mor Marqos till his death in 1915 and was buried there.

Preceded by
Ignatius Abdul Masih II
List of Syriac Orthodox Patriarchs of Antioch
Succeeded by
Ignatius Elias III